Anomaly: Warzone Earth
Anomaly: Warzone Earth is billed as a “reverse tower defense” game, since you are the one traveling from point A to point B while knocking down enemy towers, but it feels more like a series of escort missions. Now before you flee at the mention of “escort missions,” I should clarify that it’s actually very, very good. Being able to re-route your convoy’s path (even sending it in a circle while you, as the wee, little commander, scout ahead) helps tremendously in breaking the escort curse. Plus, you can build/sell vehicles on the fly without having to start from the beginning of the level. So it’s not a true tower defense formula. There’s only one convoy (with a maximum of six vehicles), and you have to babysit it all the way to the end of what are pretty big levels. But, again, collecting money to upgrade the vehicles and using power-ups to heal and protect them make Anomaly an intense and engaging experience. I got so engrossed in some of these levels that I ended up spending over an hour trying to salvage my failing plan instead of just starting over. That’s when you know you’re hooked.