Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten (DX edition)
Defender's Quest is a Tower-Defense/RPG Hybrid tightly focuses on three things: tactical depth, customization, and story.
User reviews:
Recent:
Overwhelmingly Positive (165 reviews) - 98% of the 165 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (2,084 reviews) - 97% of the 2,084 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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June 28

DQDX Patch #5 -- Version 2.0.5c

Another day, another patch, in our quest to continually improve DQDX until it's shining like a star.

Status:
Windows: YES
Mac: Still Compiling
Linux: Still Compiling

Changelog:

2.0.5c:
- Fixed a crash bug on beating bonus levels

2.0.5b:
- Crashdumper will provide a helpful notice on crashing
- Fixed crash bug with mods
- Turning off crash reports will also disable crash-dumper (possibly improves performance if you disable crashdumper, not sure. Certainly doesn't hurt performance to disable crashdumps).

2.0.5a:
Performance:
- Optimize pathfinding
- Kill memory leak
- Make sure projectiles are properly destructed & recycled
- Make sure shadows are properly destructed & recycled
- Make sure HP bars are properly destructed & recycled
- Make sure effects are properly destructed & recycled
- Make sure enemy wave blocks are properly destructed & recycled

Bugfixes:
- Added safer file saving (gracefully prevent crashes if file permissions forbid saving)
- Added warning if game cannot autosave
- Fix crash in mod interface
- Fixed the crashdumper so crash log files will now be produced in your game's save directory! (Screenshots on crash is currently broken, but everything else is logged)
- Fix some random crashes
- Make sure battle layouts are preserved in imported saves
- Removed redundant achievements.xml file write when boosting to level 5 (caused slight lag)

There are more patches to come. We will continue to fix any performance issues, bugs, or crashes you report, as well as bring a few new feature online such as Steam Cloud, Workshop, and Controller support.

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June 23

DQDX Patch #4 -- Version 2.0.4c

We now have version 2.0.4c released. This fixes several bugs and plugs some major memory leaks and should drastically improve performance.

Status:
Windows: YES
Windows XP: YES
Linux: YES
Mac: YES

Changelog:
- Fixed major memory leaks in battle
- Fix jumbled spells in "sorceress" sidequests
- Fixed false New Game+ message when getting the alternate ending
- Added renderer information to title screen (left side)
- Fixed crash on late-game NG+ boss battle in the Spanish localization

There is still a lot of work for me to do. There's a lot of little bugs I want to squash, and there's still performance gains to be made, but it should now be possible for most of you to push the endless battles much further than you could before. I will note that you should be able to get slightly better performance if you go into the options menu and turn off battle numbers and AOE highlights, and obviously running the game in a lower resolution helps too.

We also just added Windows XP support, but it's still compiling on the server, I'll update this post when it's ready. You can try it on test_public in the meantime:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/218410/discussions/0/358415738186608602/

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Reviews

"It's Brilliant."
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Incredibly Fun."
8.5/10 – Destructoid

"Excellent"
4.5/5.0 – RPGamer

Special Edition



Defender's Quest Deluxe (DX) Edition is here! Improved graphics, more story, better performance, more of everything you love!

About This Game

Defender's Quest is a Tower-Defense/RPG Hybrid (Think Final Fantasy Tactics meets Tower Defense). It focuses on three things: tactical depth, customization, and story. That means no random encounters, no spikey-haired emo kids, no forced time sinks, and no tedious, repetitive battles.

The battle system builds off of tower defense, with individual characters taking the place of towers. Each character levels-up, learns skills, and equips gear individually, allowing the player to customize their battle experience and strategy. The overall game structure is similar to "tactical" RPG's, but with a real-time battle system. Game speed is adjustable, and commands can even be issued while the game is paused.

It also features an engaging, character-driven story written by an actual English major! The story strives to be fast-paced, snappy, and always relevant to gameplay with minimal exposition. Finally, it's got options and accessibility settings out the wazoo, so that you can have the best possible experience!

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NOTE: this game is currently locked at 30 FPS. This is mitigated by three factors:

  • You have full control of time, so it doesn't affect reactions.
  • The sprite sheets wouldn't animate any faster at 60 FPS anyway
  • A full HD/60 FPS upgrade is coming soon as a free upgrade.

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP or better
    • Processor:(2.0 Ghz, single core) or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6 or Newer
    • Processor:Intel 1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    Recommended:
    • OS:10.6 or Newer
    • Processor:Intel (2.0 Ghz, single core) or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Intel 1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel (2.0 Ghz, single core) or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
Customer reviews
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Anarchy Dad 666
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A very solid tower defense game with an unfortunate art-style & ignorable story.
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Laxin
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Good tower defense game with actual story.
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MrSchnitzel
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Before Defender's Quest, I would not have considered the combination of RPG and Tower Defense to be anything that could capture me the way it did. And then added a surprisingly engaging story on top. Like it!
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Thundergod`s Rat
( 58.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
good, good
let creatures flow throuch your archer`s row
10 fifty-million-hp-super-sheeps of 10
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Recette, Trainee Mexican
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I spent an hour killing a level 1 super sheep.
10/10
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kplvx8
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
One of my all time favorite tower defense games. The gameplay is great, and it has an excellent plot as well.
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frosty2harmony
( 86.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Was wonderful before. Somehow even better now. A very memorable game.
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The Visitor
( 29.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Adding RPG elements to a Tower Defense game was a grand idea. This game is fantastic.
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moo
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Friggin awesome. Just get it and be happy.

Fun story, well balanced battles, good TD game. Only rivaled by the kingdom rush and field runners series.

If you like tower defence get this game.
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Somebody to Love
( 54.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Best tower defence I've ever played. Each character is unique, the story is serious at times ridiculous at others, but good all the while, and while the gameplay isn't the most adventurous formula, it rocks what it has, and is fun the entire time.

10/10 would ship raging barbarian with timid librarian again.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
For me the best tower defence ever.
And just short of four years after the release here come a wonderful HD remaster. For FREE!
Great game from great developer
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Has a high replayability for me. The story is fine, the grinding and (later) high difficulty doesn't bother me and I like the active magic abilitys of the libraromancer.

Also I'd totally NOT wear a t-shirt to battle.
You are right Slak you sexy, redhaired ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This is how you do it DEVS
When you do update or redux version old owners get it, not having to buy it again! Also nice tease for next game :)

Pros
Graphics got even nicer
Great gameplay for TD game
Quite funny story and characters
Lot of levels and difficulty settings
You can actualy set difficulty of grinding so playing extra challenges is more manageable!
Steam Workshop Integration
"ARG" bassed special bonuses in game

Cons
Steam Workshop disables achievements (game should state it after you enable mods)
Some challenges have only one proper solution (in case of hidden achievement it mades whole playtrough one big puzzle)
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Unreal that this has slipped through my radar for almost 3 years. A tower defense game where your towers are people that you actually care about, not just fire tower #23. The mixture of RPG elements just puts it over the top. Extremely worth the money and I'm only 2 hours in!

P.S. The writing is pretty damn funny at times.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Tower Defense, RPG elements, story, humor

Awesome game. If you like TD games, buy this one.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
What can I say? Watch the videos above. Look at the user reviews. People LOVE this game. The Devs, LOVE the people who love this game. They gave us a FREE HD remaster. They even give you a Demo to try before you buy. What can I POSSIBLY say about this game that hasn't been said already in all of that? It is one of MY favorite TD games, if not the best TD game out there. It's simple, not too flashy, not too frustrating, humorous and has RPG elements. These Towers aren't just thoughtless machines driven to kill because you ordered them to... No, that one there? That's Slak the shirtless Berserker with the deranged mind and the awesome sword ripping up those ghouls on the tip of that island, right in the middle of the carnage where he can do the most damage. GO SLAK KILL, KILL, KILL! BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Yeah, these guys are my peeps, my group, MY ARMY. They ARE SO MUCH MORE than towers. So what can I say? PLAY. THE. GAME. ~'nuff said. >:)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
The Deluxe edition is a fantastic upgrade to an already solid indie tower defense game. The new graphics style is clean and looks good at all resolutions. RPG elements and clever options keep replayability high, and the game has a great sense of humor.

Further, the developer has an excellent history of transparency, excellent dev blog materiel, and genuinely cares about this being a great experience. Highly recommended for any tower defense fans.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Free HD update for an already amazing TD, thank you Level Up Labs
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
I feel bad for letting my love for this game unshared for so long, so I'll take advantage of the steam promotion to atone for that fault. That game is just the best tower defense I ever played. The story is great, the mechanics are innovating and the hero mode and the RPG-like skilltrees make you care for your teammates (which act as your towers). The NG+ and NG++ have alternative stories that give you a great replayability, and there are side quests and hidden achievements as well! And if you don't like the farming side or if the difficulty is too high for you, everything can be adjusted directly in the menu, and the game data is crystal clear and can be modified to cheat to your heart content if that makes you happy ^^ 97/100
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This is a beautiful little game. If you like tower defense, and you enjoy RPG mechanics and tropes, just get this game. Easily one of the most enjoyable TD games I've ever played.

The dev has also just released a deluxe version for free for all owners which redoes all the graphics into high resolution, expands the campaign, and brings the game up to 60 fps. So apart from being a good game it has solid devs which are worth supporting.

I buy a lot of indie games, not all of them work out or make me glad I bought them, this is one that definitely did and continues to.
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