Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Tower Defense

Free-to-play Orcs Must Die! Unchained now available for PS4

Robot Entertainment has released their free-to-play tower-defense-style title Orcs Must Die! Unchained for PS4. As the defender of a fortress, players must set out a variety of traps in order to fend off millions of orc invaders. As one of a dozen-plus heroes, they can also use special abilities in direct combat. Up to teams of three can participate in several different modes, including Sabotage, Survival, and Versus. PS Plus members who install the game automatically receive an exclusive pack of in-game currency, skins, consumables, and other extras worth over $20.

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PlayStation 4 News

Lock’s Quest returns, now available for console, PC

Digital Continue’s updated Lock’s Quest has launched for console and PC. The tower-defense-style game was originally developed by 5th Cell for Nintendo DS, and has been updated with several new modes and improvements. Some of the changes include remastered music with an orchestrated intro and ending, a progression system with plot-specific turret unlocks, a revamped AI and interface, and a new Antonia Defense Battles Endless Mode. The story remains the same, however, with players managing the defense systems of a village during a 75-day-long war.

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Console, PC versions of Lock’s Quest pushed back to May 30

THQ Nordic’s upcoming real-time strategy, tower-defense-style game Lock’s Quest has been pushed back from April 25 to May 30. The original version was developed by 5th Cell for Nintendo DS, while the latest, developed by Digital Continue, will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As in the handheld version, players must protect their village during a 75-day-long war. The updated re-release will feature remastered music, remapped controls for keyboard/mouse and gamepad, an updated interface with new art and customized for higher resolutions, an additional map for Antonia Defense Battles, and Endless Mode. A new progression system will also unlock turrets at specific plot points.

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Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder announced for console, PC

Deadly Tower of Monsters developer Ace Team is returning to world of rolling boulders for the good of mankind with Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder. The epoch-spanning tower-defense-styled title will continue in its predecessor’s footsteps by having players crush whatever is in their path. After Atlas misplaces an item necessary to keep the world running smoothly, rulers throughout history have decided to run amok. Various periods of art history are being used to represent the struggle, from Surrealism to Late Gothic, as players attempt to defend their resource nodes and destroy enemy castles. New to the series is a four-player competitive co-op mode where two teams of two try to gather resources and build defenses while destroying their rivals.

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained open beta gets new map, heroes, tweaks

Robot Entertainment has updated the open beta for Orcs Must Die! Unchained. The patch affects Survival mode, with minion waves rebalanced to offer a tougher challenge to high-level players as well as making them faster but weaker to attacks. Heroes also now have greater damage bonuses for both melee and magic, and their ranks are being bolstered by a new addition, Bloodspike the Brutal. Lastly, a new battleground similar to levels from the first two Orcs Must Die! has been added, Banquet Hall Survival. Other changes were made to crafting and traps, which have been detailed in a new blog post.

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PC News

CastleStorm to storm the walls of Live Arcade on May 29

Zen Studios has announced that their upcoming physics-based tower-defense title CastleStorm will launch on May 29 on Live Arcade. The Pinball FX2 developer stated that the inspiration behind the design, which also includes offensive ground-based attacks, was their childhood memories of building and destroying Lego castles. To that end, a built-in castle editor will allow players to test their strongholds off and online. In addition to a 12-level, story-drive campaign, the game will also feature online multiplayer and co-op play.

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Xbox 360 News

Zen Studios reveals tower defenser CastleStorm

CastleStorm (360) Announcement - Screenshot 1

The pinball wizards at Zen Studios are setting their sights on the tower defense genre. The studio has announced their plans to release CastleStorm, a 2D physics-based game centered on long-range warfare and resource management. Players will have access to a variety of spells, troops, and missiles, including morning stars, homing eagles, and flying sheep, to fend off invading troops attempting to storm their castle (ha!).

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Plants vs. Zombies now available for PS Vita

Plants vs. Zombies (360, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS3, Vita) PS Vita Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Plants and zombies, forever enemies. The war between flora and the undead continues on the PS Vita with the release of PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies. The new handheld version will support the system’s touchscreen and motion sensors, as well as sport five game modes, 20 minigames, 18 puzzle games, and 10 survival games.

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PlayStation Vita News

Unstoppable Gorg demo available for Mac, Windows PC

Unstoppable Gorg (360, PC) Demo Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A demo of Futuremark’s B-movie-themed tower defense title Unstoppable Gorg is now available for Windows PC and Mac. The demo includes four levels, cutscenes, challenges, and access to Arcade mode.

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PC News

Trenched to become Iron Brigade, march on Europe

Iron Brigade (360) Name Change and EU Release Announcement - Screenshot 2

Double Fine’s mech-centric tower defense title Trenched is being renamed to Iron Brigade for its European release on November 30. Iron Brigade will be sporting all of the content from Trenched as well as a new Survival Mode, with an accompanying leaderboard, and 10 new pieces of loot. Current owners will receive the new goods as a free update.

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Xbox 360 News