Moonlight Minions is yet another tower defense game that is trying to stand out in the app store. If you are a tower defense fan, then you’ll definitely want to pick up this game. If you’re new to the genre, then this is a great one to start with.
Just in case you are new to tower defense games, the basic idea is to build towers along the path of your enemies in order to destroy them before they reach the end. There have been countless tower defense games on the market, each one offering something unique. This game does just that, putting forth yet another interesting concept. The maps are described as “whimsical forests”, and the enemies as “ghoulish creatures.” There really is no other way to describe it. The enemies range from tiny foot soldiers to flying monsters and they always arrive in groups of the same type. There is always a predefined set of rounds you must fight through in order to win the level. The first few rounds are always easiest. As the rounds progress, the enemies become harder to defeat, requiring you to upgrade your towers. The first unique aspect about Moonlight Minions is that the enemies don’t just travel across the screen. They each have special abilities that you must take into account if you want to win. For example, some creatures can teleport, heal or destroy your towers. This adds special challenges not found in other tower defense games.
My first complaint with this game is the lack of tower choices. There are only six towers to choose from. Four of them are attack towers, one will slow the enemy down and the last one reveals creatures that would otherwise be invisible. All the towers resemble some sort of plant, which adds to the whole whimsical forest theme. The attack towers fire small projectiles, large fireballs and bolts of electricity. The fourth tower actually shoots spike up from the ground.
Each of these towers is upgradeable and may also be sold for some money back. The towers are all unique and fun to build. However, the lack of towers is definitely one of the weaker aspects of the game and should be expanded upon in the next update.
The bottom of the screen will display each upcoming wave of enemies. I guess this may help you prepare for what’s to come, but I rarely pay any attention to it. This same area includes a way to speed up the waves of enemies for extra points. There is also a button to unleash your special weapon, whether that is an earthquake, lightning bolt or meteor shower.
The graphics and animations in Moonlight Minions are high quality and, combined with great music and sound effects, really do immerse you into this fantasy world of ghouls and goblins. Each time I played this game my senses were engaged and flooded with quality sound effects, eerie music and beautifully animated environments and characters. You cannot zoom in or out as in most tower defense games, but this really didn’t bother me too much.
There are so many positives in this game that it’s a shame it has been released with so many bugs. There are some issues with crashing and glitches that can’t be ignored. For example, I experienced enemies that seem to skip around the map a bit as if there was lag. I also had a problem where it wouldn’t let me move a tower to exactly where I wanted it. Restarting the level solved this issue. Controls are generally intuitive, but there was one other issue I had with tower upgrades. At times, I tried to upgrade a tower and accidentally sold it. The buttons are in the same area and if you tap on a tower slightly off screen, you only see the “sell” side instead of the upgrade side.
When the developer fixes the bugs and adds more content to the game, Moonlight Minions will definitely become a top tower defense title. Even as it stands now, I strongly recommend picking this one up.