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Plants vs Zombies
Plants vs Zombies

Strategy 05 May 2009

A game belonging to the popular tower defense genre. It's theme, however, is rather unusual, for the players' task is to protect their household against the attacking hordes of zombies. The game was developed by PopCap Games - a company popular for successful arcade-logic games, such as Peggle Deluxe or Bejeweled. In Plants vs Zombies, the levels are made of paths along which the zombies are coming. The player's task is to secure each of those paths. Interestingly, the player's fortification comprises of various plants and flowers growing outside of their house. Each kind of plant has a unique ability. These include things like production the in-game currency, attacking, slowing down the enemies, or exploding in front of them. Zombies are equally diversified - there are many types of attackers, differing in appearance, equipment, and armor. All the subtleties of gameplay are gradually revealed and explained to the players. The game stands out with its atmosphere of comedy, deprived of serious undertones and tension. This was achieved mainly by colorful visuals and a cheerful soundtrack.

Kingdom Rush Vengeance
Kingdom Rush Vengeance

Strategy 2019

The fourth entry in the series of tower defense strategy games Kingdom Rush. The players are taken to a fantasy realm filled with magic, monsters, and knights. This time the main protagonists are the dark armies of the powerful Vez’nan who seeks vengeance for the humiliating defeats of the past.

Kingdom Rush Origins
Kingdom Rush Origins

Strategy 19 November 2014

The third installment in a series of popular tower defense games set in a fantasy world. Similar to the previous installments, the game was created by Ironhide. In terms of the plot, Kingdom Rush Origins is a prequel to the entire story presented in the series, set before the evil Vez'nan posed a threat to the country of the elves. The player's goal is to stop the evildoer by leading the armies through new locations: elven forests, magical kingdoms and ruins of an ancient metropolis. The game offers new kinds of towers and units, such as elven archers, mystical mages or stone druids. Also, new improvements, spells and abilities were added along with previously unavailable enemy types. The armies are led by nine legendary characters, and each has unique powers. What has remained unchanged here is the gameplay formula of the predecessors, as well as cartoonish visuals typical of the series.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Strategy 15 August 2013

A full-scale continuation of crazy tower defense/strategy game, which successfully merged the popularity of this causal genre with the never-ending interest in zombies. It has been prepared by the creators of the original title, an experienced developer of budget productions, PopCap Games studio. The main theme of the series is an invasion of the undead, who are craving for human brains and have formed a powerful army to achieve this objective. But once again, smart plants (and their owner) stand in their way, armed with the strangest of weapons that can foil zombies’ plans. The gameplay comes down to securing subsequent patches of our lawn in a way that will prevent brain-eating monsters from reaching their target. The sequel offers even greater variety of fields and plants, not to mention black humor, typical feat of the series.

Dungeon of The Endless
Dungeon of The Endless

RPG 27 October 2014

Kingdom Rush
Kingdom Rush

Strategy 28 July 2011

A tower defense game requiring the player to defend a position against attacking fantasy creatures. The game was created by Ironhide - an independent developer. Kingdom Rush is set in a classic fantasy world filled with magic, orcs, knights and giants. The player's goal is to prevent the enemies from reaching the other side of the map. The attackers come in waves and each one is more powerful than the previous. When planning further actions, the player has to build defensive structures on the path of the enemy, including towers for archers, artillery posts and barracks generating soldiers who fight the attackers directly. Elimination of enemies generates income, which can be spent on expanding the line of defense through the addition of new buildings or upgrade of the existing ones. When the situation gets worse, the player can also cast powerful offensive spells capable of stopping or even destroying entire groups of enemies. Completing a level earns the player golden stars, allowing them to upgrade their units or make spells more effective. Kingdom Rush stands out with its eye-pleasing, colorful and detailed visuals.

X-Morph: Defense
X-Morph: Defense

Action 30 August 2017

Developed by an independent studio called Exor, X-Morph: Defense is an original twin-stick shooter with tower defense elements. The game shows an unpleasant vision of the future, in which the Earth has fallen victim to an alien invasion. Instead of defending the Blue Planet, the player assumes control over an Alien ship with an objective to face waves of human adversaries and defend enormous devices extracting resources and altering the Earth’s atmosphere. In X-Morph: Defense, the player observes the action from the top-down perspective, controls the aforementioned spacecraft, and erects defensive structures such as watchtowers - highly effective against particular adversaries. During the combat, the alien ship can assume four different forms, each one designed for dealing with a specific type of threats. To fight the enemies, the player can use the destroyable environment by e.g. collapsing a skyscraper to bar the way. The player can invade the Earth either alone or with another player in the cooperative mode.

Burden
Burden

Strategy canceled

Orcs Must Die!
Orcs Must Die!

Action 05 October 2011

Kingdom Rush Frontiers
Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Strategy 05 June 2013

The game provides a continuation to one of the most popular mobile tower defense strategies, which was created by Ironhide. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is based on the gameplay formula of its predecessor. The player's task here is to defend the kingdom against various fantasy creatures. In order to do that, the player builds different defensive structures on their path, sends military units to fight them, but also uses many different spells. In the story campaign, the player has to make their way through treacherous deserts and forests in order to reach the mountains, where the final boss fight begins. The creators added an entire set of hero characters, improvements and units, such as assassins, templars, necromancers or machines capable of causing earthquakes. Each of the characters has their own unique abilities, which can be developed in different ways, thus various play-styles are applicable. Following the pattern of the original game, Kingdom Rush Frontiers offers cartoonish visuals. Additionally, the game is filled with light humor and references made to pop-culture.

Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force
Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force

Arcade 27 November 2012

Orcs Must Die! 2
Orcs Must Die! 2

Action 30 July 2012

CastleStorm
CastleStorm

Strategy 29 May 2013

Plants vs Zombies Adventures
Plants vs Zombies Adventures

Strategy 20 May 2013

Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder
Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder

Strategy 28 August 2017

A sequel to the hybrid of a strategy and action game. Similarly as the first title, it was created by ACE Team. The gameplay mechanics are mostly based on the first game in the series and are focused on competition between the players. Each player has a castle that they must protect. The castles are connected by a long, winding path. In each round one side of the conflict controls a giant ball and tries to use it to break through the gate of the enemy fortress. The opponent is trying to position his troops and buildings in such way that he stops or at least slows down the rock. Rock of Ages II: Bigger & Boulder allows up to four players split into two teams to compete. The title allows the player to modify the banners and costumes of units, introduces new soldier and rock types, and offers new maps that reference various historical periods. Unreal Engine 4 technology provides high-quality graphics.

Dungeon Defenders II
Dungeon Defenders II

Action 20 June 2017

A sequel to a popular action-RPG with tower defense elements, originally released in 2011 as a debut game of indie developer Trendy Entertainment. In contrast to the first game, this one is based on the free-to-play business model, and offers two entirely different multiplayer modes. The first one is a traditional co-op, in which players of different skills and specializations join forces against waves of enemies of increasing difficulty. The other one is heavily inspired by MOBA games and focuses on competitive combat of two 5-person teams. Each team is tasked with destroying opponent’s turrets. The game introduces numerous technical upgrades, as well as new heroes and opponents. Both play modes share the same characters roster, and individual dungeons are connected by a common mini-world on the surface, where up to 24 players can be at the same time.

Dungeon Defenders
Dungeon Defenders

RPG 19 October 2011

Craft the World
Craft the World

Strategy 24 November 2014

An independent sandbox strategy game with both RPG and tower defense elements, inspired by such productions as Terraria, Dwarf Fortress, and the iconic Dungeon Keeper. Craft the World has been developed by Dekovir Entertainment. In the game, the players get to control a group of Dwarves tasked with erecting and defending a stronghold. In order to do this, they have to look for resources, construct diverse buildings, and (when necessary) fight enemy factions. For their efforts, the players earn experience points, for which they can acquire new team members. The game takes place across randomly generated worlds, each one featuring different conditions. The Dwarves use a wide range of weapons and armors, which the players can create themselves using a relatively simple crafting system. The game delivers high resolution and 2D old-school visuals, somewhat resembling the aforementioned Terraria.

Defense Grid: The Awakening
Defense Grid: The Awakening

Strategy 08 December 2008

Sanctum 2
Sanctum 2

Action 15 May 2013

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages

Strategy 31 August 2011

An unusual Tower Defense strategy game developed by ACE Team. The game was designed for two players. Each of them is being given a castle. One player must protect the gates of his castle from the opponent. The fortresses are connected by a long and winding road through which a giant, rocky ball is rolling. While the attacker is trying to control the ball in such way so that it hits the enemy’s gate with it, the defender focuses on positioning troops and buildings that will stop or slow down the opponent. After each turn the roles are swapped. Rock of Ages allows for playing online and on a single machine. The unusual graphics style is an advantage of the game – the levels were designed based on various art styles like renaissance, gothic and the works of Francisco Goya.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained
Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Action 19 April 2017

A spin-off to the humorous series of action strategy games that focus on fighting Orcs. This time the developers from Robot Entertainment mixed in even more genres by adding MOBA and card games elements. The game focuses on multiplayer and uses a free to play distribution model with microtransactions. Two factions face each other in the game – the Human Order that was rebuilt after the events shown in the second game and the Unchained, faction that consists of various monsters. Two 5-person teams fight against each other and the gameplay focuses on defending the base and attacking enemy stronghold. Each character has unique abilities that allow him for example to build and upgrade various traps and obstacles or sabotage enemy structures. Units and equipment are used by selecting cards obtained during battles.

Warfront Defenders: Westerplatte
Warfront Defenders: Westerplatte

Strategy December 2018