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0.0 hrs last two weeks / 5.9 hrs on record (5.1 hrs at review time)
Posted: Feb 12, 2020 @ 12:54am
Updated: Feb 12, 2020 @ 12:55am

At a Glance
(Adult) Content
No. Skintight clothes.
Censorship
Not applicable.
Hours of Gameplay
Seven or eight hours.
Modding Support?
No.
Patch Required?
Not applicable.

GIRLS DEFENCE is a side-scroller beat-'em-up (with guns) and tower-defense elements.

Game-play
This game strikes me as something that ought to be in an arcade cabinet. You fight on a 2D plane, but can move up and down a little bit. You have a gun and shoot baddies, and some missions allow you to place CPU teammates who stay in place and fight for you. This is where the "tower defense elements" come in, and you will need to learn how to make the best of your teammates' strengths and weaknesses. There is a Story Mode, and a Mission Mode. You can upgrade your character and your teammates, which will prove essential in later stages (or higher-difficulties).

- How to play -
The game-play takes a little bit of explaining, but thankfully there's a tutorial. This is a side-scroller which uses "WASD" keys and your mouse. You can double-click to dash, which requires Stamina. Right (mouse) click will attack what's in front of you, and holding the left (mouse) button will allow you to shoot in any direction. In boss fights, you are not allowed to "aim", and can only shoot what is in-front of you.

You also have a "special power" gauge, or "SP". It regenerates passively, or when you attack enemies. When it's full, you can click the mousewheel to invoke special techniques. You also have HP, which represents the damage you can take before you die. If you get hit, you enter a stun animation where you can get hit additional times. In many cases, if you get once, you will die before you can get-back up.

On the left-side of the screen are your units. Left-click to select them, and right-click to "cancel" your selection. You can "reset" already-placed units with the click of a button. The bottom-right screen tells you how many units you may have (total), and your funding. Units cost funding, and new units can be purchased from the shop before starting a mission. You can also upgrade the protagonist with many abilities, such as increased hit-points or a fully-automatic weapon.

Story
This game takes place in a world of only women. The men of the world have gone-extinct, due to "radiation" from a previous war. You play as Cannon, a member of the Cinder Guard. How the world remains populated following the "great war" is explained later in the story. The world is being attacked by grotesque monsters and zombies, and it is up to Cannon (the protagonist) and the Cinder Guard to save the planet's women from anihhilation.

Visuals
The moment you boot GIRLS DEFENCE, some big 'n busty anime girl shoots a hole in the screen, kickstarting the title-screen. The character portraits look great, but are unvaried. There is only one portrait and pose for each character. The animations for the characters in-game are really, really good. Their mouths even move when they talk, and it looks good! The user-interface also looks clean and generally polished.

On the topic of the characters, the animator(s) went out of their way to make sure you (the player) can see their panties. As per lore, every character is a lady, and most (if not all) have giant boobies. If that's your thing, then this game has got you covered. On a side note, there were a lot of English errors. Misspellings left and right. But I could still follow the dialogue, so it certainly could have been worse.

Verdict
This game is actually really fun once you get the hang of it. There were some really frustrating missions, but you can infinitely grind-out money between Story missions for assistance (in the form of more friendly CPU) and upgrades for your character. There's even a difficulty setting, making this game more accessible to the common user. It's a bit pricey (at 16 USD), but this title is definitely of high production quality.

If it goes on sale, pick it up. This is a worthwhile game for your library.

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