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Developer: Chillingo
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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Tower defense games have been beaten to death on the iOS.  It seems like every developer has tried to make at least one, and let’s face it, there isn’t really much else that can be done other than hybridize it with other genres.  A few months back Dungeon Defenders took a whack at cross-breeding tower defense and hack ‘n slash, with very unsuccessful results.  So can Chillingo’s Vampire Rush have a bit better luck, or has this marriage of styles already been sucked dry?

Much like what would be expected from standard tower defense fare, players are placed in the boots of sword bearing military man Captain Greg, as he attempts to protect a gate from the bombarding attack of numerous different varieties of baddie.   Through dispatching of enemies money is earned, which can be in turn used to scatter turrets around the map.  During the progression of the stages, Greg will also unlock eight different power ups that can be used, but do need a period down time before using them again.

The game consists of seven, ten wave stages, were the key to success will be effective turret placement and well timed upgrades.  Unfortunately, the only way to truly understand what would qualify as a successful turret placement is by failing… a lot.  Failure will result in not only losing the wave, but having to start all over at wave one on whatever particular stage is being attempted.  Trial and error is very much the name of the game and could lead to many hours of frustration.

Where the previously mentioned Dungeon Defenders opted for utilizing the high end visuals of the Unreal Engine, Vampire Rush is significantly more low fidelity.  This is not to say that the game is a slouch in the presentation department, it simply has more of a cartoonish, top-down perspective.  While it will not win any awards for art innovation, it still is comparable to what is expected of titles on the platform.

If nothing else, Vampire Rush has proved that the tower defense genre may have a bit more legs on the iOS platform, as long as developers like A-Steroids are willing to be creative with their design and implementation.  Purchasing this title will provide many hours of frantically defensive fun, as long as you can tolerate a little frustration.

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