11 bit Studios’ latest entry into the critically acclaimed Anomaly series takes a departure from gameplay seen in the previous games. Today we’re taking a look at the final product to see how it stacks up with the rest of the series.
Fans of the Anomaly series are probably already familiar with the reverse tower defense gameplay featured in the games. Anomaly Defenders throws the reverse part out the window, instead opting for a more traditional tower defense style. For a lot of hardcore tower defense players, the Anomaly series has always stuck out as something quite different. With it’s focus on special abilities, not to mention having to deal with losses to your force, many aspects of the games required a vastly different set of tactics.
Some units you’ll encounter can do massive amounts of damage, while also absorbing nearly everything you throw at them. Because of this, it’s essential that you monitor the damage that’s incoming and mitigate it using your abilities. In between rounds, players have access to a tech tree that unlocks various player abilities and turret upgrades. Using these abilities can and will be the difference between success and failure. Repairing turrets, creating force fields, or boosting your tower’s offensive capabilities are just a few of the abilities you’ll have at your disposal.
Gameplay is usually set at a medium pace. During some of the more difficult scenarios, players will be clicking franticly to mitigate losses. It’s this sense of urgency that I found most enjoyable while playing. Most tower defense games can be played mostly as a casual observer, with most waves only requiring some initial clicking. Anomaly Defenders just isn’t that type of tower defense game. If you sit back and watch the destruction, the only destruction you’ll be seeing is of your towers.
Aside from the little bit where your units are now stationary turrets instead of mobile tanks, Anomaly Defenders manages to retain many of the core aspects from the previous games that made it so damn enjoyable. If you’re a tower defense veteran that’s otherwise unfamiliar with the Anomaly series, this game could give you a good intro into many aspects of the series as a whole. Overall, we found Anomaly Defenders to be a great addition to the series, and a formidable challenge in later levels.