That’s the message of a hot new game offered by iwin.com, Garden Defense. Here’s the blurb:
Backyards across Lindencroft are under attack by merciless, flower-eating pests! Using your arsenal of trigger-happy lawn ornaments, protective plants, and battle-hardened bugs, help the Smiths to repel and defeat the enemy, one garden at a time.
It’s a fantasy warfare game where players advance from level to level, facing ever more formidable armies of flying and crawling insects. The bugs must be defeated using a series of goofy weapons, starting with the lawn ornaments, but moving on to gnomes armed with rocket launchers. It sounds kind of funny and I can see where it could be entertaining. (If you’re a gamester type. The user-reviews I’ve seen have been glowing, commending the game for its graphics, humor, and addictive power.)
And yet. I don’t want to be a spoilsport, but with a name that could as easily be on a bottle of pesticide by Ortho or Scotts (in fact, isn’t it?), this game seems to reinforce the notion that most bugs are there to be annihilated. That they are invasive aliens rather than partners and cohabitants in the natural scheme of things.
That said, there are two mitigating factors here. In view of all the other hideously violent video and online games, their protagonists often serial killers, terrorists, or mobsters, with explosions and dismemberments celebrated every few seconds, it does seem a bit quaint to get excited over a few bugs. I guess. And then, I haven’t been able to play the darn thing. There’s a free trial if you follow the clicky above, but it’s only for PC-users. Wah.
Somebody of the PC persuasion want to try this out for me? Got some time to waste? If so, let us know if the bug-lovers among us should be even more worried.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on November 28, 2007 at 5:00 am, in the category Everybody's a Critic.