I like tower defense games, from the most basic Flash based browser game to Warcraft 3 and Starcraft 2 Tower Defense maps and mods. It is a lot of fun, especially when you play with friends.
The Last Shelter is a browser tower defense game that is shipping with all the traits one would expect from a Flash game. You get multiple maps, research options, tower upgrades, different kinds of attackers and multiple difficulty levels. Lets take a look at the game in detail.
The first mission walks you through the game basics. You start on the strategy map and need to select the first - and only available - map to start the game. The game explains the tower placing mechanics, and provides you with some hints concerning placement and game controls. If you are a tower defense veteran, you can more or less skip the introduction as you know what to do.
The first few maps that the game throws at you are not really that difficulty if you have tower defense experience, and it is likely that experienced players will make good use of the fast forward option to get through those maps faster.
You start the first map with one weapon type and no upgrades. Weapons and items can only be placed on energy veins which you see when you have selected a weapon to place on the map. This brings some strategy into the game as you need to carefully decided where to place your towers, as attackers usually come from multiple directions.
You get one weapon upgrade or new weapon with each new map, which may be frustrating at times, especially when you have lots of money but no options to spend it.
Next to the three weapon types minigun, cannon and rockets, you also get to place a resource generating building on some maps. Each weapon receives multiple upgrades throughout the game that makes it more powerful.
Your main task is to protect your base by placing towers on the map that defeat attackers before they reach it.Two support powers become available eventually, first a rocket bombardment, and then a nuke. These take time to recharge, and need to be used wisely.
Players receive experience after each map that can be spend in research. Research lets you increase the shooting radius of your towers, give support powers more oomph, or increase your weapons armoring which can be quite useful in later levels.
All available maps can be played on easy or normal difficulty levels. Once you beat a map, the ultimate difficulty becomes available. Besides the extra challenge, there is not a lot that it adds in terms of playability.
The Last Shelter is a fun game, at least for some time. The game suffers from a lack of options that the player has. There are only three different types of towers, and tower placement is restricted to certain locations. That's too much taking at the hand for my taste.
Despite that, it is fun to play, especially if you like tower defense games.
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