Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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The reasons why are unimportant. All you need to know is that some badguys are gunning for you and the only way you can fend them off is by creating, placing, and upgrading defensive towers - in space. But despite the familiar setup, Chrono Space (to its benefit) does things a little differently.
There are no paths or anything to worry about here; since you’re in space enemies can approach from any direction. Fortunately they’ll stop to attack your towers, so while you can’t block them in you can at least delay them. Unfortunately you never really get a proper heads-up about which section of the screen they might be attacking from but it ultimately doesn’t put you at much of a disadvantage because the game is pretty brutal either way.
What makes Chrono Space so interesting is the way the towers work. The forge you have to defend is constantly producing towers (or upgrades once you unlock them). It’s your job to drag and place those towers where they’re the most beneficial. And once you have some towers placed you can then produce upgrades and attach them to your defenses for some extra boosts.
What’s really cool is how this upgrade system allows you to take a basic, stock tower and turn it into something far more specialized. You can mix and match upgrades to your heart’s content, and most of the effects stack so multiple defense tweaks will make them super-hearty while several explosive shot enhancements will result in some massive (and widespread) damage.
I feel like it could do with a more permanent form of progression - currently it’s just wave survival after wave survival with upgrades unlocking the longer you last but resetting to zero when you restart - although it’s not bad for being more of a filler game than something you’ll dozens of hours into.
I do think Chrono Space is worth checking out, though. It’s a bit on the simple side, sure, but its approach to tower defense is quite interesting and it’s a good way to kill a few minutes at a time.