If you like corny puns and tower defense, NAMCO is ready to harvest your money and time with Corn Quest. This tower defense game puts you in charge of an army of vegetable minions. You're the kernel—get it? GET IT?!—and it's up to you to save your stalks from the evil aliens. You do this with guns. Because vegetables have guns.

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The game play functions just about like any other tower defense game. There's a steady stream of baddies, you add soldiers to shoot them, gain currency to buy more, and play to survive. Standard fare. The most entertaining part of the game, though, is how it handles in-app purchases:

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Right in the main menu, there's a big red button that says "Buy Stuff." Dear developers: I don't really like in-app purchases for upgrades or power-ups. I grew up in the 80s and 90s and that stuff was just part of the game, so I will ignore them as long as I'm able. But please label all your IAPs like this in the future. The complete lack of subtlety is entertaining enough to make me forget for a moment that I can't stand them. The use of real dollar figures, instead of an intentionally confusing fake currency helps, too.

Corn Quest is available for free on the Play Store but, obviously, has a few optional IAPs.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • tumatos

    what's up with the insane IAP extorsion? see nimble quest for example. what they charge for simple characters unlock or power ups is beyond ridiculous.

    i'm boycotting every single IAP in the games I play. I'll play the game until I hit a wall then uninstall it. charge for the games and stop asking for stuff that should be included with the game

    • Matthew Fry

      Why waste time playing them until you hit the wall? Just don't play them. Download them and review them and uninstall them.

      • tumatos

        because you never know if a certain game is finishable without paying for upgrades. only by trying it.

  • fixxmyhead

    lame joke eric

  • armshouse

    My issue with IAP is you never know quite how much its going to cost. If I purchase one power up will it get me through one extra level or ten. Its a gamble and I'm not comfortable with that. If they asked for money upfront, I'd purchase it if it was Any good. An example of it done well (and i spent money) is fluid football. For a set amount, you can buy another 30 levels. I knew what I was getting for my money and accepted that! If we have to do IAP, I'd much prefer it done in that manner

  • hurrpancakes

    Can you make a really good corn maze?

    If so, could you call it an amazing maize maze?

    I'm sorry.

  • Qliphah

    The sad thing is there are a lot of nouveau riche bastards out there that will buy any IAP they can. Stories of people spending 1000's on games like farmville is proof. As long as there are idiots willing to pay there will be companies that charge what they feel they can get away with.

    Personally I think all IAP should be available in game and with enough effort you can unlock anything.