Review – Axeplode – Save The Pigs Save The Farm
In Axeplode you take on the role of Herrmann, a farmer who just happens to be an axe throwing master. Herrmann lives a simple quiet life tending to his farm and raising his livestock. Until one a day a horde of Gobos invade his farm and try to steal all his pigs. Of course it falls on Herrmann to protect his little pigs from the horde of Gobos.
In Axeplode you must fight back the enemy horde and protect all your little pigs from becoming pork chops.
Like most defense style games you must fight waves of enemies as you protect your goal. The trick with these types of games is always how you go about defending said objective. Herrmann gathers all the pigs up into a pyramid and stands on top of them throwing axes at the enemies. Aside from the laugh I got the first time I played the game, I quickly realized there was more to it than just a funny sight.
See enemies come at you from both land and air. The pig pyramid gives you a strategic position to cut down your enemies. This makes protecting your pigs important. Losing pigs will not only weaken your position, but once all your pigs are gone its game over. Kudos to the developer for adding this level of strategy to the game, it was subtle enough that I almost missed it.
Axeplode also manages to strike a good balance with the enemy waves. Balance can sometimes be a difficult thing for games in this genre to find. You fight waves of Gobos; they come by both land and air. The waves get stronger and longer as the game progresses, with new enemies popping up at regular intervals. There are also bosses to be fought, they to spawn at regular intervals. There’s also a level of strategy in dealing with the waves of Gobos for instance you can kill an artillery wielding airman. Upon death he will drop his artillery into the wave on the ground killing them. Strategy such as this becomes important when dealing with waves later in the game.
Don’t worry too much about the Gobos as the game sees that Herrmann gets his own power-ups as the game progresses. The more you battle will also give you access to Herrmann’s special ability. Activating the ability engulfs everything on-screen in fire clearing the screen of enemies for a moment. Again the developer did a great job of balancing this out. You’re given enough to keep up with the enemy without the game becoming to easy.
Axeplode is the definition of a marathon; the developer offsets that with the ability to continue from where you left off. This really allows you to get into a game without worrying rather or not you’re going to be able to finish it.
Axeplode is a fun way to pass the time. It offers a comical premise and fun gameplay. The game offers players the ability to check your high-score against the developers for those with a more competitive nature. The game is available on the Play store or as a download from the games website.
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