Army of Darkness Defense is based on the cult classic, Army of Darkness. If you haven't seen the film, I encourage you to rent it when you get the chance ' not only is it a lot of fun, it's filled with an extraordinary number of hilarious one-liners all uttered by the incomparable Bruce Campbell. Those one-liners, along with numerous other Army of Darkness references, are used liberally by Army of Darkness Defense in creating the setting and mood for its gameplay. Form this point forward I'll have to assume that you are familiar with the film because if you're not it's going to take me far too much time to explain Deadites, Ash's chainsaw hand, shopping smart at S-Mart, and all that. Also, you really need to be a fan of the movie to appreciate the game, and without any familiarity with the events and characters of the film you're not going to get any of the movie references that the game continually throws at you.
AoD Defense is similar to a tower defense game, except that the "towers" in this case come in the form of various different kinds of medieval era warriors. Each level challenges you to defend your castle and the Necronomicon it protects from the hordes of Deadites that want to get their hands on the magical book. The castle sprawls horizontally across several screens, and the Deadites begin their march towards the book from the far right side of the castle. Protecting the castle and the book is Ash, who carries a shotgun and has a few special attacks up his sleeves, as well as the warriors that you summon to aid in the castle's defense. Calling one of these warriors to battle requires a certain amount of resources, with the more powerful troops naturally costing more. The resources used to create the warriors are generated in a steady stream by a blacksmith and you'll continually accrue these resources throughout the level. Once you summon a warrior, your resource stockpile will be debited and he'll appear on the far left side of the castle and begin a relentless march towards the right until he meets an enemy troop, at which point he'll begin fighting for you. A level ends when you defeat all of the Deadites, or when Ash is killed or a Deadite reaches the book.
As you battle the Deadites they will occasionally drop coins, and when you complete a level you'll be awarded coins as well. These coins are used to purchase upgrades for your units, upgrade Ash's attacks, or unlock new special attacks. You'll only have enough to purchase one or two upgrades per level, but if you're impatient you can buy additional coins in exchange for real currency.
That's about all there is to the game. Each level plays out in the same basic way, just with stronger Deadites and a greater variety of attackers. It's a relatively simple game in the general tower defense vein, but it's still a fun little phone game ... and doubly so for anyone who enjoyed the movie.
Final Rating: 85%