Platform: Flash (plug-in info)
There's something in human nature that makes it inherently intriguing to watch
natural enemies go at each other. Cats vs. dogs, lions vs. hyenas,
Hatfields vs. McCoys, monkeys vs. balloons— what, you didn't know
monkeys and balloons were natural enemies? In their natural
environment, wild balloons are silent, deadly killers. What does all of
this mean? Well, only that NinjaKiwi's Bloons Tower Defense 4 is here at last, stepping over Bloons Tower Defense 3 and adding much more of everything we love!
For those four or five readers who have never heard of bloons, here's a
crash course. There is a path. The path can be long and meandering, or
short and nearly straight, or a series of paths. Suddenly, from one end
of the path will come balloons, those deceptively cute menaces. If the
balloons make it to the end of the path, lives are lost. What's a
casual gamer to do? Why, put towers along the path to combat the
balloons. And by towers we mean, of course, monkeys. Well, mostly
monkeys. Each balloon you pop brings in money which can be spent on
different towers or upgrading the towers to make them more deadly to
the evil balloons.
Each tower has its own strengths and weaknesses. Begin with the
simplest form: a dart monkey. The dart monkey can shoot darts at the
oncoming balloons, but only pop one at a time. However, the humble dart
monkey can be upgraded to pop more balloons, to move faster, cover more
area, etc. A handy feature, as the balloons coming down the pike
increase in speed and complexity (zebra, camouflage, and porcelain
Returning are familiar defenses such as the dart monkey, the tack
tower, boomerang monkey, super monkey and plenty more, each with its
own battery of improvements. The best new features are the water and
air defenses. Place a monkey ace and watch it circle the battlefield in
a figure eight pattern, continually shooting and dropping pineapple
bombs. There's also a monkey buccaneer ship which can be placed in
water to defend nearby areas of the path. You can even drop a banana
plantation to generate extra money and, presumably, food for the troops!
NinjaKiwi has pulled out a few stops with this sequel. Graphics have
improved tremendously, especially with the new monkey ace and monkey
buccaneer towers. The new upgrades are fabulous, especially the fifth
level upgrades. A wonderful addition is the use of military stripes to
indicate how much a tower has been upgraded, eliminating the need to
click on every tower to see what level it is at. Old favorites are
still along for the ride, such as the super monkey's plasma vision and
the ever popular flying monkey blitz attack. A lot of effort has gone
into making this a fun, fantastic experience.
Taking a page from Plants vs. Zombies,
NinjaKiwi has changed the dynamics of the game for the fourth
installment. Towers and other defenses unlock one at a time rather than
all at once. Each tower itself has four upgrade capabilities, and a
super-secret, roly-poly, cutesy cuddly fifth upgrade that will only be
unlocked when you achieve a certain rank in the game. And the way to
achieve rank is, of course, by wiping out as many balloons as possible.
Somewhere around rank 16, upper-level upgrades become really
interesting, and once you achieve rank 31, "Apopalypse" mode becomes available, where bloons come at you non-stop until you run out of lives.
NinjaKiwi has gone further and added even more upgrades that can be
purchased with mochi coins, such as upgrades that bring in more money,
turn your buccaneer into a dreadnaught, turn your boomerang monkey into
a two-handed thrower, etc. These upgrades are fun cheats, but are not
necessary to play the game. An additional seven paths are also
available for purchase as well. Bloons veterans who don't want to work
their way up the ranks can also purchase rank 31 immediately. According
to NinjaKiwi, a new feature will be coming soon (hopefully by
mid-November) which allows you to create your own paths! Challenge your
friends! Or just go bananas.
Some might complain about the mochi coins, but BTD4 can generate
reams of casual gameplay (and time suckage) without the player ever
having to go near the purchasable content. So kick back, peel a banana,
and begin the balloon popping fun!
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Ninja Kiwi News on the new bloons tower defense 4
Bloons Tower Defense 4
We're at last proud to present Bloons Tower Defense 4. BTD4 features
improved graphics, loads of new and original tower types and tons of
upgrades for each tower type. Heaps of tracks, save games, career mode,
sandbox mode and apopalypse mode. Bloons Tower Defense 4 will give you
almost unlimited replay value. Also included is optional MochiCoins
premium content featuring lots of extra tracks and special booster
upgrades like double boomerangs, exploding darts, and double cash!
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