Fury of the Gods ($0.99) by Chillingo Ltd is a tower defense game where you control the hand of the gods and are the best protection against those pesky Romans who want to topple your temple. Squish the little men with your finger like a bug and see how it feels to wield the power of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.
This tower defense game is different than any I’ve played before. Not only do players view the battlefield from multiple 3-D angles, but instead of buying and placing turrets along the enemy’s path, you are the main weapon and you strike down your enemy with your “Almighty Finger.”
When you first star the game, you’ll have Almighty Finger and Thunder Strike as your two weapons. Defeat the invading Romans by tapping their soft bodies with your finger. The weaker soldiers will die with just a few taps, while tougher fighters will need a bit more pounding.
To use Thunder Strike, touch the lightning bolt icon and drag your finger to your target. When you let go, a bolt of lightning will strike your enemy.
As you progress in levels, your enemies get stronger, but so do your powers. When you complete levels, you will unlock additional fighters, like a cyclops or a griffin. You will also unlock new god powers, like Meteor Shower and Thunder Storm. If you complete five levels playing Zeus, you will unlock Poseidon’s adventure (pun intended).
Each special power uses up your godly energy. Keep track of your energy meter and kill enemies to keep it full. Stronger powers will cost more energy.
The mythological fighters cost coins to place on the battlefield. Players earn coins by killing enemies. A second placement of the same type of fighter will cost twice as much as the first. For example, it costs 35 coins to place a cyclops and 70 to place a second one. However, if you have both a cyclops and a griffin, you can still place the first griffin for only 35 coins.
The goal is to protect your temple. Keep the soldiers from making it to the top by any means possible. If they do, they will start to destroy the structure. You can protect the structure by adding a temporary shield, or repair it, but those bonuses cost coins and had to have been purchased before the start of the level.
My only complaint is the in-app purchase store. I have a hard time understanding why a game company will charge you to download a game and then have in-app purchases on top of it. Luckily, coins are plentiful in this game, so in-app purchases are merely an extra. That is, unless you want “Ultimate Power,” which wipes the entire battlefield of all enemies in one blow, one time. That power will cost you money.
This is, by far, the most unique version of a tower defense game I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of different types. If you are a fan of the genre you’ll find this game to be loads of fun. If you’re not a fan of tower defense games, you might actually like this because it does not follow traditional gameplay rules. Give it a try.