Anomaly Defenders is the closing installment of the Anomaly series. The original incarnation of the Tower Offense sub-genre had players controlling humans fighting alien invaders. Now, the tables have turned. The human counterattack is underway and the alien homeworld is under threat.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (110 reviews) - 79% of the 110 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 29, 2014

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About This Game

Anomaly Defenders is the closing installment of the Anomaly series. The original incarnation of the Tower Offense sub-genre had players controlling humans fighting alien invaders. Now, the tables have turned. The human counterattack is underway and the alien homeworld is under threat. Defend the planet from the human scum in the final battle of the series.

Anomaly Defenders is a fast-paced Tower Defense game where attacking human troops can damage and destroy your defenses. You have to react and counterattack enemies on the battlefield at all times. Each time you start a campaign, the unique tech-tree technologies can be tailored to your needs. Killing humans is easier due to 8 upgradable towers and special functions: repair your towers, make them go berserk, sacrifice them in explosions that are harmful to nasty humans, and use other tricks. This is the final battle against the humans. For the Hive, Commander!

Key Features:

  • Functions to fix and boost your towers: Repair, Rage, Explode and others
  • Full-blown tech-tree to tailor unique strategies
  • Attacking forces can damage and destroy your towers - watch out!
  • Outsmart humans by deploying towers that force them to change their movement path
  • Fight the humans on the orbital stations and undiscovered lands – 24 unique levels are waiting for you to protect them
  • 8 unique, upgradeable towers
  • Three difficulty levels adjusted for both new and hardcore players

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 (32 bit) / Vista
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz, AMD Phenom(TM)II X4 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Processor:Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz, AMD Phenom(TM)II X4 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz, AMD Phenom(TM)II X4 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Anomaly has always been a reverse Tower Defense game but not for this one.
In this game you're playing Tower Defense and have a role as the Anomaly (read: alien) Commander.
Your mission is to fend of the human attacker and stay alive.

11 bit studios still got their beatiful graphics and sounds.
As I expected, this one turns out as a great challenging Tower Defense game.
But yeah for this series it lacks story. Unlike the other Anomaly game, Anomaly Defenders didn't have a strong storyline.
Overall, this is a must pick for Anomaly fans.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Anomaly Warzone Earth garnered a deserved success in reversing the classic Tower Defense formula to make a refreshing Tower Attack. After several iterations the designers attempted to invert their original idea. Unfortunately most innovative features of its predecessors get lost in the process and the final result Anomaly Defender is just an insipid sub-par Tower Defense. The main issues being a dull gameplay and the lack of challenge.

+ The game use the Unreal engine, and like the other Anomaly games it is technically well made with neat graphics.

+ The technology tree is well made and offer decent choices.

- The biggest flaw of the game is the poor gameplay, there are two part to this:

First, on the strategic level there is not much decisions to make and creative ways to place your towers. You can only build towers on specific locations outside of the enemy path, which means no “mazing” option. Then the choices are pretty obvious, place your long range towers in the back row, and your more resilient close range tower closer to the enemy paths. In contrast one of the best thing in the previous Tower Attack games was the ability to plan, and change on the fly, your attack route, giving you the ability to approach strong positions from a favorable angle.

Secondly, during the action proper, the enemy advance at a slow pace, but when they come in the vicinity of your towers most of the action consist of pausing the game to activate your towers special powers. The maps design makes it worse as many times enemy waves attack from different directions, often outside of the screen view. This lead to even greater micromanagement, the scrolling speed being too slow, yo have to pause the game constantly to activate and repair your towers in various parts of the map. Overall it kills the real time feeling associated with tower defense, of seeing the enemy trying to overwhelm your base.

To “spice” things up there are random hazards in some levels, like meteorites falling down damaging both your towers and the enemy. In practice I found it was just a terrible, and unsuccessfull attempt to add something to the poor gameplay.

There is more or less a story in the campaign, but it is completely forgettable, and in contrast to the previous game in the series where action was tense and atmospheric, voice acting and special events don't add anything in this one.


- To make thing even less interesting the game offer little challenge:

There are 24 maps in the game. It starts with easy tutorial like maps, but actually half of the maps are very basic and uninspired. Few are challenging and in most case the enemy never came close to even scratch my base. In the end only the very last level on hard difficulty was a real challenge who required several attempts, a carefully thought out plan and proper combination of various type of towers and powers. Most other times the first and obvious towers placement was good enough.

The game has 3 difficulty levels, the problem is the way you earn the Tech Points so critical to unlock the better towers and special powers. Completing a level on easy/normal/ hard give you around 6/8/9 Tech Pts respectively (more pts on the later level but the proportions are the same). The game is not really hard and I make my first play-through on normal. However I could have played all levels on easy first to gather plenty Tech Pts and to make my attempts on normal so much easier. Somehow giving so much points for the easy levels ruin the gameplay. I strongly encourage you to play on normal first, and move back and play previous levels on hard if you really need extra Tech Pts.

In the end the game was just a disappointment. It is vastly inferior to the previous Anomaly games, and fail even on the basics of Tower Defense.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
I really enjoyed the orginal set of Anomaly games both on PC and on Mobile. Great graphics, story was OK and it turned tower defence on its head. I played them all almost addictively and was dissapointed when I was done.

So I had high hopes for Anomaly Defenders, well, what a disappointment!

The best I can say is 'Meh' it just doesn't hold my attention. Theres virtually no strategy involved, just build towers and upgrade them as quick as you can and you'll beat the level, that is until your technology level is no longer high enough, and you get totally anihilated. you then have to go back and repeatedly re-do levels at higher difficulties just to get more technology points to spend on upgrades.

Story is non-existent (I know the other anomaly games weren't exactly stellar, but at least you felt like you were progressing through something)

I really struggle to believe that these are the same developers that produced Anomaly :-(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
It's a real good tower defense game with some ♥♥♥-kicker graphics.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
+ Graphics
+ Tech tree
+ Challenging
+ Plenty of maps
+ Energy bar is an interesting concept and requires more tactical placement of your towers

+/- Some of the towers look too similar, can be confusing if there's a lot of action going on
+/- Clicking on energy orbs doesn't always register properly

- Can be a bit hectic during the bigger battles
- Adds nothing truly new to the tower defense formula

[Rating: 78/100]
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