Connoisseurs of the tower-defense genre rightly have a soft spot for the Anomaly series. The cinematic production qualities of the games are top-notch, there's never a shortage of value for money, and the decidedly offensive take on the defense genre is a welcome break from the rather static gameplay of genre contemporaries.
Anomaly 2 carries on the tradition of the previous games with a confident stride, and is for the most part a very solid case of more-of-the-same. Yet the ability to morph units into alternative powerhouses to meet changing circumstances also adds a great deal of variety. The ability to change your force's routes remains in this sequel, a system which adds as much challenge to the game as you wish to take on. Do you travel the longer road and bag some bonus points - at the risk of failure - or play it safe and merely slink your way home? In this manner, Anomaly 2 continues to cater for all of its players extremely well. If you've really got the chops for it, there's multiplayer to get stuck into as well.
Only two things take a little of the shine off Anomaly 2, both of which can presumably be tweaked in a patch. Firstly, and even on a fourth-generation iPad, there was a certain amount of sluggishness to the framerate. As a result, there's a second minor problem - a sense of lag when selecting options or moving around the play area. To be clear, these issues aren't deal-breakers by any means, but you'll have to adjust to them, and you'll wish you didn't have to. It's also a pretty safe evolution of the game series, all things considered
Despite a handful of technical hiccups, Anomaly 2 is everything fans of the previous games in the series would have asked for, and is a very easy sale for existing Anomaly nuts. Those who are put off by the typically static, reactive gameplay of the tower-defense genre, could do a lot worse than Anomaly 2 if they wish to discover what this gaming scene is really capable of.
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