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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,977 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 8, 2008

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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. 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
69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,241.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is the best defense game I have played. The game mechanics and balance are amazing when compared against other offerings in the genre. Even after a few years, the graphics still hold up, the story is still fresh and matches the sci-fi world it was created for, and the voice acting is top quality. There is a fair amount of DLC available, but even without it the levels still hold a great deal of re-playability. Also, if you are into achievements, this game has you covered. You can even compare run scores versus your friends.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Got this game as a Steam deal and I must say I was utterly impressed by it and I would definitely say it's worth the standard price. It's a truly big game, packed with everything one could ask for in this genre.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
132.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Defense Grid takes the tower defense genre to the next level. I liked every aspect of the game. Level design, tower design, tower diversity, enemy types, economic system, soundtrack, effects, difficulty level, extra playable modes, the fact that tower placement shapes the aliens path. Everything is designed very carefully and delivers a perfect playing experience.
I got all achievements and I'm still playing to earn the gold metal on every single mode of every level.

I admit that the first time I played DG I looked down on it because it looked like a "small" game. That was on a friends computer before I finished the main campaign. Then I played it again a year later on my brothers computer and finished the main campaign again! Finally, this summer, I got it for myself and finished it again, plus every expansion that was available.

I'd like also to note that the voice of Jim Ward, who voices the AI assisant, is a big plus for the game. It gives you the feeling you're together into the fight, with a person that shares his personal moments with you, even his craving for raspberries!!

The Containment, You monster, Resurgence and Borderlands expansions add greatly to the game, in playable levels but also in the story.

And above all else is the Strategy. You may beat easily a level the first time, but it's certain you will come up with a better plan the second time you play the same level. And different game modes (like "out of bullets" or "shredder") will force you to adopt a completely different approach to beat the level. And all of this is done by placing just 10 different types of towers on those tiles. The game depth is incredible.

I give this game a 100% with honors! An excellent idea, a perfect design into a superb game.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
124.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
1. You can kill time and aliens at the same time.
2. Single player - cause others people are scary.
3. A button for speeding things up... something the DMV needs desperately.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I remember playing this years ago on Wild Tangent, long before I switched to Steam, and it's still just as fun as it was then, maybe even more now that I know what to expect.

Defense Grid is among the best you'll find in the Tower Defense genre, and rightfully so. This game has a tantalizing blend of simplicity, planning, general enjoyment and even graphics. One of the largest pluses to Defense Grid is that it allows you to progressively shape the path your alien foe take. You can also set up "kill zones," places where you concentrate your best towers and where most of the killing happens, hence the name.

Another huge twist in Defense Grid is that your enemies have to go to a central hub to take a power core, essentially hitpoints. If you kill an alien who is holding a core, the core will progressively float back to the hub unless another alien grabs it. This makes strategy much deeper than "don't let them get to the end."

Your AI friend who is booted up in the prologue is your constant companion, giving you tips and commenting on how you're doing or what's going on (this has saved my ♥♥♥ many times when I was focused on improving outer towers and he told me that aliens had their grabby little hands on a core, and they wouldn't left the map with it if my AI friend hadn't told me in time).

Another great, possibly unintentional twist is that your AI friend has a British accent. This somehow makes his warnings more spoken and his cheers more cheerful, plus it sounds so classy when he says "bloody hell."

Some maps also have multiple levels to them, where aliens have to go up in a spiral to get to your cores. This opens up a huge amount of possibilities for towers that help cover multiple levels.

Overall, I'd have to say Defense Grid is one of the best if not the best game you'll find in the Tower Defense genre. Your Tower Defense collection can't be complete without this game. Definately get this if you're into Tower Defense.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
148.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Amazingly fun tower defense... best of the genre in my opinion and still fun all these years later. Nice story line plot that enhances but doesn't get in the way. Eagerly awaiting DG2.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Intro:
Best self-run game I have ever played.

Graphics :
Great full of different colors
hard on the eyes

Gameplay:
Simple and Easy
No problems

The Bad
Story was hard to follow because it was to intergrated into the levels...

Conclusion:
Free is good
Defense Grid are for those who enjoy relax when gaming
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Simply put, this game is awesome, and possibly the best tower defense game I’ve ever played. I love the quick nature of levels, and the thrill of feeling like a pro when you end level with loads of money left over. The range of abilities of the towers makes each level unique. Will you slow a pack of aliens, in a gauntlet? Or maybe zap them over and over with a laser... either way, very fun.

At the end of the day, I'd give this game an 8/10. Game play is awesome, and the quick nature makes it easy to pause and get some water. I do wish you could level a tower up more than 3 times. Additionally, I found the menu a teeny bit clunky.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
A very solid tower defense game with some basic maze building. Widely considered one of the best in the genre when it comes to standard TD.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Defense Grid is one of the best tower defense games ever made. It doesn't deviate much outside the norms for the genre - you accumulate funds over time by killing enemies and gaining interest, and then use these funds to purchase and upgrade towers around the path(s) which enemies take while trying to steal your cores. Successive waves are more difficult, and in some levels you actually build the path yourself by blocking their ability to progress with your towers.

Later levels are quite challenging, there's a wide variety of towers, and there's also multiple modes which can add different twists to the gameplay. It's extremely well balanced, allowing for multiple play styles to come up with valid combinations which can be effective.

Any fan of the genre should own this game, and it also makes for an excellent introduction to what tower defense games can offer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
While I find the camera and control much easier to wield on the console version (which is an oddity for this type of game) it doesn't detract - much - from the home computer version of one of the best tower defense games of all time.
Rarely does another TD game even approach the level of Defense Grid, much less attempt to surpass it.

One caveat is that you have to stick with it for quite a few levels before everything is available to you. This is not uncommon in TD games, but I've known folks who were put off by it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Fantastic game! Entertaining, exactly what I was looking for!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Rating 8/10
Overview: Tower Defense

The Good

+ The premise is a bit different than most tower defense games. Rather than the enemies reaching the end of the map, this game has the enemies collecting 'cores' from a specific point on the map and then moving towards the exit. Because of this , your strategy has to be a bit different when placing your towers. In addition the more resources you collect the more interest you earn, thus spending your resources to build/upgrade your towers may not always be the best strategy especially in the beginning of a level.

+20 Main missions and 28 DLC missions. Every map is completely different from the last, some maps have multiple entry and exit points, core locations, pathways. Every map almost feels like a new puzzle, trying to figure out how to make the optimal path to win.

+ The DLC missions are unique and fun. The best DLC levels is mixing the portal universe with this one. Each level is unique and provides an interesting twist to each level altering your strategy.

+ Every mission features a variety of different modes. The modes that cause you to rethink your strategy are probably the best ones. For example, one mode has the entry and exit points reversed, another you can only build level 1 towers, etc.

+ The game features a variety of different towers each one with a unique purpose. The type of tower and the placement plays a big role in the game.

+ Great graphics and effects for this type of game

+controller support

The Bad:

- Other than a variety of different modes per level, this game offers little new.

-Some modes can be very repetitive. Once you figure out what works in a level, you can play different modes with the exact same layout. However these modes are optional.

- The game feels like it was designed with the controller only in mind. Why can't I map every control function on the mouse?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
149.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
One of the best tower defense games out there. Hypnotic gameplay with hours of alien killing labyrinth building. Easy controls and smooth design gives you ample time to create weapon grinders to chew up the aliens.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Extremely satisfying. Have you ever wanted to play a game but when you look through your library you see nothing that interests you? Here is the cure. This game never gets old for me. I keep re-installing it and playing it. It's August 2014 when I write this. I love doing all the challanges for each level. This game lets you design a death maze and then watch the devastation. looking forward for DG2 that comes out soon. Don't know how it could possibly be any better then this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
If you like tower defense games, this is perfect for you. I already beat the game and it's so good that I'm determined to get top scores for every level.
- Varied weapons
- Great story
- Smooth gameplay
- Shape paths for your enemies


Full review: http://aminyx.blogspot.ca/2014/09/defense-grid-awakening.html
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
893.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Excellent tower defence game with plenty of game modes to keep you interested and challenged.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
It's good, I especially liked the GLaDOS DLC!!!

THE CAKE IS LIE!!! LOL! xD
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
192.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
One of my favorite games of all times. Bought it being bored one day and has kept me entertained for many hours.

Also one of the few games I bother with to replay to get all achievements and all gold medals on levels (and beat the highscores of friends as they display those ingame).

Best tower defense game I ever played.
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