Earlier this year, PopCap Games launched 4th and Battery a new banner for their designers to release experimental, "risky" and quirky games in between their big releases. So far, three games have been released: Unpleasant Horse, Candy Train and Allied Star Police for iOS. While all three games are fun and show their PopCap pedigree, Allied Star Police has a very special story behind it.
When the Make-A-Wish Foundation set out to grant ten-year-old Owain Weinert's wish to meet real game designers, PopCap invited Owain, who is fighting Leukemia, to participate in their annual PopCamp event in which designers work on new ideas and share them with everyone at the end of the week. Owain surprised everyone when he came to PopCamp prepared with a full game design document for what would become Allied Star Police!
The game, which can be downloaded for free on iPhone and iPad, is a tower defense game in which the player deploys offensive units by spending money accrued by defeating the opposition's units. Units move from the player's base to the enemy's base on one of four tracks with the goal of defeating the enemy base. It's a short, simple game with three increasingly difficult levels with loud, fun music and cartoony graphics and it all came from the mind of a talented and awesome fourth grader.
While the game is free, I was compelled to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation after playing this special creation, which you can do from PopCap's website. For more on Owain Weinert and Allied Star Police, click here. Now, go download the game!