Defense Technica is the next evolution in hardcore tower defense strategy games. Protect the core from an onslaught of unrelenting biomechanical terrors with a powerful range of tower defense units – each with their own upgradable features and methods of attacks.
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Mixed (136 reviews) - 41% of the 136 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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Defense Technica is the next evolution in hardcore tower defense strategy games. Protect the core from an onslaught of unrelenting biomechanical terrors with a powerful range of tower defense units – each with their own upgradable features and methods of attacks. Engage the opposition in a variety of maps and prepare to rapidly shift tactics as weather, enemy paths, and even the terrain itself physically changes upending the flow of the battlefield. Presented through sharp 3D visuals and backed by a soaring soundtrack, Defense Technica is the ultimate in strategic tower defense!

Key Features

Powerful Towers – Select from 8 different tower classes and upgrade to build a nearly impenetrable defense of over 40 different towers. Arm towers with machine guns, long-range missiles, flamethrowers, mortars, lasers, and other powerful weapons to halt the oncoming hordes in their tracks!

Dynamic Battlefields – Variable enemy pathfinding, arduous weather systems, and physical changes in terrain during battles require a shift in strategy and keep each playthrough fresh.

Gorgeous 3D Visuals – Fully 3D backgrounds and amazing lighting effects set the scene for intricately detailed towers and enemy hordes. Maps range from orbital military installations and subterranean ruins to floating islands and futuristic cities.

Formidable Opposition – Battle against nine different enemy types across three different classes each with a strength and weakness against certain tower types requiring careful thought on tower placement.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 with latest services packs
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2 * 2400 Mhz) or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 GS / Radeon HD 2600 (256 MB of dedicated memory)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD2600 or GeForce 8600M graphics (128 MB)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD5850 or similar GeForce
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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147 of 161 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
This game tries to imitate Defense Grid (which is the best tower defense I've ever played), but contains a lot of failures :
- There are no checkpoints ... and some levels last 30 minutes, it's horrible!
- There is no pause either. (you can't freeze time and put some turrets)
- You can speed up the time (x2), but if you do that the turrets will be less effective!
- There is no minimap and you can't zoom-out to see the whole map.
- You can't change the targeting priority of your turrets.
- The interface is failed ! It was designed to play with a controller, which is cool for people playing on consoles, but isn't effective with a mouse and a keyboard.
- The first half of the campaign is boring : no difficulty, no mazing, no original turrets. Fortunately, in the second half, you gain acces to more interesting turrets, you can start mazing and levels become challenging.
- There is no other game modes, just the campaign.

The level transformation idea is interesting, though it isn't used a lot. The graphics are good and I like the mecha-style of the turrets.

The game isn't entirely bad, but it contains a lot of frustrating things. Buy it only on big sale, prefer Defense Grid or Defenders Quest.
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62 of 75 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
If you blantly had to copy Defense Grid why not the superior UI as well. The interaction is clunky at best. This thing just plays like a chore. It's quite unbelieveable how one could screw up such a simple game with that much of potential.
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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Defense Technica is Defense Grid, but with less polish. Everything about it is directly from Defense Grid. The art style, the interface, the icons. Everything. This is like the shameless copy-catting you see on iOS, where they try to confuse the customer into buying the wrong game. This isn't totally broken and useless, but why pay $15 for this shameless thing, when you can pay $10 or less for the actual Defense Grid?
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
+/+ Upgradable tower tech trees with two branches.
+/+ Solid music.

+/- Solid but average mechanics.
+/- Includes all the usual towers, but the selection feels limited.
+/- Varying quality of level design (21 campaign levels).
+/- Mediocre sound effects.

-/- No endless mode or other good options for replay.
-/- Not very difficult and few viable strategies to success.
-/- Very bland graphics and animation.
-/- Boring story (not a big deal for a TD game).
-/- Controls not optimized for PC
-/- Missing key TD features such as a true fast forward (beyond 2x) or pause.

Verdict: 5/10. Pass.
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38 of 50 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Defense Technica (19/50) - Just Bad
by Yiasmat

Even tho i´m a huge fan of the genre, i still can´t convince myself to recommend this game to anyone. If you are looking for a nice TD, just go for anotherone, there are so many good TD´s out there (Defense Grid for example).

Graphics (4/10):
Not really that impressive. Considering this is a PC version, it has crappy animations, the framerate is just taken over from the android version and overall it could have been much better.

Design (2/10):
As this is a TD, especially the leveldesign. It´s just.... aweful. They tried to copy what DG did right, a mix between maze and standart. I hope you already know: they failed. The first levels are actually ok, but as they get bigger comes a confusing layout. That doesn´t change with the "blockers" standing on each map (things the enemies will stop at and attack till it´s gone).
For the overall design: The enemies are nicely diversified which doesn´t count for the towers. If a tower is level 1 or 2, you will not see it.

Gameplay (7/20):
You can upgrade your towers, so thats a plus. But what else? You always have to place your towers on the exact spot it was supposed to stand in order to block the enemies path. How strategy is that. After the first level, the fun is just gone. It gets repetitiv really quick as you don´t get any new useful stuff. The real killer are the blockers tho. Having to build towers which you than have to sell later is just stupid.
You also don´t need to adjust any towers to the enemies spawing as they nearly all do the same thing.

Controls (4/5):
Works overall. Sometimes the camera pans a bit strange but thats ok. Annoying is the zoom tho. You will never use it. You don´t need to, but it´s really bad.

Innovation (2/5):
Copies DG, every tower has already been seen in other games and there are no new enemy types to speak of.
Tho you have a upgrade system of each tower and the blockers are (even tho really bad) new as well.
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40 of 54 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Perfect example of why steam needs better quality control.

This has all the depth of one of those F2P tower defence Iphone apps.

The best thing this game actually does is defining the standard for 'crappy tower defence'.

Avoid unless youre trapped in an airport for a week and you've already successfully washed all the windows and checked all the seats for pennies.

Optimal Price: <1$
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Decided to grab this while waiting for Defense Grid 2 and while it looks like Defense Grid it it lacks a huge amount of depth the game had, the game is playable and enjoyable enough that I played all the way through but almost everything is copied from DG.

Set pieces are copy paste including almost all art assets, the upgrade system even down to the colours and the music.

It's dissapointing that a developer with enough money to put some effort into a PC TD decided to waste it in copying another game.

Unless you have played Defense Grid to death then don't play this, if you're hardcore into TD then wait until it's cheap then grab it.

If this doesn't feel like a real review it's because it's not,anything I write about the game feels like I'm reviewing DG.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2013
I was hoping Defense Technica was going to rival one of my top rated TD games Defense Grid: The Awakening, for playability; unfortnately it didn't, but it certainly helped me to scratch the itch I get when I see a new TD release. Tower Defense games are one of my favorite arcade/indie genres. I'm quite pleased with this one even if it doesn't offer up anything new apart from the crystals that enable you to occassionally reveal the most optimal placement of turrets or the luck based card system that offer enduring bonuses such as reduced build costs. Sadly these crystals take an age to save enough to use effectively.

If you're new to TD games, I'd give this one a miss at least until its on sale as it can be quite hard to win once you've passed the first several levels. I'd score it an average 6.5 out of 10
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
Go and buy "Defense Grid":
click here
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
The Good:
+ different variety towers each with its own upgrade skill tree
+ 22 unique levels, some levels provide mazing, others do not
+ Some levels can transform mid play offering unique expereince in the game
+ Good graphics for a tower defense game
+2 levels of difficulty
+Controller Support

The Bad:
- Doesn't really do anything new that hasn't been done already, its about as standard as it gets (except for level transformation)
- Most levels (especially if you play on harder diffuculty) usually have one solution to complete it perfectly. This to me is the single biggest negative against the game. If your not going for a perfect run than this shouldn't really matter.
-Game seems to be optimized around controller support. You can use mouse and/or keyboard however the controller seems to be the best way to play.

If your looking for a fun little tower defense game, this could be the game for you
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Average American
2.2 hrs
Posted: October 6
gr34t d34l 4 €1,39
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Agent Orange
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
If you have star craft or have played other very good TD games, you will likely not like this one. If you must play as many TD games as possible then buy it. The graphics are unique imo.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 26
I'm glad I only spent a $1.50 on this. It is a poor port - I'm stuck at the very beginning of the game, where it says "press the key." No key is specified and nothing works to trigger the first wave. I found two forum posts from two years ago complaining about the exact same issue, with a developer response asking for more information. I guess they haven't gotten around to fixing the issue yet . . . LOL.
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11.1 hrs
Posted: July 18
Tower defence with rather standard level design and tower design. Levels dont seem very balanced as some require you to sell/build to mess with the pathing of the attackers.

Game seems like a bad console port and as I was on my last 2 achievements the game crashed and reset my progress.
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46.2 hrs
Posted: June 10
I prefer this game to Defense Grid.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: March 16
i can win defence grid 2 on all levels and custom maps on hard.
BUT this game just way to hard.
i find i can not make beyond wave 5 but no farther.
even though i got it on sale for $3 it was a waste this game really sucks
i shpould have listened to the other negative reviews they were all correct
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4.6 hrs
Posted: February 9
unforgiving, i guess is the best way to describe this "game"

make 1 wrong position and its a lost game. not fun. very fustrating. do not buy.
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28.9 hrs
Posted: January 31
I have played completely through this game and both Defense Grid and Defense Grid 2. I don't think the other reviewers have played through this game entirely. While there may be similarities between this game and the Defense Grid games, there are also very significant differences. Since so many other reviewers are comparing the two games, I will as well.

One of the biggest differences is that you can add upgrade ability to your towers between levels which carries over. In Defense Grid there is no overarching upgrade ability. Every level is brand new with the same vanilla towers. The upgrades in Defense Technica can significantly change the way a tower behaves. In Defence Grid, upgrades just increase damage and range. For example, the basic machine gun tower can go up the machine gun path which will give it longer range and more damage against biological enemies. Or it can become a mass driver which allows it to penetrate all enemies in a line specialized again mechanical enemies but with a much slower rate of fire.

There are very distinct catagories of enemies and damage. One type of damage is optimal for a certain type of enemy but may be very weak against another. Defense grid has shielded and unshielded. This game has shielded, unshielded, heavy, light, bio and mechanical. If you specialize in one type of damage, you will become vulnerable to enemies that are resistant to it.

Unlike in Defense Grid, when enemies make it to your core, they do damage. They are not stealing cores which float back to your base. They stay there until your core is destroyed at which point you lose the game.

Also, the core itself has a couple of finite abilities. It can do a smart bomb a few times or heal itself using ether. Once the ether runs out, then you have no more for the rest of the level.

I found the game to be enjoyable. IMO it is tactically more challenging with the added complexity of upgrades available and the more varying enemies attacking you.
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36.2 hrs
Posted: November 25, 2015
Seems too frustrating for the amount of fun I had playing this game. Towers didn't behave well. Invest more in gameplay and less in graphics.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: November 1, 2015
long story short dont waste your money on this bargain bin trash worst defense game Ive ever played there are so many better free ones on kongregate it should be a crime to have this garbage up for sale. go for space run or defense grid instead. there are so many better games I cant name them all its just easier to tell you this is the worst.
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