Published: 2014-05-05, by Peter Warrior.

    An active defense game based on Metal Slug franchise

    • Metal-Slug-abilia
    • Challenging and thrilling gameplay
    • Free, with in-app purchases
    • Not suited for newcomers to action gaming
    • We'd like even more units and fan service
    • Sluggish animations and technical performance

    "A dromedary! My kingdom for a dromedary!"

    First off, this game answers positively two key questions about SNK: one about if SNK would ever release a freemium game; and two about if it'd be able to launch a true native mobile game instead of ports of their well-known arcade and console games. Therefore, yes to both.

    There's a third hidden question, though, given the "defense" nature of this game. We wondered about if SNK would bring something new to the defense gaming, and although it doesn't reinvent a thing, results are more than satisfactory, and the wi-fi versus battles are the cherry on top.

    Graphics are, well, Metal-Slug-like, which has always been awesome since the NeoGeo days. Indeed, backgrounds and sprites have been blatantly reused. Same goes for the sound and music, a match-n-remix of oldies but goodies soundtracks and effects.

    Gameplay deserves special attention. It's based on the time management formula, choosing between accumulating money to summon waves and make massive upgrades or recruiting as soon as you have money to make a dropdripping, accurate offensive. As many troops have special abilities that must be individual and manually activated, don't expect to pay not attention to the battlefield and focus on the recruitment, as it won't work in either way.

    The solo campaign is divided into continents, and feels quite faithful to Metal Slug lore (in case there's such). Gameplay sometimes feels a little bit hurried and chaotic, but it will lure both defense and Metal Slug fans alike for sure, because it's a really good defense game, thrilling and challenging and without obscene in-app purchases.


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    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 05, 2014


    More than 29 million downloads!
    Discover a game that has been worldwide acclaimed!

    This game has been succeeded by Metal Slug Attack.
    Enjoy new characters, updated features and more in Metal Slug Attack.

    Here are some of the reasons of METAL SLUG DEFENSE's success:

    Intuitive controls & intense action !
    "METAL SLUG DEFENSE" has become a worldwide success thanks to its very simple controls and its addictive gameplay!

    4 players can battle each other via the Multiplayer mode!
    Up to 4 players can confront each other in 1-on-1 or 2-on2 epic battles in multiplayer!

    Intricate 2D dot pixels!
    The characters of the "METAL SLUG" universe, who were created by the best dot-pixel artists, return to fight each other in "METAL SLUG DEFENSE"

    Epic battles between human beings, aliens and gigantic robots!
    More than 200 different characters divided into 5 armies (Regular Army, Morden Army, Marians, etc.) join the battle in "METAL SLUG DEFENSE"!

    Characters from "KOF join the universe of "METAL SLUG"!
    The most popular characters from the 2D VS Fighting game series "KOF" are ready to battle with their trademark moves in "METAL SLUG DEFENSE"!

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    *[Important] Warning regarding Android 5.0
    This app may not run correctly under Android 5.0
    We are currently working on the compatibility with Android 5.0
    We apologize for the inconvenience that may cause to you and thank you for your understanding.

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