“Holy crap!” I yell this as a horde of enemies races towards my base as I muster enough mana to deploy turrets and fortifications to slow them down. At the same time, I’m deploying sentries to destroy their base wave after wave. Aspects is a tower defense game from Sabaton Games that never keeps you in a safe zone and always keeps you on the edge of your seat, from beginning to end.
Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of the game. You start out as an aspect, which is a general/commander of an entire army. You get to choose between four races, and depending on which you choose, you’ll have a different story told to you. Each race is defending their culture at the same time as another race is defending theirs. Your character levels up, and more defense and offense weapons are at your disposal. The story is a little ho-hum, especially once you get into the meat of the game, but what sets Aspects are the great music and the varying maps.
During the game, you deploy turrets, made of solid rock and ice. At the same time, you are deploying myriad sentries both with and without armor. As you deploy anything on the battlefield, it costs you mana. Run out, and you have to wait until an enemy is slain by your turret or one of your sentries sneaks past the enemy, costing a life. It’s very fast paced and very fun, especially at later levels, when the difficulty is raised. Aspects forces you to not only play defense, but offense as well, more often than not at the same time. Not a whole lot of tower defense games can say that, especially on iOS devices.
This isn’t a bite-size game, not in the least – a necessary point to make due to its iOS platform. The maps themselves are big in size, and strategy is played only when there aren’t 4,000 enemies on your screen. Even with so much going on, the game doesn’t bog down or lose its frame rate; that is very impressive. The only downside to this game is that the controls are a bit obtrusive, especially when running iOS 7. There were times that the bottom menu would pop up when I was simply trying to deploy a sentry, pausing the game. This is more frequent for uses of iPhone 4s’ and below, as this didn’t occur in the iPhone 5 and above, nor in the iPad. Even with this little nuance, the platform in which you run it performs beautifully.
Aspects is without a doubt a very fast paced yet simply fun tower defense game. With the little tiff of controls, it’s not perfect, but it is a game that I keep coming back to for a little challenge.