No, we don’t mean you sitting on Twitch Streams trolling poor defenseless Mike when he’s raging at his fellow Noobgrind team. One Troll Army is actually a game. It’s listed as a Tower Defense, however it’s not as intense on the tower aspect and more on the… Troll (The hint is in the name…)
The intro sequence has a quick and simple introduction on what’s happening, some Orcs are building, they are getting attacked, you wake up from your cave, they ask for help and you say… Why not?
The game starts off with a fairly easy tutorial but you quickly learn that your troll is about as useful as EA games when it comes to getting the job done. He’s weak, powerless and prone to getting overwhelmed. Which is okay, because the enemy has a tendency to just go straight for your walls, and you can circle off and pick them out one by one when their not looking… Strategy… I like it.
Later we get taught that we need to allocate our workers from loafing around to actually doing something. Your workers can build, gather resources or loot dead enemies. As you upgrade your little base you will get more workers allowing you to better plan out what you want to prioritize. You can add towers to each corner to help your useless troll in getting the job done, and you can also hire mercenaries to help defend their little shabby-chic home. More importantly: you can upgrade your troll. You can increase his attack, speed, health or even give him a little Falcon Punch. This along with the controlled use of the troll starts to make the game a tad bit easier on the player.
Once you clear the tutorials and move into the other camps, to help out the orcs with their home, the waves intensify and it starts to become much harder. I havr also noticed that getting behind early will PUNISH you as you start to never be able to pull it back, but this could have also been a part side effect of hard mode.
That’s pretty much the state of the game. Gather – Build – Upgrade – Defend – Rinse/Repeat.
Sound – All sound effects are nothing too fancy, no grand orchestral symphonies but at the same time all sounds are fit for purpose and sound exactly as you’d expect
Graphics – Again nothing too fancy but nothing offensive. It started off on a lower setting and I increased it to get the full effect. Textures become smoother and shading looked nicer. Judging this against other free games out there it fits right in with the market and doesn’t fall short against it’s competition. There are better looking games out there for free, but on the same coin, there are far more worse looking games. This sits in the “well made” category in my opinion
Gameplay – Fun, enjoyable easy to pick up, but it could be quite easy to put down. After campaign has been completed you are presented with a survival mode. As it is a free game i’m sure that more content will become available, but currently it could be a one trick pony. Don’t let this discourage you though, I’ve seen many people put hours into this already and it’s not got stale for them, so this is just a small warning
Unique things – Twitch integration, no not just streaming, Multiplayer commands allow the viewers to plan their attack. This offers a slight twist on the usual abuse the AI as they can just abuse you! tinyBuild games threw down the gauntlet and stated if Twitch beat them at their own game, it’ll be free. Well…it’s free now, so well done Twitch. You can see the crushing defeat below
So how did I find it? Not bad… It’s fun, enjoyable and worth giving a go. If it had remained at it’s original price then it could be a different discussion but given that this was reduced on May 19th following the Triumphant Twitch stream there’s not much reason not to pick it up. The AI can be clunky at times and it is a strategy game, so if you enjoy the usual Tower defense/wall defense games. Download it, give it a whirl. If you like, help support the developer by pimping out your troll with some hats. Yup, hats run the world. If only they had the Noobgrind helm…