I missed the weekly game review on Saturday which is why I'm reviewing Kingdom Rush today instead. The browser game is of the Tower Defense kind, but boy is it pretty. I often spend more time playing Tower Defense games in a web browser than the latest full price smash hit.
Kingdom Rush comes with everything that one would expect from a Tower Defense game. It features a campaign with lots of different maps, different towers, enemies, a great presentation and a skill tree.
The player has to beat a map to advance in the campaign. The game begins with instructions on how the game mechanics work. Each new game element, be it a new tower or enemy, is introduced during the map.
Towers can only be placed on designated locations on the map. The player can select between four basic towers which can be upgraded several times. Each tower can be branched out into one specialization. The Archer tower for instance can be upgraded into a powerful but slow firing Musketeer Garrison or a faster firing Ranger Hidout.
Each specialized tower can be further upgraded with two or three skills or spells which are cast automatically by the towers. Upgrades are paid with gold that is earned by defeating enemies and by starting rounds early.
The player has two spells at disposal that can turn the tide. It is first possible to place three reinforcements on the map that block monsters from advancing. The second spell is the good old meteor shower that rains death and destruction on enemies.
One, two or three skill points are awarded after each successful map depending on the performance of the player. This is determined by the number of leaks in the level.
Skill points can be invested in upgrades that make the player's spells or the tower's stronger. They can be reset after each map so that skill points can be redistributed.
The introductions of new enemy types and towers helps a great deal. Some monsters are for instance more or less immune to a certain damage type; Armored monsters take less damage from arrows while spiders take reduced damage from magic attacks. Placement of towers and tower upgrades are therefor essential to beat a map without leaks. Observant players will notice that enemy waves always start from the same locations, which makes it easier on consecutive plays to place the towers in the right locations to thwart them of.
You can replay maps at any time, for instance to improve your score to get all of the skill points for completing the map.
Kingdom Rush is an excellent Tower Defense game that comes with all the bells and whistles that one would expect. You can play it over at Armor Games.
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