Ah, the tower defense, a time honored gaming genre that stems from its early development in Warcraft 3 mods. You place towers of various types and defend your lands from accursed invaders…or in the case of Bloons Tower Defense, you place monkeys to defend your land against the evil balloons.
There are 18 different towers at current. Each tower has four possible upgrades that can be purchased. For example, there’s a monkey with a boomerang. You can upgrade that boomerang to be sonic, then a glaive thrower and finally a Jedi. Yes, you heard me. A Jedi.
There are a bunch of different play modes, including the usual easy, medium, hard. There are challenge maps which are really really hard. There are a lot of maps too. See below for an idea. It keeps track of which tracks you’ve beaten and on what difficulties. Bronze medals have been beaten on easy, silver for medium, etc.
The controls are really simple. Point and click to place, upgrade, sell, pretty much everything. You can’t move towers once you’ve placed them, but that’s pretty much standard for the genre. There’s a nice rhythm to the game once you get into it and I really like that. My one major complaint is that flash lacks in the ability to deal with a lot of things being in a game at once. Bloons Tower Defense 4 has a lot of balloons towards the end of the medium and hard difficulties, to the point of crashing some computers. So be careful when you play.
Bloons Tower Defense 4 is a fun game, with plenty of challenge to it. There’s tons of content, even if it is a bit monotonous. It has one major problem, but that isn’t the fault of the designers. I give Bloons Tower Defense 4 a 3.5 out of 5 hearts. Its fun.
If you want to try this game, you can find it on Kongregate.