Tikiman the Forest Defender is in trouble. Hordes of monsters are sweeping through his realm, hoping to chow down on his offspring – and it’s up to you to defend them. By placing weapon towers at strategic points around the landscape, you can destroy the invaders and save the little ones.
User reviews: Very Positive (218 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 26, 2013
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Recommended By Curators

"A charming and accessible tower defence."

Reviews

A pleasant surprise
88% – NZ Gamer

...fun game for veterans and newcomers to the genre”
90% – Gaming Nexus

“I alone have danced through colored flags.”
91% – Gaming Age

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About This Game

Tikiman the Forest Defender is in trouble. Hordes of monsters are sweeping through his realm, hoping to chow down on his offspring – and it’s up to you to defend them.

By placing weapon towers at strategic points around the landscape, you can destroy the invaders and save the little ones. Collect treasure along the way to build up your arsenal and pay for new towers – countless waves of monsters are out to get the Tiki babies, so you need to be prepared to fight hard!

Key Features

  • Play four game modes: Single player campaign, local co-op play, online co-op, and a host of additional challenges.
  • Play Together: Local and online co-op will have you sharing your machine or playing with your friend over the net for a shared memorable experience. Online leaderboards show you how you stack up against your friends and everyone else in the world!
  • Tikiman will travel across three distinct islands, spanning 47 unique environments to protect his offspring from clever monsters that attack by land and air. He’s going to use every tower in his arsenal to protect them: Arrow Towers, Cannon Towers, Anti-Air Towers, Ice Towers, Laser Towers, Fire Towers, Tesla Towers, Mortar Towers, special power ups and more!
  • There is also the mysterious Tum-Tum island, that randomly generates levels for near infinite replayability!
  • This amounts to literally hundreds of hours of game play, all set to an awesome soundtrack to keep you in the zone!
  • We have also included unlockable content including concept art, music videos, sound tracks and more!
  • For Steam we have created over 20 brand new achievements, giving the game 52 in total for you to unlock! Not to mention trading cards and badges!

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: 1.5Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 Compliant Graphics Device
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.2Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 Dedicated Graphics Device
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    • Processor: 1.5Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 256MB or better
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 2.2Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 256MB or better
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (if using Ubuntu)
    • Processor: 1.5Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 with Framebuffer support
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Glibc version 2.15
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04 (if using Ubuntu)
    • Processor: 2.2Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 with Framebuffer support
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Glibc version 2.15
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
I love this game so much am high on it. Am not that crazy about steam games but this one is just awesome! Where do I even start, it is cute, fun, easy mechanics but a challenge after a few levels. I love how it is always a new experience and how easily you lose yourself in the game after playing it for 5mins. You have to move, think, build, upgrade, destroy and collect coins fast. So if you want a fun co-op game or single player this is one of the most entertaining games on steam.

Posted: June 5
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
This is a classic Tower Defense game that every fan of the genre should own! It has 2-player co-op and plenty of levels and challenges. The dancing mechanic to slowly upgrade towers and finding random goodies in trees will constantly keep you busy. Me and my girlfriend put many dozens of hours into the original PS3 version and PSP version (which I believe this Steam version is based off of). The cartoony art style is wonderfully done and sounds are memorable. This was the first PixelJunk game I owned and it led me to try their future IP's.
Posted: July 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This game is boring.

It is not a normal tower-defense game but you have to control one unit and build different towers out of trees.
The lanes where the monsters spawn are not always visible and clear to the player, so you have to restart several levels again and again once you know where the enemies walk and fly.

You get money for killing enemies but you don't get it right away. You have to collect it with your building guy. This is terrible because you are not allowed to be in the way of the monsters or else you lose coins and you are stuck for a few seconds. How am I supposed to collect coins and eggs when there are monsters?
The building guy is also very, very slow. This makes the levels even more difficult. Most of the time you don't have time to build or upgrade towers because you run around on the map and collect coins and eggs - which despawn quite fast if you don't collect them.

I mentioned coins for building towers, but there are eggs as well. With them you can upgrade towers or buy new kinds of towers. The upgrades are increasing in cost (1 egg, then 2 and 3). The cost is okay but the new towers are way to expensive. The most expensive mortar tower costs 15 eggs; too much because the upgrades are more important.

The maps are bad designed. Apart from not being able to distinct which paths the mosters go, sometimes the monsters take a path exactly at the edge of the range of the towers. Most time you have to restart the levels because the range of the towers is too low even when places exactly where you think it should be placed. Upgrading the range is only possible for one tower - the cheapest and worst one. Maybe the others upgrade as well but if so, then I didn't notice it.

You can upgrade the tower either with eggs directly on the tower or they gain experience by killing monsters. The experience gained is too low, so at most times you have to upgrade with eggs rather than saving them for more powerful towers. A nice touch is the dancing at towers: with your Builder you can stand near a tower and he begins to dance, slowly giving the tower experience to level up. Have I mentioned slowly? This is very slow and is only worthwhile if a tower is near leveling up and so giving it the last edge.

It is not possible to manually upgrade towers or the builder. At the end of some levels you are rewarded with an item that gives your builder a boost. (I only found one). Maybe there are further upgrades - but they are rare and don't have the impact you'd expect from an upgrade.

I cannot recommend this game. I received it from GameStar (a German video game magazine) as a subscriber. This is not worth your money. Play a tower defense game at Kongregate and you have more fun.
Posted: July 12
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Really nice game, worth every penny and best playable with gamepad.
Posted: June 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
not a bad game, but theres nothing original to it. just another TD game.
Posted: July 20
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
60.2 hrs on record
PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate is a tower defense game that requires constant attention from the player. You play as a Tiki guy defending a hut from waves of monsters. On the surface, it seems like a cheerful casual game... but looks can be deceiving. There are almost never any lulls in the action, so you always have to be on the move, planning ahead. Resources (used to build towers) come in the form of coins dropped from enemies. However, you actually have to run around and collect the coins yourself before they disappear. Similarly, in order to build towers, you actually have to walk to where you want them first. Towers can also be upgraded by standing on them, a process that takes time. Enemies also sometimes drop crystals, which can be spent to quickly upgrade towers, or saved up to purchase other types of towers. So gameplay boils down to a test of multitasking skills - you have to balance anticipating what towers need to be built (and where), while simultaneously collecting dropped resources and upgrading. It gets pretty intense.

Most levels can be completed easily enough in 1 or 2 tries, but the challenge comes in trying to do so perfectly (not letting even 1 enemy get to your hut). Perfect-scoring levels unlocks more levels to play, and so on. And that's where the challenge (and unfortunately, frustration) comes in. The main down-side to this game is that it can sometimes be very unfair. While there is an indicator that shows what types of enemies are coming up, it's not always clear enough (for example, a blinking red icon sometimes means "weak to cannons", and other times "on fire and 3 times as fast"). Also, sometimes enemies take completely different paths with no warning. These types of things are frankly just bad game design and complete BS. The best TD games allow you to deduce the path enemies will take and plan ahead accordingly. This game doesn't always do that, which leads to having to sometimes rely on memorization rather than actual skill. Thankfully, it doesn't happen a lot, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating when it does. That said, this is a small complaint when compared to how good the rest of the game is, but it is a noteworthy enough issue that it needed to be mentioned.

The main game consists of 47 levels, with an additional 24 challenge levels that can be unlocked. The challenges are levels that have to be cleared while also fulfilling some sort of special criteria (completing challenges unlocks concept art, videos, music and more). The game also has a 2-player co-op mode, which I haven't tried (but it seems like it would be really fun). All in all, between the main levels, challenges, and co-op, the amount of content available is pretty substantial. I've sunk around 60 hours in already (though technically, most of that was spent replaying levels over and over again trying to get perfect clears), but still, the fact that I put that much time into it speaks to how good the core gameplay is. Despite my rant above on the few down-sides that sometimes make it frustrating, overall, the game is solid, and lots of fun to play. If you like tower defense, this is a great one. The price seems a bit high, especially when the original version on PS3 was cheaper, but there is also more content in this version compared to the original release, plus the added multiplayer component... so I suppose it is probably justified. If you are into TD games, definitely pick it up in a sale at some point, if not at full price.
Posted: September 15, 2013
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