Tower Defense games are a very popular genre on mobile devices, and why wouldn’t they be? The touch screen is perfect for tapping units, dragging and dropping your forces into position, and swiping around the area with ease. Fable of Journey is one of these titles that offers a unique spin on things.
At first glance I assumed this was going to be a Plants vs. Zombies style game. Enemy hordes come from the right towards you on the left, and you build a variety of units and obstacles to stop them. However, within the first few seconds you’ll find that Fable of Journey takes a much more hands on approach, leaving full control of destroying enemies squarely on the player. The player has access to several weapons, which are used by swiping or tapping the screen to take care of enemies. Your main attack, since it has unlimited ammo is the knife, which has you swiping the screen to chip down the health of the oncoming hordes. You also have access to a gun which can deal more damage with a single tap, bombs which are good for dealing with clusters of enemies, and you can even upgrade your ship to provide more health and a strong barricade.
The visuals in this game are absolutely ideal for the setting. It’s spooky, but cartoony, and I really enjoyed all the different monster designs the game had. Each monster has different movement patterns, attack strategies, strengths, and speed. Another visual touch I enjoyed is that each time you upgrade a weapon; its appearance will change and be reflected during the game. It’s very satisfying to see your bearded avatar going from fending off zombies with a weak pocket knife to fighting off hordes of pumpkins and vampires with a chainsaw blade.
Honestly, my biggest complaint in this game is its freemium model. At the end of each level, you’re forced to sit through an ad before you can see how well you did. While the game offers an option to turn off ads via an in-app purchase, I genuinely felt like I’d have rather just paid for the game to buy it and not worry about in-app purchases. It’s well put together and offers a lot of content, with forty levels, as well as each of the four worlds unlocking an endless arcade mode once it’s cleared.
Fable of Journey is a fun, hands on tower defense experience. At a price tag of free, and with how much content the game has in store, it’s well worth checking out. The visuals are great, all the character and monster designs are appealing, the soundtrack works very well for the environment, and the gameplay is wonderfully tailored for mobile devices. Don’t let yourself pass up this fable OR this journey.