So what modes do you have?
Practice mode plays at a slower pace than campaign and multiplayer. You can select to take one opponent on face to face, or three opponents. You can select the maximum number of fireballs delivered to the battlefield by the dragon, who in all modes, regularly sends fireballs to be used by all combatants. This is nice and slow, and plays at the same speed as the tutorial. Use this to get used too the game first!
Campaign mode tells the story of the events as they unfold. Each episode is divided into 'chapters' and each scenario gives you different situations, i.e. number of opponents, etc. but these chapters do not adversely affect proceedings.
Online Multiplayer: OK this is self explanatory, you will face human controlled opponents, either one on one or up to four players. The speed should be faster as your human players will know what they are doing, are familiar with the rules etc etc. Now I say SHOULD but...well we'll cover that in the pro's and cons section.
Graphics: Colourful and easy on the eye. Don't expect all to be very highly detailed, this is a modified arcade tower defense game after all. Though fireballs glow very nicely, and smoke and explosions are rendered well enough for this type of game.
Physics: These are not really a factor. Snoots that are hit will just fall apart, and explosions from impacting fireballs will create stone chips that fly through the air and generate smoke, but don't expect the bang and crash of your Modern Warfare games here.
Music: Good sound track although not outstanding. Adequate for the game though and you will be too busy defending your tower and dealing damage to your enemies to take any real notice of it.
Voice acting: Not a factor. It comes in play during the tutorial section, as you are guided by a namelss Snoot. I suppose you can say it's well 'acted', and the humour of the dialogue will raise a smile.
Controls are responsive and easy to use but that does not mean it's all plain sailing. You'll see what I mean when I get to the next section.
Pros: It's fun and will provide a decent distraction from the normal influx of driving games, shooters etc etc that are out there at the moment. It will challenge you, and providing you don't get too frustrated, will have you trying 'just one more time' to beat your foes (Especially in multiplayer)
You will find your brains surprisingly well taxed as you will have to change your tactics on the fly. It's different enough from other tower defense games to make you notice. It's certainly a lot different from the last type of this game I reviewed (Dungeon Defenders)
As I said, it makes a change from the usual gaming carnage that is on offer.
Cons: Frustration can set in, especially as the A.I. is as sharp as a tack. Yes you can rebound a fireball and that may well hit the enemy walls, but the annoyance comes when you charge up that fireball and eight times out of ten, your opponent will get his shield in the way to block the shot or trap it, charge it and send it back at you or at another enemy. Also sometimes enemy Snoots seem to be a little quicker than yours, so getting coins, and getting the Black or White Knights can be problematic.
Online play is another niggling issue. I'd have loved to have been able to comment more on this, but the lobby was empty. I would create a lobby but nobody would jump in to join a hosted game so I was just sat here twiddling my thumbs. That is a real shame. Online could provide a competitive and fun game mode but only if people are willing to play.
I can see the appeal of this game being damaged by lack of online players, so guys, get the demo at least and TRY online. You'll have a happy reviewer if you do.
The play can be frantic and you may have trouble juggling everything, and there are times when you think "yes I have won!" only to see your tower disintegrate and your hopes of victory are wiped out. Oh well, deep breath and try again I suppose!
To sum up, it's not perfect but it's not dreadful either. Expect a challenge for sure, maybe you'll curse at the A.I. responsiveness, but on the whole this is an enjoyable game. It's different enough to get noticed.
At least try the demo. Right then, time to get back onto the battlefield, there are some walls that need knocking down...