I almost skipped over this one, but I’m sure glad I didn’t. Defend the Dam (by Dragon Army) is a fun and creative take on the lane defense genre of games.
Defend your dam from all sorts of angry critters by building turrets… on a rotatable tank tread! Choose wisely to survive wave after wave of creative enemies. Comes with all the standard goodies of a tower/lane defense game (different turret types, upgrades, beaten levels can be replayed at a higher difficulty, etc.)
Why this game is worth playing:
The design. This is by no means just a vertical version of Plants vs. Zombies. Both the gameplay and the strategy here are completely different, all thanks to the moveable conveyor belt of weaponry and enemies specifically designed around this mechanic. This combination makes for some very interesting strategic choices and, most importantly, a very fun game.
Let’s say you build a flamethrower turret. This is great–just like in real life–for torching small to medium-sized forest creatures. But for the bunnies with the plasma pistols… it’s not so great. In fact, it doesn’t work at all. This is because the bunnies stand just outside the range of the flames, mocking your choice of turret as they pelt you with little purple bolts of light. You, however, get the last laugh when you spin your tank tread around and whip out a cannon. Bunnies–just like in real life–are weak to cannons.
But wait! Since you moved the position of all your turrets, a lowly pellet gun is now firing at a shielded mouse! Arrrggh, you really need the crossbow that fires armor-piercing arrows. But if you move the tread back around, not only will the bunny with the plasma pistol laugh at you again, that fox with the pitchfork is going to poke a hole in your dam! Trusting that the beaver built with oak instead of pine, you opt to take care of the mouse first and then the laughing bunny. And then that fox will get what it deserves: a shotgun to the face.
Play the daily challenges. This game is super fun when you’re trying to get the highest score possible. Your score is determined by the number of coins remaining at the end of a successful battle. You get coins by killing enemies and by starting the next waves early. You lose coins by building turrets. If you want to rank in the top ten, you’re really going to have to take advantage of the tread mechanic since you’ll be skimping on turrets to save on coins. This makes for a very exciting battle because you’ll likely be leaving a lane exposed, hoping your dam can outlast the punishment it’s receiving as it buys you time to rotate your guns over.
Take a little time to read the descriptions of the weapons. There’s a section that distinguishes them by the sounds they make, and it’s hilarious.
Try it out:
Defend the Dam (by Dragon Army) is available for free on iOS, and it’s well worth your time.