Alas developers OneEyeAnt have revealed a new layer of disgust to the nightmare; evil alien clowns from the Planet Ridiculonia (go look it up) have discovered that human baby drool provides the ideal flavour and texture for their space-candies! Thus the vile scum are now kidnapping our young to use as ingredients for their gruesome teeth-rotting delights, oh the horror! Fear not though dear reader, in a desperate bid to distance themselves from their former colleagues, circus jugglers, bearded ladies and even gun-toting monkeys are standing firm to protect the little ones from advancing clownish hordes. That is the incredibly whacky premise behind Kill The Clowns, a new iOS tower-defence title, that firmly injects the fun back into an increasingly tiresome genre.
Unlike the usual militaristic laser beams and rocket launchers of other games, here towers are made up of some beautifully drawn circus performers who fill similar roles. The aforementioned juggler is your weak but rapid fire, elephants hurl fruits like artillery and mimes halt enemies with their bizarrely hypnotic glare, just to give a brief example of what’s on offer. Each performer can also be upgraded with stronger and larger attacks through the use of candies dropped by vanquished foes, you’ll need to know where and when to use these upgrades, as clowns soon come rushing in thick and fast within seconds of starting each map.
Enemies are again based off familiar archetypes; heavily armoured slow movers, fragile quick runners and even the occasional boss that forces players to rapidly mix-up their defences in order to survive. Like the circus performers, clowns too are full of vibrant colours and playful sound effects. The way in which their outfits gradually break apart, revealing the alien creature beneath, is a genuinely novel representation of diminishing health. The problem however is that they often have too much of it. Even with fully upgraded performers, a swarm of clowns can suddenly rush in and leave players feeling cheated through an unfair defeat. Perplexing still because the game doesn’t offer quick advantages through in-app purchases, leaving the difficulty spikes feeling quite redundant as a result.
Kill The Clowns may not be truly original, it certainly doesn’t revolutionise the genre, but instead it delivers a fully competent tower-defence experience wrapped in some fantastically unique visuals with an almost Plants vs. Zombies vibe. The ideal summer download and just think, the more clowns you kill, the more you’re helping the human race.