Sebastian Obentheuer’s new iPhone app, Defend Your Phone, is another in a long line of cute games. In this one, however, your iPhone (as represented by the inventory icon) is being attacked by Wal-Mart happy faces, battle bunnies, ninja ghosts, and other assorted adorable enemies. And your weapon? A tennis ball machine (full points for creativity on that aspect). Of course, you have the chance to upgrade to bigger, badder weapons in later levels…rockets launchers, nuclear thermal warheads, ion plasma ray guns, oh my.
Once you choose a skill level, an iPhone icon will float right across the screen; that is your Inventory and the object you will have to defend, which you need to outfit with a tennis ball machine (drag the tennis ball icon and drop it where indicated). A really quick tutorial will show you where to pause and where get extra money (this button is useful. Press it as much as possible), and then it’s off to the first level. Use your finger to aim by tapping the touchscreen. A quick volley of happy faces, bunnies, etc., will attempt to push you off-screen, which you will need to counter by shooting tennis balls at them (this also brings you money); bigger enemies can push you faster than smaller ones. Once a level is completed, you have a chance to buy new weapons or upgrade the ones you have with the money you’ve earned; you can also sell what you own. Further tutorials on how to mount/use the new weapons/upgrades will be shown. There are allegedly 100 levels, some of them being boss levels, so you’ll be deflecting for a while.
There isn’t really an explanation of what is going on, so it took a few minutes to figure out that the happy faces weren’t eating the icons; perhaps a quick paragraph in one of the opening screens would be useful. Once you’ve begun the game, you’re really only performing one action, but this iPhone app has plenty of embellishments to keep it from getting stale. The rush of enemies itself can be quite overwhelming, and you’ll soon feel the burn of repeated finger-stabbing as you get addicted to playing. The graphics of this game app are very colorful–each type of enemy has its own color– and the control over shooting great; the weapons are very creative and fun to use, and the tiny squeaky sounds the enemies make upon impact are cute. The concept of using a bomb against a bunny is amusingly ludicrous, but a simple concept excellently executed, so do give this game a try.
Here is a video demo of the Defend Your Phone app on the iPhone
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