Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Keeping one's PC safe from malware, viruses, and security loopholes isn't as easy as it should be. There's that regular need to keep things updated, scan things frequently, and generally keep an eye on everything. Actually removing a virus or piece of malware can be similarly awkward and challenging, and Web Defense certainly captures that level of challenge.
Essentially, Web Defense is a time management game with and educational element. The game teaches players the importance of keeping software updated and keeping wireless networks secure, as well as to remain vigilant against viruses and malware. A series of files make their way towards the center of the PC with players needing to scan, update, or open them before they reach the center. Hit the center before safely inspected and a piece of health is lost with only a limited amount of health available.
Numerous different categories are gradually available, covering subjects such as wireless network security, virus threats, and keeping passwords secure. The general principle remains the same though: complete a few tasks before running out of time. For example, checking for malware often involves updating the virus scanner and scanning for viruses before updating the software for the file, and then opening it. It's a fairly involved process, although players simply have to tap the right buttons at the right time. Timing being crucial, especially when things get much busier.
It's a fairly challenging title and sometimes quite stressful. There's little margin for error so quick fingers are essential here, something that isn't a great thing when dealing with relatively small buttons to tap. Power-ups help to an extent but the core principle remains as tricky. Elsewhere are bonus puzzles that are quite logical in nature and make a change from the usual stages here.
While initially quite fun, the enjoyment factor does wear off as Web Defense becomes a bit samey. It would have been nice to switch to different categories earlier than is actually possible. There's a wise, educational message within these tricky time management stages, but it's a message that lasts longer than the sense of satisfaction gleaned from the game.