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 fighter
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.