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Last Defense! (2020) is a game about saving a city from alien invasion in just twenty minutes. You play by rolling dice and moving to stop the invading monsters, free Scientists from the rubble and discover Tools. It's a simple combination of cooperative strategy brought to life by the game's real-time audio news bulletins that announce where threats are attacking.

To defend the city you work together to build a stock of Tools and Scientists to defeat the four Monsters that randomly appear in different locations. The game is managed with an app so you're on the clock and need to be quick to roll (and re-roll if you want) so you can move and use the right Tool cards to uncover Scientists from the rubble.

The app keeps track of your progress and the ever-depleting twenty minutes of playtime. Being quick and well-coordinated as a team results in being better prepared for when the app signals the next monster appears. To deal with monsters you use specific Scientist tokens that you have (hopefully) already uncovered. Part of the trick is exchanging Tools with other players to ensure the best character has what they need to free the Scientists and then get them back to the Plaza zone to defeat the Monster.

The result is a fun and tense cooperative game where you need to be efficient and collaborative. The app soundtrack and commentary are different each time you play, which adds excitement and unexpected scenarios.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Last Defense! 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Traversal game with Collecting, Communication, Race and Strategy elements. You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room. It is possible to play the game solo, although best with 4 players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. There aren't a lot of rules to learn but the following are important to grasp before playing:
  • Try out the app to see how it manages your time and interrupts play with events.
  • Test out how re-rolling dice is useful but also eats time.
  • Check out how different characters can access zones without needing the usual Flare tool.
  • Talk through the importance of trading tools so the right player has what they need to free Scientists.

Play Time: This game will take around 20 minutes to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although older players can play with more strategy, even very young children can enjoy the monster invasion and work with others on the team to defeat them. They do need to be able to cope with the ticking timer adding more pressure.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 7+ years-olds.

The game includes cards with pictures of spiders, giant tentacles and space aliens. Characters are depicted wielding makeshift weapons like spades and pliers. Throughout, these are cartoony and comedic.

CostsCosts

Last Defense! usually costs £20. 

Last Defense Game

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Price: 20% off

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Sequencing, Traversal (Collecting, Communication, Race and Strategy)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: Board, Cards, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Funko Games (@FunkoGames)


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