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Radiant Defense adds color to a crowded genre

by Michael Ian

Radiant Defense debuts on Android to an already crowded genre. Facing an overwhelming amount of stiff competition, developers Hexage carries over their bright neon visuals from Robotek and Radiant HD to help it out stand from the rest. But will its quirky graphics be enough to bob up from the flood of tower defense titles?

I’ll start out with the bad news: Radiant Defense is a freemium title. While most games that subscribe to this business model hold you hostage to fully enjoying the game, Radiant Defense can be played without dropping a few dollars. Though you’ll feel overwhelmingly compelled to purchase a few towers in later difficult levels, you can complete the game without it. You’ll never feel required to nor does Hexage push you to pay.

Like another tower defense game before it, Jelly Defense, Radiant Defense is a visual treat. Its use of neon graphics and vibrant color separates it from the pack of cartoony or over-realistic games in the genre. However graphics alone can’t carry the game. Fortunately, Radiant Defense has another trick up its sleeve.

Another aspect Radiant Defense brings to the table is the unique ability to let players shape the traffic of enemies. Using a number of “modules” players can place tiles and direct enemy the path to your structures to maximize damage. This adds an extra layer of strategy and can drastically change the way you play the game. Though I’m not trying to discredit Hexage here, but tower defense games such as Fieldrunners HD let you do the same thing.

In the end Radiant Defense doesn't bring anything new to the genre that its visual flair can makes up for. The ability to shape the battlefield may sound innovative, but it’s certainly been done before. If you’re yet to suffer from tower defense fatigue, however, Radiant Defense is still worth a go.

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