Vast armies of evil march against you as fireballs and poison clouds fly overhead. Assemble an army of wizards and warriors, and bring all your magic and steel to bear against your foes.
Protector: The Planes is the latest game in an epic tower defense series which has been played over 50 million times! Over 30% larger than the original version, Protector: The Planes contains amazing new features never before seen in the series. Unleash devastating super-powers such as the meteor strike, blizzard, poison nova and chain lightning to name a few. Employ the fearsome Chaos Knight once you have conquered the mortal realms. Experience 10 planar battles each with new game-play elements that drastically alter the strategy that had been working so well in the mortal realms!
See what 10's of millions of gamers have been raving about! Your armies await you and your rivals approach from all sides. Seize the throne! You can buy the game on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad by searching for Protector or by using the iTunes link Go to iTunes store.
Posted by Casey Tschida on: October 26th, 2010, 12.55 pm
NTT Resonant has added two of the four most sought after features on an iOS gamer’s wishlist to their tower defense game. Protector: The Planes v1.0.2 adds fast app switching and Game Center integration.
When playing the game on an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later) running iOS 4.0 or later, you no longer need to be nervous about an incoming phone call or other interruption destroying your progress. Jumping back into the game resumes things right where you left off.
If you happen to be using iOS 4.1 on an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later), then here’s your chance to add a bit more of a challenge using Apple’s Game Center. Attempt to earn all 19 achievements (590 points), or just work your way to the top of the five leaderboards: Overall, Casual, Casual Elite, Hardcore, and Hardcore Elite.
The Protector series has been available on the personal computer market since 2008. The first four releases have been played over 50 million times since the original debut. The fifth release, Protector: The Planes, makes its way in an exclusive version that’s only available on the App Store.
Take part in building a line of defense using super-powered medieval warriors. You’re provided an initial five basic units, with five more unlockable advanced units. Before a wave is to be unleashed upon you, there’s a summary of the creature’s required hit-points, gold pieces you’ll gain by killing, experience you’ll obtain, plus the monster’s strengths and weaknesses.
There are opportunities to place units before the battle is waged, between waves, and at any other time by pausing the game. To pause the game and show the unit controls, tap on the dagger in the bottom-right. Tap-and-drag a unit to the desired location to add him to your army. Upgrade characters by simply tapping on them, which can be performed during active or paused gameplay. If you have enough gold, just tap on the Level-Up icon and select which attributes you want to improve.
Allowing an enemy unit to reach its destination will result in the loss of one health point. Your health and gold indicators are located in the bottom-left of the screen. Once you’ve successfully conquered all of the waves of enemy creatures, you’ll unlock new maps to embark on defending. There are 32 total maps and 40 different enemies to test your strategy skills.
Protector: The Planes is available in the App Store for $1.99, and compatible with iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later.
The Protector series boasts over 50,000,000 game plays (online Flash) and it shows… both in the games design and the graphics.
Developer: NTT Resonant
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When an app touts that its predecessors have been played 50 million times, with the direct prequel being a Kongregate top 25 mainstay, it’s safe to say that the app deserves a look. For fans of the Protector Series, the fifth game, titled “The Planes,” is only going to be released on the iPhone, shunning its Flash gaming roots. Apparently ZigZaGame is moving from the free flash model to the moneymaking App Store. I can respect that.
Unlike Kongregate though, the App Store is a whole different animal. People demand a level of polish that they may otherwise not care about in a flash game. Maybe it’s because people are paying for these iOS games, or maybe people just expect a lot due to the retina display; whatever the reason, ZigZaGame had their work cut out.
Protector: The Planes is a fixed path tower defense game that requires a bit more thought than the average TD. The game is really based on an element system, which means that units don’t simply do X amount of damage. Instead, units in Protector adhere to their particular element, meaning that fire wizards do fire damage, ice wizards do ice damage, and so on.
To make things a bit more difficult, each enemy has its own strengths and weaknesses, meaning that wave 1 could be resistant to fire while wave 10 could be weak to it. Levels in the game tend to follow patterns, so you have to make sure you choose the right types of units to use before the level starts. Once you are in a level, you can’t sell any units, so you also need to have a base placement strategy down before you start.
To aid in your element selection, the game offers an extensive stat upgrade tree. As you beat each level, you are given a point that you can allocate to any number of things, from upgrades to certain types of units to unlocking special units. All of the points can be reallocated at any point, so it is up to you to use the stats to your advantage in each level.
As well thought out as the game is, though, the graphics are a mess. Each map, no matter what the setting is, is full of dark colors and the muddiest, jagged squares possible. The units are all stiff and dull, and their weapon blasts really aren’t that much better. Protector also breaks the one rule of a great tower defense game, and that is that none of the units change visually when they are upgraded. Something as simple as a dot on the back of the characters would be enough to make me happy.
If you can get past the graphics, you’ll find that Protector: The Planes is about as deep of a tower defense game as they come. There is just simply more to do, with a higher level of difficulty, than just about any other game out there. It’s really just a shame that the brains behind the operation couldn’t steal the art team from Fieldrunners or Sentinel.