Desktop Tower Defense Upgrade

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 24, 2007
Updated • Jul 10, 2013

The popular Desktop Tower Defense game has been upgraded from version 1 to 1.5 bringing new excitement and frustration to the already excellent game. Several new enemies and towers have been included that make the game more enjoyable although I think that it did not rise in difficulty level that much.

I can only talk about the medium mode that I tried today which I passed at first try and the challenge mode to beat 100 levels which is tough as always. I was not able to beat the challenge mode though, it becomes extremely difficult at levels 75+ at least with the strategies that I have tried.

Desktop Tower Defense is an excellent game for a short period of time. It does not take long for instance to play the medium mode which consists of 50 waves of enemies that have to be hindered to reach the exits.

desktop tower defense

You start with a fixed number of credits, and your first task in each level is to start building a maze so that the spawning creeps need to follow it before they reach the exit. This usually means that you start with pellet towers, the cheapest tower in the game before you can build more expensive ones that have better attack power and other abilities like splash damage that you need to survive in the game.

Each tower can be upgraded multiple times which usually increases the damage, range and speed of it. Defeating creeps and starting new waves early provides you with the credits that you need to survive all the waves and beat the game. If you are new to the tower defense genre I'd suggest you start with the easy difficulty level and go from there.

Experienced players can start to play normal or hard mode instead, or challenge modes which offer a variety of challenging maps to play.

Tower Defense Tips

Here are a couple of tips to get you started with the game:

  1. You need to use Pellet Towers to build your initial maze so that the enemies can't just cross to the opposite exit unhindered. The easiest way to achieve that is to build towers like you see on the screenshot above, so that both enemy spawns merge early on.
  2. Pay attention to the range of towers. The Bash tower is highly effective but has a very small range. Place this tower on corners so that it can maximize its potential.
  3. Air towers are best placed in the middle of the level as air units will always fly in straight lines from the entry to the exit. Make sure you update the towers regularly to catch all air units.
  4. You can upgrade towers. I would not recommend that you upgrade pellet towers, but you should definitely upgrade the more valuable towers so that they do more damage, have a larger range or increase the splash damage they dish out.

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  1. Enjoy Mario Games said on January 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    That a good news . Thanks for the info

  2. Online Mario Games said on January 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I never played this game before, but I’ll give it a try . I hope it’ll be an entertaining game to play for hours . :)

  3. simon said on December 26, 2007 at 12:31 am

    There’s an updated version 1.7 that kongregate have on their site thats exclusive to them, I’m trying to source the creator for permission to put on my site. If anybody knows who developed the game please email me. thanks. oh and happy christmas

  4. Thinker said on June 25, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    grrrrr ;] it’s a time eater :D
    i like to play it a lot too

  5. Chris said on June 25, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    this kept me entertained all day :D awesome!

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