Defender's Quest is a Tower-Defense/RPG Hybrid tightly focuses on three things: tactical depth, customization, and story.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,331 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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September 25

Defender's Quest in "Leading Ladies" Humble Weekly Bundle!

For all of those who have Defender's Quest on your wishlist but haven't gotten the game yet, well, now's your chance!

Defender's Quest is featured in this week's Humble Weekly Bundle:
https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

Also be sure to check out the other awesome titles in the bundle!

Lilly Looking Through
Ms. Splosion Man
The Cat Lady
Long Live the Queen
The Yawhg
Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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September 22

The DQ Creators are also Steam Curators!

Hey Defender's Quest fans! Now that Steam has gotten it's fancy new face-lift, we've jumped aboard the curation train since that seems to be what all the cool kids are doing.

If you like our way of thinking about games, you can get the latest recommendations from our own Lars Doucet right here:

http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6856238/

You can also check out Anthony Pecorella's picks here:

http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6857175/

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Reviews

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

"Incredibly Fun."
8.5/10 – Destructoid

"Excellent"
4.5/5.0 – RPGamer

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About This Game

Defender's Quest is a Tower-Defense/RPG Hybrid (Think Final Fantasy Tactics meets Tower Defense).

Defender's Quest tightly 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. Events and dialogue explain things as they become relevant to the player, minimizing 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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System Requirements

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    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
    • Additional:This is not a hardware-intensive game. It does require Adobe AIR, but this is included with the game installer.
    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
    • Additional:This is not a hardware-intensive game. It does require Adobe AIR, but this is included with the game installer.
    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
    • Additional:This is not a hardware-intensive game. It does require Adobe AIR, but this is included with the game installer.
    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
    • Additional:This is not a hardware-intensive game. It does require Adobe AIR, but this is included with the game installer.
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Intel 1.5 Ghz, single core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any
    • Additional:This is not a hardware-intensive game. It does require Adobe AIR, but this is included with the game installer.
    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
    • Additional:This is not a hardware-intensive game. It does require Adobe AIR, but this is included with the game installer.
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
231.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 11
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Between its addictive gameplay and sliding difficulty scale, Defender’s Quest offers gamers a great deal for such a small investment of time.
Posted: September 27
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Defender's Quest
Rating : 8/10

More than decent tower\defense RPG blended game set in a fantasy world. Pick your heroes and level them up each time you engage the enemy. You progress nicely through the levels to become a badass party. Kinda interesting story, good sound and soundtrack and easy to hop into. Graphics are retro and are nicely done.

Had lots of fun with this game, so definitely recommended!
Posted: September 26
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
45.0 hrs on record
Defender's QUest is a tower defense game that has a heart. The video trailer is pithy, suggesting that the game and its creators don't take themselves seriously, but don't be fooled. The story is simple but effective, not avoiding the cliches but embracing them and making them its own, but not with the wink and nod of the lampooner, but of a storyteller with an earnest wish to convey to you the world they've imagined. I found myself playing this game long after the challenge had worn away, drawn not so much by the game that had grown to be child's play after intense leveling, but rather by that very soul the creators instilled in it. I found myself surprised by this, and was sad to find it 100% completed and with nothing more to offer. I will pick you up again in time, my friend, for the happiness you offered was not forgotten.
Posted: April 29
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Defender's Quest is a case study in covering your weaknesses and emphasizing your strengths. Shoddy writing? A beautiful "skip" button in every cutscene and dialogue can be turned off. Difficulty? If you hit a brick wall in story mode you can go back and do slightly harder versions of prior maps to level up. Tower diversity? Unique equipment means your second Berserker probably won't be as good as your first, so it's harder to spam one tower. The slog of New Game+ not going fast enough? Triple experience is an option in the menus. All this lets you focus on the core tower defense game, which is best played at 4X speed.

Plenty of weaknesses can't be worked around, though. Workshop mods are few in number, and the first one I tried locked up the game in the first level. Character level is too huge a factor in whether you pass a level or not, meaning few maps feel appropriately scaled to your level at any given time. The game has a fixed resolution, even in fullscreen, and in fullscreen Steam notifications will leave artifacts on the screen. It's a little too easy to fall into a "two of each" mentality, setting up two identical sets of towers on the two major paths of most maps, with the only major variance between maps being what towers you level up first. The tower "skill trees" don't contribute much especially for those towers that only have variants of "melee attack" or "shoot arrows".

For all the weaknesses I've pointed out, there are few high points in the game. The boss fights are excellent, requiring you to balance "kill the boss faster" against "kill the creeps faster". Otherwise it's the usual tower-defense game of setting up your towers and watching them slaughter thousands of zombies. The game demands enough of your attention in boosting your towers etcetera that it's not a good "put something on in the background while you play" game, but isn't demanding enough to be a thoughtful or engaging experience.

All in all, it's hard to recommend Defender's Quest unless you're just dying for a tower defense game where you make a bunch of bars go up a la Progress Quest.
Posted: September 26
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193 of 205 people (94%) found this review helpful
210.8 hrs on record
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.)
Posted: November 26, 2013
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