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 (1,854 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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Good
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Is this the best Tower Defense game there is? Probably.

It has fairly simple rules so it's easy to get into. The difficulty is all in the strategy and there is a steady learning curve.

There are plenty of tower types with specific strengths. The map designs make utilising this array of towers effectively a challenging puzzle. Highly recommended. Now onto DG2...
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
132.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
I was pleasantly surprised. Superb game compared to what I was expecting.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Not a bad game, but nothing that really sets it apart from the countless free tower defense games available online and on your phone.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
187.6 hrs on record
worth
Posted: October 3
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28.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 1
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28.2 hrs on record
original, compelling and perfectly balanced tower defense for £6. If you havent already, buy at once. Better than the sequel too!
Posted: October 8
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15.8 hrs on record
It's no Kingdom Rush, but if you can get it on sale I'd say go for it. Gameplay is solid, and aside from some repetitive jokes that fall on their face later on the narrator is entertaining for the most part. A nice little time waster.
Posted: September 29
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13.1 hrs on record
Best defense/capture the flag game i have played so far.
Posted: October 2
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5.1 hrs on record
Quite enjoyable - offering great Tower Defence gameplay. I like how they made it work with a controller. The voice acting makes it fun. To be honest, I never finished the game because like all TD, it eventually gets repetative... Recommend when it hits $5.
Posted: September 26
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81.5 hrs on record
I bought this game with all DLC's. I had just got into "Tower Defense" games recently through the purchase of Sanctum & Sanctum 2. I like both those games alot. They have a FPS aspect to those games, pause between Waves. etc. And I like that.........

But after searching for Tower Defense games here on Steam, looking and reading about alot of them, I chose to buy Defense Grid: The Awakening. I have not been disappointed!!! NOTE: DG2 is already out, but i still chose to check out the first game in the series,

There is no pause between waves, you can buy/upgrade towers during the whole level. The waves are shown coming on a HUD at the top of screen when new waves are coming along with audio warnings..

Different Towers = Different Effects on Different Aliens etc,,
Family Friendly, no cursing that I've heard etc. No blood. Just weapon towers against aliens etc. Strategy Oriented, FUN!!!

Also, great interface, good graphics, fun gameplay, and as I discovered, you CAN even beat the hard maps!1 :)

Rcommended!!!
c0AX

P.S. Looking forward to my purchase of DG2!!!!
Posted: September 26
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2.0 hrs on record
Defense Grid: The Awakening is a good game, but it is also not exactly a game that I would buy outside of it being bundled with another game or discounted. The game has nice visuals, fun gameplay, and plenty of challenges to keep you occupied.

But the problem with this game is what it is, a tower defense game. Tower defense games are everywhere, and you can find better ones that cost nothing and can be played in your browser. The only thing this game has going for it in comparison to an in browser TD game is its graphics, and those aren't exactly that exciting.

Overall, if you find out theres a game bundle or its on a heavy discount try it out. It isn't a bad game, it's just another tower defense game. But you have to pay for it.
Posted: September 24
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27.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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2.6 hrs on record
which game is this one
Posted: October 13
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182.3 hrs on record
Awesome!
Posted: October 6
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17.1 hrs on record
Nice TD, a bit boring in the begining but gets hard very soon
Posted: October 6
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