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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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"

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

2.0.8b:
- 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:

https://github.com/larsiusprime/tdrpg-mod-docs

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:

https://github.com/Autoquark/dq1-unofficial-mod-editor

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July 8

DQDX Patch #7 -- Version 2.0.7a

This is a big bugfix patch. The first few patches were so focused on performance that I built up a bit of a backlog and I'm trying to work through that so I can clear some time out for new features like Steam Cloud, Steam Workshop, Mod documentation, Controller support, etc.

As always, if you have a bug, please report it at:
http://www.github.com/larsiusprime/tdrpg-bugs

Changelog for version 2.0.7a:

- Show high scores in bonus level previews
- Fix scaling for original art mode in shops & you got screens
- Fix book status effects, should not apply to bosses
- Fix phantom cutscenes on beating "The Way Out" & restarting
- Crash guard in party screen on skill assignment
- Fix status effect icons in battle defender menu
- Fix Achievement Popup timing bug
- Fix Achievement location in battle
- Fix Achievement pop-under bug
- Fix range preview boost artifact on deselect
- Fix furious end book
- Fix mute button inconsistency
- Fix "double evni" upgrade/equip bug
- Fix item tooltips for defenders in battle
- Fix status effect offset in defender menu
- Fix mcguffin health bar on failure not @ 0
- Right click now unselects spell, defender, enemy, etc.
- Fix rare crash with swimming enemies
- Fix retro art equipment icon artifact in party/reward menu when nothing is selected

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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

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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
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Morsk
( 79.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I tend to find Tower Defense boring, if it doesn't have a gimmick, or mix in other genres the way Orcs Must Die does. Here, the gimmick is RPG elements, and music reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV. That works for me.

There is a ton of content; each map can be replayed on two higher difficulties for increased rewards, after beating it. And then you can replay the whole game in NG+ where enemies have altered behaviors. You can also change the game speed at will, which is something I'd love to see in more Tower Defense, to speed through the parts where I know my towers have things covered and I don't need to watch enemies walk into them and die.
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SilverShadow
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This is a great game within its genre.
It's an atypical tower defense game with a cute story that's interesting enough to keep you playing. Although the gameplay itself does that sufficiently enough, it's a good addition to a genre that usually lacks such features.
Your 'towers' are people and due to it having a story, some of these characters have a personality and that makes it a lot of fun. You can level your towers and have them learn new skills as well as equip them with better weaponry.
The game initially isn't hard, but the option to make it so is available for those longing for a challenge.
All in all, if you enjoy tower defense games but are looking for something new, I'd say you can't go wrong with this game.
If you're not into tower defense games, you might still want to give this game a try as it does certain things common amongst games of its genre differently, and that might just be enough for you.
I had a lot of fun with this game and picked it up rather cheaply, for having put over 20 hours in this game I cannot do anything but recommend it at this point.
I am looking forward to Defender's Quest 2, it's coming people!
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[MMold] Bega
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
A very nice tower defense game.
Still gets updates!

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MadGodErik
( 156.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This is without a doubt, the best tower defense game ever created by humankind. The story is riveting enough to hold your attention from start to finish. The characters are wonderful in their own quirky ways. The gameplay is new and exciting combining the best of two genres. I've played this game since the very first demo was released all those years ago and the new deluxe updates just make me realize how far this has gone and how well it has aged. Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten is just incredible and I hope a lot of people will come to recognize it as one of the best games online. The only problem.... Defender's Quest 2 isn't out yet. Just kidding. But seriously, please get Defender's Quest 2 out soon and make it as awesome as the first and keep creating more of this. These is a good game and any other works of yours that are as good as this deserve to be recognized for their creativity.
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Vinraith
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
A wonderful hybrid tower defense/strategy RPG game with a nice diversity of skills and depth of character development. The enemies and scenarios are varied and interesting, the writing is genuinely funny, and it's just generally a joy to play. It's got tons of content and replayability, too, with multiple variations of each level, bonus challenge levels, endless levels, and an expansive new game plus containing new content and side quests. Highly recommended!
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myGuy080
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Fun game. I keep coming back for more so I can finish the quests.
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sasuke619675
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Fantastic game, not sure how I avoided this for so long.
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Helldragon
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
A fun little combination of RPG and tower defence with a not too bad story and setting. Definite buy in a sale.
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HardPenguin
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
A very cool tower defence game with a strong JRPG influence. If you played any game from Final Fantasy series (especially any from 1-6 range), you will easily find similarities in storytelling (character introduction and relationships) and classes. Good story, nice music and a tactical challenge that is not overwhelming make this game entertain the player for hours. Definitely recommended!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Product received for free
It's like Final Fantasy finally meets Tower Defense!
Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten is yet another tower defense game on the list. But surprisingly, this one comes together with a little twist attached to it. It’s an RPG Tower Defense Game! Yeah, you've heard it right. Someone actually combined both of those genres. Initially it may sound like an unlikely combination, but like salt and caramel, they've really complemented each other in surprising ways.
This game is a 2D game with a unique blend of Tower Defense and RPG created by Level Up Labs. Rather than having "towers", you have party members that you need to strategically place them around the map, of which purpose is to defend your main character Azra. Unlike a simple tower defense game, however, you can level up and equip items for your companions to help them improve in combat. A very nice combination indeed!

You take the role of Azra, a royal librarian of the Kingdom of Ash which is currently being ravaged by a unknown plague. Azra gets infected and thrown into 'The Pit', a place where all dead or dying are kept to maintain the kingdom safe from plague. Those who die from the plague become 'Revenants', undead monsters that are immune to physical harm. But 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 and the realm of the dead. In this realm, she can summon her companions to fight the Revenants in their spirit form and eventually beat the crap out of them.

There are around 30 levels to survive, but you'll lose more time than you think while playing them. You can actually go back and try to beat levels on harder difficulties. (The range starts from Casual, continues with Normal and Advanced but doesn't forget to include the Extreme difficulty.) Doing so, throws a tougher, more varied group of enemies at you that offers greater XP and loot to help you in your journey.
During battle you can change the attitude of your party members. You can tell them to favor boss monsters, to attack only the weak enemies, to use the more powerful skills on stronger enemies and so on. In addition, your companions have boost levels that you need to increase in order to give them access to their strongest skills. However, doing that you spend precious energy, called Psi in the game, every time you boost their abilities, which will sometimes force you to make tough decisions.

You're also given a tremendous amount of control when it comes to the game's speed. You can pause everything, while still being able to place units and upgrade them, or pump the speed all the way up to 4x if you're the impatient type of gamer. Defender's Quest is very respectful of the player in every number of aspects. Controls and hotkeys are configurable, cutscenes and conversations can be skipped and rewatched later if you choose so, and I'll tell you a secret. The rate at which experience is earned can also be increased from the options. The developers put a lot of love in their game as you can see. That being said, you can get to the end on normal difficulty in five hours or less. But personally, I've spent more than 14 hours going back and forward to complete perfect runs on every stage. There's plenty of optional content that will make up for your hard earned money.

Other than fighting through the story, at a certain point you will gain access to a list of challenge bonus battles (including two endless battles). These will offer you yet more experience as well as precious unique books to augment your main character fighting skills. Bonus battles will automatically be unlocked once you earn enough blue and yellow stars from fighting in normal battles.

Once you complete the normal game, you will unlock the New Game+. Which is the story written all over again, but at a much harder level, with even better rewards and the ability to upgrade all those unique items you've found during the normal game. The New Game+ will also have it's own bonus battle list.

Pros
- The Deluxe version of the game just got released! And has features such as: From improved graphics to expanded new story content, better performance and more of everything you've loved about the original version!
- The in-game dialogue between your companions is funny and quite entertaining.
- Friendly developers that are willingly to fix any bugs you're reporting them. They are hard working to create the best experience for their game even after four years of the release!
- Support for Achievements, Trading Cards, Steam Workshop and Steam Cloud.
- Now available in 60 FPS.
- Behind the scenes journal detailing the game's development.
- RPG elements and clever options keep replayability high.
- Lots of levels and difficulty settings.
- New Game+ included.
- Awesome plot driven gameplay to keep you entertained the entire game.
- Multiple endings to keep you coming for more.

Cons
- Not many actually, I love it exactly how it is now. The Deluxe version improved every aspect of the game, fixing everything that was wrong or poor made.
- Steam Workshop disables achievements.
- No voice acting included in the Deluxe version.
- Defender's Quest 2 isn't out yet, give it to meeeeee already!

Conclusion
I just can't say how good this game is. It's the definition of perfection. Defender’s Quest let's you change from a casual to an insanely difficult game without having to load a different savegame. From a slow moving battle, to a fast moving one. You can grind endlessly for experience or take your battles to the doorstep of impossibility. This is a game for all the types of gamers. And also a great way of introducing someone into the Tower Defense genre. You choose exactly how you want to play it. This game deservers to be the indie Game of The Year and in my heart it will always be the best tower defense ever made! I highly recommend it even at full price for reasons such as: They've created an upgrade for the actual game even after a few years of the game's actual release, keeping it FREE for the owners of the original game!

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
A very cool tower defence game with a strong JRPG influence. If you played any game from Final Fantasy series (especially any from 1-6 range), you will easily find similarities in storytelling (character introduction and relationships) and classes. Good story, nice music and a tactical challenge that is not overwhelming make this game entertain the player for hours. Definitely recommended!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
A wonderful hybrid tower defense/strategy RPG game with a nice diversity of skills and depth of character development. The enemies and scenarios are varied and interesting, the writing is genuinely funny, and it's just generally a joy to play. It's got tons of content and replayability, too, with multiple variations of each level, bonus challenge levels, endless levels, and an expansive new game plus containing new content and side quests. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
What a surprise this little indie game was!

To sum it up: it is an RPGish Tower Defense game, with great story, great difficulty curve, hours of play, good music, nice humor... all in all, one of the best TD ever, period

There are so many great and new features in this game: the RPG part is not to be overlooked, since your towers are characters that you encounter, befriend, explore the past... and upgrade like a tower! The scenario is very well thought and written (I laughed with some characters jokes, and got annoyed by some others), there are SO MANY levels, SO MANY items to buy, and it is SO HARD to finish the game on Hard mode (I gave up, I have no time in this short life) or find the secret side paths (I KNOW there are some dammit!).

No seriously, I had NO expectations for that little game, but wow! I was impressed. I DO recommend and I look forward to this studio's next game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game was amazing before the DX update, now it is even better. A take on the tower defense genre that actually innovates. If your a fan of TD's at all, or enjoy strategic gameplay, you will find a lot to enjoy here.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten is an RPG/Tower Defense hybrid. At first, wasn't sure how well the genres would mix. Now, I can say they mix well, at least for this game. It reminds me a lot of Shining Force meets tower defense with realtime combat. The storyline is great, and not overbearing. I enjoyed reading the cutscenes quite a bit. Good sense of humor put into the game as well. I have not beat it yet, so this is based on what I have seen a few hours in.

Positives
- Great writing/story. Enough character development to understand the story and the role you play in it. At the same time, not necessary if you just want to skip to the tower defense part (though it is worth reading, I assure you).
- Decent variety of tower/class types to choose from. You can choose if you want to specialize in a particular type of defender rather than being forced to use them all. Like most tower defense games, you will want some variety though.
- Many quality of life features such as individual settings to save for each defender, prompts asking if you want to place defenders in the same place as last time when repeating a map, quick sell options when upgrading equipment, dialogue skip buttons, and many more. The developers were very considerate of our time to include efficient options.
- Good replay value. Can go back to the maps you have done before to grind or to try a more challenging version for better rewards.
- Well composed music. The music assets are very fitting and relaxing. A great addition to an already entertaining game.
- Very robust controls. Clear usable keyboard shortcuts for almost all functions. Many different time controls to slow down or speed up combat to a pace you are comfortable with. And of course, with the ability to pause.
- Permanent gear and skill upgrades for the defenders. As opposed to many tower defense games, there are progression elements that will stick with your defenders between maps. Buying/earning better weapons that will stay with your defender until you upgrade helps this feel more RPGish. Skills can be retrained for a reasonable cost of in game coin.

Negatives (To be honest, there are not many negative points for this game in my opinion)
- Lacking in character customization. While I realize the game is telling a story, I would have liked the ability to choose the gender of the main character. Perhaps if the campaign is completed, there will be something after that for the end game. Not sure.
- On the matter of customization, I would have liked to do more than just change the colors of the defenders. Hair styles, a few different faces, nothing major.
- Not enough variety in character drawings. This one is a bit nit-picky, but I am struggling to find complaints :p The only time you really see the character drawings in a form that matters is in the cutscenes. The problem with that is the same stances and reaction drawings are recycled throughout the game. I would have liked to see a bit more unique drawings for varying situations.
- While the music is a great asset to the game, it does not repeat or transition cleanly in some cases.
- Some of the skill progressions at low level seem a little lackluster. For example, a 2% chance to bleed targets per hit feels a bit useless when many of these things die relatively quick. I would prefer either high chance or guaranteed trigger with low or weakened effects to balance it. Granted, I am sure these abilities work well on bosses and larger enemies.

TL;DR
A great game with a mix of RPG and Tower Defense elements. Excellent musical scores, and a good storyline to boot. Well worth picking up at full price or on sale. I highly recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I really enjoy tower defence games when they are done right (sol survivor). This was totally retro, full of witty humor, a decent story line and enjoyable characters. I played the pre-HD version and liked the "ghetto style" animations. The HD update made the game so buggy! I know they have made some updates, but not played it since.
If they fix the bugs (bad ghouls going off the screen/game stopping for no reason), then I highly recommend this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Not a great story by any means (but not a terrible one) though it has fun gameplay.

Tower defense games are addictive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
99.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Fun game, if somewhat limited and repetitive after a while. The undercurrent of humor makes reading the story particularly engaging, and the battle tactics, while somewhat simple, are still deep enough to be well worth checking out.
If you need more challenge, there is an achievement for running through the game with no generic troops that makes you think more about optimal placement. New game plus adds some side stories, but they are in addition to playing the whole game again. Still, it was interesting to see all of that.
Also, the recent graphical upgrade makes it look much more smooth, and that's always nice.
Haven't played much since that to see what else they might have added, so there may be more to like than what I've mentioned.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
A fun little combination of RPG and tower defence with a not too bad story and setting. Definite buy in a sale.
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