Fortified is an explosive strategy shooter where players will defend the Earth against a menacing Martian invasion in the 1950s. Play as one-of-four pulp inspired heroes as they fight swarms of terrifying robots with an arsenal of Cold War era weapons and experimental technology.
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Release Date: Feb 3, 2016

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Fortified 1.1 patch is live AND get 30% off this week!

Fortified 1.1 patch is now live AND get 30% off this week!

This just in! An unidentified Martian craft has crash-landed in the city, resulting in power outages across the grid! The military has sent in a crack team of Martian specialists to investigate." Crash Site is a new map for Invasion mode, offering the greatest challenge in Fortified. Bring some friends, as you won't want to tackle this map on your own.


  • Brand new Invasion Mode map: Crash Site
  • Rocket Trooper: Cost to build increased
  • Sniper Unit: Rate of fire increased
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Note that you will need to be running the latest version of the game (this patch) to play multiplayer

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Fortified is an explosive strategy shooter where players will defend the Earth against a menacing Martian invasion in the 1950s. Play as one-of-four pulp inspired heroes as they fight swarms of terrifying robots with an arsenal of Cold War era weapons and experimental technology. Protect the city by building a network of defensive structures, commanding an army, and jumping into battle against dangerous sky scraping attackers. Fight for Earth alone or with up to four players for the ultimate co-op defense experience.

  • Genre-Bending Gameplay – Fortified combines third-person shooter, real-time strategy, and tower defense mechanics in an exciting new way!
  • Retro Sci-Fi Flare – Go back in time and experience an alternate history, where planet Earth is assaulted by an unstoppable Martian menace. Be immersed in a world that’s straight out of a 1950’s comic book.
  • Construct the Ultimate Defense – Players will fortify their base by strategically building a network of defensive structures to thwart the oncoming waves of mechanical invaders.
  • Pulp Inspired Character Classes – Fortified features four classes based on prominent pulp character archetypes, including a jetpack piloting heroine, a shotgun wielding space cowboy, a secret government agent, and a battle hardened Marine captain.
  • Four-Player Co-Op – It can be difficult to face the Martian machines alone. Fortified offers diverse co-op gameplay that requires team coordination and strategy. There’s power in numbers, but victory only comes to those who work together.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Dual-Core 64-bit Intel or AMD processor, 2.0 GHZ CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB DirectX 10 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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107 of 129 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Fortified is a tower defense game similar to Orcs Must Die, but with a 50s comic book aesthetic.
The first thing you'll notice is the stylized look of the game. It nails the general atmosphere, including graphics, writing and cheesy dialogue that normally comes with 50s comics.

You'll feel right at home if you've played the Orcs Must Die series. You place defensive structures in between waves, and run around with cool weapons, fending off aliens alongside your turrets and structures.

The combat is very satisfying. You have a selection of cool weapons to choose from. Ranging from a futuristic freeze ray to a classic tommy gun. Each weapon also has a secondary fire, that allows for further versatility when you're attacking enemies. Enemies ragdoll when you kill them, which makes shooting feel very gratifying.

Killing enemies also charges up a Hero meter that allows you to become super powerful, and wreak havoc. They differ depending on what character you're playing as. Some might have infinite ammo and be very fast, while another might fly or freeze nearby enemies.

When you kill enemies, you gain money to spend on structures. These can be built on the ground, or walls to help you keep the hoard back. Traps can either assist in ways like slowing down an enemy, or flat out blow them up. You may also sell and re-position a trap if you want to make changes in between waves.

As you play through the game, you'll unlock ability points to spend on new structures and weapons for your characters. Each character has a few unique weapons and structures to call their own. My personal gripe with the game is that I want to play and have fun with each different character. Although the fact that they all level up separately, means I need to play earlier, more boring levels and slowly unlock stuff for that new character. It's not a huge problem, as some people might not mind it, and it adds replay value, but it bugs me a bit.

There are 2 game modes to currently choose from. Each can be played solo or up to 4 players. The campaign has 12 levels. Each have a large amount of waves, differing types of enemies and last quite a while, so the replay value is decent. The Invasion mode pits you in what seems to be an infinite number of waves (I say seemingly because I don't see anywhere the game explains it). Each wave also adds a few random modifiers to make things interesting. Like faster enemies, quick Hero recharge times, etc. Pretty good mode to play for fun after you've upgraded your characters.

Overall, I really love the look of the game, and it's a lot of fun. It's definitely something that is more fun with friends, but you can play it solo or with the public just fine as well.
(The graphics options menu has a lot of nice customisable options too)

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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Fortified is a tower defense action game, developed and published by Clapfoot, releasing on the PC in February 2016. The game follows the same style as the extremely popular classic tower defense title, Orcs Must Die!

The gameplay is played from a third-person perspective of one of four characters. You have a selection of four different classes to play as, each with their own unique special abilities. Each map has a target which you must protect from oncoming martian invaders. You are able to do this by taking on the enemies yourself as well as building defences along the enemies routes to your base. Those that have played Orcs Must Die will feel very much at home with the style of gameplay on offer here. You are able to build defences for your base on the fly in the midst of battle and at the beginning of every level. This allows you to redeploy different units in the middle of a level depending on what enemies you are facing in oncoming waves. The gameplay does get a little bit repetitive towards the later stages of the game as you get used to the different types of enemies. Enemy types can range from drones, robots, flying space ships and giant bosses.

Visually, Fortified hits all the right notes. The game is graphically based on a 50s movie with some neat character designs and top notch animation along with them. The environments are a little bland, to say the least, but other than that, the game looks really good and that’s mainly down to the interesting art style being used.

Fortified is a tricky game to master; the first few stages do a good job of introducing you to the game, but you soon get thrown in at the deep end as you find the need to min-max your defences almost to perfection once you hit the halfway mark in the campaign. The boss fights are probably the trickiest aspect as they have some really interesting mechanics that prove more of a challenge than the rest of the game combined. Even with a state of the art defense system in the works, you may still fall victim of a boss simply just waltzing through your base and wrecking everything you have worked so hard on.

The levels throughout the game are nicely designed; the beginning stages only have one entry point for enemies to join the fight, but as you get further and further into the game, you soon have to deal with three or four points of entry; this is when things turn very hectic and you’ll be zipping to opposite sides of the map on a reoccurring basis. The game does miss out on having a teleporting system that Orcs Must Die had which does make transporting a bit of a chore, especially when the character’s sprint ability isn’t much faster than their regular run.

A single play through the game using one character took me just under four hours to complete; the game has tons of replayability with three more characters to use which will make for a different experience each time due to their variety in abilities. Fortified also has varying levels of difficulty which will also keep the hardcore tower defense fans amongst us jumping with joy, with the likes of Orcs Must Die! Relying heavily on higher difficulty levels to keep you coming back for more. This game could quite easily reach twenty hours of content if you try and complete everything.

The game runs very well at higher resolutions with a wide selection of graphical options for you to change to your liking. I preferred using keyboard and mouse for my playthrough but full controller support is available.

All in all, Fortified is a good tower defense title, it does a lot of things right but it did WOW me at any point. The price point of £10.99 is fair and you’ll easily get your monies worth, but if you haven’t played the more staple tower defense titles out there, you’d be better off trying them first. Veterans of the genre will for sure want to be picking this game up, though.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
**Key was donated from the developer to review**

Fortified is a tower defense game similar to Orcs Must Die’s gameplay. The coolest aspect of Fortified is definitely the art style/direction, as I am sure that is the exact reason you are looking at this game. Thankfully the art style is not where this game stops being awesome, Fortified takes the Orcs Must Die’s gameplay and does it complete justice with a few awesome twists. Another great thing this game does surprisingly well is the skills and upgrades system. There is many different ways you can upgrade and “level” each of the characters to suit you play style, and it’s easy to respec if want to change it as well. With the addition of online co-op Fortified gets even more interesting. Trying to build synergies between the different characters is fun and rewarding. At the $15 usd price point it will be hard to find a better game.


  • Amazing aesthetics and style
  • Solid gameplay
  • Multiple ways to play each character
  • Easy to change the way you play
  • Varied weapons and enemies to kill them with.
  • Insane price point for what you get
  • Online co-op


  • Can get repetitive
  • Lack of varied modes
  • No further info on future content

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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
3rd person co-op tower defense. Yes, it's basically a sci-fi version of Orcs Must Die but (A) it's a great retro-futuristic setting, (B) it has 4 playable characters all with their own unique abilities, and (C) it has some interesting twists on weapons and defenses. I played for a couple hours with my kid and we would have kept going but it was getting too late in the evening. Even on Normal difficulty (there's no "Easy") it was quite a challenge. Once we got to the third stage, we found ourselves getting whupped pretty good until we figured out a few tactics.

One important tactic is to resell and move/mix your defenses around as needed. They don't depreciate so the game encourages this. If you have minions (way way cool) they act as a squad you can issue orders to. Once I discovered that, it made a pretty big difference. Other than that, smart placement of defenses, situational awareness, timing "Super" mode correctly (you get a super boost you can use once or twice per map), and good aim is pretty much all you need.

The game's slick, the graphics are nice, the setting is unique (groovalicious!), and the gunplay, tactics, and mechanics are a ton of fun. The progression system of earning points to spend on upgrades is well paced. You can respec if you want to try spending your points differently, and I think that's essential.

My only gripes: I wish they had more female characters (at least one other), and I wish the game had more levels. Heck, it would be cool if there were a few "adventure" style maps where you'd have to make your way from point A to point B fending off enemies (like in the Sniper games). There are a couple different modes for each map though, so that's cool. If you have a friend who might be interested in playing this with you, I highly recommend it.
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
4 different "saviours" of Earth battle waves of aliens in this throwback to old sci fi films game.
If you like tower defence type shooters, different weapons and upgrades together with traps etc youll like this game.
Ground troop placements can be commanded to move around the map too (actually animated), so its not a totally static affair.

The game is great online and the online code is so good , you would think your in single player even with 4 players and a massive army of aliens stomping toward you.

Check out the trailer video, the actual gameplay is just as frantic and such a buzz blasting those nasty aliens to bits.
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37 of 56 people (66%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
its more fun with friends, which i don't have.
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44 of 70 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Key from Developer obtained for the purposes of review

Target Audience: Friends looking for chaos.....that have already played through the other options like Orcs Must Die 2. Even then, it's for a desperate gaming experience

First Impressions Video:

A game that needed QA. Badly. The core concept has been done before in games like Orcs Must Die, and it was done better there. While the game does have some core elements that could give some fun at first, it quickly starts to lose the shine of its great aesthetic, as repetition becomes the name of the game here. Sure, it's fun to blow things up with a TNT launcher for example, but limited weapons/items to put on the field, and a lack of variety in maps, it won't keep your attention. Multiplayer could have made up for it: as when the game gets into pure chaos: it can be rather fun with friends. But if you don't have friends: good luck. The matchmaking system has no options to it: you're at the mercy of the draw....regardless of whether or not you wanted to play on a higher difficulty or not. You'll have to host....but remember that the players that come may not even be of an equivalent level to you. And even when you get a good party: the game's balance is bad: it does not scale well to more players, and you'll get overrun, very quickly, even if you know what you're doing. Oh, and there's no mute option as well. It's a game that still has potential, but at this current's not worth the asking price. It feels like it's come three months too early.

My Positives:
  • The core concept at first is fun, and works to a basic extent.
  • The soldier mechanics, while it didn't teach you a damn thing about them, were nice in its basic options.
  • The aesthetic works, and gives a wartime vibe that works rather nicely. Over the top in some cases, but I like the way that's presented.
  • Ragdoll physics is always fun, and the game gets a comedy element going with launching enemies with the TNT launcher.

My Negatives:
  • Lack of multiplayer options for matchmaking at basic levels. Needed criteria for game selection. I don't like being put at a difficulty that I don't wanna play at.
  • Balance is pretty damn bad at more players. Does not take into account traps and cost at all, making it more a third person shooter. Really REALLY weird scaling.
  • Glitchy. Got an enemy stuck on a roof one point where it took a while to get him off. It was not only annoying: it could have been broken.
  • The enemy AI when knocked off course don't know what to do. They just sorta stand there. Doing nothing.
  • Single player loses life rather quickly. It lacks punch. It lacks oompf. It lacks a reason for me to want to play it. The story starts out so strong and colorful....then disappears.
  • level design isn't as varied as it needs to be. There's different paths and
  • Honestly: this game feels like it was rushed to market in several areas.
  • Missing a mute option of players. Seems to default to non push to talk either. Had to literally disconnect the microphone.
  • The unique characters lose that uniqueness very quickly, as most weapons are intermixed between the characters, reused and really not making sense at times.
  • It. Needs. More. Voice. Lines. I got sick rather quickly of hearing the same thing over and over again.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
It's what Orcs Must Die 3 should have been. Not as deep or polished, but still very fun and worth playing.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
NOTE: This copy was given to me by the developer for review purposes, this however does not change the review in anyway.

Fortified is a fun, defensive and strategic game which is based in the 1950s. The story is that Martians come to Earth, with people thinking they came in peace, until the Martians attack a year later. This causes the American Army to gather a team of heroes to fight them off. You're mission is to choose one of the heroes to fight off the Martian scum, utilising that heroe's personal weapons, buildings and abilities. Beware though, level progress is saved to the hero that completed those levels and that it can't be transferred to other heroes.

Graphics - The graphics in Fortified are exquisite and of top quality for an indie game. The game combines both a 2D and 3D version of the characters and background by using a comic strip for the story and the 3D mode for the game.

Audio - The Soundtrack and sounds add some intensity to the game by having songs with a creepy tone and feel to it. It will help the game get on your nerves when playing on that high on level in intensity difficulty.

Gameplay - The game itself is very smooth. I'm personally impressed with the fact they had a "shift to run" button, making it easier to get from side to side on bigger maps with more Martian spawn points and rockets to protect. I'm also happy with the type of heroes that are available and they are all unique in a way. They could probably do some more development on the story as it is not too clear and they could add some more info on who the heroes are.

Pros & Cons
Comical Art Style | The way they used the comic strip type of art for the storyline was very nice and really did resemble an old comic from the 1950s. This gives more of a feel that the developers really put time into this game and thought about all the details.
Music | The music in the game adds to the nerve of the game as said before, this is a good thing. They have a few different tracks that tradition into each other making sure it isn't too repetitive.
Gameplay and Price | For a price of $14.99 this game packs quite a punch! The game lasts around 4-6 hours, maybe even a few more with the multiplayer and achievements.
Achievements and Cards | There are quite a few achievements to unlock, which is a great compared to most indie games, which usually come with 5 achievements or less. The game also comes with cards so that you can get some cash back for the game, or so you can make the awesome badge!

Friendly AI | There is currently no availability for you to add in extra AI heroes in either Singleplayer or Multiplayer. This means that the only way to complete levels is in single player on your own, with a friend or with a complete stranger on matchmaking, which cannot always be possible due timezones, ping and availability.

Make a Comic/ Animation | This would be a great add-on to expand the story a bit more, showing the mysteries of the heroes and how they came about. The game already has the Art Style, just needs the story. :)
Invader Mode | It would be cool to have a mode where you send in the enemies at your command instead of the enemies coming in the same pattern every time. It would probably be good for multiplayer, I don't know, it's just an idea, hope you take these ideas into consideration! :D

Finishing up, Fortified is a really good game both a TD game and 3rd Person shooter. The game exceed my exceptions of a good indie game, but it could have some more features that people usually expect in such a game, such as Friendly AI or First Person Mode, other than that this game should exceed and should stay active for a long time!
^^My rating (will change if they make a difference in future updates.)

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Earth is in danger, and it's up to you (and 3 of your friends) to save it !

So far so good, this is an excellent tower-defense / third-person shooter hybrid with challenging enemies and layouts. My first hands-on experience was with 3 of my friends and we had a blast watching those martians exploding all over the place (the ragdoll physics are extremely funny and satisfying).

The Campaign Mode is divided in 12 levels, with 3 difficulty settings total. The Invasion mode is an Endless Survival mode in which you can have a blast with your friends trying to come out with new strategies in order to survive as long as possible.

It's a bit frustrating to play solo, since the game kind of ask you to be everywhere at the same time, so getting perfect runs is a pretty hardcore thing to do, but you see that playing solo isn't where this game shines the most.

It's a good tower-defense, a good game overall, definitely worth the price if you have friends to play with.
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8.2 hrs
Posted: October 2
Amazing tower defense i highly recommond it
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11.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
A fun hybrid tower defense game that is best played with a friend or two. It has some bugs, such as enemies getting stuck outside the level from time to time and character movement sometimes not responding.
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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
I had a great time with Fortified. I must admit that the game is extremely similar to Orcs Must Die 2. However, Fortified falls short in a few ways. First of all, Fortified lacks perks, which allow Orcs Must Die players a little more customization on the front end. The game also lacks "trap spots" in the same way as Orcs Must Die, which keeps players from creating such aesthetically-pleasing and deadly choke points. Traps, in my opinion, just never seem very organized in Fortified. There also isn't much of an environmental element to Fortified. There is no lava, ledges, mine carts, etc. However, despite those flaws, the enemies in Fortified are much more interesting and the sci-fi 50's aestethic look and feel is a lot of fun. In addition, Fortified supports 4 players, so bring the whole crew.
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Smurf Apocalypse
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 5
Don't buy this game. Buy Orcs must die 2 if this genre of game is what you are looking for. There are about 12 traps and weapons in total per character some of which are repetitive, the graphics are mediocre, the game play feels slow at times and then nearly impossible during the very next wave, the humor is dry and predictable, each character has about three pieces of dialogue that they just continuously repeat.... I could go on but I think you get the picture. This game feels like a game designer had a good idea and then just ran out of time and money so it got pushed out as is. I am going to try to get my money back if possible, I played a little over the limit trying to like it but it's just not going to happen.
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9.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
I love the idea behind this game, but the execution leaves alot to be desired. The weapons don't feel substantial. Most of the turrets don't really do their job well. They often have insanely small areas of effect. The result is that this is a game that is trying to be a mash-up of a shooter and turret defense game, yet fails at each. The "classes" also are insufficiently differentiated. There's a little humor injected with some random sayings, and the 50s atmosphere is there...although it's not as strong as I wish it was. Overall Iron Brigade (aka Trenched) did this same schtick, but did it FAR better.
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Necrophilia Shax
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
its on sale
its very good
its very fun
we need more players
buy it
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14.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
Fortified is a great game, which is being unfairly unnoticed. It's a big luck to catch an existing lobby in multiplayer, and it's a big luck to get random person in your own lobby, if you created one. I kept playing it several days in a row, and all I got was a random kid from the US, and the other time I found a lobby with 3 tough asians, but that's all.

The game, however, is very nice. Graphics, effects and overall atmosphere are beatiful, game has all attributes of the martian madness era. But if you want to play it, don't even bother buying it without your friends - you most likely won't be able to find someone in MP.
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Friedmudkips ツ #FreeMilo
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 11
TL;DR at Bottom
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A hot title about the Cold War
Recommended Purchase
Fortified! is a third person tower defense game much in the vein of Orcs Must Die! or Sanctum in that you are playing both a third person shooter and a tower defense game and your job is to know when to switch between the two to gain an advantage. Fortified has a very stereotypical sci-fi feel to it since it has that comic book style with typical martian style aliens that look like something to come out of a sixties sci-fi movie. You play as one of four different characters and each one unlocks their weapons and towers in a different order and even have a few different towers based on playstyle. Fortified isn't particularly unique but it takes what other games like Orcs Must Die and Sanctum have done and fine-tunes it and gives it a nice sci-fi 50's spin.
In Fortified you have four characters to choose from and each one of them has a unique ultimate ability based on what that character is like. For example there's a character called the rocketeer and she has a jetpack so her ultimate ability activates her jetpack and gives her infinite ammo for the duration. Every characters ultimate is pretty unique but more importantly it feels tied to that characters defining characteristics. Every level ,in traditional tower defense style, your objective is to defend a rocket launch site for however many turns that level requires. You'll be attacked by different kinds of aliens hitting you both from the air and the ground and every alien feels like it was directly ripped from a 50's comic book which only adds to the feeling the you're playing a comic book. Every alien essentially differs only in health and model but they each feel very distinctive such as the tiny little spider robots that scurry around or the UFO's that capture you in their stasis beams. There's quite a lot of variation between all of the aliens and they all have models that fit the setting too.
Depending on what character you play you will have different towers to choose from and a different order in which you unlock them. You also unlock different weapons as you go and what weapons you start with depends on what character you chose. Every tower has two different upgrades you can purchase for it and each one changes how you use that tower in the future or how it can synergize with other towers. The towers all fit the setting and each one is both unique and incredibly fun to see in action such as the rocket tower which fires a huge missile that obliterates any martians unfortunate enough to get caught in the blast. The towers meld perfectly with the character using them and so you end up working with the towers you choose rather that having them do all the work or having you do all the work.

Fortified! takes the style of Sanctum and adds a teaspoon of martian invasion with just a pinch of retro sci-fi to make it one of the best tower defense games on the market.

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8.0 hrs
Posted: August 6
This is a fun tower defense game. If you have played Orcs Must Die 1 or 2, this is a sci-fi version which does not have quite as many weapons but its still fun.

Has 4 different characters with different weapon loadouts, so if you get tired of using the same weapons you can always change character. Seeing that this is the 1st installment of the game, I think if enough people get it they will be well on there way to a winning formula.

Highly Recommend.
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16.9 hrs
Posted: July 7
Do you like freedom?

Do you like democracy?

Do you like defending both from hoards of aliens using only your wits (and the best weaponry the military can offer) in a 50's B movie comic book sifi adventure!?!?!

If you said no to any of these you must be a Menacing Metal Martian from Mars bent on destroying earth!

Defend your country; buy Fortified today!
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