Fat Chicken is a REVERSE TOWER DEFENSE game where you fatten up farm animals for slaughter by pumping them full of hormones, overfeeding them and basting them with antibiotics to keep them alive so they're worth more when you turn 'em into tasty, tasty packaged meat...it's what's for dinner!
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Release Date: Dec 4, 2014

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“Whether it raises awareness on food preparation or even changes your opinions, Fat Chicken remains a solid tower defense title. The change in purpose and limited tower placement forces you to be more strategic, especially if you're aiming for a three-star rating. The difficulty is just right, and so is the length, which is long enough to give the game value without overstaying its welcome. Fat Chicken is definitely a game worth checking out, even if you're a casual fan of the genre.”
8/10 – WorthPlaying

“More than just another tower defense title, the unique features and creative take on the genre have built a solid, highly-addictive game with simple, intuitive in-game controls that keep the action moving.”

“Fat Chicken is very fun yet challenging. We’ve enjoyed it thoroughly and couldn’t find anything really to complain about.”

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Fatten up the herds and rake in the cash - a REVERSE TOWER DEFENSE game where you build a factory farm armed to the udders with towers that provide feed and water to the oncoming herds of farm animals. Upgrade your towers to boost their efficiency and don't forget to fend off pesky protesters with your well-armed force of rent-a-cops! Heck, you may even need to ward off a UFO or two!

  • Huge Campaign - Work your way across the U.S. hitting 13 different locations and 26 challenging levels on your quest to climb the ranks and overthrow the Fat Chicken Meat Co.
  • Build your farm and staff up with hired hands to meet your Meat Quotas. Strategic Tower Defense gameplay has never been so "udderly" awesome.
  • Put your R&D department to work - Complete missions to unlock new equipment and tasty upgrades for your farm.
  • Hire farm hands and "heroes" to herd, help and heal your livestock, all in the name of faster production and more meat for the market.
  • Full Music Soundtrack - 17 original tracks from award winning composer Jason Graves, fresh off his success with the latest Tomb Raider reboot and the Dead Space series.

Everything is not as "Old MacDonald" as it seems

The Fat Chicken Soundtrack, composed by Jason Graves, is available to download at: https://jasongraves.bandcamp.com/album/fat-chicken

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 video card with shader 2 support and 512MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 1700 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7/8 or later
    • Processor: Dual core 2.0 GHz CPU or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10/11 video card with shader 3 support and 1GB VRAM or better
    • Storage: 1700 MB available space
    • OS: OSX Leopard 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB or equivalent
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
    • OS: OSX Lion 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.1 GHZ CPU or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0 or equivalent
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.0
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 1.8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0 or better
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
This fake reverse tower defense game for a start confuses the conventional meaning of reverse tower defense. It's merely yet another tower defense game with fixed placement spots and fixed paths. The only difference is that you 'heal' units by shooting them, instead of destroying them, but functionally this doesn't affect gameplay.

In addition to that, it commits sins like one-time boost power-ups ("if you want to three-star this level, better spend your persistent money on a creep duplication powerup!"). Then we have UX issues, like insufficient clarity in communication when new paths become active. There are basically no interface settings (like permanent display of health bars, so to see those you have to hold down the mouse button on a button/path); there also are no separate water or food bars, etc.
It's neither challenging nor otherwise remarkable.

If you want to playfully indoctrinate your children with your particular view on industrial meat processing, this might be a jolly tool for that purpose. Otherwise, there is no reason to play this game instead of the countless other, often free offerings of the tower defense genre.

For an example of an actual reverse tower defense game, Google will swiftly find you things like http://www.kongregate.com/games/rete/villainous , while Steam offers the Anomaly series.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 19, 2014
Fat Chicken is a quirky twist on the tower defense genre.
Instead of killing and defending hordes of monsters or aliens your fattining up live stock before they reach the slaughter house. This game has a lot of charm and I found myself smiling as my animals got fatter. I also found the game a bit more challenging than your standard TD becuase in standard TD games you don't have to think about watering monsters or aliens :) This added level of resource mangement will keep you on your toes. Now anyone that's played a TD game will tell you that on your first level you're guaranteed 3 stars! ...well i only manage 2! which goes to show how important resource management is in this game. A clever, fun, stimulating and funny game. - Recommended!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
You are the newest employee of the Fat Chicken Meat Company, a factory farm system that values profit above all else. To maintain the profits, you've been hired as a traveling manager of sorts, and you must go from farm to farm to make sure the chickens, cows and pigs get as fat as possible to produce the most meat. Early on, you'll meet up with a representative of an advocacy group that's trying to shut down the company due to its unethical practices. It then becomes a battle of ideologies as you try to do your job no matter the process.Fat Chicken does a very good job of avoiding the easy way out in terms of talking about food practices. There is an obvious slant against big food corporations. The HR representative views customers as a means of profit, and reading about the underhanded tactics and dispelling things like Salmonella certainly doesn't give anyone a reason to be fans. At the same time, the advocacy group seems to revel too much in the calamities that come about, so they aren't made out to be saints, either. The game isn't very heavy-handed about asking for better conditions for animals, and you aren't bombarded with horrible images or blurbs about these atrocities.One of the contributing factors to the less-than-dark take on the subject is the presentation. The world, while devoid of much beyond small ripples in the water, is awash in bright colors. From the deserts to the green farmlands, everything is cartoon-like and colorful. The same goes for the towers and buildings, which are also bright and angular.The audio also plays a big part in lightening the theme. While the game has no voices for any of the characters, there are plenty of sound effects, including those of animals clucking or mooing. They're all rather neutral, as their deaths are accompanied by popping sounds instead of prolonged cries of death or suffering.At first glance, Fat Chicken is laid out like any number of tower defense titles. Each stage has a path where the animals travel from their pen to the slaughterhouse. Later stages often feature multiple pens and pathways, with the animals coming out at different intervals.There are quite a number of changes made to the basic formula, with the most obvious revolving around the theme. Unlike other tower defense titles that ask you to destroy the invading line of enemies, this one encourages you to help the chickens, cows and pigs make it to the end of the line. The towers, in this case, are crafted to help you ensure those animals make it to the slaughterhouse.Though most of the items are strictly food-related, there are a few that conform to what some may expect in a video game. Aside from the protesters, you have UFOs in a few stages that come out to abduct some of your livestock. You can counteract with anti-aircraft guns, but doing so when they already have the animals results in the meat going to waste due to the impact from the fall. You can also employ temporary power-ups, like corn bombs to immediately fatten up animals in the targeted area, cloning to give yourself an extra animal, or give yourself a big boost in meat or cash in case it's a difficult level.As for flaws, there really aren't too many to point out. The default camera works well if you want to see things from a cinematic perspective, but it hides so many useable platforms and information on the animals and other objects that you'll never really use it when playing the game. Also, while the tutorial segments are helpful enough, the later ones give you some poor strategies.Whether it raises awareness on food preparation or even changes your opinions, Fat Chicken remains a solid tower defense title. The change in purpose and limited tower placement forces you to be more strategic, especially if you're aiming for a three-star rating. The difficulty is just right, and so is the length, which is long enough to give the game value without overstaying its welcome. Fat Chicken is definitely a game worth checking out, even if you're a casual fan of the genre.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 23, 2014

Amazingly cute and well designed tower defense style game where you are trying to pump up the incoming creatures on the map rather then trying to destroy them. The reason you ask? Quite simple... The incoming creatures are farm animals like chickens, cattle, and pigs being processed for human consumption! Since you get paid by the pound, the fatter these animals are before going into the packing facility, the more money you make! Don't let them die of hunger, thirst, or alien invasion before they are packaged up and you are rewarded for their weight!

Use the money earned to buy more hormone injection guns, more corn-firing food guns, and antibiotic guns as well as upgrading them all! Also money earned helps you buy power ups, farm hands, and upgrades.

It's a comical, very cute and amazingly challenging tower defense style game that pokes fun at the sad state that is our current food industry. It's all about the money in this game, and the animal caring folk need not apply here!

I'd give it an 8/10 for both challenge, originality, and sheer number of options and features... and this game could easily get even better as the game evolves through it's early access process!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Bad recommendation but still a fun game to play if you favor tower defense games like me.

Overal score i would give the game a 6.0,,, just enough to keep playing, but for "tower feed frenzy" fans, its a nice change of style

- you can mute sfx and music, but the animals oink and mooh, and my guns keep making a lot of peew peew peew. had to manually disable the game's sound thru windows.
- interface, speed up button; options are -5x, 1x, 2x and 4x, the fact you have to click a lot of times to keep switching from low speed to high speed consumes a lot of time, while the wave keeps on moving.
- keymapping; you do not have this luxury
- not much of a challenge to the game,,, havent played it much yet,, about 2 hours and already gotten pretty far without much effort.

- VERY GOOD MUSIC, it sets a good mood, and u DO have the option to select the song you like to listen to, in cases for when you do not mute the game like i did.
- very nice concept, this time you do not have to worry about killing the waves, but nurture them and prevent them from dehydration, starvation and poisoning (which you do by pumping them full with growth hormones)
- also like the concept of being able to overfeed the chickens and starve your pigs and cows at the same time
- lots of toys to work with and i do not mean towers. i mean your hired hands, upgrade system and hero support; also they provide bonus "items" in a shop, for ingame use, like extra starting funds.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
Fat Chicken is exactly what I expected going into it: a cutesy, fairly easy TD game with a slightly unique concept. Despite the fact that you're fattening up animals instead of killing them, it plays almost exactly like any other TD game on the market. Here are my main criticisms of this game:

- Really easy and shallow. Most tower placements are no-brainers and the game never puts up much of a fight, even though the final mission initially seems impossible. Getting three stars on every level isn't hard at all.
- Too short. After the main campaign, there aren't any "bonus" levels, or ideally, way harder versions of all the existing levels. When I finished, I wanted more.
- Occasional bugs, such as security guards failing to chase away protestors and a MurderBux counter that stops updating (both of these happened in the final stage by the way.) However, I'm extremely forgiving about this kind of thing and considering the size of the developer and how recently it came to Steam, the level of bugs is actually impressively low.

Despite that, I enjoyed Fat Chicken. I'm a sucker for cutesy stuff like this and the music is actually kinda catchy. I'd recommend this game to casual players specifically, as hardcore players like myself will ironically be hungry for more after completing the campaign.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
A farm reverse towed defence.

Steam cards
reverse tower defence
plenty of power-ups
cute & casual

subpar sound efx
no key mapping
limited speed options
little overpriced $10.99 CDN

5/10 +1 cards +1 funny -1 speed contros -1 price = 5/10

Fun casual game if you can get it on sale.

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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 5, 2014
We were pleasantly surprised at how much fun AND challenging Fat Chicken actually is. The developers did a great job allowing the player to select from multiple Powers and Upgrades. Of course, you’ve got to earn your way in order to afford them and that might be a fun challenge as well. The game gets you thinking strategically as far as where to place your towers and human helpers as well as how much to feed or not to feed, use growth hormones, or not – you basically have to learn your way around the game in order to make sure that your livestock does not perish before they hit the factory. We found ourselves playing each level several times in order to gain all three stars and even on Easy level setting, it was not that easy. You also get a cast of Heroes to select, each one costing a bit of change, but once you earn them – your life might get a little bit easier. In addition, the tutorial/hint snippets are highly useful so make sure to pay attention. Expect to spend extra time going through all of the stages, but be forewarned – the game is highly addictive! Read full review here {LINK REMOVED}
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
I'm recommending this game with a big IF....IF you are a casual tower defense player, people used to real tower defense games should pass this one by.

The best way to describe this game in a nutshell is reverse tower defense LITE, Tower defense for dummies if you will.
+ cutesy easy to look at graphics
+ nice concept with the use of hired hands, power ups, etc
- Weak strategic play, which leads to a quick onset of boredom
- awkward speed control and no keybinding options
- annoying ambient sound

6/10 for the casual player; 2/10 for the more experienced TD player
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
Although the graphic and music are soo attractive, but gameplay ruins them all :"<
The animal can be starving, hungry, and thirsty; too much for 1 scence when fighting with UFO.
This is for hardcore player, not for casual player like me !
Not recommend !
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1.4 hrs
Posted: June 7, 2015

Title makes me smirk, and it's enjoyable for all ages.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: May 23, 2015
10/10 trailer made me hungry for chicken wings. Would watch again.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: May 11, 2015
Fat Chicken is an interesting twist on the strategy genre. It's made by some industry vets who have worked for Insomniac Games, Red Storm Entertainment, and Westwood Studios. The creative director was heavily involved in the Command and Conquer series (a personal favorite of mine in the strategy genre) and the experience behind this title shows. You spend each mission trying to make as much money as possible beefing up farm animals (including poultry as the name suggests) using towers to fatten up, genetically enhance, water, and medicate your animals. While I have not experienced all of the perks or upgrades yet (I am still in the process of finishing the game) I would like to mention that you are not limited to just a few tower options. Special skills and tower upgrades are available. It's got learning curve that makes it easy to get into and a lot of ways to get the most money and meat out of your animals. This is a definite buy for originality, personality, and just plain fun.
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46.4 hrs
Posted: March 8, 2015
I like this game, alot. It is however far from perfect and yes as others have stated it does have bugs.

Firstly let me say that I am an avid tower defence genre fan, I think its fair to say that over many years I have probably played 75% of all flash tower defence games ever made and about 50% of all retail ones.

Fat chicken has a simple objective, get your livestock from their pens to the processing plant, keep them alive and fatten them up as much as possible without killing them or letting them starve before they reach their impending doom.

Kind of sounds grizzly doesn't it, well you might think from the sounds of it animal rights groups would be all over this game, and they would ... if they had not played it. Unlike most tower defence games this one has a "lite" story that I shall not ruin for you, needless to say that it has a clear moral and ethical tale to tell. Which I might add is done very well and in a light hearted manner, and clearly shows that if you want to get a message across and make people listen then you have to make it fun and entertaining, Fat Chicken manages this on both counts.

The game isn't that long and achievements can all be obtained within 8 hours.
The graphics do the job well
Sounds effects are very good quality.
Music is highly annoying after a short period but can thankfully be turned off.

The bugs :
The most common is that the wave counter and cash $$ indicator stop updating and the only way to force it to update is to press "esc" this causes it to update to what it should be but still does not contine to update to live stats. As a result if this bug happens during a level you will have to press "esc" every so often.

The key cause I have found of causing this bug are the number of active hired hands on screenonce you go beyond around 8-10 it causes this bug to happen, also having more than 9-10 starts to cause slowdown although this is minimal except foe one level, the last level.


The Final level of the game is very bugged. Passed wave 5, UFO's and Protestors spawn but do not move or infact do anything, if you have protestors effecting a tower at the point this happens you can not clear the protestor with security, this effectivly locks the tower for the rest of the game. UFO's can still be shot down if within range but they just stop moving and newly spawned ones do nothing and just stil at the worm hole.

The first time I played the last level the camera locked onto the CEO and no matter what I did. I could move the camera but as soon as I let go of the mouse, the camera jumpped right back to centering on the CEO.

Strangly enough these bugs actualy made the final level much easier than I assume it should be, no protestors of UFO's to deal with for more than half the game .... bonus !

The game was easily enjoyable enough for me to spend 12 odd hours writing a guide for this game as well as obtaining all its achievements.

Game played on i7 4700HQ, 16gb ram, R9 265x. Tested using HD4400 onboard and bugs and slowdown encounterd on both graphics cards, so does not appear to be a system performance issue.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: February 8, 2015
Im glad that Im in EU where such cannot happen... cannot right?
*Gobbles KFC*
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2.4 hrs
Posted: February 8, 2015
This game is just broken, just trying to finish the tutorials i had multiple bugs preventing me from actually progressing through the game and finishing the tutorials properly.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: February 5, 2015
I haven't played long, but I am enjoying it. You can go back and replay levels, which is what I've been doing to get a better feel for how things work (I am in no rush to finish the game). I like the simple, colorful graphics, the ability to take time to think about what I'm doing, and to be able to press replay (I can't believe how many games don't include this!). I don't care what you CALL this type of game or even if there are others available for free. If you like the style, you'll probably like the game. :)
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