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Gods vs Humans
Developed by: Artefacts Studio
Published by: Microids
Release Date: September 5, 2013
Available on: Android, iOS, Mac, PC, Wii
Genre: Strategy
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $6.99 on PC, $2.99 on Android/iOS

Thank you Microids for sending us this game to review!

God vs Humans is a re-enactment of the Tower of Babel through Nordic, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and Japanese civilizations.  The people are working together to build a tower to the heavenly realm.  In the Bible (Genesis 11), God peacefully solved this problem by confusing mankind's language.  In this game, you'll play as twenty various gods including Ra, Osiris, Hades, and Thor.  Each god has their preferred attack method, and your goal is to destroy the tower without harming the humans.  

There are multiple ways to go about attacking the tower.  You can go right for the base, in the middle, or stop their progress from the top.  When you destroy a level with one underneath, the lower levels will take some collateral damage as the levels above them come crashing down.   

Highlights:

Strong Points: Cute characters, the god's laugh at the end of each level is great 
Weak Points: While the various gods have different attack methods, the game doesn't change too much through the ninety-six levels
Moral Warnings: This game promotes other religions and encourages lusting after pretty women in skimpy outfits

In order to take down a floor you have to completely destroy the four support pillars with the attack power of choice.  Each deity has a preferred method including fire and lightning based attacks.  These attacks cost energy to use so you'll have to plan your display of divine powers accordingly. Divine energy is replenished by human worship, which is only earned when the people are happy.

In order to keep your followers happy, you have to avoid harming them when attacking the tower's pillars.  The biggest problem with these pesky humans is that they are everywhere and hard to avoid at times.  Thankfully, they don't seem to die when directly hit, but they will hold a grudge. To make the people happier, you can cast a defense spell that can send a pretty lady with little clothing on to distract them for a bit.  I guess the pretty lady makes them forget about the zapping incident that happened a few moments ago.  

There are over ninety five levels and sadly, most of them follow the same formula where you have to destroy the tower before they reach your heavenly realm.  Some of the story mode levels have time limits where you have to destroy a certain number of levels within a couple of minutes.  While challenging, this is possible if you can ride a few successful chain reactions.  If you like the time attack levels, there's a challenge mode that focuses on that aspect.  If you just like knocking down the tower and wish to customize the era, deity, and difficulty level, check out the Free Game mode.  If you're new to the game, be sure to check out the Tutorial to learn the basics.  

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Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay - 11/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 83%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 6.5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

Gods vs Humans was ported over to PC from a tablet version.  I would imagine the touch controls being fun to work with, but the mouse controls were easy to maneuver.  The graphics are cute and the humans have different class types, abilities, and animations.  The personalities and reactions they have to your attacks can be both frustrating and amusing at times.  When zapped, the workers get angry and work faster against you.  When a supervisor is present, their work efficiency is multiplied.  Protectors will thwart your attacks, and the priests can negatively impact your worship rate when they get injured. I like how the game's profile keeps track of how many human you have injured.  Let's just say I'm batting over a thousand.

The humans can get a little cheeky and taunt you a bit if you sit back and let your powers recharge for too long.  Their voices are cute.  The divine power sound effects are spot on as well as the crumbling sound of the collapsing level/tower.  The ominous laugh at the end of each level is awesome and puts a grin on my face every time.  

The main problem with Gods vs Humans is that it's very repetitive and I can only play it in small doses.  Kids may like it for the colorful graphics and silliness.  It's pretty kid friendly other than the divine magic, lusting, and pagan religious references.  Another issue is that it's more than double the price of the mobile version.  The reviews of the mobile versions mention ads despite it being a paid application.  While I don't recommend paying full price for Gods vs Humans, it may be worth picking up on sale or in a software bundle.

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