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The Last Friend (2021) is a strategy fighting game where you defend your team of dogs from the waves of baddies and bosses on a mission to save all the doggos. Play is a combination of managing your turret defences and running around beating up the onslaught of attackers with your character. It's a game that balances two well-known genres to create a fun battle that's approachable for youngsters.

It's not a story-driven game, but the set-up is a post-apocalyptic future where humanity is distracted by chaos, destruction, rampant mutants and all the dogs are disappearing. You travel the wastelands to find and rescue the lost dogs. In each location you have two ways to defend yourself: you place defences on each of the lanes of attack and you use your character's brawling powers.

What emerges is a tower-defence challenge like Plants vs Zombies combined with the fighting fun of games like Castle Crashers. You need to carefully pick and place your turrets to match which enemies are coming next. As you earn stars you can upgrade specific turret technology as well as the abilities of your dogs that control them. Then, as the enemies advance you aid the defence by running around and attacking them.

The result is a tactical challenge that's eased with the ability to correct strategic errors by focusing your brawling powers to paper over the cracks. The brawling benefits from the lanes of attack to simplify the movement and ease lining up attacks for youngsters. It's fun on your own but really comes to life when you play with someone else.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Last Friend 18 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Strategy game with Action, Fighting and Shooting elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 and a half hours and 5 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players need to be able to cope with the moving and attacking aspects of the game. However, this movement is in lanes and keeps things simple. Strategic thinking and planning are useful for upgrading and placing turrets. Generally, apart from the boss enemies the game is on the easier end of the spectrum, which can be further aided by the two-player mode.

CostsCosts

The Last Friend usually costs £11.29.
 

The Last Friend

Steam Store PC £11.29
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/09/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Sequencing, Strategy (Action, Fighting and Shooting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid

Developer: The Stonebot (@TheStonebot)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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