Tested version: 1.0.5
Latest version: 1.0.8
Requires Android: from 2.2
Tower Defense, but with a little twist. Cartoon Wars is a combo of real-time strategy with action, and it's been garnering both praise and fans in the Android community. Read on to find out if we agree with the positive comments that have been flooding the market.
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100)
Android version: 2.3.6
Runs as of: 2.1
Cartoon Wars has a few things in common with Tower Defense games in the sense that the goal is to protect a tower, whilst simultaneously trying to destroy your opponent's tower. Cartoon Wars is the Godfather of this game genre, so after having tested SAMURAI vs ZOMBIES DEFENSE I felt it was time to try out the former. (BTW: If you happened to have read my review of SAMURAI vs ZOMBIES DEFENSE and/or have tried out said app for yourself, I think you'll find similarities between the two gameplays.)
A player has a certain amount of mana (a sort of magical energy) to work with, and must use the mana to build an army, and don't worry about the energy running out, it replenishes itself. You need at least 10 points to create a soldier, and the further you get the more units can be created, provided you have enough points.
The mana quantity can be augmented as of 50 points, which will provide you with more energy in the long run.
Soldiers automatically charge opponents and attack them, so there's no need to navigate them. You do, however, have to navigate entire attacks (i.e. arrows); be careful as to not injure your own troupes.
The enemy troupes are pretty nasty: skeletons, dragons or monsters, namely, and in light of these ghoulish opponents, finding the right strategy is key. This doesn't necessarily mean building the most expensive army; the point is to assess who you're up against and then send out a tailored group of units that can target the opponent's weaknesses.
Every time you slay an enemy, you'll wind up with gold in your purse. Use the gold to – you guessed it – make an even bigger and better offense/defense.
The game becomes increasingly difficult, which is nice as this means you won't get bored playing. Plus, there are tons and tons of worlds to get through, so Cartoon Wars has the potential to keep you busy for a while.
Cartoon Wars is a unique kind of game. Believe it or not, a bit of humour / a sense of the absurd is woven through it (e.g. yeah, the game is set in the Middle Ages, but what's to stop you from building Apache choppers? Nothing!)
The game's dynamic is great and there are lots of gimmicks to keep gamers occupied for a good while. The online charts are great if you like seeing how well (or poorly) you're doing in comparison with others.
The downsides: all of the levels look the same and it isn't really possible to actively participate in the battle scenes.
Screen & Controls
The Cartoon Wars controls are intuitive and easy to run. A simple button press is all it takes to build a unit.
The graphics are colourful and resemble, well, cartoon graphics, as is to be expected.
Speed & Stability
Cartoon Wars performs seamlessly, no matter how many units might be on the battle field.
The application is available for free, which is pretty awesome considering how awesome Cartoon Wars itself happens to be. The gameplay won't be everyone's cup of tea, but, as always, we try to be impartial – when it comes to games, as with everything in life, it takes all kinds – and there's no denying that this game is very well made. As is the case with many apps these days, there are options for spending real money to get ahead faster, but this is absolutely not necessary in order to enjoy the game.
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