Ironhide Game Studio
ESRB rating: E10
Tower defense games are an odd offshoot of the strategy genre that only appeal to a small group of people. In fact, most gamers think they're a waste of time. Fortunately, they're relatively easy to design, so they're quite numerous! "Kingdom Rush" has become very popular on portable devices, and now this medieval little gem is available on the PC.
"Kingdom Rush" forgoes a complex storyline in favor of the age-old idea of defending a sturdy castle from supernatural evildoers. Twelve stages that range from tall forests to snowy mountaintops make up the main campaign, while numerous additional missions that had to be purchased on mobile platforms are included for free. This is very welcome since the PC version is more expensive.
This game utilizes standard tower defense game play where players strategically place towers along pathways to destroy hordes of attackers. Only four types of towers are available at the beginning, with the ability to upgrade and customize them opening up as players progress. Eventually, special abilities such as different types of spells for wizard towers become available.
One unique twist in this game is the inclusion of Barracks towers that spill soldiers out onto the battlefield to fight enemies while also slowing their movement. This opens up the ability to use extremely effective tactics such as blocking enemies in while unleashing barrages from powerful towers placed nearby.
Another cool feature is the inclusion of Heroes. Each has unique abilities and attacks. Players choose their Hero before each level, and they act like moveable towers during game play because they can be moved to different pathways. It's also cool that they earn experience in battle, which increases their power as they gain higher levels.
"Kingdom Rush" on the PC is a direct port of the portable version with all of the bonus content (levels, heroes, towers) included.