Skyling: Garden Defense is developed and published by Mighty Studio’s, LLC ‘Skyling: Garden Defense is a 2D, isometric maze game that blends classic arcade-style game play with a lighthearted world of blooming plants, colorful monsters and sleepy cats.’
In the beginning levels, you meet Bloom who you have to help guide round the gardens, restoring each patch of land, which have been destroyed by the monsters that you will find roaming about! Try not to bump into the monsters, they will snatch Bloom and that will be game over and you have to restart the level! You also have other variations of monsters, such as slugs; they follow you about, undoing all the hard work you have put in to restore the land!
Don’t worry though, you will have little switches, elevators and in later levels gates, which help block out the monsters and stop you from getting caught! Now, my favourite character in this game is the sleeping kitten that sits peacefully in the garden, just waiting to be picked up! You can use him to place on switches to activate elevators, or even block monsters, helping you to complete the level! And a nice little feature I like, is when you complete a level, you are rewarded with items, such as apples; the more you collect, the higher your score! And if you want to go back and increase your score, you can! You gain more points for completing the level in a quicker time, and even you sleepy kitty is worth points!
You have 30 gardens to get through, each level more difficult than the last, and for me it was getting a little bit frustrating, because some levels were infuriating; I would get caught no matter what tactics I tried, I was always thinking, there was no doubt about it! Unlike some games, Skying: Garden Defence, unlocks every level at the beginning (The first 3 are your introductory levels which you have to complete to get the hang of things), but this gave me the option to continue playing on, even if I got stuck on a level, which is great, there definitely was no rage quitting, as I knew I could skip a level if I was struggling!
Now, the design of this game, I thought, was very classic arcade game! I instantly thought when I started playing, that it had the same feel as the game Q*Bert! You have to jump about, or in the case of Bloom, walk about to colour in the squares. This is why I think Skylings will grab the attention of retro gamers, as well as children. I say children, because as soon as you open the game, you can see the child friendly graphics, and fun characters! Although it can be difficult at times, the game has a very simplistic objective, which is to make the grass green, without the monsters catching you! You need to have your thinking cap on and wits about you when playing this game, when concentrating on one thing, in a matter of seconds the game has changed and there is a monster coming right at you!