Thu, 12 May 2011
Here come the creeps, led by Rob and Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Quintin Smith! Fortunately, they encounter a maze of discussion and towers of topics. Inspired by first-person tower defender Sanctum and tower attacker Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Quinns and Rob explore how these games change the tower defense formula, and what about that formula needed changing? Are we doing a disservice to a neat mechanic by insisting that it is a genre? Why are we continually drawn in by games we often find shallow and unsatisfying? Is tower defense really about destruction, or is there an under-served creative aspect to these games?
A lot of games and pieces come up for discussion here, so brace yourself for a link attack.
Quinns' Sanctum Wot I Think
Troy's reactions to Anomaly: Warzone Earth
Rob, two years ago, on tower defense games
Rob's "excessively positive" Dungeons review
The Verdun game Rob couldn't remember is The Trench