Fight off hordes of monstrous mutants created from a strange cataclysmic event in the new tower defense game, Prime World: Defenders. Join a group of exile treasure hunters who have ventured into the capital of an ancient empire, vast with mystery and danger.
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Very Positive (678 reviews) - 84% of the 678 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 5, 2013

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May 30

Defenders 2 available on iOS and Android!



Nival officially announces that long awaited sequel of Prime World: Defenders is now available on iOS and Android!
Defenders 2 - continues the best traditions of the original collectible tower defense game, which attracted more than 6 million players worldwide. The player's task, acting as Stalker, to complete the entire collection of cards, fighting against the bloodthirsty monsters and bosses, and exploring the world of Primezone defeating other players.
There are over 60 unique towers & spells cards, different types of monsters, bosses, changing weather conditions, great AAA-class graphics, PvP and one-hand gameplay optimization.

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"Prime World: Defenders is a must play for any tower defense enthusiast."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/danieltack/2013/05/07/prime-world-defenders-is-prime-time-tower-defense/

"Nival has nailed the core concepts of the genre."
http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/Prime-World-Defenders/Item3989.aspx

"Prime World: Defenders is a fantastic game with an astounding amount of content for the price."
http://pixelsordeath.com/features/prime

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Nival officially announces that long awaited sequel of Prime World: Defenders is now available on iOS and Android!


Prime World: Defenders 2 - new TD strategy game in the legendary Prime World series with unique combination of the tower defense and collectible card game!
Enter a mysterious and magic land stricken by a cataclysm and now thriving with powerful artifacts and immense treasure guarded by furious monster hordes. Build up your defense and fight against the waves of evil with magic and tower power! Let the world knows who is the real TD master here!

Key features:

  • Collect all 40 unique towers and 20 deadly magic spells - the ultimate TD arsenal;
  • Customize your tower and spell collection with powerful Runes;
  • Use your defenses to crush Underground, Intelligent, Swarming, Exploding, Phantom and 20 other monster types and 29 unique bosses!
  • Play the game the way you like - find the unique combination of tower and magic arsenal to build the superior defense!
  • Fight with other players to pump up your tower collection into monster-slaughtering war ma-chines!
  • Used to good weather? Test your defense with survival night levels filled with tornado and storm power challenges!
  • Different TD game modes - Hunt, Raid and Assault levels and the rule-them-all Hard mode for truly tower defense fans!

Try it today!

Play Defenders 2 on iOS

Play Defenders 2 on Android

About This Game

Fight off hordes of monstrous mutants created from a strange cataclysmic event in the new tower defense game, Prime World: Defenders. Join a group of exile treasure hunters who have ventured into the capital of an ancient empire, vast with mystery and danger.

Prime World: Defenders merges classic tower defense gameplay with collectible card mechanic. Your towers, your spells, your traps - all are magic cards, that you can collect and upgrade. You'll have to develop your own strategy, because you'll get your random set of cards after each battle.

Freeze, burn, poison, explode and slash countless enemies that will try to stop you from gathering artifacts of old kingdom. Choose your cards carefully, play them strategically and expect some heavy resistance along the way – from small and almost harmless mutated fungi to powerful giant goblins and nagas.

Did we mention? In addition to story-driven single-player campaign Prime World: Defenders has randomly generated missions, newly added endless mode and New Game Plus!

Key Features

  • A mix of tower defense strategy with collectible card mechanics!
  • No micro-transactions or additional payments!
  • Random cards drop means different strategy for every player!
  • Several game modes, including heroic mode and two special endless maps!
  • Upgrade and mix cards for maximum destruction!
  • Custom deck lets you pick perfect cards for each mission!
  • Perk system for your hero!
  • Story-based campaign with 23 missions!
  • Mission generator offers infinite replayability!
  • Enemy buildings in game heal and buff attacking creeps!
  • 24 towers, each with up to 25 upgrades!
  • 13 magic spells that can be upgraded too!
  • 38 types of enemies!
  • Bosses, mini-bosses and huge bosses.
  • Flying battleship!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2
    • Processor:2.4 GHz double core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 9500 GT or equal
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Please note that Unity engine might be detected as virus on some Windows 7 64 bit systems with antivirus software
    Recommended:
    • Additional:Please note that Unity engine might be detected as virus on some Windows 7 64 bit systems with antivirus software
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.6 or later
    • Processor:2.4 GHz double core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 9500 GT or equal
    • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
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psenough
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Product received for free
yet another tower defense game, but this one looks better then most usually do. the grinding mechanism that other reviewers complain about hasn't really bothered me yet, waiting to see how it fares after a few more hours into it.
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love fallout crashes
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
Good tower defense game ruined by a horrible ingame economy and balance. This game was clearly made for a free2play mobile version with microtransactions. There are no in game purchases for the pc version, but still be prepared to grind to be able to even beat the first boss.
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Tman
( 63.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I have over 1,000 hours in multiple TD games (Defense Grid, Sanctum, Orcs Must Die, and about a dozen others, so speaking with somewhat authority on TD)

This is a grindfest broken game which is no longer supported by the developers on Steam. You get to play the same set of maps, over & over again but hey let the game try & trick you by rotating the game to a different orientation! Oh joy of joys.

Then turn the game into a grindfest, playing over & over again to get an elusive 2nd card so you can upgrade a tower! Oh, but then you get to do it all over again! And again, And again!

If you enjoy banging your head against a brick wall over & over, but then make the mistake of progressing too far, the game takes a leap in diffulty which will basically stop you in your tracks. The good news is no more grinding, the bad news is you'll never get to finish the game.

Broken, unsuported pile of Crap. Avoid.
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vinco
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Abandoned by its developers in favor of the F2P mobile version.
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( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
So far I've recommended three games that are each very good in their own right. Unfortunately, not every review can be positive, just not like every Tower Defense can be good. And Prime World Defenders is an example of how to do one wrong, in my opinion.

The game is a spinoff of Prime World, an MMO also on Steam (which probably should have sent off some alarm bells right away). It takes place in the Prime Zone, a stretch of land that was struck with a miniature apocalypse, where pockets of energy have appeared and dangerous mutants roam the land. You play as a new recruit to a group of treasure hunters slash do-gooders who explore the wasteland. I didn't find myself particularly interested in the story, though, and it didn't help that the voice actors didn't appear to be either.

Defenders starts off perfectly fine, and annoyingly it takes a while for what I disliked most about to rear it's head. The game looks nice, there's some interesting maps, and every map has some special conditions you can pull off for some rewards. But inevitably, I ran into the big problem: this game is grindy just for the sake of it. Your towers have a card gimmick to them, and you're rewarded one or two after every mission. To make your towers stronger, you can sacrifice junk cards you don't want for a slight stat boost, and you can also 'evolve' them by pairing them with another card of the same type. This is absolutely necessary, since that's what allows you to upgrade them in stages.

So if you find yourself needing a card, your course of action is to play stages hoping it will appear - if it does, the game also shuffles up rewards to make getting it random too. You can try again for a fairly sizeable amount of silver, a resource the game wants for everything, including evolving cards. The game offers a shop, too, where you can spend silver on mostly random boosters, or use stars, a harder to acquire currency, on more specialty items. This is probably reminding some of you of something, and it likely won't surprise you to hear Prime World Defenders also has a mobile version, among others. There's no micro-transactions in the Steam version, but when the framework of the game still seems built around them it's hard to say that's a positive change.

What's really damning though is that the version of the game on Steam has basically been abandoned. The last time the developers were seen about the forum was apparently two years ago, and there are bugs that haven't been fixed. Meanwhile, the versions of the game that do have micro-transactions are still supported, with fairly obvious implications as to why. I bought Defenders in a bundle, so I don't feel as ripped off as I could have been, but it's hard to recommend a game the developers seem like they could care less about, especially compared to the ones I've talked about and a lot of the ones I will.
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[vg]ananas
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
If you want to play tower defense - play Defender's quest.
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White Sheep
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The best tower defense games don't rely on grinding on the same level to collect and upgrade towers. This game is not one of them.
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Nat Stead
( 28.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Devs are nopt updating. Overly grindy. There are many better TD games
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Lokhaman
( 28.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Tower Defense mixed with Cards, suggested for fans of both genres.

Furthermore, keep in mind Nival developed HoM&M 5 and its 2 exps (so they know their job tbh)
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Michael Zacker
( 36.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
One of the best TD games I have played. The game manages to blend the classic TD gameplay with card collecting and it works surprinsingly well.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
So far I've recommended three games that are each very good in their own right. Unfortunately, not every review can be positive, just not like every Tower Defense can be good. And Prime World Defenders is an example of how to do one wrong, in my opinion.

The game is a spinoff of Prime World, an MMO also on Steam (which probably should have sent off some alarm bells right away). It takes place in the Prime Zone, a stretch of land that was struck with a miniature apocalypse, where pockets of energy have appeared and dangerous mutants roam the land. You play as a new recruit to a group of treasure hunters slash do-gooders who explore the wasteland. I didn't find myself particularly interested in the story, though, and it didn't help that the voice actors didn't appear to be either.

Defenders starts off perfectly fine, and annoyingly it takes a while for what I disliked most about to rear it's head. The game looks nice, there's some interesting maps, and every map has some special conditions you can pull off for some rewards. But inevitably, I ran into the big problem: this game is grindy just for the sake of it. Your towers have a card gimmick to them, and you're rewarded one or two after every mission. To make your towers stronger, you can sacrifice junk cards you don't want for a slight stat boost, and you can also 'evolve' them by pairing them with another card of the same type. This is absolutely necessary, since that's what allows you to upgrade them in stages.

So if you find yourself needing a card, your course of action is to play stages hoping it will appear - if it does, the game also shuffles up rewards to make getting it random too. You can try again for a fairly sizeable amount of silver, a resource the game wants for everything, including evolving cards. The game offers a shop, too, where you can spend silver on mostly random boosters, or use stars, a harder to acquire currency, on more specialty items. This is probably reminding some of you of something, and it likely won't surprise you to hear Prime World Defenders also has a mobile version, among others. There's no micro-transactions in the Steam version, but when the framework of the game still seems built around them it's hard to say that's a positive change.

What's really damning though is that the version of the game on Steam has basically been abandoned. The last time the developers were seen about the forum was apparently two years ago, and there are bugs that haven't been fixed. Meanwhile, the versions of the game that do have micro-transactions are still supported, with fairly obvious implications as to why. I bought Defenders in a bundle, so I don't feel as ripped off as I could have been, but it's hard to recommend a game the developers seem like they could care less about, especially compared to the ones I've talked about and a lot of the ones I will.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I have over 1,000 hours in multiple TD games (Defense Grid, Sanctum, Orcs Must Die, and about a dozen others, so speaking with somewhat authority on TD)

This is a grindfest broken game which is no longer supported by the developers on Steam. You get to play the same set of maps, over & over again but hey let the game try & trick you by rotating the game to a different orientation! Oh joy of joys.

Then turn the game into a grindfest, playing over & over again to get an elusive 2nd card so you can upgrade a tower! Oh, but then you get to do it all over again! And again, And again!

If you enjoy banging your head against a brick wall over & over, but then make the mistake of progressing too far, the game takes a leap in diffulty which will basically stop you in your tracks. The good news is no more grinding, the bad news is you'll never get to finish the game.

Broken, unsuported pile of Crap. Avoid.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
Good tower defense game ruined by a horrible ingame economy and balance. This game was clearly made for a free2play mobile version with microtransactions. There are no in game purchases for the pc version, but still be prepared to grind to be able to even beat the first boss.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
If you want to play tower defense - play Defender's quest.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
157 of 182 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
Having paid for the Steam version of this game feels like an EX slap in the face with a trout by a troll.

It is free to play (with microtransactions) on Kongregate, Facebook and mobile devices. The Steam version does not get updated, it's at version 1.2. The F2P versions get frequent updates and are currently version 1.7.3.

A borderline criminal business practice. On Steam, if you buy the game, they already got your money so why update the game eh ? And likewise on F2P, its of course very important to constantly update it with new things to spend money on. Disgusting.

Seriously Nival? You gave us the wonderful Homm5, and then you do this, why? :(

Its not even a bad game, its a very functional and decent looking TD with a unique CCG flavour, its actually well worth checking out. Just.. don't be a fool like me and purchase it here, play the F2P versions instead.
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114 of 124 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Great game, upwards of the top of nice tower defense games, however, the devs of this game abandoned it on Steam, they dumped all thier paying customers in favor of a tablet F2P version that is both updated regularly and (of course) Pay to win and full of microtransactions. So, if you want to play it, just go play it on a tablet and refuse to pay anything, the game will still be higher version even if you don't spent any money. But, on the moral side, just skip this AND the tablet version and go play the many other nice TD games. I suggest Gemcraft, Defense Grid, Ancient Planet and quite a few others. Don't support Devs like these.
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71 of 92 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
76.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2013
Metascore 58?! Are you kidding me? I just don't get it. My only complaint with this game is that it's too grindy at certain points, and with not so many maps it can make the experience somewhat repetitive. Aside from that, the upgradeable trading cards meets tower defense idea here works surprisingly well, and above all it's fun. If you're a fan of tower defense, I say go for it. It's one of the best in the genre (up there with defense grid, plants vs. zombies, etc.). 8/10
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
It is a fun TD. However do not buy this game. There is a free version out there that is better. The steam version is outdated. In addition after a while the game just gets repetative and there is a ton of grinding you need to do to progress
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
Adding grind to tower defense is like adding salt to the sea. It already has too much and the end result is crusty.
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40 of 49 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2014
I really wanted to like this game because of the whole tower defense thing and how nice the game looks, but it is VERY, VERY, poorly executed. It starts off fun for the first half... You get to upgrade towers and combine powers and unlock new abilities... All very nice...

BUT...

The baddies are in a constant state of "better than you can ever be" near the middle of the game. As you are upgrading towers, like in other tower defense games it should be EASIER to take out baddies so they just throw more baddies at you so you can then upgrade towers more, but in this game they not only throw more baddies at you but the baddies are near invincible and require HOURS AND HOURS of grinding to finally beat. Even with upgrades and such, the starting "prime" money/resources at the begining of each level is insanely low for the amount of powerful baddies that show up even in the first wave... The amount of prime you get from each kill does not go up with the difficulty increase and health increases the baddies get as the game progresses, so it makes it even harder to upgrade towers and such without pointless hours upon hours of grinding. Also, the types of towers that show up after the midpoint are completely random, so you may get some decent towers in a playthrough or you may never see those towers at all! It just feels like a poorly executed port from a mobile platform "free to play, but pay to win" type game at that point. I mean I had towers upgraded that could do 5000+ damage in a single shot and it couldn't take down the weakest swarmers.

I really cannot recommend this game because of the insane difficulty curve that spikes in at the midpoint of the game; it goes from being fun, to being a decent challenge, to being an automatic rage quit. Maybe I will revisit the game and give a better review if the devlopers ever fix the balancing issues. (DEVS? If you are reading this, play the game 'Defense Grid" that is how a tower defense game should be done.)
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