X-Morph: Defense is a shmup tower defense. What the hell is that? Yeah, it struck me a bit off at first too. In short, I’ll get into detail further along, but you build towers using your ship and for added firepower, you can also shoot from your ship. It is as intense as it sounds. Let’s dive in further.
In X-Morph: Defense you play as the ‘enemy’. You are the invading alien force onto earth looking to take over all of the resources to fuel their conquest. It was a really fun experience playing on the ‘other’ side trying to take over the key resource areas from the humans. I wish there was a little bit more story behind it besides they want it and we are in their way, but it fits the game once you get playing into it and see how the boss interacts and commands you to take over the areas. The game has very strong tower defense roots, There are lanes (roads in the city) that they follow to get to your base and it’s your job to stop them. You can place towers anywhere, on the streets and on buildings. If you get two towers close to each other you can build a barrier between the two and stop the progress of the humans through that direction. There are upgrades which you can get bombs and even knock down large buildings that can fall into the path and also divert the attack. But of course, it’s not that easy! The map will expand, enemies will come from different directions, they can have ground and air units, they even throw rocket jump packs on soldiers that can jump over your barriers or even to higher elevations to get around you.
And if that isn’t enough, some stages have MASSIVE bosses that require some extra thinking and to find weaknesses to get them down before they get to your base. Also if you’re feeling a bit evil, you can create your own levels and even play through the whole game under local co-op..which I, unfortunately, was unable to try out.
Instead of money, you have to gather resources to place more towers. You gain them by killing enemies and by going into ghost mode (where you move faster and cannot get attacked) and can ‘vacuum’ them up. This especially becomes hectic when you just need that one more tower to help thin out the attack coming to destroy your base. The added RPG-like element of leveling up certain skills or even de-leveling skills to adapt to what the next level is going to throw at you is enjoyable so you aren’t regretting a previous skill allotment.
Graphics wise, this game is gorgeous. It looks amazing and the transition your ship takes when swapping weapons is pretty awesome. The way things blow up, and buildings crumble down is very well done. At the beginning of each level, your resource collector comes crashing down and wipes everything out around the base location. This alone was fun to watch and loved the details they put into each model. It was a visual treat looking at all the details they put into the game graphically.
As I mentioned before the story was simple, you need resources and the humans were in the way. But it feels fine once you get into the game and ready to take over the world. The soundtrack also fits the game well with hard-hitting tracks which helps elevate the intensity of the overall game.
X-Morph: Defense was a blast to play. I never ran into any issues gameplay wise and never ran into really wanting something more. It was a fast-paced, bullet hell, tower defense, and enjoyed my time with the game. I would definitely recommend people keep an eye out for this game, especially fans of tower defenses. They add some great elements into the genre to keep it fresh and desirable!
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Fun new spin on tower defenses
+ Gorgeous graphics
+ Challenging intense gameplay
- No major story arc
- Non-tower defense fans may run into repetitiveness