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Bug Invasion Review

This isn’t the tower defense you’re looking for.

If you’ve been around the App Store for any length of time, you’ve probably played a tower defense game. Enemies crawl along a path, and the player must drop defensive towers to guard whatever it is that the enemies are making their way towards. Enemies typically arrive in waves, and the player collects resources by killing the baddies. Resources are then applied to place new towers, or to upgrade their existing towers. This is the root of tower defense, and most releases are variants of this central theme. Bug Invasion doesn’t do much to stretch the meaning of tower defense, and as we all know, there isn’t much room on the app store for ‘just another tower defense game.’

Playing Bug Invasion is challenging, not because of any particular gameplay elements, but because of the game’s knack for crashing. I will typically ignore an occasional glitch, but if I lose 15 minutes of my time several times over my patience wears thin. I was especially frustrated when the game crashed at the victory screen without saving the fact that I had beaten the level. I also lost patience with the game requesting my email address every time I booted the app, I said no, okay?

On the occasion that you’re able to play Bug Invasion, you will be treated to a sluggish clone of the standard formula. In Bug Invasion, bugs are invading what I assume is your picnic, or lunch or something. It is hard to tell what the theme is to rubber duckies that upgrade to cannons, soda cups that upgrade to meat grinders and robots that upgrade to missile launchers all while bugs try to steal ice cubes from your ice chest.

Bug Invasion isn’t a freemium game, but it certainly could be mistaken for one. While the tower defense levels play out, little golden bugs appear on screen. If the player taps them before they disappear (trust me, there is plenty of time during the drawn out levels) they can collect these bugs. Collected bugs can be used during levels on power ups- which can sometimes feel necessary when dealing with the boss enemies. The need for power ups mid-level restricts the player from saving bugs to spend on permanent power ups in the post-game upgrade menu. The whole system seems geared towards getting the player to press the big “Shop” button and spend additional real-world money. I just don’t like the feeling that my in game resources have a real world dollar amount.

Bug Invasion is a slow-paced tower defense games. The theme is disjointed, and I didn’t find it challenging or stimulating. Bug Invasion is also riddled with technical issues, something other players have confirmed. All of the typical tower defense elements are here, and that’s about it.

Final Score: 

not-good

Bug Invasion is a Universal App, available for $0.99

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