Mars Attacks meets Johnny Bravo. The aliens are the green, one-eyed monsters in flying saucers out to snatch everyone up and conquer the Earth. You are the commander of our defenses, so plan your strategy carefully so you can save us all. The backdrop is the burned out remains of Las Vegas, and the music and graphics seem to be aiming for the 1950s alien invasion flick vibe and hitting it. The graphics are actually clean and well rendered, and the music is suitably campy for a good overall fit for this alien shooting gallery.
How does it work?
There are two basic elements you will use: a power station and a weapon. To start, you will need to install at least one power station. Once you have gathered enough energy you can use it to build a gun to defend the brave citizens who just happen to be out in the open, darting back and forth like Marty Feldman’s eyes in a Tilt-A-Whirl, and just begging to be snatched by the aliens (sheesh…you think they would learn after the first level).
There are thirteen ports you can use to place either a power station or gun. You can add more power stations to produce energy faster, but don’t forget to balance that with having enough guns to ward off the invading horde. You can also put upgrades in place with your extra energy. Two of the more handy boosts are shields and increased range. The shield can be used on either your weapons or power stations.
As you progress, you can also access advanced weapons like missiles, alien weapons, etc. Once you place your guns, don’t worry about targeting; when the alien is in range the targeting and firing are automatic. Your job is to decide where to put your resources and to replace defensive elements when they get destroyed. Also, as you destroy some intruders, they may drop a bonus for you. You need to tap the bonus icon to collect it.
Is it contagious?
The game looks a bit campy, but that only adds to the fun. Really, how seriously should we take green, one-eyed space critters? (No offence to our new overlords when they do arrive.)
The only oddity is that when you touch a port to deploy defenses it may be a bit hesitant. I’m not sure if it’s from my tapping in not quite the right spot or if my finger was too cold. The gameplay is more management than action, but it is still a very fun game to play, so get out there and protect all the little Johnny Bravos running amok.
Before the aliens start showing up, try to get in at least two power stations. Consider placing them on the very top level as the aliens can’t fire upwards and their gun ports are below the top level fairly quickly.
Conversely, be careful putting your guns on the top level because you can’t shoot downward.
Place at least one gun on the second or third level on each side of the screen. This will let you get some shots in before the increased range is available.
When you place defenses on the bottom, you’re on your own; the alien pattern is random so there is no better place to start for range and coverage, so be quick about adding guns.