The story goes like this: South Park is being invaded by hordes of evil minions at the direction of some great unknown evil. The boys made famous by Comedy Central and a few of their friends are the only ones that can save the town. There isn’t any new original storyline here, aside from that superficial excuse for the group to travel from one location to the next. Instead, South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! relies on reliving memorable moments and sound bites to get the player excited. As one moves through the 11 stages and handful of challenge levels, brief clips from the television show and new playable characters are unlocked.
All those extras, not to mention the use of the original voice actors and adherence to the show’s style of art, are a nice nod to the fans. Hell, you’ll even get the cursing uncensored – hurrah! Unfortunately, none of the content is new and what bits you do get in terms of video, you’d just be better off going to watch that particular episode instead, as they tend to only last between 5-10 seconds. The presentation comes across as a series of “remember me?” moments, taking some of the better bits of the show to help the experience along. So I’ll say this now, depending on how much of a fan of South Park you are, is likely going to determine your mileage with this game.
Next up, the gameplay. The gameplay of South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! isn’t that bad, but it isn’t particularly good either. It’s pretty much the standard fare as far as Tower Defense games go, with the exception that you’ll control one (or in the case of the campaign all four) South Park characters on any given level, who build the towers and can also attack enemies by throwing snow balls, as well as grabbing coins as they appear.
Each level begins with the player receiving a handful of coins and a bit of time to prepare. The goal is to build up a series of offensive and defensive towers that can take down a stream of enemies before they can attack the town. The enemies are all bit players in the world of South Park — ranging from Mongolians to gingers to crab people — and each has a tower it is weakest to. By building up some walls, players can direct the oncoming mindless marchers into a hail of explosives and death rays. It can make for some frantic gameplay and the campaign can be challenging at times.
Whether you’re playing alone or with a group, all four heroes are on the screen. With four players, each takes control of one of the boys and it all makes sense. As a single player game, the solitary player is left to control all four by cycling madly through them to continuously put them in better positions. It simply isn’t as much fun and becomes rather tedious after a while.
Even once you get four players into the mix, you’re still just looking at a middle of the road tower defense game crammed into the South Park world. There are a few oddities with the layout as well. It’s nice that you can take some people from offline and join others online to fill out a group. On the flip side, only the host can select which characters each player uses. With a dozen or so to choose from after completing the game and each carrying its own unique skill set, it sure would be nice to be able to simply select your favorite without having to bug the host.
South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! isn’t a bad game, but it isn’t a good one either. As I mentioned earlier, your mileage is going to depend largely on how big a South Park fan you are. If you dislike the show then you’ll probably do well to avoid this game altogether. I did enjoy it at first (I also happen to like the show – I’m not a huge fan of it though!) but the novelty, as has been the case with just about every other South Park game, ran out pretty quickly. Keep in mind that due to the game’s age, you’re probably not going to find too many players! So if you intend to try out the multi-player, whip out some extra controllers and invite some friends over.
If you’re looking for a Tower Defense game your money is probably going to be better spent on Defense Grid: Awakening.