Cartridge Defense

Cartridge Defense

I’ve played a lot of tower defense games and this one is really compelling. There are difficulty spikes that had me ragequitting, but here’s some advice - don’t be afraid to spread your towers out, and sponsorship mode is endgame.

I love and I hate this game. The number of stages that you spend 30 minutes in, doing really well, and then the boss monster comes out and FUCKING STEAMROLLS YOU is waaaaaay too high. Also there are only a handful of “winning” round 1 plays, I am restarting a lot and I wish there was a better system in place to make sure you have an actual play round 1.

Real player with 98.3 hrs in game

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This game right here is a gem. I have played hundreds of tower defense games, this ones special. Starts simple, and keeps adding layers with tower cards as you progress/farm. the effects on cards add so many ways to play. What a delight to not have a games in game purchase cost money!! it costs regents from playing lvl/farming to purchase packs for more cards, which packs seem to get better as you progress? easy to get to! It still has some bugs i have come into. but for me. nothing game breaking. Just notice it at keep playing/grinding. I am the type of person that likes to jump around from mmo to shooter, to thinker games. like tower defense or whatever. I like to have a game of each type to play at will. and this one has filled a void missing for tower defense for a minute. im a deep fan of such games likes orcs must die 2. where u can really set stuff up. and yes i gave up trying to type proper…can you tell? :)

Real player with 44.5 hrs in game

Cartridge Defense on Steam

3 Minute Heroes

3 Minute Heroes

i love this game! its an awsome tower defence game and i love the feeling of wining a boss when it looks like all hope is lost. really gets the blood pumping! i love to unlock new charectrs and use their new playstyle in battle. my kitten has meowed at the screen quite a few times, so i think she likes it too

Real player with 213.2 hrs in game

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Perfect game!

There are many unique styles (character combinations) which guarantees new experience each run.

Real player with 27.2 hrs in game

3 Minute Heroes on Steam

Prime World: Defenders

Prime World: Defenders

I am slightly conflicted in recommending this. On one hand, purely from a “tower defense” perspective, the gameplay is pretty solid. Everything works as it should and it is well-designed (nice interface, towers all serve specific purposes, enemy health, waves and routes are clearly indicated, etc). And most importantly, the actual gameplay itself is fun. What brings this down are the nonstandard elements the developers tried to introduce into the standard tower defense formula - specifically, the “card system” (and everything that comes along with it). There’s nothing wrong with the basic idea - tower types are represented by cards that can be collected and leveled up, and you have to pick and choose a subset of cards from your deck before going into a level. Where the problem comes in is obtaining the cards you need you be successful and “leveling up” those cards. First of all, the leveling system is overly confusing and needlessly complicated. Secondly, in order to beat the later levels, you will need specific cards leveled up to adequate levels of strength. The problem with this is that most of the cards you get as rewards are random, so you could go a good long while without (or possibly even never) finding a Lightning Tower card, for example (which I would consider absolutely essential for beating the game). And even if you are lucky enough to get some good towers, the process of leveling them up takes serious time. You basically just need to keep grinding out optional levels to get extra cards that can be used to fuse/evolve other cards. And make no mistake, you are going to be doing some serious grinding. So, depending on your tolerance for grinding levels and ranking up things, that’s how I would recommend you make your decision to buy this or not. Personally, I am the OCD-type who feels the need to level things up and complete stuff, so I forced myself through and eventually got enough cards of high enough strength to power through the main game, as well as the extra hard difficultly that unlocks afterwards. While I did enjoy the game overall, it did take a lot of time and effort to get the most out of it. To me, tower defense shouldn’t be about making towers strong enough to win by brute force. It should be about overcoming the challenges using a set of predefined towers and nothing else except whatever strategy you come up with. The first half of this game can be played along those lines, but once you get to the later levels, you will absolutely hit a wall if you don’t have certain cards leveled up to a certain strength. That’s poor design in my eyes. But even with all that said, I honestly still had fun with this game, as it’s well made and I have a semi-high tolerance for grindy things. If you think you can deal with the grinding issue and like TD games, definitely go for it. Otherwise, you may want to hold off or wait for a huge discount.

Real player with 71.0 hrs in game

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The metacritic rating for this game is certainly correct. As someone that likes TDs, likes the art style, atmosphere, and music, I have trouble giving it more than a 6/10 simply due to all the gameplay ruining engine glitches. It probably doesn’t even deserve that. Without the engine glitches, it might be a 7/10 or 8/10 TD.

There’s a good assortment and variety of towers in PWD - nothing that leaps out as being incredibly unique, but they’ve got splash poison, single target poison, splash fire, single target fire, AA poison, etc.; what is unfortunate about the tower system is it comes down to luck whether you actually find all the tower cards or not. Even after playing through the entire game, then grinding another hundred levels and buying as many cards as possible in the store… I still did not unlock every tower. Bummer. Aside from that, some towers are slightly unbalanced. If you find some electric tower cards early and max upgrade them, building nothing but those towers and invis detectors is sufficient for beating all but ~3 levels.

Real player with 58.7 hrs in game

Prime World: Defenders on Steam

Tower Tactics: Liberation

Tower Tactics: Liberation

It’s a mix of a Tower Defense and a Deckbuilder Roguelike.

Whats’s there not to like?

Especially because the Dev is very responsive and listens to feedback

After finishing the first Deck in Ascension 20 just now. I can say a bit more about the game.

There are 9 starting decks you unlock over time with your level, each with other starting cards and bonuses.

At first the game felt really hard, after getting used to the mechanics it became a bit better, but still was on the harder side.

Dev said he will adjust the difficulty to make it a bit easier.

Real player with 50.5 hrs in game

Edit: Game is still good 20 hours in.

I would highly recommend getting this game before it releases. This game is functionally complete. Obviously there is room for improvement (more variety of content) but you can complete a run (3 maps + Boss), there is meta progression, including 8 slots you unlock over time which you slot passive abilities you find or create. Which are a little bit basic like increased attack speed or range or increased currency gain. Also there are many starter packages that change how your run starts which are tied to level progression to keep things fresh.

Real player with 24.8 hrs in game

Tower Tactics: Liberation on Steam

Card Tower Defence

Card Tower Defence

I recommend it to these people.

Anyone who knows the joy of being made with one card in a card game. (or vice versa)

Those who know the fun of clearing tower defense.

A person who is full of confidence in clear tower defense.

Poker + Blackjack + Tower Defense = Card Tower Defense

◆ You can enjoy the fun of card games and the fun of tower defense.

◆ Card

  • One tower is one trump card.

  • There are 52 types of basic towers.

  • Towers can be combined using the rules of poker.

  • Towers can be sold using the rules of Blackjack.

◆ Tower Defense

  • There are 20 types of stages.

  • There are 20 types of missions.

  • There are 31 kinds of ability.

  • There is a magic that can be used every 3 waves.

  • There are 60 types of towers and 8 types of monsters.

◆ It has been renewed by reflecting the feedback of the existing Card Tower Defense.

  • Removed path making system.

  • In response to the feedback that the play time is short, the play time has been increased by 20 times.

  • Significantly reduced the level of tower purchase.

  • Changed the ability of the combination tower.

  • Monsters with slightly different STATUS have been changed to have special abilities.

◆ As a developer who has played Tower Defense a lot, I highly recommend it.

Card Tower Defence on Steam

Prime World: Defenders 2

Prime World: Defenders 2

the first one was FAR better quality. everything looks a lot uglier in this supposed sequel… and a lot of the game is not even clearly explained (like how fusing works after you get the max number of available towers). try it for free, but won’t recommend spending anything on it.

edit: devs commented, so i guess i should reply them. since they replied, i reinstalled the game to refresh myself on what i disliked about the game. here are the specifics:

1. this was mentioned in one of the highly-upvoted reviews - the “pvp” mechanic is mostly opaque… you have no idea how you ended up matched to these other people, and if they happen to grind their levels hard, your towers will almost always lose those higher-levelled mines.

Real player with 976.6 hrs in game

Recommended ONLY in free mode. I mean it, if you pay even a small amount to buy things, it ruins it completely.

The shop is annoying and the game is blatantly P2W, so I was expecting to write a thumbs down review a day in and uninstall it for good. Instead, discovered it is a helluva good TD game in the genre. If it had just the real-money shop removed and sell it for like Sol Survivor, It would go with high recommendation without doubt.

I advise to read the excellent guide before engaging, it has good tips on resource good allocation, that is important from the start.

Real player with 487.2 hrs in game

Prime World: Defenders 2 on Steam

Hocus Defenders

Hocus Defenders

An Intense Tower Defense that combines the heat of resisting waves of hundreds of enemies with the need to use powerful spells through cards. Each game will be unique, and you will never encounter the same challenge twice. Also, you will need to unravel the story as you progress through the different worlds as the roguelike it is.

Build, upgrade and destroy!

Prepare your defenses, and protect the Hocus Tower against hordes of enemies who want to kill Abracadom, the Wizard of Time. Summon the mighty Crystal Towers, and destroy anyone who dares to approach your home. At your disposal you have a wide variety of towers, each with a unique and powerful attack. Remember to upgrade them on the battlefield, or you may have unwanted guests in the Hocus Tower…

Summon powerful spells!

The different Tarot decks gives the sorcerer their magnificent spells. Summon terrifying meteors, fill the ground with blazing embers or create mighty blizzards. Use magic at your will, but keep in mind that fate is capricious, and the cards will decide which spells you can use at any moment…

Thanks to his powers of time, Abracadom does not contemplate defeat. You can always go back to the past, and spend the loot you have obtained during battles. The Emporium X at the tower will provide everything you need for future battles, but everything comes at a price, of course…

Travel across the kingdom!

Rally with your tower across the kingdom, and travel through hostile territories (against you). From plains dominated by terrifying orcs, snow-capped mountains home of ice-giants, and even the classic labyrinth dungeon. And since it will be difficult for you to visit the same place twice, everytime you travel places you visited may change…


  • 30 towers to destroy enemy hordes

  • Mutant and Legendary towers

  • Powerful Card Decks to adapt to your game style

  • Lots of cards to summon destructive nature power, power up your towers, or wipe tons of enemies

  • Rogue-like based game, with procedural maps and variable runs

  • 6 different environments with unique enemies

  • Multiple perks to improve your skills

  • A crazy story that features angry mobs, hell monsters and a LOT of sorcerers

  • More than 30 types of enemies

  • 9 bosses seeking your energy

Hocus Defenders on Steam

Age of Giants

Age of Giants

Pretty neat game for a dollar.

When i reached prestige 2 most of the maps keeps crashing, might even crash at last lvl just because you speed the game up or click on a tower to repair it too fast.

i didn’t have a single crash before reaching prestige 2 though…

At this rate i can’t complete the game because of this issue

i really want to give this review a yes but mainly because i can’t continue playing i feel like i have to give it a no. :(

Real player with 96.2 hrs in game

one one of those mobile tower defense games ported to steam where the developer didn’t even take the time to allow for full screen gameplay. final score: wait for sale

Real player with 9.2 hrs in game

Age of Giants on Steam

Go Home Dinosaurs!

Go Home Dinosaurs!

Good casual tower defense game. Not too difficult and perfect for kids or casual adult gamers. The graphics are fun, the sound and music are fun, and the progression is good as you move through the 60 levels. Progression allows you to add more objects on the field. Some of these objects are different devices that shoot in different ways. Some freeze them, some use lasers to hit multiple targets, and more. Other objects are one time use objects such as a bomb, or an invite to 3 other friends to give you 4 shooters. Your main character is also a shooter at all times. While you can build different towers, you also get to use your character to attack the dinosaurs. Your character adds as a hero in a sense where entire battles can be won just using your character and not build a single tower. The dinosaurs vary and are quite different. Some dinosaurs fly, some run, some go really slow. Some are easy to kill while others take a lot of hits to go down.

Real player with 20.9 hrs in game

I like tower defense games so I picked this up. It’s a little different from other TD games because the traps use blocks in different shapes so you can’t place one anywhere. There is only one end point. It means you can just focus on one point. Rest assured this is NOT easy at all especially if you have not unlocked the more powerful traps and power ups. And also, you get a cute little guy running around assisting in attacks and picking up coconuts for traps.

The small size of each map also adds to the challenge because you can’t spam traps and you have to be careful about placement. You CANNOT delete traps you’ve placed. Before each mission starts the game makes you pick a few traps or power ups using up to 9 slots. You can only use each trap or power up once so you can only have up to 9 traps in the game. If you want power ups, the traps will be even lesser.

Real player with 20.2 hrs in game

Go Home Dinosaurs! on Steam

Rise of Legions

Rise of Legions

I have been following this game for some time and I have to say it has come a long way.

It is a nice mix out of tower-defense, card game and god knows what… The depth of the game only becomes clear to you after some time, even tho there is a tutorial. Then again figuring out all the things is half the fun.

I really like the deck building aspect, which is one of the major parts of the game, and theory crafting that you can do to make your deck fit, both esthetically (i dig the style style and some of those mtg references) as well as with gameplay synergies.

Real player with 669.3 hrs in game

My overall impression? What a bad a$$ game!

I won’t go into great detail about the ‘how to’ behind the game play, you can find that in the videos and other reviews. I want to talk about this game from a bigger picture scale and why this is the type of game true strategy gamers should support instead of some of the ‘big name’ alternatives.

I’ve been searching for a game to ‘scratch the itch’ left behind from Starcraft 2 and COH2 for years… I’ve spent so much money buying some of the top flight, well reviewed strategy games that have come out over the last couple years but find myself getting bored and losing interest after a week or two tops. It’s been a struggle to find something that appealed to my desire for skill based, balanced, unique gameplay that required strategic thinking but also some element of ‘micro’ and direct interactive decision-making as well.

Real player with 359.1 hrs in game

Rise of Legions on Steam