PopCap, which produced two of my favorite games – Plants vz. Zombies and Peggle – released a new free game this week which has earned a 5-star average customer rating in the iTunes App Store..
Allied Star Police is a side-scrolling tower defense arcade type game. You are given a small amount of funds to buy weapons to send against the enemy vehicles rolling to you from the right side of the screen. The goals are to prevent the enemy from reaching your based while you advance and attempt to capture the enemy base. The game is fast paced and a lot of fun. The only issue you’ll probably have with it is that there are only three levels. You definitely want more after you finish the levels.
The game’s development, however, is even more fascinating than the game itself. It is the brain-child of literally a 10-year old boy named Owain Weinert. PopCap summarizes his story and the game’s story like this: PopCap met Owain in April when Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Alaska & Washington told us about his wish to make a video game. Owain (which means “little warrior” in Welsh) was diagnosed with pre-B Acute Lymphocytic Leumkemia last year and has gone through lots of difficult treatments. But his dad said that what he really wanted was to hang out with “real game designers”. So we volunteered to help Owain make his video game during PopCamp.
You can read more about Owain and his game creation on PopCap’s site:
Thanks for the game Owain and PopCap. It is really a lot of fun to play!