Bloons TD

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Bloons TD
Bloons TD iOS Logo.jpg
The logo for Bloons TD on iOS
Genres Tower defense
Developers Ninja Kiwi,
Digital Goldfish Ltd. (iOS)
Publishers Ninja Kiwi
Platforms Android, browser, iOS, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DSi
Platform of origin Adobe Flash
First release Bloons TD
2007
Latest release Bloons Monkey City
  • WW November 25, 2013
Official website ninjakiwi.com

Bloons TD is a series of tower defense games under the Bloons series produced and created by Ninja Kiwi. The game was initially developed as a browser game, built upon the Adobe Flash platform and released in 2007. Later games in the series expanded to support various mobile platforms, including Android, iOS, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DSi.

In the game, players attempt to prevent balloons, referred to as "bloons", from reaching the end of a set course by placing towers along it; units which can pop the bloons in a variety of ways. Money is gained by popping balloons and completing levels, and can be spent on extra towers or upgrades for existing ones.

The series has received mixed reception, with most games reviewed well. Some versions have been described as the best free tower defense games for their platform while criticism for the games has largely been due to lack of innovation in recent games and performance issues.

Gameplay[edit]

The main objective of Bloons TD is to prevent balloons, known in-game as "bloons", from reaching the end of a defined track on a map which consists of one or more entrances and exits for the bloons. The game is a tower defense game and thus the player can choose various types of towers and traps at his or her disposal to place around the track in order to defend against the bloons, gaining points for every bloon popped.[1][2] If a bloon reaches the end of a path, the player loses lives (or in later games, health); once these are depleted, the game ends.[3][4]

Bloons follow the map's set path on the track until they either reach the exit(s) or are popped. There are multiple types of bloons, with tougher variants containing a number of weaker ones.[5] In some versions of the game bloons possess special abilities, or strengths, that resist certain tower types.[6] With each level, the intensity of bloon waves proportionately increases.[7]

Towers are the main defensive utility in the Bloons TD series. Each tower has its own unique purpose, power, and use, with some being powerful against specific bloons but unable to target others effectively.[8] Every tower can be upgraded to increase power and other capabilities by spending the in-game currency, known simply as 'money', which is earned by popping bloons and at the end of each round.[8] In Bloons TD 4 and Bloons TD 5, certain towers can be placed to produce additional money.[9]

Series[edit]

There are currently six main games in the Bloons Tower Defense series, in addition to various add-on packs and spin-offs such as Bloons Tower Defense 4 Expansion and Bloons Monkey City.[10] The series was retitled from Bloons Tower Defense to Bloons TD in 2009 due to infringement on the TowerDefense trademark owned by Com2uS.[11]

Bloons Tower Defense and Bloons Tower Defense 2[edit]

A screenshot of the original Bloons Tower Defense.

Bloons Tower Defense is the first game in the BTD series, released for free as a flash browser game in late 2007.[12] In the game players had to defend against coloured bloons with monkeys, dart throwers, and other towers positioned around the map.[13] When strong bloons are popped they release weaker ones until eventually completely popping.[5] Bloons Tower Defense 2 was released soon after in early 2008,[12] adding new towers, multiple map options, new bloons, and an option for game difficulty.[14]

Bloons TD 3[edit]

A screenshot of the Bloons TD 3 browser version.

Bloons TD 3 was released a few months after the release of Tower Defense 2, named differently due to a trademark dispute with Com2uS.[11][12] As with the second game, new towers, bloons, and maps were added.[15]

A version based on this game was released for iOS titled Bloons TD; made available on October 3, 2009 from the iOS App Store.[7] This version had extra maps styled in snow and beach themes,[16] and included OpenFeint achievements.[17] The game included 5 map packs, containing a total of 15 different levels to play, with packs unlocked by completing the previous levels.[4] This version of the game was also released for the PlayStation Portable in 2010.[2] Another version of the game, simply titled Bloons TD, was released for DSiWare in 2011, containing 50 levels to complete.[18][19]

Bloons TD 4[edit]

Bloons TD 4 was released in October 2009 online with an iOS version released on 7 December 2010, developed in conjunction with Digital Goldfish.[20][21][22] The gameplay underwent changes including a graphical update, the ability to save the current game, and the introduction of an unlock-based leveling system.[3] The tower upgrading system received various changes including increasing the number of upgrades per tower,[12] and new maps and game modes were added.[23]

iPhone and iPad versions of this title have been purchased over one million times.[24] A version of the game was also released as a DSiWare game in 2012.[25]

Bloons TD 5[edit]

A screenshot of the Bloons TD 5 iOS version.

Bloons TD 5 was released in December 2011 with improved graphics and additional upgrades, tracks, towers, and bloon types.[8] The game also introduced a daily challenge feature which sets a certain goal for the player to achieve, rewarding him or her with more in-game currency.[26] On November 15, 2012, BTD 5 was released on iOS worldwide for iPhones and iPods.[8]

Bloons TD Battles[edit]

Bloons TD Battles was released in 2012,[27] and later to Android and iOS platforms in 2013.[28] The gameplay is similar to that in Bloons TD 5 but two players compete against one another in one of two game modes. In "assault" mode, each player normally progresses through the levels. However, the players are also given the ability to purchase additional bloons to overwhelm their competitor.[29] In "defense" mode, the players play a natural game, the screen split vertically. Both game objectives are to outlast the opponent in surviving the bloon attacks.[30] Using the system's skill-based matching system, players can be automatically matched with one another.[31]

Reception[edit]

Shortly after the release of Bloons Tower Defense, Lore Sjoberg of Wired described the game as cheerful and addictive, calling it "pop culture at its best".[13] In 2012, Justin Davis of IGN described Bloons Tower Defense as one of the best free tower defense games, despite its "amateurish" artwork.[5] He later noted the first entry's lack of depth, and that the sequel improved this.[14]

IGN editor Daemon Hatfield said that he thought Bloons Tower Defense 3 succeeded in standing out in the crowded genre by having sufficient core game mechanics and adding an individual twist.[32] The game's iOS version received mixed reviews with some authors praising the unique towers and good gameplay, though the user interface and lack of leaderboards were criticised.[4][7] The DS version received similar reception, with Lucas Thomas of IGN describing it as "a pretty good take on good old Bloons TD."[18] Eurogamer's Kristan Reed gave the PSP version 8/10, describing it as "transfixing", though he said that the music appeared to be designed to "drive you insane".[15]

GameZebo editor Jim Squires gave Bloons Tower Defense 4 a 3.5/5 rating, praising it on its well designed maps and towers and for having a large amount of content, but he criticized the game for not "bringing anything new to the genre."[20] GamePro editor Ryan Rigney gave Bloons Tower Defense 4 a 2/5 rating, stating that it had the same Bloons Tower Defense gameplay as the previous titles, and "the screen eventually gets so hectic that it's no longer fun to play"; an issue which many other reviews also responded negatively to.[3][20][33]

Bloons TD 5 was received similarly to its previous version, with reviewers commenting positively on the number of maps, towers, and levels, but criticising the lack of innovation to the tower-defense genre and performance issues at higher levels.[8][9] Both Bloons TD 4 and Bloons TD 5 featured among the top 10 paid iPhone apps in the iOS App Store,[34][35] with Bloons TD 4 selling over 1 million copies.[24] Bloons TD remained in the top 100 apps for at least 3 months,[16] and Bloons TD 5 was the 8th most purchased iPhone app in 2013.[36] Overall, the game series has been played over 1 billion times across web and mobile devices.[37]

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