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Intro to Tower Defense

07-05-2014, 12:57 PM
#1
Joined: May 2011
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 716
Intro to Tower Defense

Greetings,

Tower Defense is one of the genres of which I have the least exposure. I would like to request suggestions for games that will serve as accessible introductions for me. I am not necessarily looking for the best or most sophisticated that the genre has to offer, just a few that are fun, engaging, and accessible to the beginner.

Thanks!

Last edited by retr0spective; 07-06-2014 at 05:21 PM.
07-05-2014, 01:35 PM
#2
Joined: Apr 2014
Location: Somewhere on Earth, I could be behind you.
Posts: 583
OTTTD is quite cool and it's on sale I belive

07-05-2014, 01:54 PM
#3
Joined: May 2011
Location: Riverside, CA
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Thank you for the suggestion, I will check it out. Is it accessible to the beginner as a good introduction to the genre?
07-05-2014, 02:10 PM
#4
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 3,413
I wouldn't call that a great introduction. Try Tower Madness maybe. It is free with IAP for additional content and is a pretty solid fundamental TD game. The Creeps is another good older one that's free with additional content IAPs and is a pretty good intro to fixed path TD. Those are both older games but honestly most newer TDs try to break the mold and do something new and different in order to stand out in a crowded genre, so they don't really make great introductions.

It's too late.
07-05-2014, 02:25 PM
#5
Kingdom Rush or PvZ
07-05-2014, 04:02 PM
#6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SherlockEB View Post
Kingdom Rush or PvZ
Gotta agree on this one if we are talking about the FIRST PvZ, because the second is an iAP fest, also I thought that a more tipical TD (OTTTD) would be a great introduction but I forgot that it was hellish frantic so yeah sorry
07-05-2014, 04:54 PM
#7
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Location: Riverside, CA
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheOutlander View Post
Gotta agree on this one if we are talking about the FIRST PvZ, because the second is an iAP fest, also I thought that a more tipical TD (OTTTD) would be a great introduction but I forgot that it was hellish frantic so yeah sorry
I picked up OTTTD and find it fairly streamlined and approachable, not as "over the top" as I expected. I also tried my hand at Castle Doombad which seems along the same vein as Plants vs Zombies, though set in a tower with traps. I found the wide variety of traps to be somewhat intimidating as many of them appear to exist simply for the purpose of showing quirky images of violence. OTTTD limits options in the beginning and as such seems more accessible to me.
07-05-2014, 08:18 PM
#8
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 93
The two geoDefense games are a great starting point. The first one is fixed-path, the second is open-field. They haven't been updated in a few years, but are still just as good as they were then.
07-05-2014, 09:15 PM
#9
Joined: May 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 206
I agree with db2's comment above - the first geoDefense game was very instrumental in teaching me tower defense, as well as getting me addicted to the genre :-)
07-05-2014, 09:32 PM
#10
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Philippines
Posts: 752
As a huge fan of TD games, I recommend the following:

TD Fixed Path:

Kingdom Rush
Kingdom Rush 2
Man at Arms TD
CarrotFantasy (free)
Bloons TD 5
Tower Dwellers

TD Make Your Own Path:

Fieldrunners 2

TD Lane Defense:

PvZ (free)
PvZ 2 (free)
March on Oz