Kingdom Rush Frontiers
Kingdom Rush has returned! Ironhide Game Studio has released an official sequel to the tower defense game that stole our free time (and social lives) back in 2011. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is built on the same basic defense skeleton that made the first game so spectacular, only now there's more of it! It's Kingdom Rush, and you know it's going to be amazing, so get to playing! (Now available for Android as well!)
For those of you who might need a little convincing, here are the basic brush strokes that comprise this beautiful masterpiece of a game. Kingdom Rush Frontiers puts you in control of placing towers on a field to stop invading enemies. Each one has a different strength and weakness to work with, such as archer towers firing fast but being weak to heavily armored enemies or artillery towers doing great damage at the cost of firing slower than pouring molasses up a hill. The key to success is organizing the towers so they effectively cover the path, then upgrading as you see fit. It's a familiar set-up for sure, but Ironhide managed to balance the gameplay so well that it's practically impossible not to get hooked from the get-go.
In addition to towers you also have a few special powers you can unleash which are both fun and functional! Reinforcements can be deployed with a few taps of the screen, dropping a couple of fighters out to skirmish with the bad guys. You also have more impressive magical abilities that can quite literally rain destruction from the sky. Heroes are key units that can be commanded to attack throughout the battlefield. They also have skills that can be upgraded through unique skill trees, adding a nice RPG-like touch to the whole experience.
Analysis: If we haven't convinced you by now that Kingdom Rush games are good games, we're not sure what else we can do. Not only was it voted Best Browser Defense or Strategy Game in our Best of 2011 feature, it also walked away with Game of the Year, topping every game we featured in all genres and all platforms for the entire year. So, yeah, Kingdom Rush good. And Kingdom Rush Frontiers good, too!
So much is new in Kingdom Rush Frontiers, and it's all incorporated without upsetting the balanced gameplay introduced in the original. New levels are kind of a given, and the settings range from caves to deserts to grasslands to jungles. Eight new special towers have been introduced, allowing you to attack foes with necromancers, assassins, or earthquakes. There are 40 foes to dispatch as well as nine new heroes like Cronan the Beastmaster and Sha'Tra the Alien Predator to dispatch them with. All of that is in addition to 70 achievements, unlockable weapons, and as Ironhide covertly promised, giant sandworms and a black dragon that will burn your enemies to a crisp.
When a sequel comes along to something as big as Kingdom Rush, you can't help but be interested. Kingdom Rush Frontiers doesn't mess with the basic formula, but it adds so many new things that it does feel like a true sequel. It's perfection in a defense game, plain and simple!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.