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 (315 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
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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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
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
very good time killer
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Knowing only that Pixel Junk Monsters is a tower defense game and going in with the dreadful experience of all the tower defense game regurgitated out onto the Google Play market, to say that my expectations were not high is an understatement. In most ways this game was everything I assumed it would be, but there was actually a nice little twist to it that really piqued my interest.

Now a nice twist does not mean a nice game. I think Pixel Junk is pretty rubbish, but the way that the tower creation mechanics are done has some serious potential. Instead of just clicking a spot and picking a tower, the devs decided to make the whole process more organic. You control a turtle looking creature and you navigate the board in the same manner as you would an action RPG, hunting for loot and transforming trees into deadly turrets. I think the idea is just awesome and makes the stale tower defense genre much more engaging and potentially complex enough for serious PC gaming.

Sadly everything falls short in Pixel Junk Monsters. The navigation, while so cool, is slow and cumbersome. Instead of using this mechanical twist to up the complexity, it feels like the whole game was dumbed down 12 notches. Such great ideas for one of the most stale genres out there, but the execution just isn’t there. Pixel Junk 2 could be a big deal.
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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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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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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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2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
One of the best games i've ever played. well balanced, challenging, and a good sense of humor. If you like tower defense games, this is one of the best. It's better with friends....really, go ahead, get multiple copies and gift them to your buds...no one can say no to a free game afterall! when it was originally released on the PS3, my friends and I would rotate each round so everyone got a go. It was really fun as we tried to figure out which two (2 player max) would provide the winning strategy, OMG, there was a LOT of couch coaching, jibs, jabs, and laughs......ahhhh.....good times.
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
10/10
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6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Very different and very good tower defense game. You actually have a character that "builds" the towers by doing some dance around them. You can also level up your towers by having your guy stand on them or by using your currency. It also supports local co-op which is a blast too.
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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
One of the more challenging tower defence games I've played, wich is good, and the animation is fun and colourfull. All in all a fun, challenging, and engaging tower defence game that I very much enjoy.
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33.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Wow! Just glanced through the negative reviews for this game and they're incredibly unfair. I was addicted to this game on PS3, and I bought the VITA edition as well. I figured I'd try to get all the achievements in the steam edition too, but this version is a bit harder than the PS3 version due to some addtional content added.

Ok, for this game the first thing you need to know is that it can be extremely difficult. You could be doing great on a level and then get destroyed by a wave out of nowhere. This game does require multiple retries to get a PERFECT CLEAR on a lot of the levels. When you retry, you start from the beginning of the level and there is no way to fast forward like some TD games let you do.

I have some pretty basic advice for anyone who wants to do well:

*Don't worry about getting a PERFECT CLEAR on every level before advancing to the next level. You'll unlock new towers and abilities thtoughout the game which will dramatically help you. Go back and get the PERFECT CLEARS when you have the extras unlocked. Main item here is the Mine ability. This will save you very frequently

*Don't spam the Anti-Air towers. A single AA tower upgraded to max level is probably more effective than 10 AA towers at the lowest level. Plus it's "free" to upgrade rather than buy new towers (Free in the sense that it costs no gold)

*The slow down (frost) towers are too expensive and are rarely needed. I can rainbow almost every level without them. HOWEVER - Some enemies are animated as being on fire and they have insanely super speed. Using a frost tower will permanently remove their speed bonus with one hit (and the frost tower can have a big splash radius as well). There are a few waves in the game that are almost impossible without this tower, so keep that in mind if you're having a brutal time with the fire guys.

Those would be the main 3 things I think everyone should be aware of. Everything else you can figure out. To summarize the 'review' aspect of this:

-This is one of the best TD games ever made. It is extremely balanced and every level can be mastered with practice.
-Two player co-op is a blast!
-No IAPS or DLC. Everything is included here
-Lots of levels and challenges and achievements. Loads of playtime and replayability
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