Bardbarian

Bardbarian

Summary

Move Brad the Bardbarian around the battlefield, dodging enemy attacks while your units fight for you.

Review

Bardbarian is a fun and simple casual game. It is very polished with great art and goofy characters. I played it on my computer, but it would probably be a great mobile game, too.

Bardbarian gameplay

You might like this game if you like…

  • Dodging enemies
  • Unlocking and upgrading units
  • Magical lutes made out of war axes
  • Tower defense

Want to play?

$2.79 on Steam (on sale 65% off) | Free on Android and iOS

PixelJunk Monsters

The Steam Summer Sale started today! Be sure to check it out over the next 11 days for great deals on games.

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate

I picked up a 2-pack of PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate today for $3.39 — a steal! If you only want 1 copy, it’s $1.99.

Summary

PixelJunk Monsters is a tower defense game that was originally developed for the PlayStation 3. It was ported to PC as PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate last year with improved graphics, more levels, and a random level generator.

You play as an island native (called “TikiMan”) who has to defend his home from waves of monsters. You stop the monsters by building various types of towers in the place of trees. There are the basic arrow, cannon, and anti-aircraft towers, but you can also unlock more towers (like the tesla coil). You spend the levels running around as TikiMan building towers, collecting the coins and gems dropped by monsters before they disappear, dodging monsters (if you get hit, all your coins go flying!), and dancing on towers to upgrade them.

PixelJunk Monsters Level
Playing one of the levels in PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate

Review

I first played PixelJunk Monsters on the PlayStation 3 5-6 years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite tower defense games. The graphics are cute and polished, the music is great, gameplay is entertaining and fun, and I love that it supports co-op.

I’ve only spent an hour playing the game on PC so far, but it seems to be more or less the same as when I played it on PlayStation 3. Using a mouse felt a bit clunky to me, but I was delighted to see that the game fully supports controllers. The controller experience felt a lot better to me.

Want to Play?

$1.99 on Steam (80% off during the Steam Summer Sale)

Kingdom Rush

Kingdom Rush Menu

Hey, tower defense game fans! There’s a pretty awesome tower defense game on sale for $0.99 in the Google Play Store right now. It’s called Kingdom Rush, which might sound familiar because I blogged about the browser version a couple years ago.

Kingdom Rush LevelI’ve only played the first few levels so far, but it works really well on my tablet and it’s a nice, polished game. Definitely worth the $0.99!

Get it on Google Play Kingdom Rush HD

Apparently, they released a sequel called Kingdom Rush: Frontiers on iOS earlier this summer, so if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you might want to give it a try, too. Hopefully they’ll release it for Android soon. 🙂

City Quest & Fish vs. Crabs

A couple friends of mine have their games up on Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight. Please check them out!

City QuestCity Quest

“City Quest is a classic Point and Click adventure game about a small town farmer that comes to the big city to make his dreams come true. On his way to great success, he’ll solve puzzles, meet and converse with shady individuals, and make many poor decisions, often resulting in violent low resolution death.”

City Quest: Kickstarter | Steam Greenlight

Fish vs. CrabsFish vs. Crabs

“Fish vs. Crabs is a fully immersive 3D underwater Tower Defense Game. You play the role of the fish defending your eggs from invading crabs, shrimp and lobster. The invaders advance along the sandy ocean bottom toward their goal. You must strategically place your towers in an effort to prevent the invaders from reaching your eggs and escaping with them.”

Fish vs. Crabs: Kickstarter | Steam Greenlight

Orcs Must Die! 2

As it goes with Steam sales, I bought Orcs Must Die! 2 by Robot Entertainment during the Autumn sale a few months ago and hadn’t gotten around to playing it until this week. I really liked the original Orcs Must Die!, though, so I knew I’d get around to playing the second version eventually. 😉

Playing Orcs Must Die! 2

Genre

OMD!2 is a strategy tower defense game (which I love), but it’s also a third-person action game, which is a fun genre blend. Players use traps, weapons, and spells to defend fortresses from waves of orc attacks. My favorite feature of OMD!2 is that it added co-op, so Nick and I can play together.

Character selection
Character selection

Characters

When you start the game, you get to pick between a male War Mage (from the original game) or a female Sorceress (a new addition). For the most part, it doesn’t seem to matter which character you choose, but there are some unique items and traps for each character. In general, the War Mage relies more on weapons, whereas the Sorceress relies more on spells.

Upgrade system
Upgrade system

Upgrade System

What’s really neat about OMD!2 is that you can customize the game for how you want to play. OMD!2 introduced a new and improved upgrade system that awards skulls for completing maps. The skulls are then used as a currency in the spellbook, where you can buy and upgrade weapons and traps. If you like to have strong defenses, you can use your skulls to get better traps. If you prefer the action aspect of the game, you can improve your weapons. Or you can do both! 🙂 You can even use skulls to buy costumes for your character.

Overall Thoughts

Orcs Must Die! 2 is quickly becoming one of my favorite games. It added some really nice features like co-op, a new upgrade system, and even weekly challenges — not to mention the new campaign, enemies, and items. I highly recommend OMD!2, especially if you’re a sucker for tower defense games, like me. 😉

And if the $15 (game only) / $25 (complete pack) prices intimidate you, just wait for it to go on sale. I think Nick and I paid $10 total for 2 complete packs during the Autumn sale. The game is well worth the regular price, though!

Kingdom Rush

I really like strategy games like Age of Empires, Risk, and PixelJunk Monsters… so I got really excited when I heard about Kingdom Rush, a free online tower defense game.

Kingdom Rush

Kingdom Rush is very well done. The difficulty increases at a good rate and although some levels are pretty challenging, they’re not impossible to overcome. I also like the heroic and iron challenges for each level, which require players to rethink their strategies. The achievements are another smart way to keep the players having fun (it took me forever to figure out how I was supposed to make the sheep explode!). I really enjoyed playing Kingdom Rush, so why don’t you give it a try? Play Kingdom Rush! 🙂