Defender II is the kind of tower-defense game that you wish you could just go ahead and jump into and start having a good time. That’s only partially true, it depends on what you are into. In comparison to the first Defender I would say that lava moats and a new cover-dragon is a great way to keep people coming back for more. The monsters are just as ruthless and they will stop at nothing to take down your walls so stretch those fingers and be ready to hold the fort.
Defender IIis challenging, fast paced and annoying. These types of games can be pretty fun once you get the hang of them but there’s not enough pr
esented up front here. The game does provide you with some direction at the beginning, you’ll have this valiant “defender” giving you some pointers as to what does what and when. He gives you a crash course on mana and crossbow shooting techniques but then you are pretty much own your own. The music isn’t even worth listening to, I guess they figured you wouldn’t be focusing on the music when there are hordes upon hordes of rabid monsters coming at you with clubs, fists, spikes, magic and whatever else sounds dangerous. They were right.
Once you start getting the hang of whats going on then you can advance which opens a mode that gives you the option to participate in online play. Like most games, once you start playing against other people it can either become too addicting, too hard or too easy. DroidHen knew that so they simply beefed up the single player campaign and added a point system (coins & crystals) that allows players to purchase upgrades to keep the good times rolling. Of course that counts for nothing if the gameplay still gets repetitive, fortunately Defender II doesn’t suffer too much. The graphics are great, the lightning and fire effects come across flawlessly. The terrain is simple and the monsters are kind of intense I mean these guys mean business. It would be nice if they included more dragons though, they should know better.
The touch-screen controls can easily get under your skin even if you have skinny fingers like me. You tap wherever you need to shoot and the spells are located on the bottom right hand corner of the screen which is only kind of convenient. If you want to play strategically you might find yourself wishing that you could play around with the button placement a little bit more but I promise you’ll be fine, maybe. In comparison to other games of the genre you won’t get anything entirely innovative here but it is fun.
Defender II is a solid title even though it is a just another tower-defense game. If you are a button smasher you are going to have a field day playing this. There are plenty of ways to beat the onslaught but not without some genuine effort on your part. Defender II is available for FREE on the Android app store.