Tower Defense is a pretty simple genre. Something's trying to get to a goal, and it's your job to stop it. While there are many cheap and easy games in this genre, there are a few standouts that make it shine. By looking at its various parts, it's easy to see why Bloons TD 5 has become one of those standouts...[read more below]
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Tower Defense is a pretty simple genre. Something's trying to get to a goal, and it's your job to stop it. While there are many cheap and easy games in this genre, there are a few standouts that make it shine. By looking at its various parts, it's easy to see why Bloons TD 5 has become one of those standouts.
Bloons TD 5 is a defense game through and through. Like most Tower Defense games, there's not a story here. You can purchase several different monkeys - the game's version of towers - and you'll use them to try to stop a series of different balloons from making their way around a track. Each monkey has its unique powers, and the balloons each have their individual qualities.
The truth is that there's nothing at all that's novel in this game. You can upgrade your towers to be sure, but that's pretty much par for the course. Even the idea of being able to choose upgrade paths or to fight on unique challenge maps is an old hat for the genre. The concept itself is good, though. Bloons TD 5 is about as good as the style gets.
Bloons TD 5 is visually a good looking game, especially when you consider it's just the latest iteration in a very long-running Flash series. The game manages to do the most important thing you can do in a tower defense game well - every tower and enemy has a unique look that makes it easy to judge what's going on at a glance. It's impossible to overstate how important this is and how terrible it can be when a game gets it wrong. Fortunately, Bloons has never really had an issue with the design of its characters.
The audio is likewise useful. The music is not bad, but it's the sound effects that are real winners. Every monkey's powers are easy to identify by sound, and there's a marked difference when they hit the different classes of balloons. The overall soundscape is one of the best in the genre, only limited by the nature of the game itself.
The Bloons series generally has a good reputation, and the fifth iteration of the game goes a long way towards keeping the series as a whole on solid footing. Each map is well designed, and there is never a sense that a loss is unfair - just that the player hasn't found the optimal strategy quite yet. Anyone can get good at this game, but only a precious few are going to be able to master it at the highest level of play. As a simple Flash game, it's all that you could want.
The only downside is the free-to-play mechanics. The game would like you to spend money, and by doing so, it makes the later levels a lot easier. These mechanics have eliminated on later releases. But all this has done is drastically up the difficulty level on some of the maps. It's a shame to see a good series fall prey to issues like this.
If you like Tower Defense games, you'll love Bloons TD 5. The free-to-play mechanics hurt the game a bit, but it's still one of the best overall games in the genre. Don't be fooled by how simple it looks - you can lose countless hours on these maps. While it's not the last game in the series, this one is arguably still the best.
Bloons TD 5 is a Tower Defense game that pits monkeys against balloons in an all-out war.
What follows is the official description of Bloons TD 5, from the developers.
Five-star tower defense with unrivaled depth and replayability.
The Bloons are back in full HD glory and this time they mean business! Build awesome towers, choose your favorite upgrades, hire cool new Special Agents, and pop every last invading Bloon in the best ever version of the most popular tower defense series in history.
Featuring an all New Tower and Special Agent, glorious HD graphics, original Tracks and Special Missions, a whole new tier of Specialty Building upgrades, and a never-before-seen Monkey Lab to upgrade your towers, Bloons TD 5 delivers hours of fun and challenging play to fans and new players alike.
Nations need to brace themselves for a complete loss of productivity
- Jayisgames, 4.7/5.0
More Awesomer New Features:
Cool new towers Heli Pilot, Bloonchipper, Engineer
Exclusive new Special Agent Radadactyl
All new Monkey Lab researches unique abilities and tower upgrades
Specialty Building Tier 4 Upgrades
Hours and Hours of Awesome Gameplay:
21 powerful towers with Activated Abilities and 2 upgrade paths
10 Special Agents
40+ Tracks (plus their Reverse versions!)
10 Special Missions
250+ Random Missions
New Bloon enemies - tougher Camos, Regrower Bloons, and the fearsome ZOMG
50+ Steam Achievements
Steam Cloud Support
3 different game modes
Freeplay mode after mastering a track
3 difficulty settings and family-friendly theme so anyone can play
And that's just the beginning - heaps of planned updates will keep Bloons TD 5 HD fresh, fun, and challenging for many months to come. Now it's time to pop some Bloons!
Remember to save to the Steam Cloud after each victory to save your progress.
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