Winner of the LG Electronic Smart TV competition, Selknam Defense is more than an exceptional strategy game. It’s a gateway to the past that puts a nation’s destiny into your control. Do you have the skills to alter history and save the Selknam?
User reviews: Mixed (43 reviews) - 41% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014

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About This Game

Join over 50,000 players in a quest to change one civilization’s fate in this award-winning tower-defense/RTS hybrid game inspired by true events.

Travel back almost 200 years to defend the Selknam people of South America against European colonization. Lead archers, mages and other warriors to fight off waves of attack in the dense forests, freezing tundra and lands you call home. Battle soldiers, pirates and other new-world foes to unlock powerful upgrades and customize your defensive strategy.

Winner of the LG Electronic Smart TV competition, Selknam Defense is more than an exceptional strategy game. It’s a gateway to the past that puts a nation’s destiny into your control. Do you have the skills to alter history and save the Selknam?

  • Hours of engaging defense combat inspired by true events
  • 24 levels across 4 lands, each requiring innovative and unique defense strategies to defeat
  • Stunning and vibrant artwork that brings the game’s narrative to life.
  • 4 heroic Selknam defenders with powerful upgrades and abilities to tailor your defense
  • 7 enemy types, from soldiers to pirates, each with their own skills
  • Bonus stage with an epic boss battle for successfully completing campaign mode
  • Survival mode to test your defense strategies’ endurance
  • 15 achievements
  • Keyboard and mouse or Xbox 360 controls
  • LG Electronic Smart TV competition winner, over 50,000 downloads

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB of Video Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6 and above
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB of Video Memory
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
In 2 words - game isn't really great, but at least it's not too long to bore you too much. Graphics/music are ok (who cares, it's a TD), amount of towers/enemies is low, but tolerable, i suppose it'd be good for some kid new to the genre or something.

First really bad thing imo is that in later lvls it's more not about tactics, but about how fast can you make new towers, because money flow is too fast, and second fact, is that you can't really slow down or even tactically pause the game (so you can view and plan whole map), instead menu almost covering everything. Buy this game only if you heavily into TD and don't have anything else to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
The game is OK at best, could be a lot better though.


-Simple graphics, tutorial, and interface help beginner tower defense players learn quickly.
-Fun, simple gameplay, with some strategic depth.
-Great difficulty curve that forces change of strategy on later levels.
-Many units are generally well-balanced and useful in their own way.
-Decent value game if you spend $6 or less.


-Low replay value; game is beatable in a few hours, nothing else really to do other than survival mode and minimal achievements.
-Suicide bomber enemies are OP. I would understand if all units die from bombers in one hit except for tanks, but even low-level tank units get killed by them in one hit. Only max-upgraded tanks can survive one blast, but with almost no HP left. Enemy suicide bomber damage should be reduced a bit so that level 1, 2, and 3 tank units can take more than one bomber hit, but no more than two, before death.
-Basic archer units should do a bit more damage.
-No way to see specific enemy stats, or how your unit buffs are affecting unit stats.
-When building units, no name indicators are given when choosing what unit to place. There needs to be names shown when mousing over the units, so that you can distinguish between each unit without incorrectly selecting the wrong unit to build.
-General bugs ruin gameplay: enemy units go right through defences when they shouldn't in certain levels, sometimes certain areas that you should be able to place units on become unbuildable during gameplay, bad melee AI makes them move to areas that you don't want them to move and attack units that you don't want them to.
-Limited music variety becomes tiresome to listen to.
-Unit placement voices are annoying.
-Barebones storyline and graphics.

Overall, 6/10. There are many better tower defense games out there (Dungeon Defence, Plants vs. Zombies, etc), but I would recommend this for family gamers, if you're looking for a budget TD game, if you're a huge TD game enthusist or if you're a TD beginner. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
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184 of 208 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
A functional but rather mediocre tower defense game. The units are all pretty standard: warriors, archers, healers, etc. They can be leveled up in between battles, but this simply improves their stats; they gain no new abilities. You can also unlock new types of units with slightly different abilities. You level up and unlock units with stars. After each battle, you get 1-3 stars, depending on how well you did. However, you only get these stars once for each battle. So once you've gotten three stars, there's no reason to ever replay earlier battles. The gameplay is disappointingly simplistic. You cannot level up units during a battle or use "spells" to directly damage or slowdown enemies, etc.; you simply place your units and hope for the best. Moreover, the terrain has very little influence on battles, and you cannot create mazes to delay the enemies. In addition, some enemies are frustratingly unfair, such as bombers who can take out all of your units in one hit, leaving you without any way to defend yourself. There are also some annoying flaws in the units' AI. For example, healers will heal other units rather than themselves, even when they themselves are close to death, so they often end up dead when you need them the most. And sometimes they'll just stop healing units all together for no apparent reason. All in all, while there is some simple fun to be had here, it's a lackluster game overall, and there are far better similar games, such as Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, Kingdom Rush, or Prime World: Defenders.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
Fun little tower defense game. However, it is quite "child-like" and any adults looking for more than a "distraction" won't find much.

It's an easy experience, fun and mind-numbing when you need it to be. It's definitely not something to get jazzed up about, but it's worth it for $5 or less.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
It's a Tower Defense Game.

Kinda reminds me of Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, before they canned the game.

The controls are a bit clunky: when you assign a movement command to one of your Selknams, it will commit to the move before you can reassign another move.

So in other words: if you misclick, you're boned.

A feature that would be helpful would be to label the units upon purchase, especially the caster type "towers".
Just because a caster has his eyebrows angry, or two points on his hat, etc., isn't the best way to distinguish the Selknam. Adding a hover-over label would be simple and to the point. (Because they look too similar)

Some of the Dialogue between the Europeans and the Selknam are hidden behind the character portraits: a minor detail, but one that needs to be polished, nonetheless.

All in all, it does the job, but I wouldn't purchase it for $9.99.

Doesn't look like there's a lot of replay value to the game: I think once I flip this game and unlock all of the achievements, I probably won't play it again.

The graphics and style of play are... cute, to say the least.

It's an OKAY title at best.

If you're looking for a fun, quick way to kill time, then go for it.

Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere.
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