Defender's Quest is a Tower-Defense/RPG Hybrid tightly focuses on three things: tactical depth, customization, and story.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,345 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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October 30

New Soundtrack files, temporarily removed Korean Translation

Hey everybody! I've got good news and bad news.

Bad news first:

Apparently some new law has been passed in South Korea that requires all games sold on Steam that support the Korean language to be officially rated by the Korean game rating's agency, or GRAC. When I got notice of this, I immediately got in touch with our Korean fan translators, Team.SM, to see what the process would be.

Team.SM seems to be unhappy with the new law, and in an apparent protest have (politely) asked us to remove their fan translation from Steam. We will respect their wishes and do so -- the files will be removed shortly in a new update.

To be clear - Level Up Labs has no official position on South Korean politics, South Korean game rating policies, or the law in question. We're just respecting the wishes of our fan translators.

I do hope that in the future we can restore the translation, and if the situation is resolved somehow, we will immediately restore the translation files.

The Good News

So, we have always shipped the game's original soundtrack with the game files, but it was hidden away in your game files as a nondescript .zip file. With the recent addition of Steam's music player, we have pushed an update that will make Steam auto-detect the soundtrack in the music player! Check the "Music" section of your library.

Also, we have a major announcement coming soon RE: Defender's Quest 2. Stay tuned!

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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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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

PC
Mac
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
    • 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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Fantastic Tower defense game!
Nice graphics and fun characters.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Most tower defense style games are much the same. Arrange towers and use them to kill enemies. This one has plot, characters, and story. One laced with humor. If you like tower defense I recomend you pick this one up. It will get you hooked on both style and story.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Funny, stylish, not easy. A story driven tower defence game. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
To be honest, when I saw this game I only picked it up cause it was cheap, but damn if i were to talk about a game that game me the most value for my dollars, well it would have to be this one. If you're a fan of playing games through again, with like a second more difficult mode, that gives more insight into the story, well then this one is definitely for you.

If you're a person who likes turned based rpgs, there is alot of the elements of being able to take your time and strategize, while all the same, you can just charge through really quick once you know your strengths, and how to use them most effectively.

And lastly, If you love a good laugh that was written and delivered amazingly, you should totally name all the main characters after your friends and loved ones. It makes for a good laugh, and you think of your friends, slightly helping the social aspect of the brain, while completely being absorbed into this great single player game, that will make you think your not alone in playing it for so many hours...and if you're not really alone inside your head, well that makes the adventure even more interesting! Such a great game. I recommend it a few times over.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
It won't seem like it at first, but this is a seriously addictive game. While the resolution does suck, it's not worth giving up on the game just for that reason and you get over it pretty quickly. DQ is a lot of fun, and is the perfect game for those days where you're not 100% sure what game you fancy playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Defender's Quest is a fun tower defence game infused with a little RPG element while having a strange yet humorous plot. The majority of the game isn't much of a challenge, so I would recommend this game to those who are new to this genre. However, that's not to say that avid tower defence players would not enjoy this with its strategic gameplay consisting of many unique map designs as well as the combination of old school tower abilities such as slows, critical damage and AOE effects. The RPG element in this game is very minor (you have the ability to upgrade skills and buy or find equipments) and without it, this game is your typical tower defence game. This is a great game to pick up to play for all kinds of gamers and non-gamers!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A straight and forward tower defense game. If you like the genre, I very very highly recommend this game. If you don't like the genre, I doubt any game would be able to change your mind, and suggest that you carry on.

Defender's Quest managed to impress me by literally exceeding the average in every way I can think of.

+ Not a rehash of another tower defense game - it didn't really do anything extraordinary within the genre, yet I can't think of a single game I'd call it similar to.
+ Holy ♥♥♥♥, the story is actually good, the characters fun, and the funny parts actually funny.
+ There is no ultimate strategy that works for the game (build/upgrade order, etc). Each map forces a new strategy based on the availability of locations to place your characters, and enemy monster types.
+ There are dozens of maps, with 4 different difficulty settings, all of which have a New Game+ version which play differently. This game will take many dozens of hours to complete.
+ The music is good. Nothing spectacular, but for the genre and the pricetag, exceeds standards.
+ Lots of things to play with in the options menu.
+ Family friendly - I would see absolutely no problem in an 8 year old playing this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
A good game, I'm not as crazy over as it people to seem to be but I liked it. Personally I think it was a bit too grindy if you're not setting EXP to a higer precentage than default. The writing is also decent in a fun way. Overall worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
The best tower defense game I've played. It combines stander TD mechanics with rpg and story, bringing life to the game and keeping it fresh throughout. It even adds XP and Currencey boosting options to make things go by a little faster if you're getting a little tired of the gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
in this game you play with azra and 6 character classes,you discover over time,in a tower defence/strategy with some rpg elements to finish off waves of enemies by position them in the battlefield in a effective way without the enemies harming azra.

this game has nice artwork , average soundtracks and interesting mechanics.
and i recommend it if you are patience and like strategy genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Tower defence RPG with a Zak McCracken / G-rated Tom Sharpe sense of humour and lovingly piled together pixels. Play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Fun take on the tower defense genre. Adding story elements that work make playing through a variety of level types a great pleasure.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Defender's Quest is such a fun game! Somewhat rare for a tower defense game, it features an actual story. While the story is simple, it is interesting enough and genuinely funny at times. Plus, the characters (which are also the "towers" in the game) all have a unique voice and personality, which make them a lot of fun to have around. Gameplay mechanics are also amazing and smashing waves of enemies is quite satisfying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I didn't come into this game with any expectations. I hadn't even heard of it before I saw the trailer on the bundle, but this game actually ended up being fantastic. I couldn't put it down once I started. The gameplay is well-balanced, leaving you with many levels just barely cleared once you get to the higher levels. While I did expect more from the RPG aspects (I literally built every unit from every class identically), I enjoyed the story, and found the game keeping my interest for quite awhile for an indy title.

Though, out of everything, I have to say that the best part of this game was its music. The soundtrack for this is amazing. It definitely makes every battle feel epic, and does change to suit the mood at certain key points.

Overall, I'm so glad I played this. Thumbs up from me.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
it's a very functional TD game and blah blah blah seen it all before, really. No one cares.

however, the tunes are tight and the soundtrack is smooth like a babby's bum having been freshly sandpapered and buttered up
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I'm on Linux 16 enjoying this gem. It's a go for those intor tower defense and a touch of story and RPG elements.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
The story really kept this engaging in a way that tower defense games often miss out on.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Juego increible, muy adictivo, me encanto desde el primer momento , la unica pega seria que no se puede ver en windowed a una resolucion optima, lo demas , un lujo!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
RPG meets tower defense. I had a great time with it, and I think I can't wait for the sequel.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Right. Minecraft meets tower defender. Get the crew together and fight off the monsters like in Minecraft.
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