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 (19 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014
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July 29

Update 1.3.1

- Changes on tutorial, now shows how to move a unit.
- Healer now heals itself.
- Balance: Health points added to Selknams.
- Fix pathfinding on convicts.
- Minor fixes.

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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

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB of Video Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 and above
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB of Video Memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
161 of 182 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 25
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Neutral: It's as formulaic as it comes, and it could have done more with it's setting then it does, but Selknam Defense is still a perfectly serviceable tower defense game, just a kind of bland one.

Note: To put it plainly, if this goes on sale for 2 or 3 quid, its probably worthwhile if nothing amazing, but at it's current price I just can't recommend it for the amount of content that's there and simplistic mechanics.

Full review is available here
Posted: July 30
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31 of 57 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
First Try on Selknam Defense!

Updates will be posted boldy in the respective part of the review
The video can be found here:
http://youtu.be/TqKjKjQaIOo

I'll start off by saying that the tag "mobile port", would it be still available, would fit here quite nicely. At least this game feels like one.

The options menu only consists of fullscreen(on/off) and sliders for sfx and music.

After a quick tutorial, you'll be released into the wilds of this game. One thing that is quite nice in my opinion is that there are 3 different input devices available for you to navigate and put down units(controller, mouse and the keyboard). Speaking of the controller, one thing that is detrimental though is that you can't accellerate the the game with the controller alone. Especially considering that this game first went live on the LG smart TV, you might think that this game was built with you sitting on the couch and playing it with the controller in mind.

Anyways, one thing I started to notice is that melee characters are not standing still. This good as well as bad at the same time. Because of that you can attack ranged enemies with melee characters, but at the same time, if you've placed the healer one square behind your melee warrior, it gets out of healing range.

Secondly the game introduces a suicide bomber enemy relatively early in the game. By the way it has to be said that the enemy variety in this game is acceptable, but let's get back to the bomber. The bomber runs towards your units, and if you build your defense lines as I do(melee upfront, ranged/heals at the back), you will loose a lot of manpower this way. Since I didn't find a way to tell my unit to back off and let the ranged units do the job, my melee lines get obliterated by one enemy unit. (Maybe a misplay by myself, but I will look into it again later)
Update: As this fellow https://www.youtube.com/user/fbudinichd pointed out in a comment on my video, you are able to reposition your own units, which is not shown in the tutorial or the game at any time. This way the damage suicide bomber units would do can be reduced greatly. At any rate, it should be included in the tutorial that you can reposition your units, which adds a bit of strategical depth to the game itself.

Apart from all of that I'd like to say that the game does what it does quite good, but that is all. It is not that the game is bad, it is not good either and what kills it for me is that this game has nothing that sets it apart from the rest of the free tower defense games out there.
This makes it nigh on impossible to recommend this game. If I google tower defense, I get to choose a overwhelming amount of free flash games that do pretty much the same as this game. I could even download Starcraft II for free and browse the arcade for tower defense games.


With that said, we come to the tl:dr...
Is the game worth it? I have to say, no. It is not worth the 10€ and I would even say even with 50% it is not worth it. The sheer amount of other free towerdefense games out there simply show that you might consider Selknam Defense just yet another towerdefense game and nothing more than that...
Posted: July 26
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
***Smart TVs are ♥♥♥♥***

I originally played the game on mine, and I was very surprised as most other games were tic tac toe clones and trivia/memory based games, it's the best game on that platform. *Seriously*, on that platform, this game is the equivalent of Call of Duty vs Duck Hunt (surprisingly, there is no duck hunt clone for LG TVs).

Now that I got that out of my chest:


The gameplay is a blend of the tower defense and real time strategy, because you can move units on the map after placing them. Reposition comes in very handy when it comes to the mage class of warriors, which can be used to heal other units, or provide offensive and defensive buffs.

The game is very unforgiving and requires either precise strategies, or you being very good at micromanagment to get three stars (sometimes, it's actually quite unfair, because of the suicide bombers. The trick is to make a cheap unit run towards them).

I found the ability to move your forces around after placing them to be quite fun, adding to the usual deploy-bullet-proof-formation tower defense tactic, making it more complex.

Coins regulate how many units you can build, and upgraded units cost more, so from the get go you must manage your resources wisely, or you’ll find yourself in trouble (upgrading a unit to level 3, is not always a good idea).

On average you'll be placing around 6-12 units on screen, if you’re good with resource management. I like the fact that you can’t just build massive forces to defend your base, and killing enemy units yields very little cash. Instead you must use your resources sparingly and take advantage of the ability to reposition forces to win.

This variation to the standart tower defense formula does add some replayability because you will have to experience the flow of a map a few times before you can setup a defense that will foil the enemy forces, which consist of a range of units, from soldiers to suicide bombers.

The game does get very challenging about halfway through, the main campaign will provide around 8 hours of gameplay, depending on your skill, and there is a survival mode to play in addition to the campaign, so you can squeeze a bit more gameplay out of the game, but I think it gets effectively impossible to beat after 8 minutes or so, making the main campaign the meat of the game.

While the PC version has improved upon the original TV version, I think that the game needs further refinement, yet, taking a look at the updates, I'm confident that the developer will deliver, and that's why I recommend it.
Posted: July 31
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
For fans of tactical games, I recommend you play Selknam Defense, will be immersed in the world of his characters charismatics and a challenging game mode.

You will not regret it.
Posted: September 5
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