Tower Defense games use to be very popular in the 90s and early 2000s before DOTA came along. Dota alone took the tower defense genre and combined it with a point and click RPG. The game was a hit for many years, and then League of Legends and DOTA2 came along. Apart from these two games and a couple of mediocre failures, tower defense games seem to be a thing of the past. That is until we came across XMorph Defense. Never heard of it, decided to give it a try, and it turned out to be a real gem.
This game is far from a classic tower defense title, but not in a bad way. What it does perfectly is combining the standard top down WASD shooter and a tower defense strategy.
You are put in the role of an Alien ship from the other end of the galaxy. Your job is to secure huge probes on various locations around the world, so the entire planet could be consumed. The maps are usually located in cities or towns with building and streets.
The army of planet Earth is your enemy and they will launch fierce attacks against your core. The army moves in convoys, finding the shortest route to the core. You will then place towers on their way and block their path so they have to take a new, longer one. This is the fun part. You will have to carefully plan your defenses and plan where you put each tower. You will not be able to complete the game without using the environment to your advantage.
For example, the attacking army is almost at your base and there are no towers to cut them off. Destroy the nearest skyscraper and it will block their way. But once you do that, there is no going back, so you have to plan carefully. The enemies attack in waves. There are many different types of ground and air troops, and some maps also have huge Boss battles. As the waves progress, you will have to adjust your strategy accordingly. Upgrading and degrading towers is a must.
The space ship you’ll be flying is a small and powerful machine. You can become invisible at any time, but you can’t shoot, so it’s mostly used to get out of sticky situations. You have 6 different weapons at your disposal and you’ll have to combine them to destroy the enemy. The strategy is key in this game, and so is a reaction. You will have to be really fast to stop the enemy before it reaches the core sometimes. The game is action packed and requires some skills.
XMorph Defense definitely has a replay value and it’s a great little game to make you think for a bit. The action is awesome, the destruction is fantastic, and the entire gameplay is pretty good too. It is a great game for a lazy Sunday afternoon, especially if you like tower defense games.
The first thing that pops into mind when you say Turn-based Strategies is Heroes of Might And Magic. This is a game franchise that has certainly made up new rules in the genre and it is so successful, we still regard it as the best of its kind. At least we did until we got our hands on XCOM2.
XCOM2 is the second game in the XCOM universe and it is one of the best games we played in years overall. The story is fantastic and it captures you right from the start. The gameplay is even better and once you start playing, it’s hard to let go. Every single detail was carefully placed and that has resulted in one of the most complete video games in recent years.
The world was invaded by an evil aggressive alien race that wants to enslave human kind and destroy the planet. The first war against them didn’t end as planned. The aliens have stayed on earth and they changed tactics too. They turned the system on us and gained power through politics and mind control.
The Earth Army regrouped in the new HQ and what was once a war becomes a rebellion. You are put in the role of a squad commander on the battlefields and you have to irradiate all aliens from the planet. You will have to improve your gear and base to fight the new types of aliens in the world. Keep in mind that your time is limited and that the world is going to be destroyed if you are not quick enough. The faith of the entire planet rests on your shoulders.
The gameplay has three different important segments. The first one is base construction. This one is very important because you’ll have to constantly upgrade your base to get new abilities and equipment. That often costs a lot of resources, so you’ll probably have to sacrifice something on the way.
The second most important aspect of the game is the loadout. Always make sure your soldiers are prepared for battle. Get them the best armor and weapons you can, but also make sure that they have enough rest after being wounded. Losing your top character in the late stages of the game can mess up everything you did before.
The turn-based strategy aspect of the game is just amazing. Every animation, every map, everything is detailed and makes you really feel like you are really there. Five minutes is enough to captivate almost anyone. You just have to try it.