Creature Defense is pretty self-explanatory… It is a tower defense game, in which you defend against different types of creatures. The big surprise to me is that this game was developed and published by Hudson Soft, who I know mainly for doing the Bomber Man series.
Creature Defense is majority tower defense, but it also features aspects of a card game as well (Eye of Judgment, Yu Gi Oh). Enemies come down a set path in waves, and the player must summon different types of creatures along the path in order to stop each wave. If you successfully stop every creature in a level, you can then purchase their card in the store. Cards can have fire, water, forest, light, and dark properties. In addition, there are 3 cards that are based off of Eye of Judgment monsters that can also be procured.
Each stage has a dominant elemental type that will show up, and the final monster will also be that element. This makes picking your monsters a bit easier. Usually, I will make sure I will pick a ground and anti-air unit for whatever the best element will be then pick one of the other two elements and one dark unit. That rounds out my deck, which can only contain 5 cards, although you can set up seven different decks in order to be prepared for any stage. You have the ability to zoom in and out using the square button. Also, using the right and left triggers, you can speed up time, stop time and run time as regular. This is nice if you have a pretty solid set up and want to burst through certain waves, or if you need more time to set up for the upcoming wave. Hell, I found myself stopping time mid wave and destroying some monsters in order to make room for others, so I liked that feature.
As far as originality goes, this game is a tower defense and it really doesn’t bring anything new to the genre. The game is fun, but I feel that it may not be a challenge for seasoned veterans of tower defense games. This is mainly said because I faired well in this game, and I majorly suck at tower defense games.
As for graphics, the games is not going to stand out from the crowd. The graphics are very pixelated and look low resolution, even the stages themselves are underwhelming. The sound was something that really left me happy, the sound effects and music were loud and crisp, this was a game that I was able to play at full volume on my PSP for extended periods of time. I feel that the sound was done extremely well, and I found myself wishing that the graphics were done as well as the sound.
I would say that Creature Defense is a great game for players that want a nice beginner tower defense game. I think that this game will underwhelm advanced players, but it is a nice time killer. The replay value, like most tower defense games, is moderately high, so if you want to master the game and get all the cards, then multiple playthroughs will be necessary.
- Title: Creature Defense
- Platform Reviewed: PSP
- Developer: Hudson Entertainment
- Publisher: HudsonSoft
- MSRP: $7.99
- Release Date: Available Now
- Review Copy Info: A copy of this game was provided to DualShockers Inc. by the publisher for reviewing purposes.