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Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it's up to the player to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around their base.
Release Date: Dec 8, 2008
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Includes 7 items: Defense Grid: The Awakening, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 3, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 1, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 2, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 4, Defense Grid: The Awakening - You Monster DLC, Defense Grid: Containment DLC

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About the Game

Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it's up to the player to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around their base. Beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack bring the world to life. The controls are intuitive and the gameplay is deep — the special attacks and properties of each tower work together to provide many ways to succeed.
  • High Replayability There are approximately 8 hours of gameplay in the main storyline, and many hours of play in challenge modes that give players unique starting conditions and objectives. Each game level is very replayable, and can be solved in many different ways, with increasing rewards for improved efficiency.
  • Wide Variety of Enemies Over the course of the game, players battle 15 different enemy types that become increasingly stronger, and employ a variety of strategies in an attempt to bypass the player's defenses. As the levels progress, the enemies become tougher and more difficult to defeat.
  • 20 Unique Levels Defense Grid: The Awakening has 20 unique environments, each with a different placement of roads, tower build locations, and open areas to plan a strategy around.
  • Numerous Tower Options and Upgrades There are 10 different tower types with 3 levels of capability each. Each tower has unique trade offs that affect ideal placement, such as line-of-sight attack or ballistic trajectory fire. Some towers improve other nearby towers, and some are ideal at specific locations, such as a rear guard tower that unleashes a devastating attack.
  • Steam Achievements Successfully completing each level provides a bronze achievement award. Additional goals provide silver and gold awards for a particular level. A novice player may be able to survive the onslaught, but only an experienced player will be able to get all of the gold achievements.

Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack

New Maps, New Strategies, New Experiences, and New Achievements From the Creators of Defense Grid
Defense Grid: Resurgence is the first premium expansion for Defense Grid: The Awakening and is made up of 8 new highly polished and balanced maps from the original creators. Each week in June over four consecutive weeks a new pair of maps will be released providing new environments and strategic experiences and requiring new ways of thinking to beat back the aliens and protect your cores. Each map pack contains 2 maps each with a campaign mode and 4 additional modes associated with the design of that level. New Steam achievements and high-score leaderboards are associated with each map pack.
Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 1
Service Interruption and Height of Confusion
  • Two new challenging Defense Grid environments are the first two released in the Resurgence DLC. An obstructed road to the core housing gives the aliens a significant advantage in Service Interruption. Choose your towers wisely! Height of Confusion has a wide open surface, making for endless possibilities! Build anywhere you want in your defense of the power cores!
Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 2
Risk Exposure and Roundabout
  • Don’t miss out on the next two maps in the Resurgence series. Risk Exposure will allow you to discover your ability to defend two independent power core housings! Limited build spaces will test your skills as you divide your resources to discover optimal tower placement. On Roundabout, you will be faced with numerous possibilities for pathing and a variety of elevation changes. This one will have you going in circles to contain the alien menace!
Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 3
Urban Planning and Tactical Diversion
  • It’s the third of four great map packs in the Resurgence series. Urban Planning is a dense environment with restrictive build spaces, forcing difficult decisions against continuously attacking hordes. In Tactical Diversion, survey the small, snow covered platform and consider numerous possibilities. But be prepared for the aerial assault!
Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 4
Kill Zone and Overflow
  • The final installment of the Resurgence series includes two more environments sure to challenge your tactical planning. In Kill Zone, will you construct your defenses near the spiral road in, the spiral road out, or the open platform in the middle? Perhaps all three! But you’ll need to be on your toes to deter the invaders. Overflow has numerous connected platforms that will provide countless options to turn back the enemies. Will you be able to keep the cores safe?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista
    • Processor: 1.8GHz CPU or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard disk space: 1GB available space
    • DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c or higher, June 2008 version or later
    • Video: Video: DirectX 9 video card with shader 2 support such as the following:
      ATI Radeon 9600 or newer (9600-9800, X300-X1950, HD 2400-HD 4870)
      NVIDIA GeForce 6100 or newer (6100-6800, 7100-7950, 8300-8800, 9600-9800, or GTX 216-280)
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista
    • Processor: dual core 2.0GHz CPU or higher
    • Memory: 1GB RAM XP, 1.5GB RAM Vista
    • Hard disk space: 1GB available space
    • DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c or higher, June 2008 version or later
    • Video: DirectX 9 video card with shader 3 support and 256MB VRAM such as the following:
      ATI Radeon X700 or newer (X700-X1950, HD 2400-HD 4870)
      NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or newer (7600-7950, 8300-8800, 9600-9800, or GTX 216-280)
    • Controller: Optionally supports Microsoft Game Controller for Windows
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
677 products in account
3 reviews
1,241.9 hrs on record
Tower defense at its best. Being able to place your towers in such a way that it forces the baddies to take longer paths is extremely enjoyable and challenging.

Key features:

- Block baddies just as they're getting near your cores, forcing them to re-route.
- Bounce a train of baddies back and forth between two paths by repeatedly opening one and blocking the other.
- Unspent money earns interest so if you build just the towers you need, you'll have even more money later on.
- Create "kill zones" with your most powerful towers + slowing towers + bonus money towers to maximize efficiency.
- Cool story with some great DLC (The Portal cross-over DLC is top notch)
- Alternate modes/achievements will keep you playing for a long time
Posted: June 28th, 2014
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
227 products in account
2 reviews
14.4 hrs on record
If you enjoy Tower Defense games, then this game is most likely for you. I'd even go as far as suggesting that this game is the best Tower Defense game I've played.

Everything feels right, and it's a challenge, and the most fun are the missions in where you have a the option to shape the pathway that the enemy will have to walk through using the towers you set up. It's really fun to think about how to set them up, what time you should place towers, shape the pathways... especially with your starting amount of resources, given how often you're limited.

And after you've completed the game, you can replay maps/stages with lots of modifiers that offer new challenges! It's a good time waster for a half hour or so per stage!
Posted: February 20th, 2014
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
294 products in account
5 reviews
81.1 hrs on record
If you're into tower defense games this is definitely one of them to get. Almost everything is awesome: the idea, the level design, the GFX, the variety of different challenges. Even it's now 6 years old it's still bests 99% of the tower defense games available.

And if you're saying "but the other games are free" ... well friend, everything has a price and this baby here is worth every cent.

And if you're still not convinced: look at the hours people spent playing the game. Noone plays games for 50+ hours if they're not worth playing.
Posted: May 14th, 2014
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
508 products in account
91 reviews
300.8 hrs on record
This game is one of the greatest Tower Defense games on the market right now, with great visuals, solid gameplay and humour that will give you a good chuckle every once in awhile. The soundtrack, while nothing you'd listen to outside the game, makes the encounters feel very cinematic and movie like, which just adds to the appeal. With a huge, huge amount of content, especially with the other DLC's, you'll have a blast playing Defense Grid.
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
50 products in account
5 reviews
103.3 hrs on record
Gameplay - This is a tower defense game which means you build towers on a map which have their own unique different ways of attacking waves of enemies. These type of games are all about strategy and experimentation. You have ten different towers available in each level and have to find the best way to kill all the enemies before they can escape the map. Unlike the early tower defense games in Warcraft III, Defense Grid has a set number of places where you can build so it becomes important to learn how best to use the space you have and what towers should go where. You can also shape the paths that enemies take (you always want them to take the longer and more difficult path) which is a cool innovation for the genre. The designers were smart to put a fast forward button in Defense Grid. It helps more experienced players get through most maps in 10-15 minutes. The only downside is much like the Run button in Final Fantasy 7, you have to hold down the F key for long period of times which does get tiring. It is almost as if a slow down button would have been better than the fast forward.

The most important thing is that this game is fun and even addictive at times. There are over hundred-fifty different modes in the base game alone. A new player to Tower Defense may find that this game can be challenging without a good strategy so I highly recommend checking out Youtube for any levels that give you trouble as there are lots of good strategies already out there.

Story - Like a lot of action-oriented games, Defense Grid tries to have a story when there really isn't room for an interesting one. It is more like there is an "announcer" for the game who makes comments about certain things and encourages you to beat the game essentially. The story does not get in the way or waste any of your time which is probably for the best.

Presentation (Graphics and Sound) - The graphics in Defense Grid are not very impressive but that isn't the reason you play a game like this either. The textures are not very detailed and look aged, but this has a nearly top-down and zoomed out camera so it is hard to make the graphics look that great anyway. The effects of the towers do look good and the game never lags no matter how much action is going on. This is a plus because old tower defense games could not handle huge waves of enemies. The sound is good with nice explosion sounds and the announcer is charming and never gets annoying. What little music is in the game is very good. If you play through everything in Defense Grid, the music will eventually get repetitive and you'll probably want to listen to something else instead but that is true of any game you play for a long time.

Overall Score - Defense Grid is a great game if you enjoy Tower Defense. It is probably daunting to a beginner, but if you know you like these kind of games, this is easily the best 2D one on Steam at the time of this revew. This game is now cheap and if you catch it on sale, it is an incredible value. There are three DLC packs and all three of them are pretty good and add new level designs to the game. One is tied into Portal so if you like Glados, you will definitely like that. While it took me just over 100 hours, this game is pretty easy to get all the achievements. A few achievements are a grind, but every achievement is pretty easy to get and there are plenty of videos on Youtube to help you figure out how to get them. I never expected to play this game so much, but the fact that it is fun kept me playing for over 100 hours.

8.0 (out of 10)
Posted: February 23rd, 2014
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
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1 review
556.3 hrs on record
This is by far and away the best tower defense game I've played. The game is very simple to play, pick a tower type, choose where you want to put it, watch it kill aliens. The aliens are trying to steal power cores, your job is to kill the aliens before they can make off with them. You start with limited money, but gain more by killing aliens. The challenge comes from making the best tactical use of that money. You need to pick the optimum type of tower for the available locations to place them in. Some of the maps are cleverly designed to let you place towers and divert the path the aliens take to the cores. Choose wisely and your towers will kill lots of aliens, earn you more money for more towers, and the power cores will be saved. Choose badly and you will slowly be overrun and the cores lost.

All of the maps have massive replayability with different modes offering different objectives. Your scores are also ranked against everyone else who has played. Think you found the optimum way to play a map? Take a look at the highscores and think again! Scores are based on the number of cores you managed to save, the money you have left at the end of a map and the sale value of the towers that you have built. The less you have spent, the better your score will be. Getting the highest scores requires using the bare minimum of towers leaving you constantly on the edge of failure. Experiment, improve your tactics, watch your name rise through the ranks. There are literally 100's of hours worth of gameplay to be had from the main game, and 100's more from the DLC, which is all excellent.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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Awards

PC Gamer Magazine Editor’s Choice Award (90/100)