Game Review: Star Wars Battle For Hoth

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Star Wars: Battle For Hoth is a quality tower defense game for WP7.

Overall Score: 4/5StarWarsBattleForHoth

This game is perfect, from its visually appealing Star Wars theme to its challenging gameplay, but unfortunately has a bug where you may not be able to open your saved data after exiting the game. A future update could possibly fix this issue. I didn’t have that problem but many users in the Marketplace did.

Gameplay: 4/5

There’s plenty of variation in this tower defense game, with 15 different levels, two difficulties, and two gameplay modes. Higher levels will present tougher enemies and also unlock better weapons. It’s a great tower defense game and is plenty fun to play. The controls also work well except the occasional touchy menu selections (which don’t affect the gameplay). If you have fat fingers, you may have issues selecting your weapons, but I found that it was perfectly fine. One point is taken off of the gameplay score because of the bug that exists, where you may not be able to open your saved game after closing the game (numerous reviews in the Marketplace claimed they had this issue, but I personally didn’t).

Presentation: 4/5

The visuals are pretty good, and the Star Wars theme songs are fun to listen to. The sound effects of the lasers firing and enemies dying are welcome. The only complaint is that the background song is only about 3 minutes long, so it repeats itself time after time again while you’re playing.

Lasting Value: 5/5

If you play through the classic mode and the fortify mode, you can get over 6 hours of gameplay. Fortify mode uses the same 15 levels as the Classic mode, but it changes the gameplay: Instead of having to make money by killing series of enemies, you are given a set amount of money which you use to fortify your weapons. After spending that money, you have to hope that your defenses will hold, since you don’t earn any more money through the level.

Story: 4/5

The game features cut-scenes from the Star Wars movies which gives you a nice motive for defending the base against the hordes of galactic foes. Luckily, you can skip the movie cut-scenes if you aren’t interested in the little story or if you already beat the game and want to replay it.

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Title: Star Wars: Battle For Hoth
Price: $4.99
Developer: THQ Inc

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