4cr Plays – ZaciSa’s Last Stand

by Antonio Garcia

ZaciSa’s Last Stand is a tower defense game with a minimalistic presentation which offers several levels to test your skills. I love tower defense games, so I jumped at the opportunity to review this new indie game on Wii U.

Right off the bat, the difficulty you select determines your starting funds and makes a huge difference for those new to the genre. Funds can be used for purchasing new units to defend your base, or to upgrade them to increase fire power, range, speed or the number of enemies it can target. Oh, and just so you know, the game’s default difficulty is set to hard.

In terms of units, there is one in particular that makes this game stand out from the rest of the tower defense releases: the drone. This unit is set on the offensive as it travels around the screen searching for enemies (depending on the orders given to it), and this greatly helps with lowering the burden of the rest of your units. But the fun does not stop there! Up to four drones can be active at the same time, and this opens the door for human players to control each one by using a Wiimote, allowing up to five people to play.

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Other than the drone, the rest of the units are the usual ones for this type of game: units that are strong but are very slow on their attack, others that have a wide range bit are weak, and the ones that help to slowdown the enemies they hit. On top of this, there are several special skills that can be activated once you defeat a special enemy (and you can keep them in stock for when you need them), and they help to increase the points or the money received after defeating an enemy, or that help to recover some of the damage received from enemies.

The game, as has been the case for other Nintendo Web Framework Wii U eshop releases, is available at a budget price ($2.99) with a promise of more content and updates to be made available for free at a later date (expanding the game past its current 6 maps, including an online leaderboard, etc). Like I said before, ZaciSa’s Last Stand’s presentation is very minimalistic. I didn’t mind because the game is still fun, but some of you might not be so understanding.

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ZaciSa’s Last Stand is a simple tower defense game that offers hectic action at a low price on the WiiU. Fans of the genre will feel right at home as soon as they start, and newcomers will be happy to know they can select an easy mode to slowly but surely increase their skills. The simple presentation keeps you focused on the action, but it might feel to minimalistic for some gamers so your mileage may vary.

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