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Defender is an updated version of the classic arcade game of the same name. The Manti bugs have invaded earth and the remaining human survivors now live in colonies throughout the solar system. As more swarms of Manti arrive, even the colonies are now in danger of being wiped out. You've been enlisted to help save the remaining colonists and destroy the Manti bugs! There are a total of six different ships to fly, each with its own flight characteristics and special weapons. Weapon and shield power-ups can also be found throughout the various missions. As in the original version of Defender, the Manti will try to capture any humans they can find to change them into mutants to increase their attack force. To increase chances of success you will need to rescue captured humans before this happens and bring them to a safe landing zone. Saving colonists will also earn you some credits, which can later be used to buy improved weapons or shields for you ship. Also included are several video extras detailing the historical perspective of and the making of Defender.


Defender GameCube Drop off the colonists to a safe zone
Defender GameCube The opening sequence
Defender GameCube Blow up targets in the training mission
Defender GameCube Mini-game lets you play the original Defender game

Promo Images

Defender Logo
Defender Screenshot
Defender Screenshot
Defender Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Defender for all Mankind" -- European title

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User Reviews

An amazing advance on the classic Atari game. PlayStation 2 Dark Lord (46)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Netjak Xbox Nov 07, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Game Chronicles Xbox Dec 17, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 22, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Xbox Oct 31, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Nintendo Life GameCube Aug 26, 2009 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 31, 2002 6.9 out of 10 69
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Dec 10, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
GameZone Xbox Nov 18, 2002 6 out of 10 60


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The game was adapted into a cross-promotional novel by Tim Waggoner in September of 2004, Defender: Hyperswarm, published by ibooks, Inc. and distributed by Simon & Schuster. The back cover reads...

The aliens known as the Manti have been destroyed by Defender pilot Mei Kyoto when she helped the AI called Memory crash the moon into Manti-occupied Earth. The remnants of humanity that live on the Solar Colonies have been saved, but at the cost of their homeworld. Several years have passed, and Kyoto has become a controversial figure. While some view her as a hero, others demonize her as the destroyer of Earth. Kyoto would like nothing better than to be an anonymous rookie pilot again, but without the Manti threat to keep the Solar Colonies unified, friction has developed between the human outposts.

Detroit Adams -- now a general and head of the Galactic Stargate Authority -- has convinced Kyoto to use her celebrity status as a goodwill ambassador to the Colonies, in the hope of keeping them unified... or at least prevent open hostilities from breaking out...


In several of the missions, there is a mad scientist named "Dr. Mudo". This is a reference to the mad scientist "Dr. Muto", who was in the game of the same name, which was also released by Midway at roughly same time as Defender.

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