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: Mostly Positive (479 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 26, 2013

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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
43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
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.

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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2013
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.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
This is a tower defense game that has each map consisting of one screen. The basic plot is that you are an island native that has to defend your babies from monsters that will eat them. In each level / stage you have 20 babies, meaning no more than 20 enemies can get to your home base. how do you stop them? You have the ability to turn trees into towers. Arrow towers are quick and shoot far. Cannon towers do damage to a lot of enemies, but they are slow and short ranged. Anti-aircraft towers will take out flying enemies pretty quickly from a distance.

Enemies drop money and jewels / crystals. You can use the jewels to research three more towers, such as the tesla coil that will zap several enemies at once in a shot range. The laser tower that will shoot several flying enemies at once and finally some sort of giant cannon tower that will destroy a big radius, but it is super slow. With the crystals you can also use them to upgrade your towers, but you don't really micro manage upgrades like I'd prefer. Each tower can only be upgraded a certain way, like arrow towers can only have their firing radius improved. Cannon towers can only have their power improved. You can also upgrade each tower by standing next to it and you will see a bar go to 100% when its done with the next level upgrade. It is a nice feature and fills any sort of idle time with work.

Waves of single enemy types arrive, mostly spiders, natives and flying pods. There are different varieties like giant natives, fat bee like creatures, and stronger glowing enemy alterations. You see how much time you have before the next wave along with what enemy type is coming next, so you can sell your towers for coins to buy more towers. This is a must in some levels.

You can't really block the enemies. If you get hit, all of your coins will go flying ala Sonic from the 90s. Coins fly in the water and disappear in time. It will really keep you on your toes. The controls are nice and extremely basic. I think you only need to use one button and the thumbstick or mouse. Super simple and easy to use. If you want to research, just return to home base. If you want to build a tower, click a tree. That's really all there is. Oh and at the end of each level is a giant boss, but they seem less threatening than 100 spiders.

The levels are long and meaty. Each level will take a while to complete and there is always a chance of failure. Your 20 babies get eaten and you have to restart the level. The world map is broken up into several different levels and there are different islands to explore. The levels are clumped together and to progress, you need to have a certain amount of rainbows to leave the level cluster. To get rainbows, you need to complete a level without losing babies. Its more difficult than it sounds on regular difficulty.

Its a really nice game that you can sink a lot of time into, but if you're not into tower defense, this game won't make you want to play tower defenses. I've always liked PixelJunk games and they make this one stand out in a sea of tower defense and micro transactions.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
I really didn't feel I would enjoy this game very much at all. It's been sitting in my Steam library for quite sometime now and I've let it collect digital dust. This little simple(albeit challenging)tower defense game is a must play if you enjoy the genre. Great gameplay, amazing art, love the music. 10/10
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2013
This is without doubt the best Tower Defense Game ever!

I've played this game ever since it came out at PS3 PSN and i have waited so long for this Ultimate Edition.

Now that it's out the madness has begun!

The most fun is playing local COOP, but now with steam you are also to play COOP over the internet, also playing as two dancing dudes makes the game a lot easier.

You have 4 islands where you can do the stages to get further, the game gets proressively harder and harder until you wish just death among those little suckers who want to kill your babies!

If you're looking for a real TD game, which is addicting and also fun, then get this f*cking game and live happily ever after.

Dance for peace and release the BEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! (yea there are towers who release beeeeeeeees)
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2013
One of the first and best tower defense titles I've ever seen and played. Thank God it was finally ported to PC because this is one game you all should own.

[Rating: 87/100]
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
I recommend this game, and here is why.


PixelJunk™ (don't forget the ™, it's important) Monsters is a Tower Defense game, with unique twists of its own. Having to base off the fact that you can only build towers depending on the layout of the course makes for varying plans to prepare for the next wave. Purchasing new special towers each mission that do not forward to the next creates choices that as a player, or two, will have to make in order to protect the Tiki-men from waves of monsters with various attributes. Not just monsters who can fly, but even monsters that are resistant to fire damage or monsters that move faster but are even more vulnerable to slows when hit.

The learning curve is well received by new and experienced players. Trial and error is less punishing until playing on the later and harder stages. WIth the addition of new towers and an island in the Ultimate mini-expansion, players who had the console version will find only a few reasons to go back to the game sadly.

It's also multiplayer enabled, I had a satisfying time playing with my friend online, Speaking of which, there is nobody playing this online. It is justifiable, a game like this should not be enjoyed with just the public, having a friend to think through every single mission makes the game not feel repetitive some of the time. Another plus is the RNG area which generate random stages based on algorithm outside the quests by inputting a 5 digit code. (like minecraft's seed)

Overall, I recommend this game but only to players who are looking forward to a Tower Defense game that plays different.

To those that had played before, please put a second thought to this. This game came out a little less than 7 years ago, but the art style is truly of this date. Mechanics are still familiar, and with new towers it might bring you back to try new techniques to overcome the same or new missions. It may just be Monsters, but it is still the one you know and love.

Also, 1080p!! (Like that matters)
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Classic Playstation 3 game coming to Steam...

If you had played this on console, then nothing more to add; if you don't know whether it's a good tower defense or not, then by all means, DO make it an addition to your library! A fantastic TD that will provide relaxation with soothing music and solid mechanics.

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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Pixeljunk Monsters is an excellent co-op experience that will keep you coming back. Great music, gameplay, and depth make it a must have.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Absolutely cute tower defense game for 2D. Or so I find it cute and relaxing. Even on casual it is more challenging than some TDs out there, which I like. It's bound to give you and co players (same PC or CO-OP online) hours of fun, without being too hard. You are bound to the lay-out of the map so you can't just place those towers anywhere. You got to think strategy here! (otherwise it wouldn't be a good TD would it?)
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate is a fun game in the tower defense genre, but if you’re new to the genre I’d recommend sticking with Casual difficulty for a while as you’d likely get overrun on Regular difficulty. Still, if you’re looking for a fun tower defense game, this is one worth picking up.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Best tower defense game i have ever played. simple, addicting, fun. Pretty graphics, nice soundtrack, this can be a nice calming game, or one you scream ONE MORE TRY after just missing a perfect clear on hardcore mode. One of my all time faves
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
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.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
Without a doubt the greatest tower defense game of all time.
Do the dance and get the gold.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
One of the best tower defense games I've play! It puts a new meaning to the word "perfect".

Most tower defense games I find some what too easy. PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate puts a spin on things by making the monsters come from all different directions and the path they follow unpredictable, forcing the player to map the level carefully and place towers strategically. Not to mention that the game is full of great music and original characters.

The game can be difficult at times, but that's what makes it so engages!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Fun tower defense game... hours of play. Great couch co-op too!
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