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Water is wet, the sky is blue, licensed games are turds that dare not dream of polish. These facts are well known to console and PC gamers, but Backflip Studios is endeavouring to make things a little different for iOS gamers.
There are numerous examples of competent tower-defence games available on the platform, but with Army of Darkness: Defence strategy takes second place to an iron fist of fun.
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One of the main things that differentiates AoD:D is that the player controls Ash directly, moving him freely (albeit only from left to right) across the map. The player is also able to call on additional troops when required, not to mention Ash's various special hero skills (including his trusty lifelong companion, summoned by a reading from the Necronomicon, and his car, fully loaded with frontal spinning deadite-mincing blades).
The opportunity to upgrade your troops between levels (provided you’ve collected enough coins) offers an element of RPG, but sadly that’s where it ends. Most troops/skills will be fully upgraded by the time you’ve made your way through the initial fifty level campaign. It’s worth mentioning that Backflip Studios have incorporated in-app purchases, allowing you to buy packs of gold from the outset, but this will surely only be of interest to the laziest of gamers.
With limited RPG elements, a fifty level campaign that you will breeze through and only a single map, why should you buy this game? In a word, fan service. Backflip Studios clearly love Evil Dead, and have succeeded in packing the game with a wealth of original quotes, music and characters from the franchise, all utilised to excellent effect. The game is repetitive, true, but it’s never less than entertaining. Colourful , crisp graphics coupled with the original AoD score makes for satisfying pocket-sized chunks of Evil Dead goodness.