Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This?
Weird name, and an even stranger and somewhat frustrating game.
You can tell by its bizarre title that Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? for PSP is not your typical strategy game You play a commander trying to grow and maintain an underground army to protect your boss, a weakling that doesn't know the first thing about management. Who's coming after him? "The good guys". And we know we don't want the good guys to win, right?
You spend a great deal of time developing an army, using an intricate system involving nutrition squares, slimes, maggots and lizard men. At the start of each round, you're given a specific number of dig points. You use these to chip away tiles and reveal nutrients, which in turn become slimes. These slimes go and absorb themselves back into other tiles, making them stronger. You can then break these open and reveal stronger creatures, such as combat flies and maggots. The flies serve a light defense purpose, but the maggots are more important. You'll need them to feed even stronger lizard men. Run out of maggots, and your soldiers have had it. Get too many maggots and not enough soldiers, however, and the "good guys" will overwhelm them.
It sounds great, but there's a minor problem. The minions you spawn don't always do what they're told. For instance, you could set a lizard man on a path to guard a corridor to prevent heroes from getting through. Unfortunately, they'll sometimes wander off, forcing you to either put them back where they belong or stick another lizard man in its place.
There's a lot of strategy, and you have to wonder why anyone would want to work with the weak Overlord or the stupid helpers in the first place. Some may find the nutrient system too frustrating, saving particular tiles for stronger soldiers while dealing with the dumber ones and the heroes. However, there is a reward for those who stick with it, as the game picks up with each progressing stage. There are also challenge missions to unlock, with certain goals you need to meet, like completing a pre-set quota for lizard men or destroying heroes using specific tiles.
We just wish the game performed better. The graphics, while not the worst we've seen on the PSP, are short of what we expect, with minimal animations and drab stage design. On the bright side, the game has plenty of offbeat humor.
No, Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? won't change the way you look at tower defense games. There are better ones out there with minions that actually act the way they're supposed to. Despite that, there's a decent game hidden within the issues. It's just a matter of digging to find it. Grab yourself a shovel if you think you're up to the task.
What's Hot: Unique concept, off-the-wall humor, enjoyable challenge missions.
What's Not: Uncooperative minions, average visuals.