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Block Blocks

Block Blocks is fun to say, perhaps fun to play


Minimalistic tower defense-esque puzzling
Nov 22
From its description as a "tower defense-inspired puzzle game," Block Blocks doesn't sound amazing, but in motion it looks like it could be quite hectic, and it almost has an early Bit.Trip aesthetic to it. The gameplay is e... read
Indie

Defender's Quest II looks prettier and has a turtle-tank


And that's all I need to know
Oct 29
I'm unsure how many of you played Defender's Quest. Yes, it wasn't pretty to look at -- but it was a rather excellent tower-defense title, one that featured rock-solid mechanics and a commendable attempt at telling an engagin... read
CastleStorm PS3/Vita

Angry beards: CastleStorm coming to PS3, Vita


XBLA tower defense hybrid jumping ship
Oct 18
Vikings versus knights. That's the conceit of Zen Studios' CastleStorm, which our own Ian Bonds enjoyed well enough when it original launched on XBLA. It's a much more in-depth Angry Birds of sorts, with real-time strategy a... read
Dungeon Defenders

MOBA aspects of Dungeon Defenders II removed


Trendy is 'focusing on what fans really want to see
Oct 08
There was backlash when Trendy Entertainment announced Dungeon Defenders II. While the game was always going to retain its tower-defense foundation, the studio was planning to add a competitive, MOBA-style mode. That didn't ... read
Humble Mobile Bundle

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 debuts Star Command on Android


Time Surfer also debuts, Punch Quest is as good as ever
Sep 26
The Humble Bundle people are at it again, with the second official mobile bundle, though they have had other Android-based bundles before they started numbering. This is the standard Humble Bundle affair: pay what you want, ... read
Sanctum 2 PSN

FPS and tower defense hybrid Sanctum 2 hits PSN today


Sanctuary!
Sep 11
Sanctum 2 came to PC and Xbox 360 earlier this year. Our own Patrick Hancock reviewed it, ultimately enjoying the colorful sequel, which trends more towards first-person shooter than its tower defense leaning predecessor. Wh... read
It's just so damn adorable
One of the cutest-looking games that I saw at PAX Prime was Uber Entertainment's Toy Rush. Don't let the cuteness deceive you, though. Toy Rush is shaping up to be a surprisingly deep and fun title.  The developers... read feature

Final Horizon PS4/Vita

Alien bugs want you dead in PS4/Vita RTS Final Horizon


I keep wanting to type 'event horizon' and it's bugging me
Aug 26
One of the many indie developers currently working with Sony is Eiconic Games. They're calling their RTS Final Horizon, which apparently takes cues from Space Invaders and Aliens, "the evolution of tower defense." More tower ... read
Uber

Uber is trying its hand at tower defense with Toy Rush


Look for it at the PAX Prime Indie Megabooth
Aug 15
The next game from the makers of Monday Night Combat and the upcoming Planetary Annihilation is going in an altogether different direction. Toy Rush is a card-centric tower defense title built for mobile devices. If, like me... read
PixelJunk

PixelJunk Monsters headed to Steam with online co-op


Yet another re-release, but ... co-op!
Aug 02
Even though I'd rather get my hands on PixelJunk Inc. than double dip on yet another Q-Games title, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate is tempting. It's coming to Steam on August 26, 2013 with local and online cooperative play, game... read
PixelJunk

PS Vita gets PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD on July 30


Release info locked down for revised Monsters
Jul 17
Double Eleven is giving PixelJunk Monsters a fresh coat of paint for PlayStation Vita later this month. PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD will launch on July 30 and July 31 for North American and European PlayStation Network us... read
Steam Workshop

Orcs Must Die! 2 adds Steam Workshop support


Mods for traps, weapons, and more
Jul 12
While I didn't stick around with Orcs Must Die! 2 like I did with its predecessor, it still provided some decent action/tower defense gameplay. In a move that will hopefully breathe new life into the title on PC, developer Ro... read
PixelJunk

PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD announced for Vita


Well, that's my day made
Jun 25
This is the exact news I was hoping I'd get to cover following word of Q Games' collaboration with Double Eleven. The latter studio is indeed porting a beloved PixelJunk title to PlayStation Vita. PixelJunk Monsters: Ult... read
You're drunk at our BBQ...
Go Home Dinosaurs! is a game that will draw immediate comparisons to Plants vs. Zombies. From its cutesy art style, to its carefully constructed tower defense-based gameplay, much of this iPad experience will recall hours pla... read feature

Knights vs. Vikings, pre-ESPN
Hey kids! Do you like smashing stuff in Angry Birds, but wish it was just a bit more...medieval? How about a bit of troop management? Spells? Swords? Sheep? Less birds, more beards? All this and more await you in CastleStorm! read feature

A hybrid with good mileage
I think the first Sanctum game surprised a lot of people. It took the intellectual strategy aspect of tower defense games and combined it with the more action-oriented first-person shooter genre to create a unique, wonderful ... read feature

Earth Offense Force
Don’t let the screenshots fool you: This isn’t the game you think it is. The first Anomaly was an unexpected sleeper hit that found a successful formula on flipping tower defense on its head by putting the playe... read feature

Don't most decent videogames have a sequel out by now?
PopCap beat us to the punch by relabeling its game Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time within a new teaser trailer that also reveals the game's July release. This trailer was announced on the official Plants vs. Zombies Fa... read feature

Anomaly 2

Pre-order Anomaly 2 and get an extra copy for free


That you can then gift to a friend
Apr 30
Anomaly 2 is coming out on May 15 for the PC, mac, and Linux, and pre-orders have now opened up where you can get 10% off of the $14.99 retail price. Not only do you get a small discount, but you'll also be given an extra co... read
Defense Grid 2

Defense Grid 2 lives on despite Kickstarter falling short


Kickstarted sequel will be on Windows, Mac, and Linux in 2014
Apr 25
The Kickstarter campaign for Defense Grid 2 was an odd one; instead of pitching purely to make a full game, there were rewards to expand the original Defense Grid at various tiers. So although the team only received enough ba... read
Defense Grid: Containment

Impressions: Defense Grid: Containment


Tower defense on steroids
Apr 22
Defense Grid: Containment came about from a Kickstarter campaign intended to raise enough money to create Defense Grid 2. Sadly, Hidden Path Entertainment didn't get the funding needed to create a full sequel to this amazing ... read
Going, going, Goron
Dillon's Rolling Western and it's sequel, The Last Ranger, feel like cut bonus content from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Dillon, the series' titular protagonist, has nearly identical moves as Goron Link. The game's thr... read feature

Steam sale

Steam has the Orcs Must Die! series for 75% off


Both games and their DLC for under $10
Apr 03
Robot Entertainment is running a worthwhile Steam sale on Orcs Must Die! ($2.49) and its follow-up ($3.74) over the next day that marks the third-person action/tower defense games 75 percent off. Rela... read
Dungeon Defenders II

PAX: Dungeon Defenders II co-op mode revealed


Sequel stays true to its roots with four-player co-op
Mar 23
We learned a few days ago Dungeon Defenders II would have a new competitive MOBA mode but today we had the reveal trailer for the traditional four-player co-op that hooked me and friends so well. It looks like we'll be playi... read
No Mac version planned
When the original Sanctum came out, it took the indie world by storm. As a first person tower defense game in 2011 (that kicked ass by the way), it was pretty unique. Coffee Stain Studios looks to repeat that success wit... read feature

Anomalize harder!
Anomaly: Warzone Earth had one of those experimental ideas -- controlling the troops that rush past towers rather than the defensive structures themselves -- that turned out to be really cool in practice. I don't know for cer... read feature

Dungeon Defenders

Dungeon Defenders II announced with MOBA mode


Playable at PAX East booth #968
Mar 19
Ahead of PAX East, Trendy Entertainment has announced Dungeon Defenders II for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and web browsers. After a bunch of ports and even more DLC, it was only a matter of time before a follow-up happened.... read
Sanctum 2 trailer

Sanctum 2 trailer has a whistling alien


First-person tower defense
Mar 15
While this trailer doesn't really show a whole lot of what's coming in Sanctum 2, the game sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. Keeping in line with its predecessor, it's a first-person shooter/tower defense hybrid wit... read

Monday Mind Teasers: Kingdom Rush


Aaaaand, there goes eight hours of your life. Sorry about that.
Mar 04
You poor, poor gamer soul. It's getting late and you were just about to sign off and go to bed. Then you checked the new Monday Mind Teaser. You fool. It's no secret that this is one of the most addicting flash games ever mad... read
Plants vs. Zombies

PSA: Plants vs. Zombies free on iPhone and iPad right now


How do you not have this game yet?!
Feb 21
Plants vs. Zombies is free right now for the iPhone and iPad. You can get the game for free until February 28, so you better act quick if you somehow don't own this addictive as hell tower defense game yet. Seriously, what is wrong with you?! That's it for the news, so here's Laura Shigihara performing her Plants vs. Zombies theme because it's just the best. read
Dillon's Rolling Sequel

Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger hits this April


Now with train!
Feb 14
Dillon's Rolling Western looked like a nice tower defense game, but the original game was bogged down by an incredible grind. A sequel, titled Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger, was announced at today's Nintendo ... read
Storm the castle!
CastleStorm is definitely not a game that's easy to draw a frame of reference for. One part Jenga, and one part tower defense, this mash up certainly draws from opposite genres to get its own formula going. Once it's off though, its may surprise with just how tasking, and fun, it can be. read feature







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