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Bloons TD 6 (Series) Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Bloons TD 6, the latest in a series of Bloons TD (Tower Defense) games, is a strategic puzzle game where you use various contraptions to pop balloons before they get to the end of the track. It sounds simple, but quickly escalates with faster-moving and more durable balloons to become a fast-paced test of skill.

You start off with an empty track and a small supply of money. With this money, you need to prepare for the onslaught by placing different types of monkeys and devices, each with different ways to pop the balloons. Strategic placement and combination of firepower is key as you look for the perfect location to pop the most balloons. For each balloon you pop, you get more money, which can be used to place down new defences or upgrade existing ones using a three-line upgrade system.

As you progress, the balloons become more durable, some even becoming blimps that require several hits to take down. You unlock new levels in which to play, and also a challenge mode called C.H.I.M.P.S. where most upgrades are locked. You can also team up with other players for a more collaborative experience.

There have been 6 mainline Bloons TD games:
  • Bloons Tower Defense (2007) Web browser (now only playable on PC only with the free Ninja Kiwi Archive).
  • Bloons Tower Defense 2 (2007) Web browser (now only playable on PC with the free Ninja Kiwi Archive).
  • Bloons TD 3 (2008) Web browser (now only playable on PC with the free Ninja Kiwi Archive), iOS, Playstation Portable and DS.
  • Bloons TD 4 (2009) Web browser (now only playable on PC with the free Ninja Kiwi Archive), Android, iOS and DS.
  • Bloons TD 5 (2011) Web browser (now only playable on PC with the free Ninja Kiwi Archive)., Android, iOS, Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Bloons TD 6 (2018) PC, Mac, Android and iOS.

There have also been 4 spin-off games:
  • Bloons TD Battles (2012) Web browser (now only playable on PC with the free Ninja Kiwi Archive), Android, iOS and Amazon Fire.
  • Bloons Monkey City (2014) PC, Mac, Android and iOS.
  • Bloons Adventure Time TD (2018) PC, Mac, Android and iOS.
  • Bloons TD Battles 2 (2021) PC, Mac, Android and iOS.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/08/2007, updated in 2021

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS4, PSP, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Ninja Kiwi Games (@NinjaKiwiGames)

Players: 1 (4 online)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 18 hours and 56 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. You can play with 1, 2 or 3 other players online, where you collaborate and share money and resources to succeed for as long as you can.

Cross-Platform: In Bloons TD 6, you can play across all different systems. The Switch and other platforms that run Bloons TD 5 or older do not support cross-platform.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple tactics and bright elements appeals to younger players. Children need to be able to think ahead and make decisions about where to best place armaments.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One. You can buy two in-game items in Bloons TD 6: Double Cash Mode (which doubles the money you get) and Knowledge Unlocked (which allows you to improve your defences).

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Bloons TD 6 Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
The path of the bloons is very clearly laid out across the screen, and the path is large and of high contrast to the background. Being able to distinguish between the colours of bloons is essential to the game, as different coloured bloons have different properties, which is of especial importance for colourblind players.

Some of the text throughout the game doesn't contrast particularly well with the colour behind it.

During later stages of the levels, the screen can become very hectic and full of different moving objects and explosions, which could be disorienting for some players.

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