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 (307 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I played this a lot on my PSP, so when I saw this on sale for $0.99 how could I say no! :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Just like it says a tower defense game simple but really adictive, good to help you pass time. It lets you upgrade your towers by spending time with your character on them or by using cristals dropped by monsters. Not really groundbreaking to the genere but a fun game if your into tower defense games.

I will recomend playing it if you like tower defense games or if you just want to pass a little bit of time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This game is the only reason I ever owned a PSP.
In a world with countless tower defense games flooding the mobile market this one..
Will ALWAYS stand out. Be it on PSP, emulated on an android (or now streamed via steam!)
Simply flawless in it's mechanics and replayability. It's really the only tower defence good enough for me.
And I can't even exactly pin-point what makes it so beautiful..

The music might make you go happy crazy after a while, that could be part of it.
(That's a good thing, it's so weird... Off-beat, out of time but not.. Puts you in a trance.)
But you can totally turn that off if you wish. : P

This new Ultimate edition actually brought a whole lot more to the plate.
Co-op, multiplayer. Way higher resolution game assets, improved effects.
The ability to now stream this higher quality version via Limelight to any android, with a nvidia game stream enabled pc.. (So good.. So good....)

They do need to rework the controls slightly but it doesn't interfere with the gameplay.
Just, they felt slightly more responsive on PSP, and PSP gave you the ability to run faster..
Which I've yet to figure out in this version but perhaps they are working on that still.

Basically, buy the game for 10 bucks and be super happy you did.
You will get addicted. Or wait for a sale for a buck like when I was lucky enough to catch it.
And then get really confused inside when you feel like they actually deserve ten bucks.


Pixel Junk Monsters FTW 4 Lyfe.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
nice TD game to relax! 9/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
defend your children from hoot giving monsters
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
my buddy tony and I got really baked and it took us 2 hours to beat one of the early levels

10 / 10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Had this on PSP, it was a great tower defense game. I haven't played it much since getting it on Steam yet but I know it can only be better than I remembered. If you like tower defense, you should love this.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
this game is addictive nuff said
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
very good time killer
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This game is awesome! :D !
He's have a good history and battles.
I give ten for this game!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Awesome fun tower defense game. Its a cute challenging game that lets you dance to victory!
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A fun little tower defense game. Can be complicated at times, but simple to play!
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Very nice game .
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game smells good it must be good!
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10 of 29 people (34%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It's a neat little TD game once you start, but quickly turns sour once you play enough. I wanted to like it. I really do love a good TD game, and this one looked charming. However, the flaws in this game turned me away from playing much more than an hour.

There are certain features that make absolutely no sense whatsoever, such as losing coins when touching enemies. The only purpose of the little guy you're controlling is to either build towers or slowly upgrade them manually. Other than that, it can't really do anything to the enemies, which then raises the question of why must I be punished for touching enemies then? It stops me from collecting valuable resources, and makes it even more difficult to get across to try and build more towers if there's a large swarm of enemies. This adds no strategic value, and only ends in frustration with the enemies.

The enemies, from what I gathered from the little I played, are pretty bland. Your anti-air towers are basically useless except for a few instances later in a game when the enemies get a little harder. Others are just frustrating because of the game's lack of balancing for quantity vs. quality of towers. Spiders, for instance, are very fast and come in great swarms, but easily crushed by cannon towers. The problem is, they move so fast that you can only get one, maybe two shots in from the cannons, and are difficult to kill fast enough with arrows. Golems are pretty much invincible execpt for cannons, and although they're a bit rarer, these ones you're definitely going to need some heavy upgrades on your cannons. Air enemies are basically a joke because as long as you have a decent amount of arrows, which you're going to need from the start, they're easily taken down. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't exactly add to the challenge.

So, as I said before, the design of the game really hurts the balance of quality vs. quantity, because you're either going to have to throw an enormous amount of cannons everywhere, which is difficult as it is because their range is so short, or pray that a few heavily upgraded ones and a few other towers will do the job. Because of the angled perspective of the game however, half of their range is nearly useless because it will be blocked by trees or other towers. So the one tower that is incredibly useful and powerful without needing massive upgrades is half useless because of the perspective and range. On top of that, and this is another major point, the enemy paths on this game are going to frustrate you to no end. You have little-to-no indication of where the enemies are going, nor even a small arrow at the beginning to give you an idea of where they'll start. You basically have to guess how close they're going to be in the middle of the paths, or if they hug the sides. Because the overall paths are so wide, it makes it hard to gauge where you should be placing certain towers, such as the cannons. This is severely debilitating, as it can force you to have to restart a level simply because of finding out your towers are far off from where the enemies are going, so all that happens is they fly by and leave you annoyed.

I hate to review a game with so little play time, but with so many major flaws right out of the gate, I don't think curiousity really warrants trying more of it. Maybe if it has a major sale I'd say try picking it up to try, but other than that, I can't say I would recommend it. Considering it's a year old, I wouldn't expect it to get any better any time soon.
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1 of 21 people (5%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Scary game, Play on your on caution, gives all the spooks with that atmospheric creepy music
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
It's really a good game with addicting cute graphic
the only things that lack from this game is the achievements...
i don't know which stage is the "Specified Stage" to get the Achievement by doing things...
but seriously, this game is addicting :D 8/10
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40.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This is hands down one of the best tower defense strategy games in existence.

As tower defense games go, Monsters has transcended several of the plain-old features that players will usually find.

For one thing, your tower-building *self* is on the field, and you can get *knocked out* by the monsters swarming for your treasure. As you are moving around building towers, you are also *leveling up* the towers you have already built. So there isn't a moment of sitting there watching monsters just die. There's always something to do.

What makes the game phenomenal is that it *feels* like it has been tested to the extremes. No matter how good you think you are at tower defense games, you will be restarting many times on levels you haven't played before. As the game progresses, you can unlock new towers that do interesting things to help you win:

The Hive - Sends out small dragonfly-like critters to your location that then kamikaze themselves into both air and ground units.

Tesla Towers - Shoots out shockwaves that take down swaths of ground units moving by.

Lightning Tower - Hits every monster on the screen once in awhile. Very strong when leveled up to full.

The graphics are unique, the music is excellent, and each map is custom designed. It's a 10 out of 10.
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7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
One of my favorite defense games to pass the time ever. I had first played it on PS3 while at a friend's house. I got attached to it. When I found on they had a port on Steam, I had to get it.

Casual, yet somehow intense (especially when you become obsessed with having to clear with a rainbow or starting over) strategy that is obviously geared towards co-op. It adds a few new twists to your traditional "tower defense" genre game.

The game looks simple, but polished and unique... the music is calming, even if it does get very repetitive. The game's "basic" and stripped down art and audio theme gives off the vibe that it's made for children, but there's a lot of challenge to be found here. Pre-planned strategy and, in many cases, pinpoint timing are required.

There's a lot more to this game than meets the eye, and it's easy to get addicted to.

Often overlooked, definitely underrated.

Check it out if you're into defense games, or just want something fresh to experiment on that won't break the bank. Totally worth a sale price of 5 bucks or less. It's actually worth the regular 10 to me, but I will recommend you buy it on sale just in case it ends up not being your "thing". Definitely go for a 2-pack and play it online with a friend if you don't have a local co-op partner.
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6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Owned it on XBLA, and had to buy it again while it was on sale for a buck! It's a great time killer and good to play with your buddies. Gary Busey approves!
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