★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Tower Defence: What do you Love/Hate?

03-23-2013, 11:02 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Toronto
Posts: 27
Send a message via Skype™ to ryanmillercg
Tower Defence: What do you Love/Hate?

A friend and myself have been cooking up a Tower Defence game that breaks the mould a little bit. I've been working on Krog for almost a year now and am itching to develop a new game. In the next few weeks we will sit down and start planning out this new game. So my question for you, the gamers, is:

What do you love about Tower Defence games, and what do you hate?

I'd like to get an idea of tastes and preferences beyond my own. Thanks in advance for your valuable input!
03-23-2013, 11:09 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: London, UK
Posts: 3,739
I like chaos, Bloons TD style. Too many TD games start out with incredibly slow enemy waves, and I just can't be bothered waiting for them.

゙(゚、 。 7 ノ
 l、゙ ~ヽ
 じしf_, )ノ

03-23-2013, 12:06 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 7
I'm a bit tired of dumb waves of enemies. Maybe somehow make them smarter.
03-23-2013, 01:32 PM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Toronto
Posts: 27
Send a message via Skype™ to ryanmillercg
Bloons looks good; I'll try it out!

By smarter, beezzee, are you referring to them all following the same path? PvZ has enemies that can jump over your plants, dig under and past them, etc, would you describe this as smart, or are you hoping for something even more intelligent?
03-23-2013, 01:43 PM
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,355
The Creeps! is good.
I really hate ones that have a wide path that you can't see how much of the path the towers cover, or the side of the path that the monsters will walk down. It doesn't lead to any extra strategy, you just end up having to place double the towers - one on each side.
Not being able to see the range of towers is irritating.

I don't much like the Plants vs Zombies "in lines" style of tower defence (other than Plants vs Zombies itself, which is great - whenever I play another "in lines" tower defence game, I'm constantly thinking "Plants vs Zombies does this better...", I wouldn't really count them as the same genre tbh.

The best tower defence game I've played is Defense Grid: The Awakening. That's not for iOS though.
03-23-2013, 04:05 PM
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 22,664
I dislike the tower defense genre in general, buthere are the ones that i did enjoy and spent a lot of time on:

Elements Defender
Dungeon Defenders
March On Oz
Sentinel 3
Two Worlds
Heroes and Castles (less tower, but one hell of a defense game)
Defender Chronicles 1 (part 1, somehow part 2 didnt click with me)

EDIT: Removed Hills of Glory. Forgot that this was a "Tower" defense list i was trying to make.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword

Last edited by Exact-Psience; 03-24-2013 at 12:11 AM.
03-23-2013, 04:40 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,673
Kingdoms Rush
- because there's a lot of depth in the way you can tackle a map, depth in your builds and enemies. Difficulty is rewarding

Pixeljunk Monsters (PS3)
- Quirky, fun, yet challenging. Having an avatar you controlled worked for this but hasn't on other types I've played

Fieldrunners and Fieldrunners 2
- Character and bull rush style approach, wasn't a fan of the typical set path maps of 2, can get a bit drawn out

Defence Grid Awakening (PC)
- Narration mostly, overall quality was good too

Anomaly and Anomaly Korea
- Presentation, visuals and audio are top notch. Have to be in the right mood though as gameplay is very specific

- Challenge and speed mostly, graphically 'elegant'

Plant vs Zombies
- Because it keeps on giving, as soon as you start getting bored it throws something new into the mix, mini games, etc

Dungeon Defenders (PC)
- Different perspective that worked quite well, fair amount of depth due to RPGish elements. Co-op.

Orcs Must Die (PC)
- Similar to Dungeon Defenders, but trap focus was nicely done and presentation was spot on

Last edited by september; 03-23-2013 at 04:51 PM.
03-23-2013, 06:00 PM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Toronto
Posts: 27
Send a message via Skype™ to ryanmillercg
Thanks everybody, this is really helpful. Keep 'em comin!
03-23-2013, 06:15 PM
Joined: May 2012
Location: America's Hat
Posts: 2,653
I like block fortress. Focuses a little bit more on TD and the blocky graphics are okay. Heroes and castles I love as well, both of them are great. Now I must play.
03-23-2013, 08:42 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Scarlett Johansson's Hot Tub
Posts: 4,732
Kingdom Rush is my favourite TD.

I like TD's where you can only place tower's in certain locations, rather than those where you can place anymore.