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.
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Release Date: Dec 8, 2008

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Includes 7 items: Defense Grid: Containment DLC, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 1, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 2, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 3, Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 4, Defense Grid: The Awakening, Defense Grid: The Awakening - You Monster DLC

 

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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
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jasonzostov3
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Great tower defense game, just dont like how EVERYTHING is controlled with moving the mouse around instead of clicking to upgrade etc.

8/10.
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Bravo204
( 34.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Tower defense done right. Upgradeable towers and enemies that make you consider placement. Multiple game modes can keep you coming back.
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morgansgoat
( 215.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
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Underheaven
( 88.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Best TD game I've ever played.
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Alex
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
The Tower Defense.
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DC Malleus
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The break-out tower defence game that helped bring the genre into mainstream gaming, Defense Grid is still a stand-out example of TD done right. A clean interface and (relatively) smooth difficulty curve with a fiendish top-end make it an excellent introduction while ensuring perfectionists and score-chasers have an expansive leaderboard to climb as well. A combination of deeper mechanics such as interest-based resource generation and varying field-of-fire interactions across towers ensures things stay interesting for at least the duration of the campaign, and for those of us that get sucked in by a good system, a good many hours after its complete. Still worth the asking price nearly a decade from release, pick it up and give it a shot if your curiosity is piqued by the store page.
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Monolith
( 177.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Excellent game with infinite replayability, and a tinge of humor. Looking forward to playing the expansions.
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PROVAPES420
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Really fun game
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Rubsy Bubsy
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
All aboard the meh train. Next stop meh city. When we reach our destination please be sure to take the time to enjoy the meh.
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Shiro Hitokiri
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Best tower defense i played so far.
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Ben
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
For a game with no protagonist other than a bunch of towers with guns, it's got a lot of character to it.

Brilliantly fun, well worth the price and highly addictive. I could barely stop playing this for days, and when I'd completed the campaign I was left wanting more. Highly recommended.
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Northgod
( 203.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
The best tower-defense game I have tried. Very balanced, and lots of different challenges per map. Recommended.
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Count Choculitis
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
The tower defense game. Very fun and challenging with all the different modes. Recommend using a controller though because it was created for XBOX 360 and is a straight port.
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Syrreth
( 54.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
I love Tower Defense and this is my favourite.
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mit
( 37.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
best TD out there!
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BobMcCow
( 109.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
If I had thoughts of re-playing all my old Steam games to get a clean sweep of acheivements, then Defense Grid is where it comes seriously unhinged. Get a gold medal on 35 versions of the same level? ARGH.

Actually it came unhinged at Portal. Trying to complete levels within time limits is just ARGH-ifying.

But I still logged 110 hours on this.
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otheofoolo
( 38.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
One of the best tower defense games on steam. with plenty of player made content and plenty of challanges this game will provides hours of tower defense enjoyment.
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philoponus
( 48.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Had a lot of fun with it.
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Rainman
( 85.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Awesome tower defense game, maybe the best I've found to date. The sheer number of maps and game modes offers many hours of gaming for a decent price.

There are a decent selection of towers, which offer different tactical options. There is also a good balance of maps where structure locations are fixed so the AI route is also fixed and others where you can arrange towers to make epic kill zones.

All up, if you like tower defense games, this should be considered a must have addition to your collection.

For me, it's a solid 8/10, rising to 9/10 if you are a die-hard tower defense gamer.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
88.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Best TD game I've ever played.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Awesome tower defense game, maybe the best I've found to date. The sheer number of maps and game modes offers many hours of gaming for a decent price.

There are a decent selection of towers, which offer different tactical options. There is also a good balance of maps where structure locations are fixed so the AI route is also fixed and others where you can arrange towers to make epic kill zones.

All up, if you like tower defense games, this should be considered a must have addition to your collection.

For me, it's a solid 8/10, rising to 9/10 if you are a die-hard tower defense gamer.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Best tower defense i played so far.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
109.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
If I had thoughts of re-playing all my old Steam games to get a clean sweep of acheivements, then Defense Grid is where it comes seriously unhinged. Get a gold medal on 35 versions of the same level? ARGH.

Actually it came unhinged at Portal. Trying to complete levels within time limits is just ARGH-ifying.

But I still logged 110 hours on this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
203.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
The best tower-defense game I have tried. Very balanced, and lots of different challenges per map. Recommended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
By far the best tower defense i have ever played. Tons of content.
The game allows for a ridiculous amount of customization, you have so many towers to choose from, and you will definitely have your favorites. There must be hundreds of ways to effectively crush the enemy.

combination of towers + tower placement and which towers you will upgrade first + the resource system (that gains interest depending on how much you have in the bank) gives you so many options for strategy.

each map, and there are a lot, will have different challenges and modes - that allow for huge replay potential. different layouts and enemy pathing has you thinking tactically about how to maze the aliens into oblivion. easy checkpoint system that lets you go back in time in set intervals, meaning a small error will not force you to restart from wave 1 if you are going for that perfect run.

Practice mode give you a ton of cash to perfect a strategy you want to apply once you play the map for real. Great voice acting for a tower defense. its just an amazing game.... I cannot think of a single fault for it. Enemies are varied wth nice animations. Towers look and sound good, upgrades improve their looks and fire effects.... its just obviously handled with a lot of care and love.

If you like tower defense - you would be hard pressed to find a better one than Defense Grid.
If you do, LET ME KNOW, because i would instantly buy that game too.

I highly recommend this game for yourself, or even as a gift to strategy loving friends.
This game is AWESOME.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Excellent tower defense game. If this genre is your thing, this one ranks reasonably high on my list. It is no GemCraft in terms of customization or depth but it certainly hits the spot for when you have a TD itch.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
One of the best TD games around. Gameplay in general, towers, balancing - nothing to question here! Buy it, play it, enjoy it. Not only for TD fans - this game is genious.
Some special positive things i can mention:
- great graphics for a 2008 game.
- easy controlls.
- tons of maps and game modes.
- the difficulty increases steady but slowly - this is how it should be!

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
207.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
Highly addictive Tower Defense gaming at its best.
Not to be missed if you are a fan of the genre.
The narrator's work in this game is top-notch; thoroughly entertaining.
I give an overwhelmingly positive thumbs up to this fine game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
750.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Excellent time filler!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
The most addicted tower defense game ever! Play DG2 on PS4, X1 and PC and can't get enough of it :) do you like tower defense game than Defence Grid 1 & 2 is a most play ;)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
132.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Quickly became my favorite of the Defense Grid games. Decent challenges for a casual gamer. Addictive! I really recommend!
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70 of 75 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,241.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
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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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
556.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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46 of 46 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
139.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
As of this writing, this game is almost 7 years old. For perspective, it came out only a year after The Orange Box did. When it was first released, it was undeniably the best tower defense game in the world -- but that's not surprising, because its only competition was Desktop Tower Defense and a handful of other shoddy flash games that were starting to ride the trend.

A lot of time has passed since then, and hundreds of weird and interesting tower defense games have been released. So, is Defense Grid still the best? ...Honestly, I have no clue. I haven't played as many tower defense games over the years as I would have liked, and I blame it all on the quality and longevity of this one.

The people who made Defense Grid understand where tower defense came from. Everything about this game is built to look, feel, and sound like retro StarCraft, from the isometric view, to the color choices, to the tower types and damage types. Gun towers are basically bunkers of marines, inferno towers are bunkers of firebats, cannon towers are bunkers of ghosts, and so on. They’ve even borrowed some classic towers from other games, like the tesla coils from the Red Alert series. Even today, it still hits me with that old 2002-era nostalgia of searching for tower defense maps on Battle.net and that pumped feeling of starting the map with a full lobby of people (because, of course, you needed a full lobby to even have a chance!)

The biggest reason why Defense Grid is so great is because of its scoring system, which rewards even the tiniest improvements in performance with exponentially more money and score. It appeals greatly to the gamer's OCD, since the better you play the beginning of a mission, the more freedom you have to build deadly mazes for the remainder of the mission, the easier victory becomes, and the more often you can see your score skyrocket into the hundreds of millions. Fast-forward and checkpoint-rewinding controls make it simple to re-do every wave until it is perfect. It also creates an ultra-hardcore metagame with a massive curve of leaderboard scores, if you’re into that kind of competition. You’ll need to learn some really annoying advanced techniques if you want to break into the top 100 on any mission, or you could choose to compete in maps and game modes where the techniques don’t apply. Or you could simply choose to compete with yourself and your friends, or just aim for the pre-set gold medals. It’s really up to you.

I've got over 130 hours logged into this, and I'm finally coming down the home stretch of getting all the achievements. God, this game has a lot of content, thanks to over 4 years of continued support and expansion sets. The expansion sets are quite solid, too; at one point I thought I had found a strategy which works on any mission, but then the DLC campaigns came and changed all the rules, and made me rethink everything.

Is Defense Grid still the best? Probably not, and I will have a lot of tower defense games to explore once I’m done with this one. But one thing is for certain: this game is the sole reason why future tower defense games had to start trying new things, because it got the basics about as perfect as they can possibly get… at least for those of us who still occasionally see hordes of zerglings filing through mazes of bunkers in our waking dreams.
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61 of 74 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 22, 2011
pc gamer's editors choice. enough said!!!!!!
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
156.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
10/10
I've played a lot of Tower Defenders in my time, and this one is unequivocally the best! The balance and learning curve are manageable, with just the right level of challenge for players. The Voice acting is way above expectations for this price level, and the script is both funny and tragic in places. Once you've completed the story, the journey continues in a wide array of DLC, which is reasonably priced and well-sized. Also the range of "Challenge" levels like Go back through this stage using only machine guns make you rethink a map and re-creates it for you. If you only play one TD game (and you should try everything once, except incest and folk dancing) make it this one.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
This is not only an excellent tower defense game, it's just plain fun to play. The base game has plenty of maps and a great selection of different towers to place. The game is very challenging to find all the right combo's of towers and also the placement of the towers.

Plenty of different aliens make their way onto the map, learning what aliens are on each map will really affect what towers you will use. Right clicking on an alien will provide much needed info about the alien to help you make tower choices. The UI for the game is very good, making it easy to get towers placed quickly. The wide variety of maps and types of games you can play on each map keeps the game fresh and keeps you coming back to play once again trying to get all gold medals on every type of game.

The story line also makes the game fun as well. I'm still playing the base game right now and nearly have story mode complete and already have 70+ hours logged on the game and am not bored with it one bit and I still have all the DLC to get into as well.

I highly recommend this game as a good challenge but something you can sit down and play anytime.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
For people trying to decide on the current Humble Weekly Sale: "Defense Grid Gold" contains the base game, Borderlands DLC, and the 4 Resurgence map packs. It does NOT include Containment or You Monster, though maybe they'll add those in later.

Anyway, it's a very good tower defense game. Especially if you like raspberries.
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