- Release Date: 2010
- Publisher: Kixeye
- Developer: Kixeye
Backyard Monsters, which is developed by Kixeye behind War Commander, is a fun and creative game blending grand real-time strategy and monsters breeding. In contrast to most Facebook games which usually involve repetitive and simple actions, Backyard Monsters offers a completely anomalous and complex gameplay. In the game, your goal is to build a civilization of monsters that takes a lot of time and dedication. You can construct resource gathering, research, defensive and offensive buildings plus hatch monsters which act as combat units to defend your base.
Like most RTS games, you start off with a small stretch of unused grassland, on which you build Town Hall and all sorts of infrastructure. You are also given one worker to get your buildings started. To get things going, you will need to have the following four primary resources: Twigs, Pebbles, Putty and Goo. Each of these can be gathered using dedicated resource buildings. To get you on the right track, tutorials will guide you through the initial stage of gameplay. Once you accomplish incremental goals, you can collect the quest rewards.
This is the time to create more of your army and more workers. Before you can mass-produce new monsters in hatchery, they must meet all the prerequisite then you can unlock the creature by simply clicking its icon in Monster Locker. Continue building up your army during the 14-day newbie protection periods.
A larger part of a strategy game revolves around building a perfectly entrenched base in order to fend off enemy attack. So does miniature StarCraft-styled Backyard Monsters. How to place these buildings in such a way so that your resources and vulnerable workers are safe? There is no golden rule of thumb to follow and it is also one of the biggest problems most newbie players are facing in the game. But basically, a successful town design means that you need to surround your town hall and resource gathering buildings with walls and other none essential buildings so that enemy hordes will be cut into pieces and their speed will be greatly slowed down, your torrents can shoot more effectively and bring them down before they can pose more threat to their targets.
There are five types of towers available since the latest game updates. At the initial stage, you are allowed to build Sniper, which has long-range, high damage, but slow CD and Splash with short-range, splash damage and faster shoot rate. You can build more advanced towers, but they will take a very long time to unlock. Traps and landmines will also help you defend your yard as long as you have them enough. Keep them close to your town hall and resource gathering buildings so that they are well protected. The world of Backyard Monsters is persistent; the battle will take place even when you are offline.
Most Facebook games of complicated graphics usually make users suffer from lag and disconnect issues. But Backyard Monsters always works smoothly, whenever you want to move buildings around, or navigate your base by clicking and dragging mouse to move the map. You can do a lot of experimenting with your town’s layout, all of it is headache-free.
Backyard Monsters is a surprisingly good game by Facebook game standard, given how far above and beyond expectations the game goes. Backyard Monsters plays better and looks better than most of the others. Besides, the game involves a steep learning curve, mastering it takes a lot of time. You will need a perfect strategy in order to be competitive in the game.
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