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Bloons TD 6

Bloons TD 6
Category: Strategy
Bloons TD 6

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When it comes to strategy games, most of them are taking themselves too seriously, with military coats tight, orders clear, and mouths shut. That’s why I love Bloons series. It’s as absurd as can be; monkeys versus colorful balloons flying to your fortress, and you are both defending and attacking! But that’s the essential fun. Graphics 9/10 First: it’s cute. Bloons a...

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Bloons TD 6

When it comes to strategy games, most of them are taking themselves too seriously, with military coats tight, orders clear, and mouths shut. That’s why I love Bloons series. It’s as absurd as can be; monkeys versus colorful balloons flying to your fortress, and you are both defending and attacking! But that’s the essential fun.

Graphics 9/10

First: it’s cute. Bloons are colored and funny, monkeys are diverse and even funnier. Despite it’s 2D, the scene looks like it’s 3D, so detailed they are. Second: it takes a large screen to see it all. So if you have a choice of having Bloons TD 6 on the phone or a tablet, even if it’s less than 10”, opt for the tablet. I tried it on the latest iPhone XS Max and LG G Pad 8.3 (2013), and, despite the tablet is quite old, the game looked way better on it.

Sound 8/10

Popping balloons are always fun to hear, especially if they are, in fact, bloons. Can you hear that? Loud and proud – BLOOOOON! The music is as jolly and playful as everything about this game. No military marches, no fantasy-like orchestra and choral; it sounds like a kids’ cartoon, and it looks like that. That’s organic and natural. I like it.

Gameplay 9/10

The idea is as simple as in other Bloons games; have you noticed that this installment isn’t the first? Balloons (Bloons for short) float to your citadel over the road. Your monkey towers shoot them on the way, so no ball makes it in. If you’re lucky, of course. If not, you lose as many lives as many balls reached the citadel.

This simple idea is diversified by various types of bloons and monkeys. Some bloons are harder to pop, some move faster, some have other bloons inside, and so on. As for monkeys, they have various range, various force, and so on. They can also be upgraded in diverse ways, so you can prepare for any attack. 

And yes, there is a multiplayer for two players. In this mode, both attack and defend at the same time, to provide equality. It takes even more concentration than an AI game. And that’s what I like the most.

Lasting Appeal 8/10

It seems that Bloons games aren’t meant to last long. Look how many installments there are in the series! Still, Bloons TD 6 is probably the most durable one, and years won’t harm it much. Along with multiplayer and various single-player modes, it’s just fun to learn and explore. The developers have infinite imagination and completely unleash it, so digging deeper is constant fun.

In-app purchases

Though the game itself is paid ($4.99), there are tons of paid content within it. Well, you do upgrades, right? And ya want some speed, heh? And don’t wanna pay? Meh. Logically, the game offers advantages to those who keep paying. It’s especially clear in multiplayer, where donators generally have some sufficient advantage. 

Conclusion

Bloons is one of my favorite strategies (given that strategy isn’t my favorite genre). It’s quite funny, sweet and ironic, and the latter is the most attractive. The characters are cute, the fields are exquisite, and I could never argue with games that offered a lot to learn and calculate. Even if you like more serious strategies, not even Tower Defense, chances are you will like it.

Pros:

  • Cute visuals
  • Various game modes
  • Multiplayer with double tasks
  • Works on old phones.

Cons:

  • Keeps requiring microtransaction (despite paid)
  • Looks better on tablets than even on large phones.

Graphics 9.00

Sound 9.00

Gameplay 9.00

Lasting Appeal 8.00

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