Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini Retina
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Tower Defense games are frequently pretty enjoyable, but they’re rarely innovative. All too often they play it safe, and you end up feeling like you’ve played the same game multiple times. Sleep Attack TD isn’t like other Tower Defense games. For one thing, it’s actually quite tough. More importantly though, it offers you the chance to control the layout of the battlefield, thereby ensuring that you have to keep your wits about you at all times.
Each level offers up a series of paths for the waves of enemies to follow. The trick here is that these paths can be rotated around, thereby enabling you to redirect where the foes go. This means that you can send the waves down areas that you’ve fortified particularly well, giving you the edge. The catch is that you have to be constantly aware of what’s going on around you. Unlike other Tower Defense games, where you can usually set up a strong layout then watch it unfold, things change fast and you’re never entirely comfortable about your chances of success.
This keeps Sleep Attack TD consistently interesting. It’d be business as usual otherwise, with a typical plethora of enemies to withstand and a bevy of towers that are useful in different scenarios. The rotation mechanic really makes a difference though, and ensures that Sleep Attack TD is more appealing. It looks pretty charming too, with a more fluid style than the usual lane defense mechanics we’re used to within the genre.
Don’t expect it to be an easy ride, though. Sleep Attack TD is quite tough for the genre, even early on. Power-ups purchased through earning the in-game currency help to an extent, but it’s still tricky. It’ll test you for a while to come, but you’ll appreciate the fact it’s so different from anything else. This is a game that truly is a twist on a familiar format, in every sense of the word.