I have played my fair share of Tower Defense games, but Bloons Tower Defense 4 was one of the most unique ones that I had a chance to play. It doesn’t have a dark theme like popular tower defense games, but instead provides cartoony graphics, humor and a fresh gameplay method. Now, it isn’t the best game ever, however, most tower defense fans will find it rather enjoyable as it really does provide a challenge that is much harder than you might be tempted to think at first.
Bloons Tower Defense 4 earned its name because the enemies that you are fighting are actually balloons that are moving very fast along the path in order to get to the exit area. Yes, you did read that correctly, balloons are the enemy creeps and the towers you will be provided with are actually silly monkeys that fire darts and bombs at the enemy. Doesn’t sound like a very mature game and it doesn’t look like one either, but trust me when I say that it provides a very difficult challenge on many of its levels, especially if you play on hard difficulty.
The thing you need to pay special attention to in this game are the enemies which will die and spawn very quickly and before you know it you might find yourself overran by waves of creeps that you cannot defeat. The trick is that certain balloons, once destroyed, gift birth to several new balloons which might do the same. This means that one opponent could turn out to be something that actually contains over twenty different enemies that will move very quickly and do their best to reach their exit. This is why it is vital that you learn about each enemy as well as their weaknesses so that you can learn how you can combat them. The trick is also in figuring out what your own towers are capable of since there is no sense in investing into a tower that is currently not needed.
As far as towers go, Bloons Tower Defense 4 is loaded with many of them, and mastering them all and figuring out which to upgrade can take a lot of time and effort. Unlike some other games that provide only a handful of towers, Bloons Defense actually provides you with two long columns on powerful turrets as well as many different traps and bombs that you can use during each level.
The game features some very nice, fancy graphics which do look a bit cartoony, but will still make the whole game entertaining. The monkeys are quite funny and cute and their animations will give you a nice laugh. As for the audio, it is not so impressive and there is no real soundtrack present at any point in the game. The included audio effects are also quite horrible so you better mute the game and play some music of your own since the in-game sound is quite bad and not very important for the game itself.