Review Steampunk Tower
Visually interesting and addictive
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 08 Apr 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Interesting graphics, interesting plot, addictive game play
Needs to be elaborated, uses a lot of system resources, difficult to play without in-app purchases
Steampunk Tower for Android looks like it came right out of the movie Wild Wild West, starring Will Smith. It has a very old time, ragtime feel yet with futuristic elements clearly beyond the mythic era it draws from. The result is quite an engaging and fun twist on classic tower defense games.
Steampunk Tower takes place in an odd western style environment. The game map shows various locales where these tower battles take place. I don’t know if aliens dropped from the sky or what the deal is, but there’s a strong crossover of technology here. Helicopters, weird beasts, alien type craft, all mixed in with this weird, old west feel. Basically the game is played with just one tower, viewed profile. Most tower defense style games happen from an aerial point of view, so this profile perspective was interesting and unexpected.
Like all tower defense games, you can trick out your tower with extra weaponry and firepower, but really, that’s where the similarities end. Steampunk does a great job of twisting the genre to make a format all their own here. Enemies come at you from the left and right side of the screen, both on foot and from the air. Since you’re in command of just the one tower, the extra weaponry comes in the form of additional gunners and cannons placed at different levels on each side of the tower. There’s a nifty weapon that you can only use sporadically when you earn the juice to do it; it’s called Etherium and is really bad ass. Just aim the cross hairs and fire this ultra cool, ultra destructive weapon to annihilate anything in its path.
There are loads of upgrades and opportunities to drain your wallet. I think over the long haul, there’s no way to avoid shelling out for these extra perks if you really want to experience this game fully. However, it’s plenty fun as is. The game did use a lot of system resources and did a great job of draining the battery, but that’s nothing unexpected. The game played smoothly with no real glitches and controls are simple taps and swipes that are both effective and accurate.
Steampunk Tower is a great twist on the tower defense genre. It does a great job of presenting this alternate reality in a visually stimulating and exciting way. Though I think this game is better suited for tablets than cell phones to fully appreciate the detail.