Defend Your Beer Tickets With Old School iOS Tower Defense Game

Ain't no school like the old school.

Ain’t no school like the old school.

Now, when we say Old School, we’re talking about the 2003 movie starring Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell as three old dudes trying to recapture the joy of their frat-bound youth, to hilarious (and naked) effect. Hard to believe it’s been ten years since the movie came out, really. We’re also talking about a new tower defense game, also called Old School.

As the tenth anniversary of the film’s release is next month, it’s fitting that Canadian developer, Big Blue Bubble, should bring Old School to the iOS platform in collaboration with the film’s distributor, Paramount Pictures.

While many movie tie-in games plainly suck, Old School on iOS is a fairly solid representative of the tower defense genre, tasking players to place frat pledges around the fixed and variable path levels to keep party crashers from getting all the beer tickets. When things get too hectic, of course, players can tap the big beer mug and get Frank the Tank to streak across the screen, effectively neutralizing any creeps that might be heading toward the keg.

Other features include:

• Pledges with names you will remember from the movie
• Exciting upgrades for each pledge
• Go streaking!
• Levels named by backrs (a crowd-sourcing funding system like Kickstarter or Indiegogo)
• Survival and campaign modes
• 30+ challenging maps with different levels of invader waves

Blue!

Blue!

For $0.99, Old School is worth a download, just to pick up and play a new tower defense game, really. It’s available as a universal app, too, which is a good thing, letting you play on your iPhone and your iPad. The artwork is cartoony and bears little resemblance to the actors in the film, but that’s fine, as the conceit is fairly limited in connection to the film storyline.

As a tower defense, however, it’s challenging enough to keep casual players entertained while they figure out new strategies for each new level and decide whether to add the money-gathering Recycle bin or another pledge/tower, or just to upgrade the ones they already have placed. The fixed paths aren’t debris-free, either, so it does take a little brain-work, a must in this genre.

If you do give it a try, let us know what you think in the comments below.

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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