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If you’ve been looking for an interesting title to add to your Steam library and you like being an armchair general, Defense Grid: The Awakening is a terrific investment. Featuring a wealth of content and solid campaign design that shows a thorough understanding of what makes the genre click, Hidden Path Entertainment’s attempt at tower defense is arguably the best on the market. Just don’t be surprised if it leaves you hungry for raspberries.
Defense Grid is pretty much the apex of the tower defense genre. There might be games out there that have more clever gameplay hooks or better storylines… but I wager you'll be exceedingly hard pressed to find a game that is the total package quite like Defense Grid.
One thing you need to watch out for is after you destroy an alien, the cores slowly float back to the home base. The catch? They can be scooped up by pursuing creatures and taken away from you for good -- making proper tower placement even more crucial. The game can get a little repetitive for some especially when it gets later on in the tougher levels and it seems nearly impossible to guard the cores. Some might close it down in rage while others will become addicted till they beat it. It truly depends on the type of gamer you are.
I never would have expected such as basic game as “Tower Defense” to be given such a great make over with some gameplay tweaks and be such a worth while and addictive game. While you can play a very basic version of this type of game on thousands of websites, if you enjoy playing them this is the only commercial one that is worth your gaming dollar.
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Defense Grid: The Awakening is a total triumph, especially when you consider the budget $20 asking price. Keeping track of time is difficult and for the last two weeks I have been playing and replaying the game quite regularly. The game leaves you wanting for more and this is a good sign for future expansion packs. You can count me in!
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De basis is erg eenvoudig, maar de gameplay is uitzonderlijk verslavend. In het begin dachten we nog dat we te maken hadden met een vrij beperkte en nogal gemakkelijke game, maar eenmaal alle registers worden opengetrokken, krijg je een moeilijkheidsgraad die net goed zit en puur spelplezier zoals we het nog nooit hebben beleefd in een Tower Defense game.
Defense Grid is a solid, well-rounded strategy game that expands on a few fundamental ideas. The slow pace allows for accessibility, but it heats up enough to sate the lust of tower defense-addicts everywhere with a steadily increasing challenge, tougher difficulties, and gold-medal awards that will drive perfectionists up the wall. Though the story is basically useless, the inclusion of a depressed computer to talk you through the waves of baddies keeps things entertaining as well as interesting. It's not entirely original, but it's hard to resist its razor-sharp hooks.
Defense Grid: The Awakening is a charming little tower defence title with a decent story and challenging gameplay. There’s enough content to keep coming back after the story mode has been completed, but after completing that, well, there’s little to fall back on. It would have been great to see a random level generator of some sort or perhaps aliens that strike back and destroy towers if they get too close, just to mix up the formula a little bit, but otherwise you’ve a solid game right here.
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Defense Grid: The Awakening is tailored to take advantage of that conceit, and does so very well. Is there that much to it? No. But what there is is delightful, which is really all you can ask for.
Game and Player
Hidden Path Entertainment has crafted a rather engrossing and well balanced strategy title. That isn't to say that there aren't a few muddy textures or repetitive sound effects to gripe about, but this is an independent releases after all. Defense Grid highlights just what is possible when a small yet dedicated studio sets out to refine a genre. What we're left with is a fun, addictive and affordable game which is more than capable of filling up that half hour between dinner and heading out for a night on the town.
Game industry News (GiN)
Like with most good games, Defense Grid: The Awakening takes only a few minutes to learn, but much longer to master. The seemingly simple concept of defending ground against a hoard of aliens is brilliantly created here, and it’s more than worth the low $20 price whether you need an afternoon distraction or a title that you can take time to really master.
All of this added together makes one awesome game. I wouldn't be surprised if they continue making such quality games and become the next big game developers. Though it is rather fun, it's insanely difficult. This obviously deterrs players that simply want a fun game that doesn't require a lot of thinking. Such a game gets an eight out of a possible ten.
It might grow repetitive, but with clever game design the developers were able to harness exactly what makes tower defense games so addictive. At the price of only $20, the game is a steal for the amount of content. The later of the 20 unique levels can grow frustratingly difficult, but the amount of replayability due to different challenges and scoreboards are more than enough to justify picking it up, or at least buying it when it eventually makes its way to Xbox Live.
For a budget game, Defense Grid easily delivers plenty of gripping gameplay; it's easy to lose track of time while playing it. In fact, there were quite a number of times where I defeated a wave of aliens only to realize that I had made it through the entire level. I actually wanted another wave or two in order to test the effectiveness of the mouse trap I had designed. It's always a good sign when a game leaves you wanting for more.
Defense Grid: The Awakening ne prétend pas révolutionner le genre du tower defense, mais force est de constater que le titre parvient à proposer un gameplay solide et tout à fait convaincant sans être trop répétitif. Le challenge est également au rendez-vous ce qui lui octroie une très bonne durée de vie. Si vous êtes fan de tower defense, foncez ! Sinon, pourquoi ne pas faire un essai ?
Defense Grid: The Awakening is another good addition to the genre of tower defense games and while it may not do anything truly new or revolutionary it combines several existing gameplay elements into an experience that manages to stand on its own. Fans of tower defense games will find something new and fun here and they shouldn't pass it up.
Wer Plants vs. Zombies mochte oder generell nach einer Herausforderung für die kleinen grauen Zellen sucht, bekommt mit Defense Grid eine ausgeklügelte Profi-Variante des spannenden Tower-Defense-Spielprinzips. Trotz des knackigen Schwierigkeitsgrads ist Defense Grid hochgradig motivierend, weil es zum Ausprobieren anregt, weil es immer schaffbar bleibt und weil es beständig neue Spielelemente einführt. Als Sahnehäubchen gibt’s effektreiche 3D-Grafik obendrauf. Wermutstropfen: Die Kampagne besteht aus zusammenhangslosen Einsätzen, eine Rahmenhandlung hätte auch diesem Spiel gut getan. Und die Steuerung ist bisweilen hakelig, was vor allem bei der Auswahl von Türmen zu Fehlkäufen führen kann. Beides ist leicht verziehen, weil das Spiel an sich für Tage fesselt.
Defense Grid: The Awakening is a strong game that offers a lot of fun and plenty of challenge to PC gamers. So, with such glowing praise, why doesn't Defense Grid: The Awakening get five stars? First, the game was released with a significant technical issue, and secondly, this site's review criteria take into account value, and at $20 the game seems a touch expensive. It would be a cinch to recommend at a slightly lower price. All told, Defense Grid: The Awakening is a strong sophomore showing from the studio that brought us Wits & Wagers.
Even with these flaws, though, there is no denying that the game is fun to play, and it's extremely well-made. Hidden Path set out to perfect the basic tower defense game, and they've come fairly close -- the lack of a map editor and multiplayer are really the only major problems with the game (if you can even call them problems). If you're looking for some big innovation in the genre, if you absolutely don't care about graphics and polish at all, or if you just don't like tower defense, then you're probably better off playing one of the many Flash games available for free. But if you like tower defense games and have $20 to spend, Defense Grid: The Awakening is absolutely worth checking out and will provide you with some solid entertainment -- just don't expect to get 40 hours of playtime out of it.