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"Vector TD (PSP Mini)"

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Tue 26/01/10 at 14:23
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Vector TD PSP

The PSP Mini games have been quite varied graphically. Some, like Fieldrunners, have nice shiny well animated graphics and others are, well, a bit crap.

Vector TD possibly could fall into the latter category, but for some reason the very basic vector graphics really work to its advantage, to the extent that it actually looks quite pretty, even on a PS3 screen.

Now the PSP already has an influx of Tower Defence games, Fieldrunners, Piceljunk Monsters, Savage Moon and more, but like FPS games on the big consoles, more are welcome. Vector TD doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of gameplay though. Enemies appear from the top of the screen and make their way down a path to the bottom. All you have to do is place different weapon towers in their way to destroy them before the reach the exit.

So why buy it? Well, any Tower Defence fan will tell you that a new TD game means a new challenge. Each one has different weapons and different strategies to stop the enemy. Where Vector TD differs is in the graphics. They’re all vectors and quite basic, but at the same time it gives the game a unique look. The maps are simple line mazes and the enemies boxes or circles with a small amount of animation. Vector TD also has an interesting soundtrack which adds to the unique nature.

Each level sees 50 waves of enemies come at you and with 20 lives (one lost for each enemy that gets through your defence) you’ll be sweating before it hits 20 waves. These will either come through automatically or, my preferred option, wait for you to press the triangle button.

Different weapons work best against different enemies, so finding the right strategy to manage your finances in order to ensure you have the right towers in place is vital; Green Flying aliens are weak against green lasers, but resistant to red ones, yellow aliens are fast but can be slowed down by blue lasers.

The game has 8 maps which are split in to difficulty level. The beginner levels are good for newcomers to the Tower Defence genre but do get pretty hard towards the end. It may seem a bit thin on the ground for options or even presentation, but it’s basic fun at a decent price.

At £2.50 the game is a great addition to the genre and ideal for those boring bus rides.

7/10
Mon 08/03/10 at 13:36
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Posts: 9
prtty good game sometimes
Tue 26/01/10 at 15:45
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"How Ironic"
Posts: 4,312
Tower Defence games are fantastic. Shame I haven't got a PSP :( Oh well, down to Miniclip.

Anyway, great review pb :)
Tue 26/01/10 at 14:23
Moderator
"possibly impossible"
Posts: 24,985
Vector TD PSP

The PSP Mini games have been quite varied graphically. Some, like Fieldrunners, have nice shiny well animated graphics and others are, well, a bit crap.

Vector TD possibly could fall into the latter category, but for some reason the very basic vector graphics really work to its advantage, to the extent that it actually looks quite pretty, even on a PS3 screen.

Now the PSP already has an influx of Tower Defence games, Fieldrunners, Piceljunk Monsters, Savage Moon and more, but like FPS games on the big consoles, more are welcome. Vector TD doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of gameplay though. Enemies appear from the top of the screen and make their way down a path to the bottom. All you have to do is place different weapon towers in their way to destroy them before the reach the exit.

So why buy it? Well, any Tower Defence fan will tell you that a new TD game means a new challenge. Each one has different weapons and different strategies to stop the enemy. Where Vector TD differs is in the graphics. They’re all vectors and quite basic, but at the same time it gives the game a unique look. The maps are simple line mazes and the enemies boxes or circles with a small amount of animation. Vector TD also has an interesting soundtrack which adds to the unique nature.

Each level sees 50 waves of enemies come at you and with 20 lives (one lost for each enemy that gets through your defence) you’ll be sweating before it hits 20 waves. These will either come through automatically or, my preferred option, wait for you to press the triangle button.

Different weapons work best against different enemies, so finding the right strategy to manage your finances in order to ensure you have the right towers in place is vital; Green Flying aliens are weak against green lasers, but resistant to red ones, yellow aliens are fast but can be slowed down by blue lasers.

The game has 8 maps which are split in to difficulty level. The beginner levels are good for newcomers to the Tower Defence genre but do get pretty hard towards the end. It may seem a bit thin on the ground for options or even presentation, but it’s basic fun at a decent price.

At £2.50 the game is a great addition to the genre and ideal for those boring bus rides.

7/10

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