February 3, 2010Screenshots: LinkiTunes: Buy Now!Written By:
Marcus PruntyApril 16, 2010
- I have played a few towers of defense strategy games in my day, and for the most part the idea behind the game has not changed any. You are usually a defender of an area or kingdom and have to repel hordes of enemies as they attempt to overrun you and the people you are protecting. Developed by Intersog, Hellemental is a new 3D strategy game in the same genre available for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
You play the role of Elijah who is a magician who defends cities from the monsters that attempt to take over all of their cities. Moreover, the reason Elijah is needed is that the king of Norlisk has left the kingdom to take over other lands, which leaves his people defenseless so in steps Elijah. The beasts that you have to defeat that try to invade the cities are based on the four main elements, which are earth, fire, water and air. In your arsenal of weapons, are a rock throwing attack and varying magic spells, which are strongest against specific elemental monsters. For instance, water magic spells are strongest against fire-based monsters. Therefore, you have to pay attention to which spell you are using and against certain monsters. Your magic only last for a few spells, whereas your rocks you can hurl are infinite. The magic spells just do more damage hence they work better. So in between levels try to stock up on as much as you can.
The levels play out as almost all of these type of games do… the monsters come in from one side, while you are on the opposite side moving forward towards them as they advance. Many of the games in this genre that I have played in the past have been 2D side-scrollers like “Swords & Soldiers”; the fact that the monsters in this game are 3D is a nice added touch. Moreover, you would think that would slow the game down a bit and make it sluggish. However, I found everything to move seamless with no hiccups or lags when playing the game.
I will give Intersog credit with that the game is beautiful and uses the power of the iPhone well. They have also added a pinch and zoom feature to the game that allows you to zoom in on the battlefield. This helps with you being able to target the monsters better, however the downside to that is you are not able to see the whole battlefield and the other monsters advancing on you. So you will find yourself utilizing the pinch and zoom feature a lot simply to keep abreast of the battlefield, while also targeting your enemies with higher accuracy.
All in all this is a solid tower of defense strategy game with nice 3D graphics, and a decent story to go along with it. The having to zoom in and out constantly during the battles gets annoying, and there is a lot of tapping on your screen when you go to send your attack at the monsters which will get tiresome after a while. Nevertheless, if you like these kinds of games you should definitely try it out.7/
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