Ac­tion-RPG Tower De­fense

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Pair the es­tab­lished gen­res of Ac­tion-RPG with Tower De­fense, and what do you get? Well, ex­actly that! This un­der­rated new­comer genre blends its in­spir­ing gen­res into an ad­dic­tively re­ward­ing, team­work-fo­cused ex­pe­ri­ence. Play­ers hold their line of de­fense against waves of en­emy hordes by build­ing class-spe­cific de­fen­sive struc­tures, or even by con­fronting them di­rectly us­ing he­roes in a first- or third-per­son per­spec­tive within the de­fense maps. The games are packed with RPG el­e­ments, such as lev­el­ing, loot­ing, pets, and so forth.

This emer­gent genre was pi­o­neered by Trendy En­ter­tain­ment’s Dun­geon De­fend­ers in 2011, joined swiftly by Coffee Stain Stu­dios’ Sanc­tum and Ro­bot En­ter­tain­ment’s Orcs Must Die!, all in the same year. All of th­ese ti­tles have since spawned suc­cess­ful se­quels, with Orcs Must Die! 2 re­leased in 2012, Sanc­tum 2 re­leased in 2013, and Dun­geon

De­fend­ers II now on Steam’s Early Ac­cess. Th­ese have fur­ther spawned de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­ity in the in­die scene, such as with CastleS­torm, as well as triple-A stu­dio re­leases like The Mighty Quest for

Epic Loot from Ubisoft Mon­treal early this year. With games that are rel­a­tively ca­sual, high­lyad­dic­tive, and ul­tra-re­playable, this niche space is worth keep­ing a close eye on to see what other cool ti­tles may come about.

Dun­geon De­fend­ers

Orcs Must Die!


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