DescriptionThe Defenders: The Second Wave is a side-scrolling action game in which the player needs to defeat 50 waves of ghost enemies which try to take the castle. The player character can move left or right, jump and aim the direction of the melee weapon. Additionally the character may unlock twelve spells (up to four can be brought into the field) which cost mana to perform. Each wave basically has the same procedure: enemies enter and the player needs to kill them all. An exception is every tenth wave which consists of a boss fight. When the enemies manage to hurt the player enough (either by touch, with projectiles or other attacks), death follows. Then the player needs to start a new game, but each wave after a boss fight can be chosen as starting point.
After a few waves (usually three), the player enters the shop where the earned money (by finishing waves) can be spent. Besides filling up the health bar, there are three kinds of upgrades available. The first are the three abilities which unlock additional spells and statistics: strength (influences health, health regeneration and melee damage), agility (speed and damage reduction) and intelligence (mana, mana regeneration, spell damage and the ability to spot cloaked enemies). The second upgrades are the items worn by the character which reward bonuses. The progression path is linear for every body part and is restricted by the strength stat as well as the earned medals (basically in-game achievements). The player may also hire additional help for support: first a castle needs to be purchased (can be freely placed on each free spot of the game area) and then troops can be placed on top. There are also stairs available which allow the player to enter the castle.
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