Drone, Part 1Submitted by Earok on Sat, 02/12/2011 - 10:12
I feel bad for not reviewing this game earlier. I had known about it for months, but never really sat down to play it until yesterday. David Wilson's Drone is not simply one of the best New Zealand freeware titles I have ever played, but one of the best freeware titles I have ever played, period.
The game is a seamless blend of Tower Defence and Arena Shooter. As hordes of enemies attack your Drone from every direction, you can fight back using a variety of weapons (Axes, Machine Guns, Flamethrowers etc) or build a base around you with walls, gun turrents and factories that create other drones to fight for you. You only have a small amount of money to start with, but pick up more from every enemy defeated. You can use a blend of both strategies in the game, though the game encourages you to play through each level using only one strategy at a time.
The graphics are clean, beautifully simple and entirely consistent. There's supposed to be an XNA version of the game on the way, if it ever emerges then Xbox owners are in for a real treat.