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TD games : Current state of affairs

06-10-2009, 10:45 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 105
TD games : Current state of affairs

Hey all,

I'm brand new here, mostly a macrumors visitor and have been lurking here for a long time now.

Anyhow, my post is about the TD games. I am a huge fan of TD games from the very first TD map they made on starcraft and haven't lost interest since.

I only recently purchased an ipod touch, and am using it almost exclusively as a pda (not one mp3 on the thing). I have some room left for a great game, and I want the best TD game available :-)

To be honest, I was extremely looking forward to star defense, but having read the replies (which make sense to me) it seems the game is not worth it at the current price (I could get three other TD games for that which are supposedly better). So here I am, extremely eager to BUY a tower defense game (I have Tap defense, or what's it called, but that's definitely not good...), but have no clue what to get. On the flash side of life I love DesktopTD, but we obviously can't play flash games on the touch.

I googled all the reviews, but I noticed that iphone game reviews/ratings are total B/S (although this site seems to do a pretty good job!!). It seems as soon as a new game pops out, it gets crazy reviews and downloads and what not and exaggerated scores, untill the next game comes out, then the previous one gets dumped by everyone like the tree after christmas.

So AT THIS VERY MOMENT, which TD game would you recommend if you could own only ONE. If possible, give some extra info as to why you think it is better than the other games out there.

Thanks! :-)
06-10-2009, 10:52 AM
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 4,491
GeoDefense is amazing if you don't mind the difficulty.

7Cities has a really interesting upgrade mechanic to the towers and offers fixed pathways and free play

06-10-2009, 10:53 AM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 4,478
I think a lot of people are going to recommend Defender Chronicles because it just came out. I haven't played it yet, but it seems like it actually deserves the praise.

I recently bought Elemental Monster TD and I'm loving it. Other great TD games you might want to look into are Sentinel and GeoDefense.

I like The Creeps!, but I don't know if that's your type of game.
06-10-2009, 10:53 AM
i agree with geodefense. Its really deep, its really hard, and there are a ton of maps. There isnt an endless mode to my knowledge but i still havent beaten the game and i play it fairly regularly.

surprisingly, there arent any flames yet!
06-10-2009, 10:54 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 233
Welcome, Sceneshifter.

Everyone has an opinion about this, and you can't go wrong, really, because there are several great TD games for pretty cheap. I recommend that you don't limit yourself to one, but rather buy several in the 1-3$ range.

I have personally enjoyed GeoDefense, The Creeps, Sentinel, and 7 Cities immensely, and I'm also liking Star Defense a lot--despite the negativity surrounding it, if you like TDs it's excellent.

But leaving S.D. out of the equation, you can pick up the others (and ElementalMonster, and Field Runners, etc., etc.) for cheap if you pay attention to sales. I got the four I mentioned for only 99cents each.

I don't regret having multiple TDs. They all offer something different, and for me they offer the best replay value (besides sports games) as I try for harder difficulties, higher scores, badges, and so on.

Good hunting!
06-10-2009, 10:55 AM
i personally wouldnt recommend sentinel. People love it but i dont understand why...
06-10-2009, 10:56 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 980
Geodefense is the best, The Creeps is second best, and after that, probably Fieldrunners.

I personally hated seven cites
06-10-2009, 11:02 AM
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 4,491
Originally Posted by dashzed View Post
Geodefense is the best, The Creeps is second best, and after that, probably Fieldrunners.

I personally hated seven cites
I should karate chop you in the face
06-10-2009, 11:05 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 146
I tried the lite Geodefense and didn't care for it. Not sure why, I think I didn't like the time pressure element. I like to be able to pause and think things through when I play TDs. If you like time pressure then it's one to look at.

My all-time favorite iPhone TD is probably The Creeps. It's a fairly straightforward TD, but great production values and adorable. :-) 7 cities is another good one, as is Elemental Monster TD.

Don't forget iTD, which might have to get my vote if I had to pick one best (fixed-path) TD.

If you like maze-building TDs, then Fieldrunners is excellent. Personally I prefer fixed-path TDs, so I don't play Fieldrunners much.

I've only messed around with Sentinel a little and I don't really care for it. It doesn't seem to bring much to the table besides the art, and that's not necessarily a bonus. (I like to be able to *tell* which part of the screen is the path for the creeps and which is the part I can build towers on...)