South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! Reviews

  • Misfit LenzMisfit Lenz131,149
    09 Oct 2009 11 Oct 2009
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    GAMEPLAY
    It's a tower defense game. Search it on Newgrounds or Kongregate and you'll get an accurate idea of what this is. Enemies run along a set path that you set various types of towers around to kill them. allowing them to pass through the maze alive reflects negatively (the town takes damage until the health bar reaches zero), while killing all of them awards you with a Perfect Wave and a point bonus after the level. An interesting improvement on the formula is that you, as one of 16 characters from the series, can move about the map to build towers, collect money, and stop those few that got through the maze from reaching the end. Not only does it give all these advantages, but it beats trying to use the left stick like a mouse the way lots of console RTS games do. Each character also has a special ability, from Butters going into a tap dancing fit & killing any and all near him, to Kenny's "Welfare Check" that makes enemies drop random amounts of cash. It makes for some good strategy as to just what bonuses will or will not help you.

    DESIGN
    Starting it up, I wind up waiting for about 15 seconds while various credits and autosave notes appear that I really only need to see for not even 5, if at all. After getting through this, I found playing solo put me at an automatic disadvantage. You can only control 1 character at a time, and each one has certain jobs he/she is best for. Of the usual 4, Cartman is best for attacking, Kenny is good for long range, fast attacks, Stan is fastest, and Kyle has the most useful special attack of them all, causing all attacks to be 10 times as powerful for a time. Each has his disadvantages of course, as I quickly found out trying to stop Mongolians with Kyle was like Urkel beating Mike Tyson in a fight. Swapping characters is mapped to right bumper, and you have to cycle through until you find the one you wanted, which can often be messy. I know it's a small complaint, but they could have mapped this to the unused D-pad. The game rewards you for things you do by giving you episode clips and bios in a scrapbook, which feels really weak. Most of the episode clips are less than 10 seconds long, and don't give you enough to go off about the given character, rendering them pure fan service.

    CHALLENGE LEVEL
    It will be very challenging if this is your first experience with tower defense. Once you realize that strength isn't in how many towers are out, but how well placed & upgraded your towers are, you'll be fine. An additional difficulty is unlocked after the campaign is finished, only for those who really know what they're doing.

    SOUND
    I turned the music off after about 2 hours. It's not unbearable, but it's nothing I'd be proud of having made. The characters all appear to be voiced by the correct actors (likely considering Comedy Central was involved in development), but the lines feel either like patchy situational phrases put together, or quotes from the series. Comic-style cutscenes at the beginning and end of each level is where the writing shines with South Park's usual wit & humor, though the game reminds me of the Simpson's game in that certain situations in the game happen solely because the game needed more length. For instance, certain levels in campaign will have the boys poking fun at the chinese annoucner's accent, leading to situations like this.
    ANNOUNCER: LEVER 8 COMPREETO! TWEEK UNROCKED!!
    CARTMAN: WHY THE HELL WOULD FINISHING THIS LEVEL UNROCK TWEEK?!?
    Maybe it's my comedic soft spot for breaking the fourth wall, but I can't help laughing at this.

    MULTIPLAYER
    This is what the game is made for, plain and simple. Playing solo puts you at a disadvantage as I've already stated, but get some friends together and let the tactics flow, and you can tackle any challenge the game throws at you.

    EXTRAS
    The scrapbook can be described as weak. You work so hard to unlock that one clip of X character, playing the same level over and over again trying to get 500,000 points on a level you have trouble getting 200,000 on, just for a 10 second clip. Challenge mode levels become unlocked after every other level in campaign, and they are great time wasters. Tough, but great.

    OVERALL
    It's about as fun as you can expect a tower defense game to be, perhaps even a bit more so at times.
    4.0
    Showing all 7 comments.
    Price de NiceDude, how can you ignore how funny this game is. If you don't think so you're not a south park fan and you're reviewing this game based on purely tower defense merit, which is a retarded noob genre to begin with. this game is funny though.

    anyways, complete review for everything else, so although I may disagree with some points, good work thumbs up.
    Posted by Price de Nice on 09 Oct 09 at 18:11
    Misfit LenzReview edited to add in what sinenceor said, but the game remains 4 stars.
    Posted by Misfit Lenz on 11 Oct 09 at 01:47
    WiNPhREAkBottom line is if you like South Park you'll like this game. I agree with Silenceor and the humor alone is worth it. I never played a turrent game prior to this but I think it's an overall great game for a xbox arcade game. I only wish maybe they could have left out the clips in scrapbook and maybe threw in some animated cut scenes but they are still good just still images, gives it a sort of comic book look, not bad.
    Posted by WiNPhREAk on 11 Oct 09 at 04:55
    montrossitySeeing how ignorant some people can be, here is a definition of the word: Turrent.
    Turrent: A common misspelling of the word "turret," usually made by people with a fourth-grade education.
    Turrents r kOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=turrent
    Posted by montrossity on 16 Jun 10 at 16:58
    Exalted Entitymontrossity, here is the other definition:
    Source:
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=turrent

    A larger structure serving the same purpose as a turret, compared to the stand-alone gun, turret.

    Commonly used outside the US where proper English DOES exist. It should be added to an English dictionary, if it has not been already. Turret is instead used as being part of a tower or building.

    It might also relate to a more automatic and continuously firing weapon.

    Regardless of the differences, it is sometimes used interchangeably with turret and found in both forms in video games.
    The missile turrent was a base defence while the naval boats had turrets as their means of combat.
    Posted by Exalted Entity on 22 Apr 12 at 03:03
    Misfit LenzOH GOD GRAMMER NAZIS EVERYWHERE!!
    Posted by Misfit Lenz on 30 Apr 12 at 23:36
    TomGranzZzBest game ever i unlocked everything in the scrapbook and i play this everyday and got all achievements.Best 800MPS i ever spent.
    Posted by TomGranzZz on 13 May 12 at 15:53