Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Ahh the trusty tower defense game - the genre that you fully intend to indulge in for mere minutes, until hours have passed and you've realised your battery is nearly drained. It's tough to innovate within the genre though and admittedly Diet Defense has gone the easy route, sticking to its predictable guns while still being enjoyable.
One thing that is pretty unique about Diet Defense is its storyline. You're not protecting your house from zombies this time round nor saving the world - you're saving your gut. A wealth of tasty but unhealthy treats are coming your way while you're slumped in your living room desperately trying to stick to your diet. It's down to a trusty team of healthy snacks like tomatoes, pumpkins, onions and oranges to protect you from the temptation of donuts.
The typical tower defense pattern follows. You have a set amount of money in which to spend on your initial soldiers (or in this case - fruit and veg) and as you destroy the enemies/tasty treats, more money is gained meaning you can buy more troops. You can also place the fruit and veg strategically so that the donuts and pizza are diverted into a path that you choose. As time goes on and you accrue more money, you can upgrade your fruit and veg so that they become that bit more powerful.
There are four different battle arenas to compete in and three different difficulty levels on offer, spanning easy, medium and hard. There's also an endless mode if you feel like playing for extended periods.
Diet Defense is quite fun but it doesn't really offer anything new to the tower defense genre. There's GameCenter and OpenFeint functionality which offer leaderboards and achievements, extending the longevity a bit. Really though, Diet Defense is just like any other tower defense game albeit with a healthy message behind it. Still, it's very cheap so you could do a lot worse.