Neptune Entertainment has released their version of a Tower Defense game called 7 Cities TD [App Store]. Now, before you lose interest, this one is worth a look. Features listed by the developer:

  • 7 unique hand-drawn maps ranging in difficulty and design
  • 2 game modes: Campaign and Survival
  • 7 towers: each with an unique look and abilities
  • Upgrade your towers and level them up
  • 12 individual tower skills that can be unlocked and acquired as towers gain experience and reach higher levels
  • A wide variety of enemies: from small scout ships to gigantic creatures of the deep seas
  • High-quality 2D graphics, animations, fully dynamic particle systems featuring fire, smoke, ice, and fireworks!
  • Original music and sound effects (or you can listen to your own iPod music while playing)
  • Camera pan & zoom
  • Save & load any time
  • Online high score submission & ranking
  • Pirates!

Some early reaction for our forum users have been very positive. damballah wrote:

Very polished, nice looking. Deep as hell, by far the deepest TD game on the App Store. Towers level, and you can upgrade them with more damage and even special abilities.

So far amazing, I'm def leaning towards calling it hands down the best TD on the app store, will play a lot more.

This brief gameplay video provides a quick look:

App Store Link: 7 Cities TD, $4.99

  • Kevin

    My iPhone ain't big enough for the both of 'em!

    I only have room for one tower defense game and fieldrunners has solidified itself as that game!

  • jdmoney

    very cool looking

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    By far the BEST TD game on the iphone.
    Fieldrunners is nothing compared to this...

  • shawndumas

    Best TD on the app store... by far.

  • Carlos-Sz

    As I wrote in the forum topic, the small issue I see is that towers colors are too similar with the map ones.

    Towers are not big and they seem to be camouflaged in the map.

    They should have a better contrast IMO.

  • boardopboy

    Arn, I love that you quote forums users in your posts.

    Gives the whole site a greater sense of community.

    Just one more reason to love Touch Arcade!

  • palapalooza

    Everything is better with pirates!

    Maybe the expansion will have ninjas.

    And the expansion after that will have zombie pirates and zombie ninjas.

    And I agree with others here who say this is better than Fieldrunner. If you only have one TD game on your iPhone, this should be it.

  • steve

    damn this looks awesome. I love Pirates!

    I will wait till it drops in price maybe 1.99 or 0.99. There are just to many good games out right now i want to buy.

  • http://neos1.wordpress.com Neos

    No! I've tried it and it is not any better than fieldrunners!

    People who say it is a better game are blind, it is not that polished, i wouldnt say it is polished at all.

  • RustyShackleford

    I'm no TD game addict, but I enjoyed Fieldrunners a lot, so I got this one as well. I've only played for a few minutes so far, but I'm wondering...

    Doesn't the game lose much of its strategic element when the enemies follow one path, and you only have a finite number of places you can build towers? In a game like Fieldrunners, you had to not only consider what towers to build, but where to build them to present the longest and most dangerous path to the enemy. Here, it just seems like if you fill up the places you can build towers and keep upgrading, you're set

    I don't mean this as a slight against '7 Cities' - and again I haven't played for long - but I'm just curious if there's something I'm missing here

  • Joe

    It's actually the opposite. Instead of just making a really winding path to stall the enemies, you actually have to place towers strategically to maximize their damage output. It takes many tries before you can get a set-up that kills all the enemies, let alone one that lets you survive the level!

  • RustyShackleford

    OK Joe, I will take your word for it and give it some more play time. :)

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  • TriedIt

    Just got the game. Am quite disappointed because the graphics are boring (the gameplay screen is very static except for small moving ships), you have limited options for tower placement, and I spend most of my time waiting around for unexciting events as the next wave of enemies travel the same path as the previous wave. Fieldrunners and Desktop Tower Defense have the right idea where you are free to determine the path of the enemies by the freeform tower placement. It's much more exciting that way and every game you play will have much more variety.

    Neos is right: this game feels very unpolished (for example, the font used to describe the various sections in the help screen is hard to read). The music seems pretty interesting, though.

  • LordLad

    Played this TD game all day yesterday, and still playing it! I must say that the game feels very polished, I mean, it's a game and it's fun! The graphics are amazing and the sound and music are very fitting for its setting.

    One thing I really liked about 7 Cities were the detailed descriptions of the towers. When you're a big TD fan, you want to know about this for deeper planning ahead, even though the towers themselves are fairly self-explanatory when you start playing.

    To TriedIt, perhaps try a less conservative strategy with keeping your towers in the rear and instead putting them at the front? Speeds up the game for me. Also I feel the help text is okay on my eyes, and my friends seem to have no trouble with the text either.

  • Chris

    I bought this yesterday and am currently on the 6th level.
    Its a pretty good game, worth £3!!

  • robotjugglar

    yo this game is sick!!! it looks stylish and it has that ancient aztec feel.
    the interface is easy to understand and the towers and enemies look good!
    but the best thing about this game is the playability..

    you know a game is worth the download when you decline phone calls just to keep playing! hahaha good job to the makers!!

  • TDGamer

    I got this game the other day and have lost quite a bit of time playing it so far. It's a very well done game with beautiful graphics and good game play. If you like the genre at all, you need to download it. The plot around it and the maps give it an extra little touch that ties the whole thing together.

    Fieldrunners still takes the prize in my book for best TD game, but that is because I prefer the open field approach, which I feel gives the game more replayability because you have unlimited options for different strategies. But I still like the path-based games, and this is far and away the best one out there.

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  • surfJUNKY

    For those who are bellyaching about the lack of polish, let's be reasonable, shinyNESS does not equal to polish.The graphics fits well with the setting of the game and one has to appreciate the little things like the description of the levels before you start each level, which adds to the overall feel of the game.Also, animation of the towers and destructions of enemy ships are delightfully done.

    This is the TD game to own! It offers the deepest gameplay for any TD game available. And this means longer replayability. Which to some, surprisingly, does not carry that much weight, but for the rest of us, this game deserves our money! haha

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  • Jim from the Jaw

    I love TD games, and have played a lot of them. Fieldrunners is still #1 on mu iPod (even with only 4 towers), as it has pretty much nailed the balanced game play. 7 Cities is very fun as well (I love the leveling up of towers), but am having a helluva time getting past the first few levels on medium difficulty. (Do start this one on easy mode--you'll unlock all of the towers by completing.) I'd like this one even more if it didn't make me feel like so much of a noob playing it.

  • http://www.davidschultz.org David Schultz

    Hey there, i posted a guide on how to beat the last city here:
    http://www.davidschultz.org/2009/01/08/how-to-beat-7-cities-td-for-iphone/ hopefully it saves some people some time.

  • Jay

    For all those people complaining that you can't just build where you want, have you not seen the Open Waters mode? It's exactly what people are claiming that it's missing..

  • JSW

    its 0.99 now and u get open water so u can make ur own map!