TL:DR? See Conclusion
Defender Quest: Valley of the Forgotten is a 2D game with a unique blend of TD and RPG from Level Up Labs. It features characters / companions who act as 'towers' and need to be strategically placed around the map to defend your main character Azra. Unlike a tower defense game, however, you can level up and equip items for your companions to help them improve in combat.
You take the role of Azra, a royal librarian of the Kingdom of Ash which is currently being ravaged by a plague. Azra gets infected and thrown into 'The Pit', a place where all dead or dying are placed to keep the kingdom safe because those who die from the Plague become 'Revenants', undead monsters that are immune to physical harm. Azra soon discovers that she has the power to enter both the living world and the 'Half-Way' world, a place between the living realm & the realm of the dead. In this realm, she can summon her companions to fight the Revenants in their spirit form and eventually kill them.
+ Refreshing new mix of genres
+ 8-bit sprite art style that works well with the game
+ Character / Companion progression is deep and extensive
+ Well designed Maps and Mazes
+ Very challenging difficulty levels
+ 6 base classes (towers) which can progress into different builds depending on your play-style
+ Dialogues between characters are humorous
+ Steam Workshop support
- Cutscene art work could use a lot of improvement (especially the character designs)
- Story is a bit weak
- Balance issues (some classes are outright better than others)
- Some necessary but boring grinding sessions to progress
- No real 'HD' or Widescreen Support
- No Steam Cloud Support
It is a GOOD GAME and one of the better tower defense games out there. I can easily recommend this game if you're looking for a challenging and unique game since it mixes RPG elements to the tried-and-tested Tower Defense genre. The 8-bit sprites, animations and effects are nice and work well with the game's art style although the Cutscene artwork could really use improvements. The levels are very well planned and are fun to play. Finally, the in-game dialogue between your companions is funny and quite entertaining.
I can easily RECOMMEND this game even at full price since it’s only $14.99 or your regional equivalent. With simple graphics, this game is not system requirement heavy and can easily run even on netbook computers making this a perfect game when you're on vacation, working, passing the time, or in any other situation where you are not with your main gaming system.
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