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Bloons TD 6

Today I want to talk about the newest title in a very popular series, well you already read the title so I save you the suspense.

Of course it’s the Bloons TD 6 game!

I’ve purchased the game a couple days ago and have been playing ever since. The game currently sells for $4.99 in the US iTunes & Google Play store.

But before we venture deeper into the game, I have to vent about a little detail that left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Bloons TD 6, despite having a price tag that normally makes you expect not having to deal with in-app purchases, includes just that. The in-app purchases even go up to $54.99, which really is a lot of money and usually not a good sign for a game, especially a paid one.

But, let’s give it a shot anyways, after all, we just dropped five bucks on it. 😉
Also because I’m really into Tower Defense games since the days of Desktop Tower Defense, which was like a revelation to me and I used to spend hours upon hours flattening hordes of creeps.

Enough of my complaints, for now, let’s figure out if Bloons TD 6 @$4.99 is worth buying for you.

Bloons TD 6 Review

After you’ve downloaded Bloons TD6, you will need to wait a couple of minutes before you can play, because additional content needs to be downloaded.

This was quite slow for me, on a 100Mbit/s connection.

Once the game has been updated with the latest content, you will be guided through the tutorial. Alternatively you can just press the button at the top left hand side labelled “I’ve played before”.

The tutorial introduces you to your new army of monkeys

Game Mechanics

If you already know how Tower Defense games work, or have played other Bloons TD parts you can safely skip this part and move on.

The way Tower Defense games work is that enemies will walk/fly/drive over the screen in a predestined way. You can clearly see this in the screenshot above, the enemies will come from either the left or the right side and will follow the road.

So you’ll have to you manually place Towers (or in this case, Monkeys) on the game map. While doing this you have to anticipate the best locations for the type of Monkey you place. Each Monkey has special abilities, for example, a “Dart Shooting Monkey”, or a “Glue Gun Monkey”.

The first will pop Bloons (You may also know them as Balloons where you’re from) while the ladder will shoot glue and slow down the Bloons.

It is always a good idea to place your Monkeys in a way that they will be able to hit enemies multiple times, from multiple positions. As you can see in the screenshot above, I’ve placed them in a way that my Dart Monkeys can shoot the Bloons when they approach from the left side of the road, but then again once they reach the right side.

This might seem like overkill to you, but believe me, traditionally in Tower Defense games there will be a LOT of enemies coming in, and the more you progress in your rounds the faster they will become as well.

Once you’ve defeated the evil army of Bloons, you will be rewarded with a bundle of in-game cash that you can then use to further upgrade your Heroes & Monkey units.

Your Monkey Army Salutes You

In Bloons TD 6 you’ll have 19 monkey units and 6 monkey heroes at your disposal.

Each of these units and heroes can be upgraded over 5 tiers in three different disciplines to make them more powerful, specialize in a particular way of attack or give them new powers.

Units in Bloons TD6 are broken up in 4 different classes:

  • Primary
  • Military
  • Magic
  • Support

Support units are buildings that have effects on all of your troops.

The Monkey Village for example can be upgraded in various ways to increase your monkey units range, or cash earned per destroyed Bloon.

Primary monkeys are the main method of attack, while military and magic monkeys are specialized attackers who attack from the air, sea or long-range.

Maps

There are 26 different maps in the game currently, broken down by difficulty.

Before you start a round with your selected map, you can always adjust the difficulty level, which will earn you more cash per completed game.

The top-tier in terms of difficulty is the “Expert” map, which will give you the most money when successfully completed. But it is quite hard, I’ve found it most profitable to select medium difficulty and play faster games to stock up on cash.

In-App Purchases

Now, there was a mention of in-app purchases at the beginning, right?

In the beginning I was worried that I will reach a point where I run out of cash and cannot easily progress anymore, which would lead to being tempted to buy cash.

But after having played for a while now, I don’t think this will actually be a problem.

This option is probably only going to be used by the most impatient gamers out there, because whenever I run low on cash I play a few quick rounds (on medium) and have enough cash for any upgrade.

Then again, I can also see that this still can be a turn off for some after having actually bought the game for real money.

I guess there is no one-size fits all answer for this scenario, and you will have to decide for yourself if you can live with buying a game that kind of tempts you (although very subtly) to progress faster by dropping more real-world money.

For me personally, the temptation isn’t really there and Ninja Kiwi don’t really push the in-app purchases in your face. I actually forgot about my initial complaint for a while because you have to actually press buttons to go to the in-game store, I didn’t encounter any pop-ups asking me if I feel like spending $54.99 on some shiny digital currency.

Performance

I was really surprised that the game seems to use a lot of resources.

I figured such a small game will run smooth and performance won’t even be something I would discuss.

But it does, and it is.

So a word of warning, if you’re using an older device, such as the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for example, you will experience some lag here and there.

Especially after starting up the game and some screens will load in a very noticeable manner.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it’s unplayable, but on an older device it definitely has an impact on your gameplay and makes the game a bit slower and sometimes laggy.

Summary

Overall I am very pleased with the game, it is a lot of fun and offers quite a bit of playable content.

I’m sure that I’ll be playing this quite often.

It does come with a few snafus though, namely the in-app purchases and performance issues.

If you are running this game on an older device, lets say older than 2015 you’ll probably run into some issues that can be annoying in the long-run.

The game is still playable though, but you probably will encounter intermittent lag/sluggish responses.

Now, the in-app purchases will be where most opinions will part ways. All I can say is that I never had the feeling a purchase was forced upon me, nor did I encounter annoying pop-ups asking me to “fill up on cash” or so, to upgrade as you’ll know it from F2P titles.

The important question in the end is, is the game fun enough and will not get boring too fast, so that the price can be justified. To me, I think the $4.99 are definitely okay, I would even go as far as saying they should have made the game more expensive and skip the in-app purchases. But this was probably a business decision in regards to “recurring revenue”.

I hope I was able to give you a good preview of what to expect when buying the game, the final decision is now up to you 🙂

Download Bloons TD 6 On Google Play & iTunes

Bloons TD 6
Bloons TD 6
Developer: ninja kiwi
Price: $4.99+
Bloons TD 6
Bloons TD 6
Developer: Ninja Kiwi
Price: $4.99+
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Michael

Michael can be classified as a connoisseur of geeky things. The father of two loves playing games on his iPhone X, often accompanied by either his sons, or his dog Dexter, the family clown.