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 (1,865 reviews)
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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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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Good
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I received this game for free from a kind soul and was pleasntly surprised by the experience. Definitely a tower-defense game that is at least balanced well around the core premise well, unfortunately very similar game mechanics and depth can be found on the most budget of cell phone games lately.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
187.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
worth
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144.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Awesome game, spent way too many hours on it. Pure tower defense with some nice surprises along the way. If you're never tried it I would recommend it highly!
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101.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
for when u have nothing to do. many ways to an end.

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50.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
✔ OK
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23.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Build your base, collect resources, upgrade. All while defending against an alien incursion. If you like setting up bunkers, photon turrets, and spore colonies in Starcraft, you should try this game. Or, if you are good at the Engineer in Mann vs. Machine, you will probably like this game. Bottom line is, you will probably like this game.
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242.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The best tower defence game out..peroid..even better than Defense Grid 2 because its got WAY more maps!! Highly recomended.
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182.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Awesome!
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17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Nice TD, a bit boring in the begining but gets hard very soon
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14.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
tower defense. but the definitive version
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Great game to kill time if you are bored
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
which game is this one
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28.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I never really cared for tower defense games... then I played Defense Grid and it became one of my favorite games to play on PC. I love Defense Grid so much that I tried a couple other tower defense games but all they made me want to do is play more Defense Grid because in my opinion, it just does tower defense better than any anything else. DG has such a great asthetic that it was not intimidating to start playing for a total tower defense noob, in fact, the voice acting of the AI narrator is actually pretty charming and it was one of the things that made me prefer DG to others. The one feature that is a must have for me after playing DG aside from the fun bit of strategy involved but using your own towers on most levels to block and elongate the paths of the alien forces before they steal your cores, is the replay button. I feel the need to perfect every level (OCD I guess) so I love that if I miscalculated my defenses I can just hit "backspace" and immediately keep playing from the last checkpoint, it may seem cheap to a purist player, but I don't care, it makes me happy like when I was a kid and I was about to lose a game of checkers to my little sister and I would just flip over the board, only in DG the board resets in an instant and I get to try again until I win without letting any of those lousy aliens take any of my cores because each time they do I die a little inside (why is that? what is wrong with me?). Anyway, I love the game and would recommend it to anyone because even if you don't think you would like a tower defense game, this is the one game to play before you are sure, if it doesn't turn you, you cannot be turned.
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13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Best defense/capture the flag game i have played so far.
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68.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
An amazing tower defense game with lots of different ways to win each map. Many tower defense games have constraints on where towers can be placed or how paths can be shaped. The fact that in most levels of DG you have to create the path for the aliens adds another element of complexity to each level. The balance between fun and difficulty is quite good.
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28.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
original, compelling and perfectly balanced tower defense for £6. If you havent already, buy at once. Better than the sequel too!
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145.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I adore tower defence games, I've played a lot of them... and this one is, without doubt, the best of them all... It has astonishing diversity, across a huge number of levels, all incredibly well balanced... it's fiendishly difficult at times, and no matter how well you do, you're always left with the feeling that you could have done better... it really is a masterpiece of a game!!!

That said... if you've never played DG, I would recommend you play DG2 first... if this game didn't exist, DG2 would be my #1... but it does, and if you play this one first, you may find DG2 to be a little disappointing... which would be a shame, because DG2 is great... it's just that this one is better...

If you enjoy tower defence games at all... you simply must play Defense Grid... or you're missing out on the genre's finest achievement!!!
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40.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Excellent Tower Defense game. Got my copy for free through Loot Crate, and was pleasantly surprised. My GF is not really into video games, but she is hooked on this, and is farther through the game than I am. It does have a steep learning curve though.
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