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.
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Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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November 22

DQDX Patch #9 -- Version 2.1.0c

Hey everyone!

New patch just in time for Thanksgiving!

Current status:
Windows ANGLE: Yes
Windows GL: Yes
Mac: On test_public beta branch
Linux: On test_public beta branch

Update Dec. 5 2016
Version 2.1.1 is now up on test_public, which includes Macintosh and Linux builds (64-bit only from now on, you can keep using archived Linux 32 bit builds by opting into the "linux32" beta branch).

Here's a brief changelog:

- Conventional controller support
- Steam controller support
- Fixed performance bottlenecks
- Fixed some various crashes
- Added soft keyboard overlay for gamepad text input
- Includes initial stab at Japanese / Korean input if you are using those locales. Could be totally wrong! Please provide feedback if you're Japanese or Korean.
- Fixed incorrect wave count bug in endless battles
- Fixed bug in overworld where you could click on off-screen battles
- Fixed unselect defender on select bug
- Fixed journal crash when resolution is small
- Fix glitch with some HP bars
- Fixed tileset glitch at desktop resolution
- Fixed missing lines in cutscenes

A note on performance:
There's been some issues with slowdown in endless battles before, and I *think* I've finally tracked down the issue with this latest performance patch. I used a profiler and found some pretty big slowdown issues and solved them. As with all patches, I could have introduced a regression that slows things down on configurations other than my own machine, so do let me know if you think the performance is better or worse and I'll take another look -- and please confirm that you're actually running version 2.1.0c (title screen, lower right hand corner has the version number). Also note that I can't guarantee solid performance on x16 speed when you've got levels slammed with enemies -- my goal is just to get to reliably solid performance at x2 or x4.

A note on localizations:
This patch adds some new interface text to the game and I haven't had time to get the new text localized. So if you're playing in another language and see english text in various places, that's why.

Bug reporting
Please report all bugs you find over here:

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July 20

DQDX Patch #8 -- Version 2.0.8b

Lot of updates in this one, including a fix for a notorious bug -- the "final battle white overlay"

- Windows: YES
- Linux: YES
- Mac: YES

- Fixed skill upgrade green numbers & missing stats
- Fix infinite white screen bug in ET battle
- Fix typos in tips & the journal
- Fix sneaky video button in battle via accessibility
- Fix too long names in redesign menu
- Fix missing dialogue images in ET battle
- Fix offset icons w/ bad tooltips in enemy status effect preview
- Fix bleed effect visual
- Fix post-ET puppet show
- Make ET's dark heal spell look different
- Fix "book of blood" + "zap" spell insta-murder bug
- Fix untranslatable reward text in map preview
- Fix untranslated tutorial/dialogue
- Fix crash
- Hide level of certain bosses
- Fix "upgrade all weapon" achievement
- Fix stat boost special for certain items
- Show numerical value of enemy "barrier" stat (ET)
- Localization:
- Add goodies/mod files
- Fix german journal
- Fix many (but not all) text overflows
- Fix some english typos
- Update spanish text
- Lots of other things
- Fix untranslatable text files
- Fix untranslated text in many screens
- Fix problem with spell icon text in non-english locales
Steam Cloud, Steam Workshop, and Steam Controller support are coming soon. I'm also due for another performance pass for those of you running into issues with the endless levels.

And finally, I've been updating the mod documentation for the DX version, a work in progress can be found here:

And I'm proud to announce that a community member has started work on a DQDX mod editor! It's still quite early but I will give it as much support as I can:

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

"Incredibly Fun."
8.5/10 – Destructoid

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!

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Processor:Intel 1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Processor:Intel (2.0 Ghz, single core) or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:N/A
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Defender's Quest is the best Tower Defense game ever made. It combines a well-done story with solid RPG mechanics and crisp short tower defense scenarios. If you are on the fence about TD games this is the best way to ease yourself into the genre. In fact, this might be the only TD game you'll ever enjoy - and that's totally ok. It's as good as this genre gets.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The HD update was a fantastic excuse for me to play through this again. One of my favorite tower defense games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
77.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Probably the best Tower Defense game currently on Steam.

Great game, great art, great music and great developers!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
really good tower-defense game with rpg elements
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
82.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
If you are into TD games and you didnt try this yet, you are losing so much.. I cant find enough words to tell about this game. Just play it really, you will not regret.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
120.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I really love this gem. Is one of those games that keep you thinking even when you are not playing. Also one of those games you want to play one last round even when you shouldn't (even with the 16x fast forward option making each round last between 10 to 15 minutes, be ready to stay up all night).

It has an awesome level design that allows you to test different strategies. The game offers plenty of options, even when you are using the same type of units, you can customize them to suit your needs. For example, you can have an archer causing bleeding next to another archer causing armor-piercing damage.

Developers released few months ago an HD update for free. So, this game has basically everything you ever wanted from a game. Good gameplay, good replayability, good story, options, customization, short/long gaming sessions and awesome developers releasing updates even when this game was first released back in 2012.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
The best tower defense / RPG hybrid out there, period.
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Crunching all these numbers is suspiciously like doing my taxes. And about as fun.

I should mention that it was the hilarious and awesome promo movies that sold me on this. As the ShamWow can attest, a good promo movie does not a good product make.
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201 of 215 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
236.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I don’t like real time strategy or tower defense games, you can’t out click a computer and they usually cheat. So it’s seem odd that I would even buy this game, let alone log 196 hours (wait, how many? I’m not even done with the Play+.) What made the game appeal to me was the RPG element. I like RPGs, it’s reassuring to know you can grind and level up to make up for your lack of skill and intelligence.
The game offers 25 stages plus bonus levels that are all replayable (didn’t realize that’s not a real word) at not just different difficulties but also with a different mix of enemies. There are only six characters (towers) but each has 10 or so skills which adds to the variety. There are 19 enemies including repallets (figured that wasn’t a real word) and five bosses.
The best part is the characters. The dialogue and interaction is engrossing often hilarious. The replay mode unlocks Azra’s diary with extra (also hilarious) insight to her background and the other characters (SPOILER ALERT!! Slak knows how to read and write.)
In conclusion (that never gets old,) Defender’s Quest: title too long is a great mix of tower defense and RPG. Most importantly, it’s fun. If you had to pay all 15 bucks for this game, it’s worth it. If it should happen to be on sale around Thanksgiving or Christmas (or whatever other holiday you celebrate on your fast track to hell) you’d be a fool not to buy it (unless you’ve got something better to do with 196 hours, like work.)
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79 of 87 people (91%) found this review helpful
231.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
You start it up and notice the game doesn't rescale to your desktop native res and you feel like just passing it by but with all those great user reviews I stuck for a while... and the game itself is rock solid. Fun RPG/Tower mechanics with a lot of variation and the reward for succesful experimentation is goodies that enable to tackle even harder challenges.

The story/characters in the game are fine and entretaining as well but it's the gameplay that will keep you enthused and enthralled and maybe even captivated till you fully master it. Even if you just beat it all on normal mode it's well worth its asking price.

Pick it up and enjoy, easy to recommend even for non genre fans.
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9.4 hrs
Posted: December 4
Good mix of Tower Defense, RPG and a funny story.
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42.0 hrs
Posted: November 30
Played a flash demo years ago... A pleasure to discover the full extended version now!
Good gameplay, just long and challenging enough.
But what I enjoy above all is the writing. I keep laughing out loud reading the journal or the cutscenes! :-) Great job!

"Take the skinny girl with the dark hair that never shuts up!"
"Who never shuts up, me or my hair??"
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38.6 hrs
Posted: November 29
I have been playing Tower Defense games since 1991s Home Alone. Out of the 50+ ones i've played, Defender's Quest is the very best and nothing even comes close.
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40.9 hrs
Posted: November 29
This is one of the few tower defence game I play that I continue to play as well.
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nobody home
126.2 hrs
Posted: November 29
This is one of the few TDs that I can stand, mainly due to the cast of characters. In this TD your towers are characters, that you will place on predefined maze, in order to stop the creeps from getting to Azra (the main character). The characters have persistent level ups (RPG), along side traditional tower level ups (TD), this makes that game a bit easier to manage when it comes to placing them on the battlefield. Characters automatically attack and chose which ability to attack with, unless otherwise told not to use an ability. Azra has several spells that can fight back against the oncoming hordes such as healing all placed characters and raining down fireballs to continuously burn enemies.

In the game Azra has been tossed into the pit for contracting the plague, which she quickly overcomes to meet a loopy swordsman. The game manages to walk that fine line between seriousness and humor throughout the campaign. As you make your journey across the over-map you gained more survivors to your band with anywhere from 7-37 characters in your company, however only 7 are story related the rest are just generic copies of Azra 6 followers. You can assign all characters in your party with names other than the default ones, and generic defenders can be assign a color schema. There is a hard level cap of 60 for all characters, therefore you will not be able to max all characters abilities (higher difficulties you will have prioritize the best move set for your characters).

This is game is design philosophy has the old school mentality when it comes to unlockables: new game plus that adds sidequests/challenge maps (like fighting waves upon waves of sheep), harder story maps, and journal entries, books to equip Azra, unique weapons and armor/ their upgrades. Game allows you to fine to how easy or hard you want the game to be like granting no exp upon failure, increase the speed of the game. The game is very well supported by the developer, in fact received an HD upgrade without making the user pay for it again.

  • humorous characters
  • a TD game with an actual plot
  • persistent level ups
  • free HD version and soundtrack
  • new game plus
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42.9 hrs
Posted: November 29
Great game

It has good music , graphics and animation is smooth
The story is interesting, altough I think that the game should have been longer
Characters are great and it has humor in it
I'd recommend it to everyone even those who don't like tower defense games should give it a try
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106.8 hrs
Posted: November 29
I'll confess that I haven't played the new HD update. Someday if I have time and feel like replaying this, I'll check it out. But the fact that I put so much time into this game BEFORE the snazzy update probably says something.

I don't play much tower defense, so I can't really compare and contrast, but this was a thoroughly fun game that you can probably enjoy if you like RTSes or tactical RPGs. It's got a solid story, endearing characters, and fun writing that doesn't take itself especially seriously. The game pretty much always feels balanced and makes good use of the mechanics it's established, at least over the course of the main story.

Some of the end-game challenges can be very frustrating. At one point I decided I wanted to try to 100% this game, but I could never get those last few achievements no matter how hard I tried. I was putting so much time into the game that I got tired of the soundtrack and turned off the music to play my own tunes. (My friends always thought some of the sounds from this game sounded like I was repeatedly booting up a PS1.) Don't be afraid to look up guides if you're trying that stuff yourself.

Still, all that is just post-game content that is by no means necessary to enjoy the experience. You can power through the main story on the lower difficulties in not too much time. The extra content will keep you busy if you want it, though. This game is a bit of an underdog that I highly recommend. Also, absolutely deserving of the Best Use of a Farm Animal award for the Super Sheep secret boss. Oh, and the main character is a librarian, which I am too!
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747.0 hrs
Posted: November 28
Still my favorite tower defense style game.
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20.1 hrs
Posted: November 28
In my opinion, the finest tower defense game ever made. It is simply in a separate league from anything else. The RPG mix really takes the game to another level than just standard TD fare. It's also got a great story as well, along with a new game + mode. There's definitely lots of content to last. I could play this game over and over, and that's something I rarely do with any game, and I've played a lot!
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34.6 hrs
Posted: November 28
A fun Hero based Tower Defense game, with a good story. It has a lot of replayability, and bonus challenges. I strongly recommend this game.
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