R-TYPE made a baby with Plant vs Zombies and called it McDROID ... An old school hard-as-nail "ARCADE TOWER DEFENSE" where you play a little robots who heals PLANET, protects obnoxious big brother SHUTTLE, farms, loots, does weird science and plays with that WAVE CANON...
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Release Date: Sep 5, 2014

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September 26


Hello everyone!

This is the final update!
It's got Japanese language - FINALLY!! Thanks Greener to that (Since I don't read Japanese he might have added pranks in there.)

A few players were complaining that the game had become too easy so I added difficulty "SOULS" and this is the new default. Beating level 13 in SOULS took me 7 tries when normally I finish it glancing at the screen every now and then, beating this level was very gratifying so I added an achievement for it. SOULS difficulty also triples the score.

Some balancing was also done to make the game feel more punchy, also many bugs were shown the door and I even threw in some optimizations which make it run roughly 16.7% faster on my old macbook.

What else, oh yes: level 1 is much more fun by giving an early taste of what 80 monsters feel like and for good measure I left a few repairable "Wave Canons", for you R-TYPE lovers - hold the button to charge, then release, charge is twice as fast on the grass.
I also fixed a few levels, like the 13-arena is now playable past wave 10, which is good for an infinity level.

That's it, I hope you'll enjoy :)

Final update you said, so what's next? Farming (IRL) and tinkering with AI. A few people have asked me to make another game in the McDROID world. Vote here for the next game!

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“McDroid is the most boisterous and unique tower-defense title to ever miss your video game radar.”
The Australia Time

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

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

About This Game

Story: McDROID returns home to Planet M and finds this message from SOMANTO corp...

Welcome back to your home planet. In your farming and survival pack you get:
  • One (1) Modular Combine Droid (McDROID)
  • A story campaign where each level uncovers a new game mechanic and research blueprint, and where you heal a planet.
  • Each level has 3 difficulty, CHALLENGE continues where you left off in NORMAL with all the turrets that survived.
  • Enemies drop corpses which debuff and damage your turrets. Gotta clean up behind yourself! (for extra loot)
  • Trees to heal the planet (and buff your weapons and crops production)
  • A variety of researchable giant talking weapons that you can carry and shoot around like a 3rd person shooter.
  • A multi weapon rail to turn into a very powerful machine of peace.
  • One unicorn skin and one skull skin (find them scattered about)
  • Deployable base mount
  • Tesla turrets that you can chain together a-la CnC Red Alert
  • Economy based on McDiamonds and giant strawberries because it's the future.
  • Factories that builds robots (that buid miniatures of factories?)
  • Mutators that will turn your crop into Bomb Trees (not good for harvest).
  • Cute cartoony Borderland gfx
  • Hand Crafted levels that change with how many trees your plant.
  • Drop in/Drop out Co-Op: because that Mutatosaurus is just too much for you. Cloud save. Persistent base and other technologies from the 21st century.
  • 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!
  • Not 40s, not 50s, not 80s but 60 rock!
  • Achievements awarded for tasks ranging from silly to tricky.
  • Supports Xbox 360 controller

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: core 2 duo
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 660 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: QWERTY only
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 9800 GTX
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: QWERTY only
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: core 2 duo
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 6800 GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: QWERTY only
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 9800 GTX
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: QWERTY only
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: core 2 duo
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 6800 GT
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: QWERTY only and Gamepad not supported
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia 9800 GTX
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: QWERTY only and Gamepad not supported
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8

Im giving this game a very negative review, duly because of the crazy SALE'S tactic's that have been used here OK.


This game was on sale for 1 week ending October 4th at 3am CST time. I purchased the 4 pack and that was also 75% off as well. I gave a copy to a friend and a copy to my son, SO TO LATE for a REFUND now. Then I see the store page after the sale was over, & its the same price as what I had origionally bought the game for WHY? If this is an honest mistake, then I will delete this review in an instant, BUT if not and this is just another scamy sales tactic then ...........................


IM REALLY UPSET over this change in pricing, so soon after a sale like this one ! If it was say 1 year later or even 2 years later it would not be so bad, but 1 week :P :(

To the Developer & Publisher

Thank you greatly for the game and the fantastic discount I got ? WELL never really got, because YOU just scamed me for the price and the price NEVER really changed RIGHT? all with in a week from end of sale :P

Developer: Elefantopia
Publisher: Elefantopia

OK know on a more positive note here, the game is very a nice Tower defense type Strategy game and does play smoothly I love the art the very cute McDROID Robot and the colours Im presented with, with in this game. BUT when all the shooting and action starts from the enemy waves the game starts to lag and stagger for me, not fun when this starts to happen, Son said its my laptop and GPU possibly cant handle the extra load when the action starts. This I really dont understand because other games even RIVE play fantastic with out any issues and many others a s well.

Look all I will say is buy at your own risk now, I never really got a 75%off discount NOW did I ??????
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Not a terrible game, but there are better free td games out there. There is very little to do, other than stand still (which is how you heal towers), or try to draw away agro. Dissapointing.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Despite some comedic relief via homorus dialog, the game is unfortunately so difficult while solo due to the amount of micromangement required it into a panicked stuggle to survive than a fun experience
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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
Solid TD-fun with a twist!

McDroid is an awesome little pearl, obviously overseen.
It's an immersive tower-defence game with some really neat, fresh ideas.

You're some adorable little droid with the mission to collect as many strawberries, seeds and diamonds as you can while fighting off hordes of different enemies that try to kill you and your base. And your towers. And your strawberries. And everything else.
With diamonds you'll research/buy new towers or upgrades in a special "shop-map" and said red berries are the per-map-currency with which you can buy weapons which you can either plant into the ground (fixed positions) as stationary defences or plant into yourself for additional firepower or utility.
You plant seeds in fixed spots that grow more strawberries regularly. But the more you build, the more you have to maintain/repair which will get very demanding in later waves.
You can also plant repair-arms, factories which gather berries themselves, small droids to help you fight, etc.
And what you have planted, you can pickup again and plant elsewhere. Or keep it on yourself. Whatever floats your boat here.
At some point in a level the strawberry-production will be stopped and you'll have to do with what you gathered so far, so you better hurry up in the first place, which is easier said than done :-)

The level selector is a map by itself, which is a neat idea. There are "only" 12 maps, but each with additional challenges and more to keep you going. There's even a nice "zoo" where you can see all creatures you've encountered so far.
You can then compare your results with your friends. The Dev plays the game himself and has awesomely high scores. I bet he cheats :-)

The good (what to love):
  • Unique and one-of-a-kind!
  • It's adorable and got a cute art-style
  • Walk around as heavy armed artillery? Or a repair-god? Or as a berry-gathering maniac? Or as a weakling in a heavily defended base? Rely on YOU or your towers? Your choice.
  • Each weapon (if you attach them onto yourself) can be charged for an additional punch. And separately if you wish to do so. E.g. Left arm makes PEW PEW PEW!-lasers while the right arm charges a big missile. Awesome!
  • You don't just place a tower and leave it be. No, they will get destroyed too. Did someone say micromanagement? Hell yeah!
  • Berries, seeds and diamonds vanish over time. So you need to grab them ASAP. Oh and of course you only can carry a limited amount of each, so you need to deliver them to your base all the time. OR you can attach a factory onto yourself and...
  • Cool music
  • It has COOP-features, which i have not tested yet
  • There's a story. But I really don't care about a story in a TD. But it does not hurt either :-)
  • Even with a totally overcrowded with hundreds of enemies and explosions and whatever else it remains playable. Performance is very good.

The bad (not good, but not gamebreakingly awful):
  • In some maps, at some points it can get horribly overcrowded up to the point where it's easier to oversee snowflakes in a snowstorm than enemies and towers :-)
  • There apparently WAS an in-game-shop or something like that. That thing's still there in the map-selector with only a "closed" sign. That's annoying. Wanna see it all!

The ugly (what to hate, may kill the fun):
  • Nothing!


You like Tower Defence games and maybe action shooters and some RTS too? Definitely worth a try!
You hate one of the said genres? You MAY still like it anyway.
There's no game I could say that is quite similar, so a comparison is out of question here.
I really enjoyed it, although it's no "classic" TD.

Too sad it didn't had the commercial success it deserved. Maybe the Dev should have named it "Fingered" or "NotGTAV" :-(
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64 of 78 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
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.


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.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
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 cel shaded. As with all cel 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.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I like the cell-shading, the sound design and the look and feel remind me favorably of Rochard.

It's an odd tower defense, because you play in a confied space. The pace is on the slow sid. It is fun and can be occasionally challenging. It can also be slightly confusing. I am enjoying it, picked it up in a bundle a long time ago, and it just recently hit Steam. It's a unique tower defense and I give it a cautious thumbs-up for introducing some new ideas (and plenty of nods to other tower defense games, especially the strawberries of Defense Grid.)

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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,197.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
What if the Lorax was a robot, and his friends a shuttle and a sick planet?

That's the premiss of McDROID, where you multitask a lot - install turrets, plant trees, and seeds, farm strawberries, build factories, place a giant talking laser on your back, kite monsters, plant more trees.

Its main mission is made up of 12 levels, most can be replayed in challenge and nightmare mode with different waves and usually require vastly different strategies.

After level 5 it becomes more of an action game than a tower defense but really you can play it different ways.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
This is a game genre i generally dislike (for me, Tower Defence games usualy get boring very fast).

While with this little gem...
I can`t stop playing (and i played this game even before it got on Steam) :)

- Very nice graphic
- Well thought maps
- Single and coop
- Lots of replay time value
- Funny
- Developer whom speaks with the players and really cares for this game and the McDROID players
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
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.
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15.6 hrs
Posted: October 5
It's just a cute tower defense game that keeps you entertained all the way through the end.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: July 25
So, speaking of outlandish premises, here's another that has that in spades. Is it a better game than Last Hope? I'd say so, and I would recommend it, but with some caveats.

The game stars the titular McDroid, who the game refers to as a dog-bot, and his friend a talking shuttle named...Shuttle. They return back to their friend Planet (who is a sentient) after a trip to find thing are a bit different. She's completely silent, mutated creatures are roaming about, and mysterious messages are around from an entity called the Somanto Corporation. You can probably see where this is going, and while I didn't find it too insufferable since you play as machines, the game does have an environmental message.

To heal Planet you'll need to heal special flowers to bring her back to the way she was, and to do that you'll need to protect Shuttle from the mutants Somanto's action have let loose. Like Orcs Must Die or Spacejacked you control McDroid and have an avatar in the fights. Unlike other games though, you don't just get money from killing enemies: instead you have to collect seeds strewn across the level or dropped at scripted moments and plant them. They'll sprout strawberries every so often, which you need to grab and bring back to Shuttle. Then you can spend them. Certainly a unique change but not entirely a welcome one, although you do unlock a unit that will do that for you later on in the game.

You can spend the berries on turrets, extra health or equipment for McDroid and Shuttle, and...Bonsai trees? The game has a terrain mechanic to it, where you can put trees in the same spots as your towers; they don't do any damage on their own, but spawn greenery in a certain radius. If a turret is in that distance, it deals much more damage. You can only put things in certain spaces, but McDroid has room for at least one turret or plant to carry around with him, so there's a lot of room to experiment.

Where it gets tricky is that the enemy has their own terrain, a lavaish field that deals constant damage to anything inside it - this is another game where your towers can get attacked, although thankfully McDroid can repair them by default, and quickly too. Plants can counteract the field, but they sort of cancel each-other out, so it's a good idea to have your turrets get rid of whatever is causing it, usually the corpse of some bigger monster. To do that though you click on it, which distracts them away from anything else, so you need to pick the right time.

It might sound like the levels have a lot to keep track of, and you're right. You're almost always on the move in McDroid, whether it's to collect some berries, shoot some debris, or boost your towers. That becomes a pain in certain things, like if you want to upgrade a tower; you need to have him holding the one in question before you can, which is cumbersome at times. To upgrade your kit you also need to personally collect gems that drop from destroying certain things or opening chests. You do get a grace period when the level's over to collect things you missed, and there are a few levels where you need to do other things in addition to surviving all the waves, which ensures you won't get booted out before you can get them all. You can use gems in levels to buy specialty things, such as some helper units that attack enemies for you or extra spaces for turrets and plants.

I finished all the main levels in McDroid except for the last one, which almost seems designed for co-op (which the game has), since you have to keep track of things in all four directions. That took me five hours. That's probably the biggest caveat: besides the story levels, there just seems to be more challenging versions of those levels and some endless arena levels. The game's twenty dollars full price, but even at five dollars, which I bought it at, you'd need to really like the game to get much out of it besides the bare minimum. I can't really say it's a bad game, since there does seem to be a lot of effort to put in, and it looks really nice. I might be less pleased with it if I have gotten it at full price, though. If you want a unique game that's a bit imperfect, McDroid could interest you.
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25.4 hrs
Posted: June 27
I loved this game and found it much more enjoyable than Orcs Must Die 2. This was my intro to tower defense and I'm hooked! PLEASE PLEASE MAKE LEVELS!!!
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Losk Osmanthus 路渐秋凉
19.6 hrs
Posted: May 25
Really good experience.
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23.8 hrs
Posted: May 17
I've just recently started playing this game again, having not played since beta. It's a really great strategy game and I find it's good for destressing after a long day at work or school! The graphics are really cute (and the voice acting is amazing). Overall I highly recommend this game.
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9.5 hrs
Posted: May 9
Can't say it was good or bad but I had a lot of fun with it. Wouldn't pay more then a few bucks for it tho
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0.7 hrs
Posted: May 3
Fun game to play while high
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