shot3Arash Keshmirian of Limbic Software has provided TouchArcade with exclusive details about their upcoming 3D Tower Defense game that has been in secret development for the past 6 months.

Evil aliens are coming to steal your sheep and turn them into a new scarf for their Emperor! You must stop them!

TowerMadness is a giant leap forward in Tower Defense games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Easy to pick up for beginners, yet challenging enough for the seasoned gamer.

Tower Madness offers an open-field Tower Defense game with fully 3D graphics allowing you to zoom in and around the action. Naturally, comparisons will be made with Star Defense another upcoming 3D Tower Defense game from Ngmoco that has been getting a bit of press in the past few months.

Right off, it seems they took a very different approach in their version of the same basic concept. Most notably their levels seem to be more traditional flat fields rather than the spherical or cube shapes that we've seen Star Defense. Gameplay-wise, Limbic has opted for an open-field design similar to Fieldrunners. Rather than playing along a set path, you are given the freedom to place your towers to create your own path.

The developers also list a number of impressive features with a large number of gameplay elements and some unique online elements such as replays and free downloadable content.

  • High-performance 3D graphics
  • Meticulously crafted and polished gameplay
  • Spatialized positional audio
  • Challenging path-finding enemy AI (no boring predefined paths!)
  • 16 unique enemy types
  • 9 unique tower types with 5 upgrades each
  • 4 maps in the Campaign with increasing levels of difficulty and complexity
  • Account profiles let you share TowerMadness with up to 5 friends and family, keeping your scores and saved games separate
  • Fast graphics mode option for slower devices and maximum framerates
  • Free downloadable maps and game modes to keep the madness going
  • Replays let you show off your strategies, learn new ones, and watch your friends play
  • Compete with global high scores

This embedded gameplay video walks through the basics of the game and 3D animations. A separate gameplay video shows more action on a different map.

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Limbic doesn't seem to be shy about comparisons with existing Tower Defense games in the App Store and even provides a chart comparing Tower Madness to a number of other games including: Star Defense, Tap Defense, Fieldrunners and geoDefense. Naturally, these charts tend to favor the author's product, but it shows what features they are pushing.

Here is a collection of screenshots from the game (click to see larger):


The game has been submitted to approval to Apple just yesterday, so we should be seeing this game in the next week or so. You can also follow the release on Twitter and Facebook.

  • GodSon

    This game looks very different. I like how you can decide on how to direct your defenses. The 3-d zoom is a very nice look as well. The aliens in the video like mindless though...

  • GodSon

    This game looks very different. I like how you can decide on how to direct your defenses. The 3-d zoom is a very nice look as well. The aliens in the video like mindless though...

  • MrDark

    nice concept, will keep my eye on it.

  • MrDark

    nice concept, will keep my eye on it.

  • tejumang

    I love the Idea of choosing the Difficulty by the Swing.
    I Greatly appreciate the Idea of placing a new tower by touching the map, then picking it from the circle (it reminds me of a mac utility with a hot key, all the applications reveal in a circle, unable to remember the name now).
    The Towers have no limits on the Range which will help (as seen in the Video)
    10 towers is a very good number to start with.

    Seems like you have quite some plans to use the Push service as you have announced.. i'd call it Dared by stating that you will have downloadable maps, game expansion and content.

    I wish You a great success with this app & hope this is just the beginning.

    thanks
    tejumang

  • http://na tejumang

    I love the Idea of choosing the Difficulty by the Swing.
    I Greatly appreciate the Idea of placing a new tower by touching the map, then picking it from the circle (it reminds me of a mac utility with a hot key, all the applications reveal in a circle, unable to remember the name now).
    The Towers have no limits on the Range which will help (as seen in the Video)
    10 towers is a very good number to start with.

    Seems like you have quite some plans to use the Push service as you have announced.. i'd call it Dared by stating that you will have downloadable maps, game expansion and content.

    I wish You a great success with this app & hope this is just the beginning.

    thanks
    tejumang

  • Moff

    looks way better than tower defense imho.

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      Thanks!

      • Moff

        Umm that doesn't make sense, I meant "star" defense ;)

  • Moff

    looks way better than tower defense imho.

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      Thanks!

      • Moff

        Umm that doesn't make sense, I meant "star" defense ;)

  • IBITF

    part of the fun of not-set path TD's is guessing where the guys are going. and it looks like just BLEH graphically and takes a while to place a tower. i know you cant do everything but honestly, compare it to 7 cities then tell me. or the creeps. but throw in the categories"graphics" "fun" "modes"

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      We've tested a lot of different methods to place towers, and what we've come up is something that every gamer intuitively does right, and it's extremly fast. You can quickly build huge mazes with little effort, direct the enemy all around the map and even do quite sophisticated juggling strategies.

      I think you will like it :-)

      • IBITF

        JUGGLING ISNT FROWNED UPON!
        I AM SOLD!
        YES!!

  • IBITF

    part of the fun of not-set path TD's is guessing where the guys are going. and it looks like just BLEH graphically and takes a while to place a tower. i know you cant do everything but honestly, compare it to 7 cities then tell me. or the creeps. but throw in the categories"graphics" "fun" "modes"

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      We've tested a lot of different methods to place towers, and what we've come up is something that every gamer intuitively does right, and it's extremly fast. You can quickly build huge mazes with little effort, direct the enemy all around the map and even do quite sophisticated juggling strategies.

      I think you will like it :-)

      • IBITF

        JUGGLING ISNT FROWNED UPON!
        I AM SOLD!
        YES!!

  • Adams Immersive

    There's no way I'm buying yet another TD game!

    Unless it costs under $10.00 of course :)

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      Oh, you're going to love this. It's made by gamers, for gamers, and we hate high priced apps. You'll love the price :-P

    • MrDark

      currently, no puporlar TD games its price higher than 5 bucks. All my TD games is under 3 :)

  • Adams Immersive

    There's no way I'm buying yet another TD game!

    Unless it costs under $10.00 of course :)

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      Oh, you're going to love this. It's made by gamers, for gamers, and we hate high priced apps. You'll love the price :-P

    • MrDark

      currently, no puporlar TD games its price higher than 5 bucks. All my TD games is under 3 :)

  • tejumang

    @Adams Immersive - Don't Raise the Bar!

    @volcore - I believe you are planning for a lite version..

  • http://na tejumang

    @Adams Immersive - Don't Raise the Bar!

    @volcore - I believe you are planning for a lite version..

  • Iman.S

    I am addicted to this game already! ;-)

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      Haha, I thought you hate games! :-P

  • Iman.S

    I am addicted to this game already! ;-)

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      Haha, I thought you hate games! :-P

  • kevin

    I am so Towered Defensed out it's not even funny. Just thought I'd share that.

    • IBITF

      thanks for that extremely helpful post. it contributed so much to the topic its not even funny. oh P.S., which will hit first?
      defender chronicles
      this
      star defense
      which will be better?

  • kevin

    I am so Towered Defensed out it's not even funny. Just thought I'd share that.

    • IBITF

      thanks for that extremely helpful post. it contributed so much to the topic its not even funny. oh P.S., which will hit first?
      defender chronicles
      this
      star defense
      which will be better?

  • Tunawrap

    I never really liked the look of Star Defense. I think this game will blow it out of the water anyway!

  • Tunawrap

    I never really liked the look of Star Defense. I think this game will blow it out of the water anyway!

  • Svitty

    Looks like it could be solid, my only beef with what I'm seeing on this trailer is the sounds, in specific the gun sounds, very "80's" and too repetitive, especially the "laser" sound...if this area were improved I'd say this game is heading in the right direction.

  • Svitty

    Looks like it could be solid, my only beef with what I'm seeing on this trailer is the sounds, in specific the gun sounds, very "80's" and too repetitive, especially the "laser" sound...if this area were improved I'd say this game is heading in the right direction.

  • thebleeptruth

    not sure if it's just the video, or my laptop, but doesn't it seem like it has some framerate problems? It gets quite choppy when dozens of enemies arrive. Regarding the gameplay, it looks good. I hope the local high scores are well made and sorted according to difficulty. I'm so so happy about the profile option. I think this is one important feature that most games neglect. However will the scores really be separete? Won't the local high scores show everyone, so you could easily compare?

    Will be keeping an eye on this.

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      The video has some hicups. It will run smooth on all iP* devices, but we also added a low quality, faster graphics mode to make sure.

  • thebleeptruth

    not sure if it's just the video, or my laptop, but doesn't it seem like it has some framerate problems? It gets quite choppy when dozens of enemies arrive. Regarding the gameplay, it looks good. I hope the local high scores are well made and sorted according to difficulty. I'm so so happy about the profile option. I think this is one important feature that most games neglect. However will the scores really be separete? Won't the local high scores show everyone, so you could easily compare?

    Will be keeping an eye on this.

    • http://volcore.limbicsoft.com volcore

      The video has some hicups. It will run smooth on all iP* devices, but we also added a low quality, faster graphics mode to make sure.

  • TKO

    Yeah, this one looks interesting. ..I was almost tower-defensed out, but it's been long enough that I'm inclined to check out a new one. The 3d concept seems to be implemented well, the tower-creation method sounds inspired (enough to make me slap my forehead and think "damn, why didn't the fieldrunners guys do it this way?"), and the story-behind the game is wicked cool.

    Do you guys have any plans to add path-based maps? Dunno why.. Those just appeal to me more.

    I think I have to buy this too. And I'm not even particularly a tower-defense junkie. Damn you iPhone! Why do you keep me so poor?

  • TKO

    Yeah, this one looks interesting. ..I was almost tower-defensed out, but it's been long enough that I'm inclined to check out a new one. The 3d concept seems to be implemented well, the tower-creation method sounds inspired (enough to make me slap my forehead and think "damn, why didn't the fieldrunners guys do it this way?"), and the story-behind the game is wicked cool.

    Do you guys have any plans to add path-based maps? Dunno why.. Those just appeal to me more.

    I think I have to buy this too. And I'm not even particularly a tower-defense junkie. Damn you iPhone! Why do you keep me so poor?

  • Adams Immersive

    The health bars being scaled for different creeps is a nice idea.

  • Adams Immersive

    The health bars being scaled for different creeps is a nice idea.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Christ almighty

    ANOTHER Tower Defense game? When will developers actually try to create something new?

    Tower Defense and Match 3 are the cancer that will kill the ipod touch/iphone gaming scene.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Christ almighty

    ANOTHER Tower Defense game? When will developers actually try to create something new?

    Tower Defense and Match 3 are the cancer that will kill the ipod touch/iphone gaming scene.

  • Mommachaos

    I love the game! But I am having trouble on the madness level figuring out how to buy and place a nuke. I have also dowloaded the sandbox thing but can't seem to figure out to use it!

    • http://www.towermadness.com Arash Keshmirian

      Hi Mommachaos,

      1) The Nuke is the final upgrade for the Mortar weapon series. Just upgrade the Mortar until it becomes the Nuke. Also, the Nuke is currently only buildable in the Madness and Sandbox maps.

      2) Add-on maps such as Sandbox appear in the "Add-ons" section of the New Game menu. Press the Add-ons button at the bottom-left to see any maps you have downloaded, and also to download more.

  • Mommachaos

    I love the game! But I am having trouble on the madness level figuring out how to buy and place a nuke. I have also dowloaded the sandbox thing but can't seem to figure out to use it!

    • http://www.towermadness.com Arash Keshmirian

      Hi Mommachaos,

      1) The Nuke is the final upgrade for the Mortar weapon series. Just upgrade the Mortar until it becomes the Nuke. Also, the Nuke is currently only buildable in the Madness and Sandbox maps.

      2) Add-on maps such as Sandbox appear in the "Add-ons" section of the New Game menu. Press the Add-ons button at the bottom-left to see any maps you have downloaded, and also to download more.

  • mopb

    Hi guys, I would like to know if, this tower madness or similar is avaliable for windows mobile "XDA Orbit O2", or for windows PC?! and whow to download it for free...
    Thanks...

  • mopb

    Hi guys, I would like to know if, this tower madness or similar is avaliable for windows mobile "XDA Orbit O2", or for windows PC?! and whow to download it for free...
    Thanks...

  • Lou

    Is there an effective weapon for the big bug?

  • http://na Lou

    Is there an effective weapon for the big bug?

  • Peter

    It would Be Nice to Save and load Games.

    I really Love this Game so I bought it. Very fair Price. Thanks a Lot to the developers.

  • Peter

    It would Be Nice to Save and load Games.

    I really Love this Game so I bought it. Very fair Price. Thanks a Lot to the developers.

  • zach

    in this came i have over 70,000 points and i have not hade one sheep stolen

    • zach

      i mean i have over 75,000 points and have not one sheep taken yet

      • dan

        u are awesome!

      • dan

        u are awesome!

  • zach

    in this came i have over 70,000 points and i have not hade one sheep stolen

    • zach

      i mean i have over 75,000 points and have not one sheep taken yet

  • David Tan

    Maybe the developers can think about making a PC version of the game as it would probably get a lot of the non-iphone/ipad users... me included!

  • SHLOMI

    FORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR        PC

  • SHLOMI

    FORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR        PC