Defenders of Ardania is the latest and greatest addition to your collection of tower defense games. This is a beautifully and uniquely done game that will catch you by surprise, as I haven’t played a tower defense game quite like this.
If you haven’t played tower defense games before, you basically defend yourself against an enemy who attacks with a set amount of waves of enemies set to travel along predetermined paths that lead to your base. It sounds simple but it isn’t. Defenders of Ardania is a game of survival and strategy as you place the right towers in the right places to increase efficiency and your chances of survival each level.
However, Defenders of Ardania adds so much more than this to the game, I can’t believe this could be considered just a tower defense game. You don’t sit through a set amount of waves trying to survive because this time the enemy has an unlimited amount of waves. So how do you win this one? You have to destroy the enemy base. That’s right, you have to destroy it, demolish it and ruin it. Not with towers but with your own troops.
Never before have I played this type of game and had my own troops. You have an array of troops to choose form, design and build your own waves to send against the enemy, who by the way is capable of building their own towers to protect themselves. This adds a whole new level of strategy to the game, as you have to place your towers quickly to get strategically important tower locations before the computer can take them. It’s like playing Chess with your towers while playing Risk with your troops. There is a lot going on.
Like all tower defense games, you have the freedom to upgrade your towers and earn resources from kills. Unlike other games, you are limited to the amount of towers you can have. Where most let you build as many as you want, as long as availability on the map allows, Ardania limits your towers to 10 per levels. At least, that’s the most I could ever have as I played the game. Perhaps in the final few levels you get more.