DescriptionPixelJunk Monsters Deluxe is a tower defense title. Like contemporary tower defense games, such as Ninjatown and Plants vs. Zombies, the graphics are bright and cartoony which may bely the hardcore-focused strategy-heavy gameplay. PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe features those bright graphics with a "tiki" island theme.
Players control the little "Tikiman" and move him around the play area to transform trees into defensive towers and collect coins and gems. Coins are used to buy new towers, and gems are used to upgrade the towers in four different categories: Damage, range, blast radius, and frequency. As may be obvious with the genre description of "tower defense," players are tasked with building a variety of defensive positions to fend off ever-increasing swarms of enemies as they attempt to make their way to Tikiman's home and family.
Just as gems may be used to purchase upgrades to towers, they may also, on occasion be used to purchase entirely new styles of towers for use. The Tikiman needs only take a moment to visit his home to get the new towers. Some towers attack only ground forces, some attack only air, and some work equally on both. Towers are again broken into two forms, physical or magical. Besides purchasing tower upgrades, towers may also be upgraded through combat experience. Tower effectiveness and experience is improved during moments when the Tikiman stands in front of a tower and dances, and the dancing is automatic when positioned on a tower.
There are six basic enemy types, each with variations such as being invulnerable to magic, physical, or ice attacks. There are also three types of boss characters that appear at the end of a stage after other enemy waves. Enemies may also float in on balloons or appear on fire.
PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe is somewhat a port and sequel to the original PixelJunk Monsters PS3 game. This PSP version contains the original PS3 version, as well as the PixelJunk Monsters Encore expansion. Besides the content from the original game and its expansion, it also features new towers, new enemies, and new stages as well as a variety of special features such as music and concept art galleries.
A two-player co-op mode is available through the PSP's Ad-Hoc mode, or online.
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