Freefall Defender Review
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Freefall Defender Review

Our Review by Jennifer Allen on May 3rd, 2011
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BUT FUN
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Simple but with some charm, Freefall Defender is all about juggling objects crashing from the sky

Developer: Stone Monkey Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Ever wonder what to do when a cow or monkey falls from the sky? Yeah, me neither. Freefall Defender might well prepare you for when that eventual day comes though. It's a simplistic casual game, ideal for playing in short bursts, that's all about protecting the poor pedestrians from falling objects.

Playing it is easy enough: simply tap the screen to fling the objects back up a short way. Keep tapping them until they reach the top of the screen and are destroyed. Not just one object will fall at any one time though. Multi touch comes into play here as you find yourself juggling the objects forever upwards and away from the pedestrians wandering along helplessly at the bottom of the screen.

Points are accrued for the longer you keep the pedestrians safe, and a series of Game Center achievements reward you for lasting as long as possible.

Freefall Defender offers 6 different backdrops to play the game according to. They encompass city landscapes, the farmyard, a forest scene and a junkyard as well as a bizarre cog themed scene and a Land of the Giants style huge lounge background. The items that fall correspond to the scene you've selected so that the farmyard you'll find yourself facing falling cows, the forest invokes flying monkeys and the city scape offers pianos. It's an entertaining enough move although I found myself preferring the farmyard and city scape the most as they appeared most clearly. All scenes also provide nuclear bombs which cause a particularly large bang if they land but otherwise require the same tactics. A further nice touch is that there appears to be a simple physics engine going on here with objects bouncing appropriately.

That's all there is to it. Freefall Defender is extremely simple but it's also kind of fun. It doesn't set the world on fire but it passes the time nicely enough. Give it a shot if you're in the mood for quirky simplicity. Don't expect depth though!

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