Category Archives: Tower Defense

With the release of one long-awaited tower defense game out of the way, it seems as if other developers are now stepping up to the plate, looking to ride the proverbial wave of increased interest in the classic iOS genre. Commando Jack [Free], from the folks at Colossal Games and Chillingo, is one such tower defense. However, while the majority of Commando Jack follows the general themes of tower defense rather closely, its ability to jump into the action first-person style does a good job of differentiating the game from the rest...

Hands-on Preview of 'Bad Hotel' - A Music/Tower Defense Hybrid from Lucky Frame

Playing Bad Hotel, you can almost see the list of 'what ifs' that drives its development. What if, instead of defending a base with towers, you defend a tower with itself? What if every room you add not only serves a practical purpose, but also adds to a player-generated orchestra? What if all of that was even crazier than it sounded?..

'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 [$1.99] 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...

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