If you enjoy Tower Defense games, you’re going to like Fieldrunners HD. It has been around for a while now, having been successfully released for the DSi, PSP, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry in the past. Subatomic Studios updated the game, and after a few false starts (due to the market) we now have an awesome looking version of our own for Android. Is it worthy of all the hype? The answer is a resounding yes. After spending several hours playing the game, here are my thoughts on Fieldrunners HD…
If you’ve ever played a tower defense game, you’ll be familiar with the controls. Simply pick your weapon, and place it on the map, and use the pinch/zoom controls to zoom in or out if you get into a tight spot. Once a weapons tower is placed, you can either upgrade it or sell it. One thing that’s a bit different about this game is the fact that the tower starting points aren’t set, and you can control the path your enemies take. It was nice to see the weapons change when they are upgraded; they all looked great and each gets a special name at their highest level.
Fieldrunners HD has 4 different maps, and 3 levels of difficulty. You’ll start out with the grassland maps, and when you make it through 50 waves, you’ll unlock the next map which is crossroads. You may be able to move on at 50 rounds, but you’ll have to survive all 100 waves on the map to “truly” beat that level. Fieldrunners also has 3 different modes of play with Classic, Extended, and Endless mode. The main difference between classic and extended mode is the fact that you’ll get to use 6 towers in extended modeincluding my personal favorite, the Flame Tower. If you enjoy unlocking achievements, Fieldrunners HD has plenty of those as well, with around 60 in all.
I’ve been hearing about this one for a while so I was anxious to get my hands on it, and it didn’t let me down. The gameplay is solid, and the game itself runs like a dream on my good old Galaxy S. The graphics are excellent, and I liked the little touches like calling the cannon tower the “Manhattan Project” when you’ve leveled it up all the way. The only thing I was a bit concerned about was getting new levels, but no worries there as Subatomic Studios will be adding downloadable content that will extend the Fieldrunners experience. Overall, Fieldrunners HD is a great addition to the market and loads of fun. I would highly recommend you check it out in the Amazon or Android market; you can get it either place for 2.99.