Set in an alternative universe where the fabric of time must be protected, Defenders of Time is a fast-paced tower defense game for up to eight players. Players must strategically place towers in order to stop wave after wave of alien foes who are seeking to destroy our Time Beacons.
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Mixed (44 reviews) - 47% of the 44 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2014

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“Defenders of Time promises to take the Tower Defense genre to a whole new level [...] Unlike every other title out there, Defenders of Time brings something new to the genre.”

“For fans of tower defense, like myself, there is a lot of amazing and cool things in DoT that totally worth checking out.”
Ten Ton Hammer

“It's a tower defense title that's far more open-ended than most in the genre, and, after a few days with the game, I can say it's plenty of fun . . .”
New York Daily News

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About This Game

Grab your friends because we've done something a little different here at Four Lights. This is a Tower Defense but its not your dad's tower defense... well it kind of is but I'll explain that in a moment. The first thing you need to know is that Defenders of time is fast so rule #1 is don't stop spending. Don't ever stop spending. Don't worry if you made a mistake you can always resell your towers and get all of your money back. Yeah every cent. Yes that's 100% resell. Yes its a Tower Defense. No that doesn't make the DoT easy. Hold on; stop asking me questions let me explain.

The Defenders of Time demo gives you unlimited access to try Single Player for free! The best part of our demo is anyone that purchased Defenders of Time can invite you to their games and you can check out multiplayer! The way it works is every person who paid for Defenders of Time can invite up to 3 other players at any time to join their Ranked or Custom matches.

Defenders of Time was developed from the ground up as a multi-player game which means:
  • As many as 8 players can play 4v4. More importantly only one of you needs to buy the game. everyone else can pitch in for pizza. (WHAT?!)
  • Players all have the same abilities except the commander who focuses on balancing defense and offense.
  • Players win and lose as a team. There is no MVP so don't be selfish. Jimbob42 needs that tower on the right so HELP HIM.
  • The game is fast. Use the 'R' key. Shortcuts are your friends... also they will make you popular... and get you dates.
  • I'm a huge fan of weird food at odd times.
  • There is a lot to do. See fast above and dynamic below.
  • DoT is dynamic. You will be destroyed, annihilated, obliterated and humiliated if you hold onto those green towers as air zips overhead so don't. We already talked about 100% sell.
  • Kittens make up half of the internet, Doge makes up the other half, and rule 34 makes up the other other half.
  • We've got built in mic support and we've got selective mute. Where do you adjust this you ask? In game. You don't have time to dig through menus. well I don't at any rate.
  • Don't forget to draw! Hold shift and move your mouse. Five years from now... Remember you saw it here first.
  • We made sharing money easy. Don't panic. Someone might know what to do.
  • Co-op only is a thing. Just make a team in custom games and don't populate the other side.
  • We've got six insanely repayable multi-player maps right now. That's five more than football has and five more than most mobas have. More are coming soon because the art team wants to explore all of space and time...
  • Don't feel bad about bugging Corey (AKA Dession on Steam). He's our lead tester and he loves talking to you guys. So do I for that matter.

So, back to the part about this not being your dad's tower defense. That's somewhat true. The less true part of that statement is that we looked long and hard at the old tower defenses like Wintermaul Wars and Ark TD and said we want to make something like that but better balanced , with more maps, and with art that really fits.

If you want to invite someone who doesn't own the game just have them download the demo which will be on steam shortly or directly from our site and have them sign up for an account and in the upper right hand corner of the game just add them as a friend and click invite next to their name and poof they have full access to the game without buying it so long as you're playing with them.


-Director Flury / Sir (God I wish my team would just call me John.)

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GT420m
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: DoT supports native voice chat if a microphone is plugged in.
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GT320m
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: DoT supports native voice chat if a microphone is plugged in.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
This game is abandoned and currently (Nov 2015) unplayable.

At the main menu, your only options are "log in" or "create a new user".

When you 'create a new user', you're brought to a site whose security certificate expired 3 months ago. You need to add a security exception in your browser just to create the account.

After creating the account, I tried logging into the game. When you enter your user-name and password, the game freezes for about 15 seconds, then brings you back to the login screen.

When I tried to go to their forums, I was brought to a page that says "Create a community at!"
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
546.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
I love this game. Its faster than the other tower defenses out there which is a nice change.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
A tower defense game that does it a little different in the way you unlock and build towers, worth a look however it is currently PvP focused which could be a little off putting but there is more single player options in the works as of typing this so could be one to keep watch on.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I love how invested this game makes me feel. When you start, maybe you feel a little out of your element. Defenders of Time has a much quicker pace than DG2, Bloons, or Dungeon Defenders. Instead of sitting back and watching something happen, you're right there, in the moment, responding to things on the fly.

Here's what I did: I knocked out the tutorials, played a game of single player, then went straight to the ranked queue. The differences between single and multiplayer are huge! Communication was surprisingly easy: I could draw, type, place "ghost" towers, and ping. You can even voice chat if you want to.

All in all, my experience has been a positive one. Indie games sometimes start a bit rocky, but dev-customer relations are almost always better when compared to the big guys. Can't wait to see this community grow!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
This game is simply fantastic and that's coming from someone who doesn't usually enjoy tower defense. The focus of the game seems to be multiplayer, but I've actually had a great time playing it solo too! A great bargain that keeps me coming back for more!
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Pretty fun game! It is very fast paced and can be a little complicated but I like that this game does something different. I am used to TD games where I can build my turrets, upgrade them, and watch them kill my enemies. I've noticed in this game I have to constantly pay attention to what I am fighting and change my play style constantly otherwise I will die very quickly. If you like challenging strategic games I would definitely recommend checking this out!
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
2 hours of gameplay and let me just say this game is AMAZING. My internet youth was spent playing maps like Turret Defense in Starcraft & Wintermaul/Wintermaul Wars/Line Tower Wars in Warcraft 3. I am so sick of the flash and mobile TD's of today. This game brings back the idea of hooking and hopefully will expand to bigger maps and allow spiraling. On top of that there is so much freedom in the current state of the game where it allows YOU to manage the creeps, not the other way around like most TD's of today. They have even added much needed improvement to the genre with features like pinging and a seperate flight/ground path system. There are so many improvements and I am just so happy with the purchase.

The community seems to be very friendly and helpful, I totally recommend this for anyone that has loved the original style of TD and if you have never experienced what it was like to play those maps... I am sorry... come, join us!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
The idea behind this game is fantastic: A multiplayer (read: classic) towerdefence game. It asks for some multitasking skills but when you master those, it's plain awsome. The ability to play with friends that didn't pay for it is nice tho.

But there are some loose ends here. Sometimes the game bugs when you send stealthed units in-between the normal waves of monsters. And the biggest drawback of this game is the fact that it has a very low player base. I've been in a queue for ages, without any succes.

Unless the low playerbase, i still recommend this game. If you have some friends to play with, it's great!

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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
though i'm not usually one for tower defense games, this one has me hooked. it doesn't have a particularly extensive tutorial, but it is easy to learn in multiplayer. two thumbs up.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I can't wait to come home and play this game some more. When I first started it was a little overwhelming trying to figure out all of the different towers along with their strengths and weaknesses while the game moves so quickly. You have to strategize quickly or else you die, it's not like other tower defense games where you have time to rest between waves. My only issue so far is that it's not possible to pause the game while in single player.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: June 19, 2015
This is a ok game but there is many more games to spend money and time on.
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mr Green
4.6 hrs
Posted: May 13, 2015
note to self, not a fun game to play
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Trip Fisk
5.2 hrs
Posted: May 4, 2015
tl;dr: garbage and a rip-off. don't buy even for 90% off. Game is so bad, no one wants to defend time.

Based on the art direction, I feel this game is a tie-in to Disney's Meet The Robinsons.

But, anyway, Defenders of Time is truly an awful turret defense. One of the worst. The game is not balanced. Upgrades unlock seemingly randomly as a stage progresses. There's little to no explanation on turrets or enemy types. It is about as ugly, generic, and boring as a turret defense game can get. Defenders of Time is a real mess of a game.

Its also highly overpriced. For $20 you get 6 maps, no single player campaign, and a game geared towards co-op (for TD? WTF! why?) with an on-line community that is completely dead. This game seriously feels like its still in alpha pase; rough, incomplete, lacking features that look like they were intended to be added in later but weren't because this game didn't sell.

Used a coupon to get this game for $2, and I still feel ripped off.

edit: also, for some reason, it takes forever for the cards to unlock as well.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: March 31, 2015
1st level wtf is this ♥♥♥♥♥ ???
Not a single tower has any decibtion you just need to guess and hope for the best!
and yea enemies comes from all those routes already in first wave = gg
(happy i only paid 2€ for this)

ps. I'am a hardcore TD gamer and this is the worst tower defense game i ever played....

(recommend) Defense zone 2 or Ancient planet if you have a low budget
else go for Defense Grid 2 and stay long away from this!
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3.6 hrs
Posted: March 13, 2015
This game may be expensive but the camera, graphics and ability to play multiplayer make this a wonderful game. This is probably the only turrent defence game that is multiplayer. The maps too are very well done. I would recomend this game to people who like calm peacful games to a stressful contol managment.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: January 23, 2015
Overpriced and low quality overall. Not even the enemies have death animations, they just vanish. Nothing is quite right about this game, and still it costs double what Defense Grid and is far inferior to it!

Don't pay more than $4-5 for this.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: January 23, 2015
Let the chaos ensue...

I got a really good deal on this game and I played a single round in the tutorial to check it out. Tower Defense games were never my thing but, after that single tutorial round, I was hooked. Then I discovered there was more.

Once I completed the other tutorials, I was looking for a single player experience. I selected sandbox mode and I was let loose with what I thought would be enough credits to fight off the hordes of enemy units forever! Soon upgrades were coming in and in no time I was caught in an upgrade battle with the enemy. Then I ran out of credits...

Oh, this is going to be so much fun.

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Hippo Turtle
4.8 hrs
Posted: January 1, 2015
The first impressions from looking at the store page is already a negative one. The "About This Game" section is poorly written and attempts to be comical. The horrendous video and screenshots aren't lying. Defenders of Time really does look bad, play badly, and even performs badly. It's out of date, it doesn't innovate and it most certainly is one of the worst tower defense games I've ever played.

Aesthetically, Defenders of Time looks like the results of a project from an early graphic design college class even at maximum settings. The game completely lacks polish and presentation. There is no story, no lore and no interesting factions or units. There is nothing that grabs a hold of your attention in any way. There is nothing to play for or to experience. From when you boot the game to the glorious moment when you click the "exit game" button, you will feel as though you could've spent your time doing something else. Anything else. This game adds nothing new to the tower defense genre. There is nothing to enjoy.

In addition to it being uneventful, uninspired, dull, boring and mind numbing, there is no single player campaign to speak of. This game was designed for multi-player alone and no one plays this game. What we have here is a game that was made in hopes to have a massive online multi-player community, and it doesn't. It never will. Even if it became free to play, there is nothing attractive about this game to bring in players. The single player portion of the game is just picking a map from a total of six and waiting for the mindless enemy units to make their rounds. There is nothing else. Also, even though the game runs smoothly at 60 frames per second, it will constantly take up between 20% and 30% of CPU power at all times. If all of this isn't bad enough, you are also required to create a separate account in order to play the game. Having a price tag of $20 is ridiculous. The developers couldn't have expected this to be a success, could they?

Defenders of Time is painful.
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12.8 hrs
Posted: January 1, 2015
This game is not too shabby, it's one of the most challenging tower defense games that I have played in a long time. The graphics are decent the mazes are fun. The cost of the game is great for what you get. However, the player base is very small and trying to play an online match can take a very long time, put it this way, I have yet to play one. Also, there are not many levels in this game, but if you love tower defense then it shouldn't stop you from buying the game.
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