Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten is one of the better tower defense titles you might not have heard of. Through clever use of role-playing mechanics, you're compelled to stick with its (admittedly pretty good) storyline all the way through, and then some. As of yesterday, it had cleared 73,616 sales to date across all distribution channels on PC. How's that for transparency?
In the past, designer Lars Doucet has been up front about development on Defender's Quest with blogs like this on Gamasutra. After seeing him remark on Twitter that the game had recently had its best promotion ever -- "Better than Daily Deal. Better than Launch. Better than *everything.*" -- I got in touch. He got back to me with information that'll ideally be useful for other developers and also interest you as someone who occasionally follows the business side of the industry.
According to Doucet, a whopping 33 percent of Defender's Quest's lifetime PC sales revenue was generated in the last two weeks. The game is, it should be pointed out, more than a year old at this point. How did Level Up Labs pull it off?... read more