Deathtrap is a Tower Defense game with strong action-RPG elements, a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.
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Release Date: Feb 4, 2015

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May 4

Deathtrap Changelog - v1.0.6 - May 4

Updates to Deathtrap have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client (in on-line mode) is restarted.

Game Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where the in-game UI did not appear.
  • Fixed an issue where the game crashed on startup.
  • Fixed an issue where the game crashed upon splitting stacks of potions.

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About This Game

Be clever, be quick – and show no mercy.

Beyond the veil of this world, there is a chain of strongholds that were once built to keep the horrors of the void at bay. And now the monsters are returning from the depths to conquer and kill: only you can stop the monsters before they break through to the everyday world. Choose your hero and defend the silent forts: use, rebuild and improve those ancient traps and magical machines.

Deathtrap is a Tower Defense game with strong action-RPG elements, a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.

Main features


  • A truly unique mixture of Tower Defense games and action-RPGs.
  • You and your traps against the whole otherworld: Defeat the hordes in an incredible single player campaign! You are on your own, so it's a good thing that you have deadly devices and powerful spells.
  • Team up with other heroes and save the world together...: Cooperative campaign with specially designed maps.
  • …or you can just show your friends your true personality: Players can set against each other in this game mode, where the defender prepares traps and defensive tactics, while the attacker has the ability to possess and control directly any creature in his or her army and employs skills to weaken the opponent or boost the invaders.
  • Become the Master of the Deathtrap Strongholds: The integrated Map Editor and Monster Editor allows the creation of the user generated content; moreover, you can also share your deadly, cunning levels and challenging mini-campaigns with others.
  • Knee-deep in blood: in the goriest Tower Defense game ever you can finally teach those monsters a savage lesson. Deathtrap gives you destructive spells and deadly mechanisms to smash, freeze, burn the creatures of nightmare, only to mention a few ways that can turn them into tiny, bloody pieces.
  • Rewards of curiosity: Find the hidden corners on the maps and hunt down the neutral creatures hiding away from the battle for exclusive loot; you can also solve rewarding side quests as well.
  • Become one of the specialists: Choose from 3 diverse classes (Mercenary, Sorceress, and Marksman); each class offers different tactics, skills and powers to dispose your enemies.
  • With experience comes wisdom – and brand new ways to deal with those annoying invaders: The extended and detailed character development offers you 100 levels to achieve and more than 50 Skills per class.
  • Weapons of destruction have never been so much fun: fend off the invaders with 25 deadly traps and more than 150 trap upgrades, not to mention the very special upgrades, which are tied to challenging and fun achievements.
  • Enter a truly grim fantasy netherworld: the Ink, the mysterious otherworld in the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing games has hidden regions and ancient secrets; now can face what is waiting in those depths.
  • Gear up and stand your ground: The detailed equipment mechanics and the comprehensive loot system make your inventory highly customizable.
  • A wide variety of horrors to defeat: Invaders come in 3 races and more than 40 different types; the countless combination of monster abilities will make the invading swarms even more colorful.
  • Make your legendary weapons even more effective: Artifact crafting gives you new ways to experiment with lethal magical items.
  • King of the Maze: The leaderboards and the rank system lets you compete with other players.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800, Radeon HD4000, Intel HD4000 (min. 512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 560 or Radeon HD5800
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 330M, Intel HD4000 or AMD HD4670
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 285M or Nvidia 640M or AMD HD4870
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
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.Loopy.
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A unique take on tower defense

5/10

Worth the price?: Buy on sale

PROS:
-Visually pleasing on maximum settings
-Lots of variation of towers and traps
-Lots of items for your character
-Unique enemy designs

CONS:
-Messy UI
-Sorta cringey voice acting (sorceress, haven't tried any others)
-Recommend playing solo, playing multiplayer is so easy its boring
-Dangerously close to being just another generic TD game

Not the best tower defense game out there, but its one that plays well. The RPG spin in this game is a nice addition to tower defense, leveling up your character and traps is rewarding, but the game can get easy fast because of this, you don't seem to ever be low on gold, meaning you can easily buy all the top gear for your level, making levels a breeze. Its a good time waster, play 1 or 2 levels and revisit it later, not a game to get hugely invested in.
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PsycH0515
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
While initially looking to offer some interesting ideas. The lack of control over trap/turret placement removes my favorite part of these types of games. Gets boring fast.
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Mandj
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Good game
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Vino [Olive Garden]
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Decent tower defense game with action RPG elements that does both...okay. Co-op makes it fun, though it's bland by yourself.

Worth playing if you already have it from a bundle or if it's very cheap on sale. Not something I'd recommend at full or even half price.
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Heaventune
( 84.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game, but they need to fix the online matching issue. I cannot play with my friends at all. I will come back and change my review when the problem has been resolved.
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Mazladore
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Just no, its awful. Controls are awful, has balancing issues, the placement of defences is lame, since you can only put certain types of defences in specified spots.
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Phlawless
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
There currently is a bug where there is no sound effects / music. The devs apparently know about the issue but there's no timetable for a fix yet, which is unfortunate because this game is quite fun. It is like a mashup of Dungeon Defender and Diablo with the aesthetics leaning towards the Diablo universe. I've only played a little bit so far because the lack of sound is a bit distracting, my only concern is that the later levels remain as repetitive as the easier early levels are.

If there ever is a fix for the sound issue add me and let me know lol I would love to give this game a more in depth chance.
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Ensu
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Wanted to give this a full-meant thumbs up if not for the fact that co-op has the most buggy, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥tprogramming rendering it completely inert and unfunctional. Did co-op a couple of times with a pal of mine, now can't connect to him and he can't connect to me. Can't connect to any server for that matter, and the devs are 100% unresponsive other than 'HURRDUURR ADD FIREWALL EXCEPTION AND FIX YOUR PORT' which has both been done. Dude, it worked before (although buggily) and now we can't get it to work for a few days straight. NOTHING changed. Your programming is just BAD.


Shame. Because other than that this game is totally worth it and the co op is extremely fun. When it works. It doesn't most of the time.
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Zadown
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
ARPG meets tower defense, 13 maps and 3 classes. Mechanics and balance are pretty good, sound and animations are kinda weak making combat lack impact. It's not awesome all in all but if you are a fan of both ARPGs and TD games then there's some fun to be had.
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soulbash
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
If you like tower defense this has a Orcs Must Die feel with Van Helsing cast and skill tree.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Purchased in a bundle at Humble Bundle, so I did not pay $20 for this.

Fun game, I like the mechanics of it and how it plays. The leveling is cool, as it turns it into a bit of an RPG. Everything is flawless with the exception of three things: some slight graphical issues, where small parts of the screen with flash a blue color for like a milisecond. 2-3 of the levels are way too big for me to really enjoy, but the teleporting helps make it not such a big deal. I can run The Witcher 3 on full settings, and my computer does not get as warm as it does when playing this game on medium detail.

After beating the initial 13 maps, more modes are unlocked which gives you more stuff to do. Reaching level 20 also gives more things to do
It is a very fun game to kill a couple hours with here and there. Maybe not worth the full 20 bucks, but still good nonetheless. $10-$15 would be a bit better, in my opinion.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
84.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Great game, but they need to fix the online matching issue. I cannot play with my friends at all. I will come back and change my review when the problem has been resolved.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
93.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Not quite as repetitive as i thought it woould be. It is very enjoyable as co=op. There are not that many maps but each map has 4 tiers and each tier offers different challanges with different places for trap and different special traps. would definatly by the DLC if any ever came out
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A unique take on tower defense

5/10

Worth the price?: Buy on sale

PROS:
-Visually pleasing on maximum settings
-Lots of variation of towers and traps
-Lots of items for your character
-Unique enemy designs

CONS:
-Messy UI
-Sorta cringey voice acting (sorceress, haven't tried any others)
-Recommend playing solo, playing multiplayer is so easy its boring
-Dangerously close to being just another generic TD game

Not the best tower defense game out there, but its one that plays well. The RPG spin in this game is a nice addition to tower defense, leveling up your character and traps is rewarding, but the game can get easy fast because of this, you don't seem to ever be low on gold, meaning you can easily buy all the top gear for your level, making levels a breeze. Its a good time waster, play 1 or 2 levels and revisit it later, not a game to get hugely invested in.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Definitely a game to check out if you're an avid tower defense and RPG fan. All of the basic TD tropes are present and accounted for, and there's even a simple crafting system to appease the RPG players.

With that in mind, if you're expecting an awesome TD experience, then you're going to be missing out, namely in the area of massive amounts of enemies and endless supplies of cash that never seem to be enough anyway. The gameplay boils down to a lot of decision making about where you want your traps to be stronger and where you want your avatar to be.

A word for the wise: Save up some essence near the end of the 5th wave so you can bolster the traps around where the boss is going to spawn. You're welcome.

I love tower defense games with tons of enemies and lots of space to put guns and slowing mechanisms. The pre-defined spaces for traps threw me for a bit of a loop, but it all seemed logical enough and didn't give way to frustration too much. I had fun playing this game and would recommend it to most fans of the genre, and even fans of RPGs who don't regularly play TD games.

Check out my full review below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IveJCyfwFmo
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Decent tower defense game with action RPG elements that does both...okay. Co-op makes it fun, though it's bland by yourself.

Worth playing if you already have it from a bundle or if it's very cheap on sale. Not something I'd recommend at full or even half price.
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163 of 181 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
I can understand if this game does not seem very appealing to you from the outside. The visuals look a bit clunky and indeed they are. But if you overlook the graphics and just dig a little bit deeper, you will find that there's an extremely good and especially original gameplay beneath the surface.

Deathtrap basically takes the tower defense mini game from Neocore's The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing and creates a whole new game around it. And holy ****, it is so freaking good. You've got a mix of Tower defense (obviously), RPG elements like looting, leveling and skill trees and also a good amount of Hack'n'Slash. It works just so well: You use essence to build traps, which should kill the monsters that attack in waves. For every monster kill and every wave you gain more essence to build more traps. For completing levels, you gain experience, level up and distribute skill points into a HUGE skill tree. 'cause not only you can choose from different classes, every one of those got alot of different spells which you can skill in the order YOU think is best. So good.

So you basically got Tower Defense, but with a champion equipped with a weapon and up to four spells - genious. The gameplay is near flawless, and I know that I sound like I'm exaggerating. Don't care, it's great.

There are a few flaws, though: The traps you can build differ from level to level, but the game determines which kind of trap you can put at already defined places. Yet you can vary between different skills, because the monsters have weaknesses and strengths. Deathtrap has alot more of that deep strategic stuff, and I can't enumerate all of those things. Just find out yourself, this game is a must-have for every RPG fan and I wonder why it's got so little attention until now.

Oh, did I mention the perfect map editor with workshop support?
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145 of 173 people (84%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Tower Defence games are like Frosted Flakes...

Tower defence games are great aren't they?

If you said no, then Deathtrap, even with its unique take on the genre probably isn't going to change your mind.


... They're Grrr-reat

Still here? then I'll assume that you agree with me....

They're fun and easy to drop in and out of when time permits, great for a quick level or two at the end of a busy day.
You fire them up, trace the path the enemy will take, find the choke points, plan and place your towers, hit the start button and watch wave after wave of "bad guys" get chewed up (hopefully) by your turrets, fireballs, lighting towers etc.
Upgrade a tower here and there, increasing its range or power, maybe place a few new turrets and then take on the next level.
Rinse and repeat until you win, or if you're skill level matches my own, until you lose and try again!


Tower Defence games are like Deathtrap

At its core, that's what you'll find with Deathtrap, a competent, polished and very enjoyable tower defence game, filled with all the varying enemy, tower and trap types you could want to keep you entertain throughout it's increasingly difficult levels.


Archipelago of Doom

The levels in Deathtrap are divided up into islands, each island will have several waves of bad guys for you to destroy.
Should you manage to defeat the initial wave of cannon fodder you will then get chance to spend any points you've earned by placing new towers and traps in preparation for the inevitably tougher next wave.
Stand your ground against each wave and you'll have to face off against an end of level boss, which will likely be one tough demonic cookie to kill.
Defeat the big bad boss and it's level complete, the next island will be open for you, but before you take on the next challenge you might want to go shopping first... (more on that later)


You know what other genre is like Frosted Flakes...

RPG's!
Choose your character, collect loot, equip yourself with the best armour and weapons, visit the obligatory adventurers store to sell your junk and buy new stuff, level up your abilities and maybe do a little crafting before heading into battle
That's right, they're great too!


A Little RPG on your Frosties?

So we've got too great and very distinct genres and as I stated earlier, at its core, Deathtrap is a tower defence game, but it's also more than that...
It's a tower defence game with a generous sprinkling of sweet RPG goodness.
Everything I mentioned above regarding the Tower defence and RPG genres are available to you in Deathtrap.


Wave to your Avatar

To be an RPG game, you need an avatar, an in game presence beyond your mouse pointer placing towers and traps and that is exactly what you'll find here.
At the start of the game you'll be given a choice of 3 character types, The Sorceress, The Mercenary and the Marksman, each with their own specialities and styles of play.
Whichever character you choose, they're yours to control in the game world as you see fit.
Wander around exploring, go on the offensive and single-handedly blast wave after wave as they emerge or you might want to hang back and help defend your towers from the onslaught.


Wave to your Friends

Did I say single-handedly blast the bad guys, that's not necessarily true.
You can also play Deathtrap online in a co-op mode or versus modes both of which are huge amounts of fun.


A View To A Kill

Deathtrap has solid visuals, you can zoom in pretty close to the action and it still looks crisp and moody, although you'll find yourself playing through the majority of the game zoomed out as far as possible to get a bead on the bad guys as they march relentlessly onwards.


A Matter of Prospective

If you've ever played the "Orcs Must Die" titles, you'll recall that they are tower defence games with an in game avatar too.
However, "Orcs Must Die" let you experience the world from a first person perspective.

Whilst Deathtrap also places you in direct control of your character, instead of taking the FPS approach, you'll find yourself viewing the action from a top down, isometric view.

This is a little less immediate than the first person view but this decision does make the direct intervention mechanic feel much more tactical.
What you lose in immersion by not having a first person perspective is more than made up for by a clear isometric view of the approaching bad guys which certainly makes it easier to plan your positioning strategically and get in a few long range shots.


It Only Makes Me Stronger

As well as the traditional tower defence elements you also be taking down specific enemies located on the map (and hoping your towers can take care of the waves of monsters whilst you're wandering off the path to get to them).
These special enemies will drop keys which will open chests full of lovely loot.

You can find all the armour types you would expect in any RPG, including rings, hats, belts etc. each of which will improve your statistics and help you hang in a fight longer.
There is skill system in the game so you can not only upgrade your trap building abilities, you can also upgrade your own prowess with your weapon of choice.

There's a shop where you can buy and sell items, there are health potions, there's even a crafting system!


Wave Goodbye

The genre mash-up works surprisingly well, there's enough RPG elements to make the game feel refreshingly different without straying too far from its tower defence heart.

Deathtrap is a great game, quick to pick up and hard to put down, It's so addictive that I've genuinely found it difficult to stop playing long enough to write this review, and on that note, If I stop writing now I should have time for just one more wave...


( To view the full review (and others) please take the time to visit http://www.review-well.com/ )
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68 of 75 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2015
Deathtrap is a hybrid tower defense game crossed with an isometric action role-playing game by Neocore, the developers of the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series.

The Great:

- Very satisfying trap and level design makes for top notch tower defense aspects
- High production values makes the game feel adn play very well
- Great RPG mechanics make the playing of the level as fun as the strategy (better than just watching your towers do their work)
- Significant layers of interlocking strategies (leveling up traps and player character at the same time) allowing impressive variety in playstyles
- Provides the same compulsive gameplay of other tower defense games with the added benefit of being able to play the levels yourself
- Levels are well designed and rarely if ever rely on cheap tower defense tricks (e.g. sending all the bosses up the previously least used path)
- Steam workshop support will give this game hours of additional playtime possibilities

The Good:

- Optional side objectives make for more interesting moment to moment gameplay
- Difficulty ramping is well-balanced and appropriate
- Good Steam support for achievements, cloud saving, and trading cards

The Bad:

- The campaign is slightly short with it able to be completed in about 5-6 hours which is offset by heavy modding support which should give this game hundreds of new maps to play
- Does not tie itself very much into its sister games (The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series) which is a missed opportunity for expanding both series

Conclusion:

This is a slightly odd complaint, but I think Neocore could have done better than they did with this. After two exceptional games in the The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing I and II, I was expecting more of that to come over into this game. The story, the characters, the world are all too shallow compared to their earlier works. I beat this game in a day's time which is almost impossible for my schedule, and I got a great game, but I was expecting more.

Still, this is one of the best tower defense games around complimented by incredibly engaging RPG elements for the both the player character and the tower defense aspects at a bargain price. It would be nearly impossible for me not to recommend.

9.0 / 10
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Pros+

-game is fun and if you liked van helsing and the sequels and the TD in those games..this is essetentially more of the same (but a bit more fleshed out)
-graphics are nice
-gameplay is solid
-lots of loot, character levels etc

the Bad-

-as awesome as the game is, and as fun as it is...it is VERY short. the only option after you go through singleplayer is either do the same missions over again on harder difficulty, do challenge missions (in same levels but with even harder challenges that you pick) or go online and try to do someone elses maps.

-18 ish hours is pretty good for a game thats only 20 bucks, but realistically since it seems like they aren't adding anymore to the game, i can't justify telling someone to pay full price for this game.
-some weird bugs (changing an armor set might freeze the game up)
-lots of levels to level up..yes ( i am at 23) and it appears you can get over 50 levels..however, levelling up involves playing the same levels you just did in the campaign..again and again.


Summary-

Do i recommend it (overall yes...BUT only when its on for half price or less). At full prices although the game is fun, there just isn't enough here to justify paying 21 bucks.
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