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5:00 PM on 04.03.2013

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

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...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: Dungeon Defenders II co-op mode revealed

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...

Alasdair Duncan



PAX: Sanctum 2 upgrades the original in every way photo
PAX: Sanctum 2 upgrades the original in every way
by Chris Carter

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 with a fully featured sequel, and if the playable build I sat down with at PAX East is anything to go by, they're going to surpass their prior efforts.

No joke, everything is better in Sanctum 2. There's more playable characters, more options for character development, more robust levels (and more of them), and a much better tutorial system. In the first game, I noticed that quite a few people had trouble acclimating themselves to the way the game worked -- after all, an FPS TD hybrid isn't the easiest thing to pick up and play.

But through a pretty simplistic FPS style action tutorial, it's really easy to get up and go with Sanctum 2. I checked out out the all new campaign, complete with actual story this time around, and a bit of gameplay with the new characters, which all feel pretty different. It feels like a more...complete game this time around, and not just a niche experience like the vibe the original gave off at times.

I had a chance to speak to developer Oscar Jilsen, who said that this tutorial would naturally help players on consoles who aren't used to the genre. Also, since the original Sanctum took quite a while to port to Mac, I wanted to check on the status of a Mac version of Sanctum 2.

Jilsen immediately put this idea to rest though, stating that it was "a great deal of effort to work with Macs on such a small team," and that Sanctum 2 was not in the cards on the Mac platform. It will however, be available on PC, XBLA, and PSN.

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Preview: Anomaly 2 photo
Preview: Anomaly 2
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

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 certain if the game arose just purely out of experimentation around a single idea, or if perhaps the developers instead saw an opportunity to do something unique in a stagnant market for the genre. In any case, the result was a pretty great game.

I recently got the chance to check out a preview build of the upcoming sequel, Anomaly 2. I remembered spending a lot of time with the first one once I got it on my Android phone and enjoying playing it, so I was eager to jump in and check out what new goodies and updates were in store with the follow-up game.

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2:30 PM on 03.19.2013

Dungeon Defenders II announced with MOBA mode

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....

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 03.15.2013

Sanctum 2 trailer has a whistling alien

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...

Joshua Derocher

10:30 PM on 03.04.2013

Monday Mind Teasers: Kingdom Rush

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...

Tom Fronczak

5:45 PM on 02.21.2013

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

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.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:40 AM on 02.14.2013

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

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 ...

Patrick Hancock



CastleStorm crosses tower defense with Angry Birds photo
CastleStorm crosses tower defense with Angry Birds
by Abel Girmay

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.

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3:00 PM on 01.16.2013

Defense Grid's Kickstarter expansion revealed

Hidden Path Entertainment has revealed the new expansion for its popular Defence Grid: The Awakening, which was funded through a recent Kickstarter campaign. Arriving later this month, the expansion, titled Containment, will...

Alasdair Duncan



Review: Shad'O photo
Review: Shad'O
by Alasdair Duncan

Tower Defense games are fairly common these days but despite the rigidity of their design, developers still manage to take the basic tenets of the genre and make some interesting titles. Sanctum, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, and Plants vs. Zombies have all been distinct and enjoyable games. Even Orcs Must Die! and Dungeon Defenders did something unique by adding third-person action to the mix.

Shad'O has arrived, attempting to give the tower defense genre a new setting, however, gamers may find it a familiar and all-too-traditional experience.

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9:00 PM on 10.24.2012

Defender's Quest headed to Steam and other platforms soon

Every so often, a tower defense title is able to pull me in, utterly disrupting my ability to function as a productive member of society. One of the more recent games to claim that victory was Defender's Quest, which not near...

Jordan Devore



TGS: Rachet & Clank: FFA is not a return to form photo
TGS: Rachet & Clank: FFA is not a return to form
by Allistair Pinsof

When I read that Ratchet & Clank would gain a traditional third-person entry later this year, I pooped the bed. I literally pooped the bed and you should never poop in the bed. But, after playing the game, I deeply regret this filthy, depraved act of excitement. FFA is just not very good in its current state.

There is room for a series offshoot based around tower defense, but the wide open areas and slow drip of enemies make Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault a lethargic entry that doesn't capture the spirit of the original games. When compared to the very similar Orcs Must Die! 2, FFA just seems lame.

Unlocking chests for new guns and looking for bolts is a hassle. When the enemies do come, they offer no challenge with their dumb-as-rocks AI. While Ratchet still feels great with his jet boots, FFA is a graphical step back for the series -- understandable since it is a downloadable title but not excusable. As a long-time series fan, I'm finding it hard to get excited for this one. Maybe it's time I wash those sheets already.

We'll see if Insomniac turns this ship around when the game arrives later this year for PS Vita and PlayStation 3 (via PlayStation Network).

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Review: Tower Wars photo
Review: Tower Wars
by Caitlin Cooke

Tower defense games are somewhat an addiction of mine; instinctively strategic yet part determination and endurance, these titles have always delighted and frustrated the wits out of me. Lately, there’s been a surge of tower defense games -- from casual to creative, each game that comes out seems to invent or broaden some new aspect of the genre. As a result, breaking the mold of basic tower defense principles and coming out with something unique can be tricky.

Tower Wars turns tower defense on its side by combining tower strategy and army building along with a competitive multiplayer twist. This reinvention seems to be a lot, especially for an indie game, however, I’m curious to see if Tower Wars can hold itself up to the genre while still maintaining unique roots.

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11:30 AM on 08.20.2012

PopCap announces Plants vs. Zombies 2

Prepare to defend yourself from an all new zombie onslaught as PopCap Games has just announced a sequel to Plants vs. Zombies. Scheduled for release in Spring 2013, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will feature new scenarios to keep...

Conrad Zimmerman