Review: Let Them Come – The Hordes are Coming!

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Pros: 
+A solid and highly enjoyable soundtrack
+Strategy is absolutely required making this a unique tower defense style game
+Versatility is key and delivers players a unique approach to all situations
+The story is absolutely a joy to experience
+Offers numerous modes for players to enjoy as it encourages replayibility


Let Them Come is a strategic, side view kill everything defense game. Developed by Tuatara Games, is something a bit unique. It’s something we’ve not seen in recent days and offers a rather fresh breath of air compared to games we’ve seen in recent days. Thanks to its balance of action, tower defense and strategic styles; Let Them Come is by all intents and purposes a rather unique title.

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The story for the game starts off pretty basic. Your the sole survivor of a unit who has been wiped out by aliens. Your goal is simple: kill them all. Its not just that simple though. As you progress thru the game you start finding documents and getting mission updates to discover what happened. The game is set up in wave format for killing enemies. You can earn bonuses, perks and equipment to help you survive the onslaught of Aliens. Versatility is a major part of Let Them Come.

Its not just your character that comes into play. Certain enemies also have variants that you need to stay on your toes for. Armored units require piercing rounds. Soldiers taken over by parasitic aliens assault you with small fire arms. Giant cake-holes snag up grenades out of the air. Swarms of small bastards absorb bullets while a pack charges forward. Some even have different attack styles based on distance from the character.

You also need to pay attention to the floors and ceilings for the little buggers. There’s a lot of variety on display. Changing up how you play and with what weapons as well as the bonuses you choose can be a lot of fun. As you defeat waves and earn bonuses you get score points. You can then use these points to unlock weapons, perks and upgrades. Different ammo types and grenades are all consumable, meaning you will need to pay attention to the types of resources you have as you will be forced to resupply as your mission moves along.

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Luckily you can sell the items back to the shop for a partial reimbursement. If you decide to buy any consumable back it will have the same amount that you sold it to the shop with. When deciding what to purchase and use, most of the time is just finding what you enjoy the most.

Throughout the game you’ll have to actually decide strategically what items to use.
This is most important when you face bosses of each level of the game. Some may require grenades and defenses while others may require different types of ammo.
Enjoying the non-stop alien slaughter isn’t hard to do with the outstanding soundtrack that this game has.

You start with just three tracks for your lovely boombox. As you progress through the story you uncover cassettes that you can use to add more tracks.  The only downside to this is that the songs to don’t play like a normal score. The song that you have chosen stays on a repeat cycle until you manually change it while you play.

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But the most charming part about this game? It  knows how to keep players from rage quitting as well as keeping them from being bored. Building up a combo lets players pick from three randomized perks. If you die too fast in a wave, you can choose between a new set of enemies or a random boost for your next encounter. If players get tired of Let Them Come‘s main campaign, there’s also a challenge mode for them to enjoy.

From the title screen you can challenge any previously beaten boss to take you on or even see if you can survive through endless waves of enemies in a survival style mode.  But when said and done, Let Them Come has a lot to offer between each of its five stages that are followed by a giant boss, one that must be taken out in order to proceed through the games campaign.

Let Them Come – PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Developer: Versus Evil
Publisher: Tuatara Games
Release Date: 
Out Now
Cost: $7.99

But what makes this game a worthwhile title and one of the best of the year is that it’s a beautifully well done 2D shmup, one that’s bloody, noisy and filled to the brim with alien organisms for players to blast their way through with their turret. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s a great pick-up-and-go title when you just need to blow off a bit of steam or even burn a few hours off the clock.

Lets put it bluntly. This game is a must have. It’s a unique title and one of the best corridor themed titles out there that isn’t shy about its use of blood, gore, and blasting enemies into tiny little gooey chunks.


Our review is based upon a retail version provided to us by the games publisher.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 10 out of 10


About the Writer:

chris_adeeChris Adee is one of B.A.T.G.R.’s newest writers who seems to love three things. Sleep, games, and MOBA’s when he’s not goofing around on Warframe and SMITE. He also likes games. A lot. Oh and anime. Did we mention anime?

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