New Drylands map and new Towers in v1.2

The Fieldrunners 1.2 update is starting to propagate across Apple's iTunes servers so users are starting to get update notifications for the latest update to Subatomic's popular tower defense game.

The latest version of the game offers a number of improvements and additions:

  • Mortar tower. With a destructive payload & explosive force the mortar tower obliterates enemies in a single devastating attack.
  • Flame tower. The flame tower is capable of incinerating multiple fieldrunners in a single fiery swoop.
  • New Map: Drylands. With multiple paths snaking thru the dried-out canyon riverbed, it gives the fieldrunners ample chance to escape.
  • New Fieldrunner: the P-47 Thunderbolt. These blazing fast planes tear through the sky over the fields at an incredible speed.
  • Sell without penalty. A tower that is both purchased and sold while the game is paused will not incur a score or price penalty.
  • Faster load times. The time required to start a new game or resume a previously saved game has been significantally reduced.
  • Updated game icon. The game icon has been changed to reflect the color palette of the new map.
  • Improved lightning visuals. The lightning bolt discharged by the tesla tower now emits light and animates more realistically.
  • Autosave. The autosave feature saves your progress every round to protect you against crashes or freezes.

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Fieldrunners now offers 3 different modes for each map: Classic, Extended and Endless.

Classic offers the traditional Fieldrunners experience with the 4 original towers. Extended and Endless add the two new towers to the mix. Classic must be defeated in order to unlock the Extended and Endless modes.

Fieldrunners is one of the most popular Tower Defense games on the iPhone and was named amongst Time Magazine's Top 10 games of 2008. We also highly recommend the game, even for those who are unfamiliar with the Tower Defense genre.

App Store Link: Fieldrunners, $4.99 (1.2 update is free to existing customers)

  • krazyfingerzz

    The fire tower is an excellent way to finally beat those helicopters and fast-moving bikes. I also really dig that grenade launcher (I have no clue what it is but it tosses bombs at the enemies) which is really killing those helicopters very well, with a goo-gun next to it. the prices for towers also work better with the addition of the two new ones. I had stopped playing this in favor of 7 Cities (which I still love the best), but with the update, it's certainly worth playing again.

  • krazyfingerzz

    The fire tower is an excellent way to finally beat those helicopters and fast-moving bikes. I also really dig that grenade launcher (I have no clue what it is but it tosses bombs at the enemies) which is really killing those helicopters very well, with a goo-gun next to it. the prices for towers also work better with the addition of the two new ones. I had stopped playing this in favor of 7 Cities (which I still love the best), but with the update, it's certainly worth playing again.

  • Ahiru

    downloading as of right now!

  • Ahiru

    downloading as of right now!

  • Kevin

    I mean really... every time a fieldrunners update comes out, my life gets better. that's the truth plain and simple!

  • Kevin

    I mean really... every time a fieldrunners update comes out, my life gets better. that's the truth plain and simple!

  • Muffin

    Kevin's right. Every time they update, the game grows exponentially. With time, this could be one of the best games ever. I've already stopped playing TDs on WC3 for this.

  • Muffin

    Kevin's right. Every time they update, the game grows exponentially. With time, this could be one of the best games ever. I've already stopped playing TDs on WC3 for this.

  • Owen-B

    It might be a nice little update but as far as my game is concerned it's wiped all my scores, all my progression, everything. It's like I've clean installed it. Great. It used to be my fvourite game but there's simply no way I'm investing all those dozens of hours playing through it all again just to see a new map and a couple of new towers. Nice one.

  • Owen-B

    It might be a nice little update but as far as my game is concerned it's wiped all my scores, all my progression, everything. It's like I've clean installed it. Great. It used to be my fvourite game but there's simply no way I'm investing all those dozens of hours playing through it all again just to see a new map and a couple of new towers. Nice one.

  • Muffin

    Does anyone know if the Teslas actually bounce? It doesn't look like it...

  • Muffin

    Does anyone know if the Teslas actually bounce? It doesn't look like it...

  • Muffin

    Owen-B Did you update on itunes and then transfer it onto your ipod? Or did you do it from your ipod? Cause I updated it from my ipod and there was no problems...

  • Muffin

    Owen-B Did you update on itunes and then transfer it onto your ipod? Or did you do it from your ipod? Cause I updated it from my ipod and there was no problems...

  • mike

    Yes!! Got it.. Fuck this is awesome.. I LOVE IT. They could release a new map once every 3 months and totally blow this game out. Awesome.

  • mike

    Yes!! Got it.. Fuck this is awesome.. I LOVE IT. They could release a new map once every 3 months and totally blow this game out. Awesome.

  • http://obsessedwithapple.blogspot.com brewstermax

    I had a notification around 3 PM, EST. I haven't played yet, but it looks good. Not liking how they change the icon so much. Ohh, and hey all.

  • http://obsessedwithapple.blogspot.com brewstermax

    I had a notification around 3 PM, EST. I haven't played yet, but it looks good. Not liking how they change the icon so much. Ohh, and hey all.

  • bugz

    i just installed it YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • bugz

    i just installed it YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Great, another huge disruption to my life. I go through a classic addiction cycle with this game: play too much to the detriment of family and work ("I'll just play a FEW ROUNDS"), get fed up with how much time it's taking and my inability to keep my hands off it, delete it from my phone, then a couple weeks later, tell myself that "I can keep it under control this time" and download it again. Repeat cycle, only this time even worse with the new features.

    Aaargh!!!

    Is there a Fieldrunners Anonymous?

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Great, another huge disruption to my life. I go through a classic addiction cycle with this game: play too much to the detriment of family and work ("I'll just play a FEW ROUNDS"), get fed up with how much time it's taking and my inability to keep my hands off it, delete it from my phone, then a couple weeks later, tell myself that "I can keep it under control this time" and download it again. Repeat cycle, only this time even worse with the new features.

    Aaargh!!!

    Is there a Fieldrunners Anonymous?

  • HyperTapper

    I kept checking for updates every day since Friday. Whilst checking in a idle moment few hours ago, it appeared. (3:30pm, I think.)
    While the update was downloading I checked Touch Arcade and saw this article. Fast!
    Three hours later and I am happy to report that the update is excellent.
    Now it's time to get a life...

  • HyperTapper

    I kept checking for updates every day since Friday. Whilst checking in a idle moment few hours ago, it appeared. (3:30pm, I think.)
    While the update was downloading I checked Touch Arcade and saw this article. Fast!
    Three hours later and I am happy to report that the update is excellent.
    Now it's time to get a life...

  • Corn

    Wow, this update is frickin awesome!

    Is it just me, or does the game crash more often now? I updated the game, and it crashes every 10 minutes or so

  • Corn

    Wow, this update is frickin awesome!

    Is it just me, or does the game crash more often now? I updated the game, and it crashes every 10 minutes or so

  • hypermanic

    yea the game crashes frequently since the new update. i tried restarting three times but the problem persists. also, i noticed a small glitch. to be able to play the new map "drylands", it says you have to reach round 50 on the "crossroads" map. but i think it really meant round 50 of drylands coz i've already finished the crossroads map yet drylands is still locked.

  • hypermanic

    yea the game crashes frequently since the new update. i tried restarting three times but the problem persists. also, i noticed a small glitch. to be able to play the new map "drylands", it says you have to reach round 50 on the "crossroads" map. but i think it really meant round 50 of drylands coz i've already finished the crossroads map yet drylands is still locked.

  • snow_mani

    I am only a newbie when it comes to tower defense games. I keep meaning to pick this one up.

    @ brewstermax Hi. I have missed seeing you around.

  • snow_mani

    I am only a newbie when it comes to tower defense games. I keep meaning to pick this one up.

    @ brewstermax Hi. I have missed seeing you around.

  • caleon

    yea... the game seems to crash quite a bit now

  • caleon

    yea... the game seems to crash quite a bit now

  • mandiller

    The game is crashing a fair bit on my ipod touch as well. It never crashed with the previous version but this one does every now and then. Perhaps the developer can release another update to fix the crashes?

  • mandiller

    The game is crashing a fair bit on my ipod touch as well. It never crashed with the previous version but this one does every now and then. Perhaps the developer can release another update to fix the crashes?

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

    I'm still missing the fast forward button.
    Playing this game is mostly waiiiiiting. And that's very annoying.

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

    I'm still missing the fast forward button.
    Playing this game is mostly waiiiiiting. And that's very annoying.

  • ftmfw

    Are the new fire towers AoE (Area of Effect)? Or are they single target only, cuz imo they are just like the "Gattling Cannons" but with a different visual if it's just a Single target.

    If they wanted to make Fire tower unique, they could probably set the target on fire for a short period after it's been hit by the fire tower.

  • ftmfw

    Are the new fire towers AoE (Area of Effect)? Or are they single target only, cuz imo they are just like the "Gattling Cannons" but with a different visual if it's just a Single target.

    If they wanted to make Fire tower unique, they could probably set the target on fire for a short period after it's been hit by the fire tower.

  • Dark

    The game is really glitchy, just cant play normally more than 5 minutes. Dont see any pattern, it just accidentally slows down for a second or two and crash to a home screen. But manages to make autosave at last.
    PS: iPhone 2G, 2.2

  • Dark

    The game is really glitchy, just cant play normally more than 5 minutes. Dont see any pattern, it just accidentally slows down for a second or two and crash to a home screen. But manages to make autosave at last.
    PS: iPhone 2G, 2.2

  • Dave

    Update seems ok. Crashes at least a few times per 100 wave game. Thankfully no progress is lost on restart. Anyone else having crashing issues?

    The games is definitely easier in Extended modes. Beat the first map on hard with 20 lives left the second time I played it. I had never been able to do that before.

    I agree with one of the above posters. More new maps need to be released quicker to keep this game from getting stale.

    Lastly the sound on the fire towers seems really off. Sounds like I'm spray painting the fieldrunners rather than frying them. ;)

  • Dave

    Update seems ok. Crashes at least a few times per 100 wave game. Thankfully no progress is lost on restart. Anyone else having crashing issues?

    The games is definitely easier in Extended modes. Beat the first map on hard with 20 lives left the second time I played it. I had never been able to do that before.

    I agree with one of the above posters. More new maps need to be released quicker to keep this game from getting stale.

    Lastly the sound on the fire towers seems really off. Sounds like I'm spray painting the fieldrunners rather than frying them. ;)

  • http://www.wedclix.com/blog mark

    love this update, new towers are cool and it sucked me right back in :)

  • http://www.wedclix.com/blog mark

    love this update, new towers are cool and it sucked me right back in :)

  • Ryan

    I seriously need to put this down.. it consumes my life. i just spent 40 minutes in the crapper at work cause i couldnt stop playing.. 3 crashes in 40 min.. other then that.. this rocks!!!!! FLAME ON!!

  • Ryan

    I seriously need to put this down.. it consumes my life. i just spent 40 minutes in the crapper at work cause i couldnt stop playing.. 3 crashes in 40 min.. other then that.. this rocks!!!!! FLAME ON!!

  • bobernet

    This is the single most overrated TD game in the app store. The graphics are amazing, no doubt, but the game play is hardly better than the free TapDefense. Something like Besiegement has it all over Fieldrunners. I continue to be amazed at the love lavished on this game that is simply a "pretty" version of lowest common denominator tower defense.

  • bobernet

    This is the single most overrated TD game in the app store. The graphics are amazing, no doubt, but the game play is hardly better than the free TapDefense. Something like Besiegement has it all over Fieldrunners. I continue to be amazed at the love lavished on this game that is simply a "pretty" version of lowest common denominator tower defense.

  • PaPaFuNk

    Definitely crashes now since update, never crashed before. I like the update, but the unlock level 50 crossroads is wrong, I have completed level 50 in two different modes since the update and still no unlock of new towers in drylands map. Do you have to complete level 100 on classic in drylands to unlock or something?

    Please update to fix crashing.

  • PaPaFuNk

    Definitely crashes now since update, never crashed before. I like the update, but the unlock level 50 crossroads is wrong, I have completed level 50 in two different modes since the update and still no unlock of new towers in drylands map. Do you have to complete level 100 on classic in drylands to unlock or something?

    Please update to fix crashing.

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Crashed for me once around level 75, but then I remembered the new autosave between each round and was quite relieved. Annoying, but not like Aurora Feint annoying (forget my password, delete MY hours of practice, will you??) so no big deal.

    Stupid question perhaps but...uh...aren't there supposed to be 2 new towers? Do they need to be somehow unlocked or something? I unlocked the new stage, but there's no new towers in either of the original stages, or the new one...what am I missing here?

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Crashed for me once around level 75, but then I remembered the new autosave between each round and was quite relieved. Annoying, but not like Aurora Feint annoying (forget my password, delete MY hours of practice, will you??) so no big deal.

    Stupid question perhaps but...uh...aren't there supposed to be 2 new towers? Do they need to be somehow unlocked or something? I unlocked the new stage, but there's no new towers in either of the original stages, or the new one...what am I missing here?

  • Dave

    Update: Very buggy. Flame towers do not work properly on the third map failing to fire completely or randomly and hence allow fieldrunner to pass.

  • Dave

    Update: Very buggy. Flame towers do not work properly on the third map failing to fire completely or randomly and hence allow fieldrunner to pass.

  • Dave

    I believe you have to beat the classic mode (on any level easy medium or hard) to unlock extended which has the new towers.

  • Dave

    I believe you have to beat the classic mode (on any level easy medium or hard) to unlock extended which has the new towers.

  • http://www.easyfreesmileys.com Smileys

    How do you beat this game?
    I can get to about level 80/90 but always run out of lives....

    I try make a warren / maze like structure out of my towers but then the flying creep always gets through... if i make a straight tunnel the normal creep gets through!

    Any advice?

  • http://www.easyfreesmileys.com Smileys

    How do you beat this game?
    I can get to about level 80/90 but always run out of lives....

    I try make a warren / maze like structure out of my towers but then the flying creep always gets through... if i make a straight tunnel the normal creep gets through!

    Any advice?

  • arn

    you have to make it to level 100 to beat the non-endless levels.

    arn

  • arn

    you have to make it to level 100 to beat the non-endless levels.

    arn

  • hd72

    Smileys: When you're building your maze, you have to make sure you invest your powerful weapons (fire, tesla, mortar) along the lines that the planes fly, and invest your money in leveling those weapons up. And make sure there are plenty of goo guns to slow the planes down. In areas where there will be no planes, just build your maze out of cheap $5 guns. Also make sure you position your power weapons in the maze where people pass by on all sides, as opposed to putting them on the edges.

  • hd72

    Smileys: When you're building your maze, you have to make sure you invest your powerful weapons (fire, tesla, mortar) along the lines that the planes fly, and invest your money in leveling those weapons up. And make sure there are plenty of goo guns to slow the planes down. In areas where there will be no planes, just build your maze out of cheap $5 guns. Also make sure you position your power weapons in the maze where people pass by on all sides, as opposed to putting them on the edges.

  • arno o

    just got the latest version pushed to my Iphone .... looks great, but crashes about ever minute !! extremely frustrating ..!! looks like the added graphics overdrive the processor ..........

    PSSSEEEE release a fix !!!

  • arno o

    just got the latest version pushed to my Iphone .... looks great, but crashes about ever minute !! extremely frustrating ..!! looks like the added graphics overdrive the processor ..........

    PSSSEEEE release a fix !!!

  • http://www.raftand.deviantart.com/gallery Leo

    WOW! Excelent notice. Field Runners is the best TD Ever. when i have see this post, my head make a BANG inside.
    Great.

    sorry for the bad english, im brazilian and speak portuguese.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.raftand.deviantart.com/gallery Leo

    WOW! Excelent notice. Field Runners is the best TD Ever. when i have see this post, my head make a BANG inside.
    Great.

    sorry for the bad english, im brazilian and speak portuguese.

    Thanks.

  • Trungm

    1.2 keep crashing many times. It makes me crazy although the game is so excellent. Please fix

  • Trungm

    1.2 keep crashing many times. It makes me crazy although the game is so excellent. Please fix

  • Arta

    1.2.1 update is out, fixes the crashing.

  • Arta

    1.2.1 update is out, fixes the crashing.

  • http://MMFPaintball.com Crapinsak

    This game is pretty sweet

  • http://MMFPaintball.com Crapinsak

    This game is pretty sweet