Ok, I'm a little biased on this one as its coming from some of my ex-colleagues at Funcom. The folks over at Megapop in Oslo have launched their debut title - Trolls vs Vikings. They are a great bunch of folks, and put a lot of the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears, into creating the game (well, they swear there was no real blood involved!)
Taking inspiration from Plants vs Zombies it adds a wonderfully Norse flavor, with some engaging characters, a polished visual style, and some neat game-play twists.
For me the trolls are the stars of the show. They each have their own character, and there is a fun sense of humor that permeates proceedings. It's light, kid friendly, but always fun. The addition of things like movable units and even 'boss' battles add to the formula in interesting ways that add a little depth.
Sure, this is definitely a variation on the theme, rather than anything ground breaking, but it plays incredibly smoothly. The difficulty also ramps up considerably as you replay the levels, and it moves from a relatively easy stroll, to a frantic, and fast paced, challenge.
You can play a fair distance through without paying a dime, with later units requiring gold or a premium purchase.
So if you have a hankering for some free to play action with some playful trolls, make sure you check it out!