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Vampire Season (iOS) Review

/ Jul 11th, 2012 No Comments

Vampire Season in-game Screenshot

Vampire Season (iOS) Review

Vampire Season (iOS) Review

The first thing you notice about Vampire Season on the iPad is its amazing graphics and cut-scenes. This is really a show-piece game for iOS and its one that you’ll be getting out to show your mates when you have your iPad with you. Vampire Season can best be described as a free-roaming Tower Defence game crossed with “Plants Vs Zombies”, however because your players are free-roaming and hunt down the enemies, the game plays and feels a little different to the norm.

You have thirty different levels to play through in the campaign mode, which starts off quite hard and gets harder each level. I’m usually pretty good at these games, but Vampire Season gave me a challenge that really strained my love with this game. Just like other tower defence games, the goal is to protect something, and in this case it’s Dracula’s Coffin. The enemies that attack range from all types of mythical creatures, and your defenders are also a gruesome lot (you can choose Vampires, Werewolves, Imps, Zombies, Skeleton’s, Boogiemen, Warlocks, Ghosts, Headless Horsemen and finally Mummies). Each one of these has its own strength and weakness, and you need to assess the situation before placing them onto the map.

In conjunction with your defenders you also have the choice to use power-ups that come in a selection of goodies. These power-ups allow bursts of power, refill energy, kill enemies with single blows and general power-ups that boost your performance. It is vital that you learn to use these items pretty quickly with the tutorial as the game does get very tense and you need lightening reactions and quick thinking times. This game is not for the faint hearted, and as mentioned starts off hard and just gets harder. Each level you score your points, and you are rated in stars, the more stars you earn, the better you have done. Just like many games these days, you earn coins when playing the game, and these coins can be used to buy various things within the game. If you’re a coin-collector like myself then this game can become very addictive.

Vampire Season in-game Screenshot

Vampire Season in-game Screenshot

Also included is a survival mode, in which you start off by choosing a selection of characters you’d like to use, plus a selection of power-ups. From then on you are thrown into the game with endless waves of baddies attacking you. Its certainly entertaining, and when you start to learn the game, it can be fun and challenging. This is one mode I used quite a lot due to its quick load time and instant action.

Talking of load times, here is one of the problems with the game. Each level is downloaded over the internet and seems to take forever, even with a fast internet connection. Luckily though, once downloaded you can play that level whenever you like without it downloading it again, this of course is a relief and makes things so much easier in the long-run. Each download makes the game-file bigger, so be aware that even after the first three levels the initial download would have doubled to over 100MB and it gets bigger and bigger. Just before this review was due, another update was needed for the game, meaning more downloading, lucky enough the iPad allows downloads in the background, but it’s still another download for the game.

These downloads are needed to produce such amazing graphics. Everything about the presentation, to the game itself looks stunning. Lighting effects are really nice, animations are tight, and character design is perfect. There are cut-scenes too, and these once again look absolutely amazing. Sonically the game also exceeds expectations, with some groovy music and some spooky sound effects. This is a game that has quality at every section, and cost of that quality is the constant need to download, which while initially slows down the gameplay, once installed everything is worthwhile.

Vampire Season will appeal to anyone with even the slightest interest in tower defence games or zombies. Yes, zombies and evil-things of the night are becoming a little long in the tooth now, but when they look and play this well do we really care? Vampire Season is a must own iOS title if you want to show off the power of your mighty iPad.

Overall Ratings – Vampire Season (iOS)

Gameplay:

8/10

Sound:

9/10

Graphics:

9/10

Replay Value:

7/10

OVERALL SCORE:

83%

Mark Adams
Mark Adams been gaming since 1977 and owned almost every console since the original Pong machine. Gaming has always been part of his life and he enjoys a variety of games and his mind is always open to new experiences in the gaming world. Over the years he has written gaming articles for blogs and local newspapers, and he always tries and add something a little bit different from your usual review. He works in IT for a small local company in Wales, and when he's not working, he's gaming!
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