What I liked:
- The tower defense and RPG elements have been done well and things stay simple enough to keep confusion and frustration down.
- Technically the game plays smooth throughout and there aren’t any real problems you have to combat during your time with the game.
- I really enjoyed defeating all of the enemies I had to face because there is a decent amount of variety within them which meant defeating them always felt fresh.
- If you can get in a co-op game then it gives the gameplay an extra layer and it’s more fun when played this way.
What I didn’t like:
- The presentation side of the game lacks in several areas and both the visuals and sound design feel very dated.
- There isn’t a great deal of depth within the content which means the gameplay gets repetitive quite quickly.
- Sometimes the controls that have been implemented didn’t always feel as responsive as they should’ve been and this did cause me some frustration.
- I found some of the aspects of the gameplay to be poorly explained and this did cause a little confusion.
Does Hell Warders do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all tower defense games aren’t my most favourite in the world and that’s because I find most of these to get repetitive too quickly and I often find that they lack in terms of depth. Hell Warders unfortunately suffers with these issues but it does have a few saving graces because it does offer some form of RPG elements as well which does keep things a little more fresh. I would however still recommend that you play the game in short bursts though because even though it offers a few different mechanics there still isn’t a great deal of depth to the gameplay. Thankfully it doesn’t lack completely when it comes to depth though because it does offer you some online co-op offerings and if you manage to get in a game you will find it more fun when playing the game this way. I will say though that no matter which way you play the game you’ll always find the presentation to be lacking in several areas and this is a shame in my opinion because the technical side of things is spot on. The controls aren’t spot on though and this does take something away from defeating the fantastic enemies the game delivers to you. At the end of the day then Hell Warders is definitely a mixed bag because it seems to get a bit right then a bit wrong and this does hold its potential back a little. Despite this though I would recommend this to fans of the tower defense style but if you’re not a fan I would stay clear because it won’t be your thing.
I rate Hell Warders 6/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Anti Gravity Game Studios
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date (Xbox One): March 20, 2019