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PandaMania
 

PandaMania

Platform: iPhone/iPod
Category: iPhone
 
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Panda warriors, fu manchu mustaches, strategy, action, colorful art, and castle defense? Yes, please! PandaMania, provided to me by FizzPow Games, delivers all these things! PandaMania is a cute defense game that requires strategy to determine which powers to upgrade and when to use them as well as skill to actually aim and shoot the enemies.

The mechanics of PandaMania are similar to those of other defense games. After each level, you can upgrade your various weapons. You use those weapons to defend your tower, which is where your character, a panda, stands at all times on the left side of the screen. Enemies come toward you from the right and attack your tower, which has a limited amount of health. You have a variety of arrows that you can shoot by dragging your finger to aim. To shoot, you touch anywhere on the screen. The farther you slide your finger, the more powerful the shot. Your arrow will be aimed in the direction you slide, not toward the location you're touching. In other words, if you touch the middle of the screen and drag up, the panda will shoot straight up. If you hold finger down long enough before letting go, you'll shoot a much more powerful shot. The trade off, of course, is that you're sacrificing additional shots you could have made in that time. There is also a power bar that fills as you hit enemies. You can click it unleash a very powerful special attack that has different levels of power depending on how full the bar is. The goal of each level is to defeat all the enemies before they destroy the tower.

The defense genre is one of my favorites, and PandaMania really hits it well. The first thing I noticed was that it was colorful with cute art. There are a variety of enemies that look varied and act in different ways; some are faster, some are more powerful, some attack from a distance, and some fly while others walk. The music is simple yet fitting, although I would have preffered some additional music. The sound effects are fantastic. It's particularly amusing when you use your special at full power. "Oh, yeah!" The panda goes all out at that time, even putting on a macho bandana! It definitely made me chuckle when I first saw it. The plot is cute and very amusing. It's actually a bedtime story that an old panda is telling a young panda about a great, panda warrior. A small thief rips the panda's fu manchu mustache off his face and runs away it. The panda warrior, determined to get it back because it's the source of his strength and power, takes off after the thief!

As I said before, I'm a big fan of defense games in general, and I also like colorful, comical games. Maybe if you don't find the story and characters cute, this game might not be for you, but I really recommend considering it. Despite the absurd plot about the mustache of a panda (maybe I should say "in addition to" since I really liked it), PandaMania is a very full, interesting game. There are a large number of levels full of a variety of enemies, including bosses. There is a lot of strategy in deciding which weapons to upgrade, when to use each weapon, and whether to shoot quickly or charge your shots. Strategizing well isn't enough though; you also have to have the skill to aim correctly. There are also three difficulty settings, so if you're having trouble, you can always play it on easy! I really enjoyed PandaMania. I'm sure if you're a fan of defense games or simply someone who likes the cute, comical presentation, you'll love PandaMania, which is only $1.99 on the AppStore!






 
 

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