Category Archives: Tower Defense

'Fieldrunners 2' Review - The iOS Tower Defense Classic is Back in a Big Way

I've been on the same map in Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] for half the day and it's driving me up the wall. Like a textual Yoda, the in-game help keeps telling me the same thing, “Use the choke points.” I do but keep failing. When I attempt to save up for lasers, I find myself getting overrun. When I trust in bargain-bin Gatling guns, I find myself getting exactly what I paid for. The happy medium exists somewhere. I know it. I just need to figure out how to get it...

If you can't tell by now, we've been really excited for Subatomic Studios' Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] for quite a long time now. This morning, Brad and I took a quick look at it, but we've been following it for a long time, even talking to the developers about the game...

Earlier this morning, Eli and I spent a good chunk of time with Subatomic Studios' mega awesome Fieldrunners 2 on iPhone. On the surface, it's a super smooth tower defense game that packs in just about any kind of standard tower defense mode, tower, enemy, and even special ability that you could possibly want in a tower defense game. Looking deeper, it has a flair and character that you don't see in other TD games. Super smart AI behaviors and an engine that can render tons of dudes on-screen round out the package...

As much as I enjoy standard tower defense games, it’s always nice to check out a title that tries to push the genre in a new direction. Strikefleet Omega [Free] takes the core defender mechanic and combines it with real-time strategy elements and succeeds quite well in doing so. In fact, the only major issue that sullies an otherwise great title is its pushy IAP scheme...

It’s been nearly three years since we checked out Boom Brigade [$2.99] and even back then we appreciated its ability to offer a decent action experience with strategy elements and an incredibly simple control scheme. With Boom Brigade 2 [$2.99], 10ton seems to have upped the ante with more levels, units and weapons. It all leads to an improved title and a great addition to the iOS strategy lineup...

As a longtime fan of tower defense games, I’m continually impressed at the length iOS devs will go in order to try and breath fresh life into the genre. Human Defense [$0.99], for instance, charges you with defending various body parts from viruses by placing immunity system towers. While that alone offers some novelty in the genre, Human Defense goes a bit further integrating puzzle and reflex mechanics. This makes the game at the very least an interesting TD experience...

E3: The Choppers, Planes, And Other Vehicles Of 'Fieldrunners 2'

In May, Subatomic Studios unveiled that it was in active development on Fieldrunners 2, the sequel to its original genre-defining tower defense game. What's had us so excited about the upcoming project is its guts. Subatomic isn't just adding new modes, new maps, and generally updating the original game and slapping a "2" on it. Instead, it's introducing new mechanics and concepts that will radically change up the core experience. AI has soul and brains now, terrain has actual depth, and the game's systems will freely interact with each other. It sounds like a much more emergent game...

'Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia' Review - Climbing the Ranks of Tower Defense

Back in 2009, we saw the beginnings genre-defining game series. Look at Angry Birds—not the first of its kind, but the game that launched a thousand clones. Defender Chronicles [$1.99 / $4.99 (HD)] felt like one of those really important games. Yeah, it was tower defense, but it was a huge, sprawling vertical tower defense game, and that felt like something special. So it's kind of strange to be here in 2012 with few similar games to look at, and a sequel that hasn't had to outdo years of design iteration...

We've been waiting nearly three years for a follow-up to Defender Chronicles, the title that popularized the "vertical tower defense" style of gameplay and was one of the most beloved games from a still young iOS App Store back in 2009. Well, the time is finally upon us, as Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia [$1.99] has just gone live in the US App Store...

'Fieldrunners 2' Due Out This Summer on iPhone, iPad Shortly After

Frequent updates to Fieldrunners [$2.99 / HD] over the past few years has kept the tower defense title feeling fresh despite its age, but its upcoming sequel looks like the kind of continuation we've been dying for. Dozens new towers, new skills, new maps, new modes and new enemies are all part of Fieldrunners 2, which is due out on iPhone later this June and iPad "shortly after" this initial release...

The iOS platform is hardly lacking for games that allow you to send living things to their inevitable death, and Gratuitous Space Battles [$9.99 (HD)] satisfies the tactical itch with a capital T, while managing to bring some big eye candy and a light sense of humor to compensate you for all your hours spent constructing...

Hands On With 'Defender Chronicles II'

When you truly adore a game, sequels can be a scary thing. Sure, it's more of what you love—but what if they mess it up? What if they abandon all the things you love for the sake of novelty? Well, Defender Chronicles [$1.99 / $2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] fans, let us put your fears to rest. We've had a chance to spend some time with Defender Chronicles II, and it seems to have everything the original had to offer. And every little bit of it is bigger, better, and sexier...

On paper, Radiant Defense [Free] doesn't stack up when compared to other tower defense titles. It shouldn't be as good as it is. I mean, it only has ten levels, and its free-to-play model gives you just a handful of towers to work with unless you want to pay more. But Hexage is full of surprises, and this free tower defense game is certainly one of them. It might not work on paper, but it sure works in practice...

Fans of tower defense should feel lucky; it seems like we get at least one marquee release every month. Following this trend is iBomber Defense Pacific [$2.99], sequel to Cobra’s iBomber Defense [$2.99] and the latest Chillingo TD title. Building on everything we loved in the original, Pacific does a great job adding new gameplay twists while fine-tuning the traditional TD formula that has made the genre so popular...

There are a few things I look for in a tower defense game. A good variety of towers, a mix of unit types to keep things fresh and level layouts that force me to be creative are all necessities, but those all come standard. It's the little spark of something extra that makes a title standout in this otherwise rigid genre...

To celebrate the third anniversary of the Sentinel series of games, Origin8 is making them all free this weekend. There's a bazillion tower defense games on the App Store, but the Sentinel games have always been on my short list of favorites. They've got a great art style, good balance, and a series of increasing gimmicks that really add to the game as they've iterated over the years...

When I think about possible themes for tower defense games, a tale about space pirates attacking a futuristic Earth in search of highly sought after ‘Spice’ is probably the last thing I’d think of. Yet, that’s exactly the premise of Spice Invaders [Free], a new freemium title from Chillingo. While the game itself is a nice take on tower defense, the bulk of the conversation unfortunately turns to its freemium elements which distract greatly from the actual game...

'Kingdom Rush' for iPad Review - Tower Defense with a Touch of Excellence

I adore tower defense titles, but they tend to be just a bit samey. More than most genres, they rely on a number of standard elements that are rarely done without. Kingdom Rush [$2.99] isn't a mold-breaking game. There are towers, yes, and upgrades and creeps. There is a set path, there are levels. Sometimes the creeps fly. Sometimes there are bosses. You really ought to know all this by now...

Infinite Dreams has jollied up its tower defense title Jelly Defense [$2.99] in celebration of the season. In a new content update that you can grab right now for the price of free, Infinite Dreams has added two all new winter-themed levels, laid down a new music track, dropped in some new leaderboard support, and thrown in a new endless level. Reindeer and cookies are a part of this package as you'll see, and of course, so are optimizations and refinements...

We've been keeping tabs on Paradox Interactive’s Defenders of Ardania [$4.99 / Free] since its initial unveiling way back in February. While Defenders boasts beautiful artwork and a decent amount of content (including multiplayer), the majority of attention is centered on its gameplay, which attempts to move beyond the typical tower defense experience with some new and interesting ideas. Overall, despite some minor concerns with the UI and other areas, Defenders of Ardania is an excellent addition to the tower defense genre and is a must-try for any fan...

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