Axe in Face: Defense of the Daffodils iPhone Review

An axe would be infinitely cooler if it worked like a boomerang. That's the concept behind Axe in Face: Defense of the Daffodils, the appropriately titled and entertaining iPhone App that merges cartoon graphics with good old-fashioned decapitations.

As it turns out, Red Beard the Viking has a soft spot for daffodils, much to the delight of his enemies, who seek to trample his garden flat. To prevent that from happening, our cold-blooded hero grabs his weapon of choice and vows to defend his most prized possession by lopping off some heads.

This is where you come in. Rival Vikings approach from the right side of the screen, and you basically hurl the axe in their direction, chopping off their melons in the process. All you need to do is draw a line towards the bad guys and let that sucker go.

The fun comes from squiggling all sorts of crazy patterns and then watching the axe travel in loops and zigzags, leaving a bloody mess in its wake. That said, you must plot the axe's trajectory and estimate Viking positions to score combos. The developers even threw additional layers of strategy to the game with a Lightning Meter (electrocutes up to three bad guys at once) and fire; ignite the axe to burn enemy trees.

Obviously, things start off easy and then progressively become more difficult, as the Vikings charge across the field in different formations. You also need to pay attention to the length of the aforementioned lines, since Red Beard cannot use his axe until it returns to him.

On that note, this game packs hours of fun into a very affordable package ($0.99), making it a great impulse buy, as well as an excuse for screaming "in the face! In...The...Face!"

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

What's Hot: Excellent title, addictive gameplay, cute yet gruesome visuals.

What's Not: No iPad version.