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McDROID is a frantic Arcade/Strategy/Tower Defense where you control robots, plant trees to heal, wield giant teslas, deploy turrets, head-in or trench-in, solo story campaign or co-op.
Release Date: Sep 5, 2014
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Hotfix build 172

September 19

Just a couple of changes in this one:

- Difficulty should scale better with number of players (particularly in normal mode)
- Limit to number of monsters spawning from rotten diamonds et al. which should alleviate connection/framerate overload issues on late game nightmare et al.

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McDROID hotfix

September 9

Shuttle has barely landed on planet Steam and we already have a hotfix for you!
It's on the PUBLICBETA branch only. Let's see what's on the menu today:

- Fixed issue that sometimes prevented Bonsai chest appearing on Level 5
- Fixed a typo on the research description for tesla weapons
- Linux cursor no longer quite so crazy
- Misc UI tweaks

To access it:
Open your steam library and right click on McDROID.
Click "Properties" at the bottom of the menu that appears.
Click on the "Betas" tab
Select “publicbeta” from the dropdown (if you don't see anything on the dropdown you may need to restart your steam client).
Close the window, the game should now patch to the beta version.

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Reviews

“McDROID is one of the two most imaginative tower defense games I’ve played in a long time”
The Videogame Backlog

“Oh, what's this? It's full of surprises.”
Stumpt

“It’s a FSM damned time vampire.”
Linux Game Cast

About the Game



A frantic, tough as nails Third Person Arcade Tower Defense, McDROID will challenge both your trigger finger and your wits as you multitask like a robotic spider-doggy: running, shooting, building your base, controlling, healing, harvesting, repairing, planting, upgrading and researching - all at the same time.

Defend your shuttle against a variety of crazed alien species as they mutate, corrupt the ground or even turn your crops against you. Load up on, play solo campaign or join in up to 3 people in survival arenas and take the battle to the enemy. If it gets too crazy, turtle up behind your defensive perimeter and assume direct control of the turrets.

Crash landing on their home planet, McDROID the robot and her brother Shuttle find everything too quiet, their sentient Planet is now mute, lobotomized by something evil. As they venture on a quest to heal her hearts, they encounter various strange critters and must use creative strategies that include ... planting trees.

Features:
  • Story campaign where each level uncovers a new game mechanic and research blueprint, and where you heal a planet.
  • Hard as nail Survival Levels with persistence: your towers and economy stay with you from death to death, but also bomb trees, unfortunately.
  • Persistent Research. Do you focus on improving your lasers first or branch out into bliss engine as you climb through the research trees?
  • Drop in/Drop out Co-Op: if you're overwhelmed in single campaign, have some robot-buddies join you.
  • Persistent base building: Complete a level on Normal and you can play on in Challenge and Nightmare modes. Your base and economy will carry over but will have to withstand much deadlier attacks!
  • Unique towers that create powerful synergies such as boosting power of automatic robots or teslas chain linking.
  • Space age cartoon graphics.
  • Not 40s, not 50s, not 80s but 60 rock!
  • Harvest the only sensible resource of the future: Unfeasibly large strawberries.
  • Achievements awarded for tasks ranging from tricky to insane.
  • Find the decals and paint to customize your McDROID, they are scattered about.
  • Supports Xbox 360 controller

NOTE: no gamepad support on Linux.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: core 2 duo
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 660 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: core 2 duo
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 6800 GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 7800 GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: core 2 duo
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 6800 GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: Gamepad not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 7800 GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Note: Gamepad not supported
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
McDroid is simply delightful!

Blending old rock music, cell shaded graphics, kwerky humour and fresh take on old tower defence mechanics; it's a gem a game many can enjoy. Rest of review below.

http://youtu.be/LOHDHqzm0yI

In it you're a little rover returning home with your rather silly shuttle, only to find your once beautiful planet has been ruined and its spirit silent. As the two of you set out on a quest to not only find out what's happened, but to restore the planet to its once beautiful self.

This is done planting trees, and of course lasers, along with varied other weapons.
The planet has been fracked, and its resources drained. Leaving it barren and its fauna and flare horribly mutated. The game might be rather linear in its story, but it lends itself to it very well and never having a boring spot.

The shuttle is the voice of reason; to some extent. Telling what to do, how to do it and why. It's you're job to save the world, and protect not only the shuttle but yourself. As a little rover you can mount any item you can make, whether that's a little bonsai tree, a robotic repair arm, or a set of lasers!

During the missions, aliens, and mutants are hell bent on stopping you. They've become rather accustomed to the horrible lava filled and corrupted world. This is where the tower defence mechanics come in, although you simply do not drop a turret and leave. Oh no, the creatures will happily destroy them on their path towards the shuttle, and you have a lot of micro managing to do. Running around repairing turrets, upgrading them, planting trees, and harvesting strawberries and diamonds.

The two things that you depends on your fuel, and research. During the hectic battles you still need to try and harvest as many strawberries as possible. They are they currency with which you buy much needed items, and weapons. Take to long and they either disappear, get eaten, or the dreaded Strawberry DRM kicks in. Each mission has an undisclosed countdown, to when the DRM kicks in. Effectively turning the strawberry plants into crystals and halting your supplies.

This makes the game quite hectic as you have do all this, your objectives, and fend of hordes of mutants.
Adding to this is the collection of diamonds, which are used to research newer weapons, and items, along with upgrades for current ones. Not only this but they're also used to buy special items that can only be used during missions. These are vitally important. Especially for the later missions that feel almost impossibly difficult.

My biggest complaint is the severe upgrade cost for items. Some need 1000 diamonds, and they're already hard to get and keep. As once you've used them for a mission item you need to earn new ones. This is done through the various arenas and challenge missions, although they can be even more difficult than the last missions.
This forces you to have a nasty grind in the quest to get diamonds, especially since the early challenge missions only reward you with around 25-30 if you do very well.

Also you can only pick up and carry a set amount of diamonds and strawberries, and they all go into the same pouch. Meaning that in a rather difficult fight you need to try and pick up the correct ones, while managing your defences.


Overall the game blends all these things extremely well, and it's a very addictive game. I simply could not stop playing, even despite the bit of a diamond grind. I would easily recommend this game to people that just want a good fun game, with some weird humour, and lots of lasers.
Posted: September 5
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
This is a wonderful little game. Played this co-op in beta with my son and nephew, then 10 and 8 years old. It was a joy to play then, and it has only improved since. It combines Tower Defence with strategic action. You can place towers in pre-determined slots on the map, and additionally carry one tower on your back.

As you defend your spacecraft from attack, you have to consider repairing towers and your spacecraft, and defending and gathering of ressources. This is where co-op is particularly fun, as you can divide tasks between you, and devise a strategy together to beat a level.

The graphics are colorful and shell shaded. As with all shell shaded graphics, this can become tiresome for the eyes. On the other hand it creates a nice display of colours, and makes items and entities easy to identify.

The music is simple and excellent, fits the theme of the game well.

The story is a little generic, but is suitable and when everything combines, it makes for a great game for adults and kids.

Even in beta the game was well put together, something not always the case these days when it comes to Greenlit games on Steam. The price may be a bit too high, but the three years in the making shows, so maybe it's reasonable after all.
Posted: September 10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
This game can be really fun even for people who don’t like tower defense game like me.
The game has a cartoony style which I like a lot. To me you can’t even compare this game to other tower defense I was hooked instantly. I know I only have a 100 minutes but I will complete it all :D. The research place is also interesting because most game tower defense games don’t do that you get better stuff by level. The characters I meet so far are cool I like the jokes the ship makes and your robot has already impressed me too me this game would make me look at other tower defense. If someone asked me what I would give it, I would give it a 9/10. The things that bother me are that you can get stuck easily on the monsters and other stuff and so can your robot dogs and die ;(. The story I have mixed feelings I don’t like it nor do I hate it, the reason why is because it seems a bit bland to me. But that wouldn’t stop me from playing I would recommend this to people I know even if they don’t like tower defense games, this game has me in its hands.
Posted: September 5
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Mcdroid is a great game, its really good. Everything is good, from gameplay, to progression, economy, enemies, ect.

Every match you plant seeds in pre-placed seed beds, which produce strawberries, which act as the games currency for buying and upgrading towers. This adds a additional element many tower defense games don't have, as you need to defend your strawberry patches. The other currency is diamonds. Diamonds are gained from certain enemy kills, and are used to buy tower upgrades and special abilities.

There is alot of variety with the towers and upgrades, and the game is fun both in single and multi player. There is a limited number of campaign levels, estimated about 5 hours playtime. However there are hardcore and survival versions of almost every level which can ramp up the game time considerably, and are very fun. Playing online is also considerably fun.

All in all a great game, worth the money and recommended to tower defense and arcade shooter fans.
Posted: September 9
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Mcdroid is a fun tower denfense game but it has pros and cons.

pro
nice art style
good music
combat is fun
you fell involed

con
level desgin is not the best
voice acting is horrable
screen can get cluttered

a video review
http://youtu.be/-PbaJ7zvYC8
Posted: September 5
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