Jump in to intense turret defense action with Sol Survivor! Build turrets to defend your colony and the innocent colonists within. Smash enemies with volleys of actively-controlled orbital support. Play with friends in co-operative and competitive multiplayer matches or test your mettle against our new Survival mode!
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Very Positive (249 reviews) - 92% of the 249 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 15, 2010

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Jump in to intense turret defense action with Sol Survivor! Build turrets to defend your colony and the innocent colonists within. Smash enemies with volleys of actively-controlled orbital support. Play with friends in co-operative and competitive multiplayer matches or test your mettle against our new Survival mode!
  • Orbital Support - Get up close and personal with the enemy by calling down orbital lasers, salvos of artillery and many other weapons in support of your turrets. Never be stuck wishing your turrets could fire just one more shot!
  • Huge Turret Arsenal - Twenty-six turrets are at the ready in the fight against the enemy, with each one filling a unique role. Try "old-time" strategies like cannons and mortars or ramp up the technology with banks of lasers and automated drones!
  • 10 Unique Playstyles - Ten distinct executive officers bring unique combinations of turrets and support to the battlefield. Choose a favorite or pick the officer that best suits the challenge at hand!
  • Immersive Camera and Controls - With a full rotational camera, the battlefield is at your fingertips. View the action from afar and plan strategies or get in close for precise actions!
  • Exciting Co-Op and Multiplayer Modes - Choose from up to four game modes: the casual Duo mode, flexible Versus mode, challenging Co-Op or competitive Wars mode. Play with up to 8 friends!
  • Survival Mode - Fight against tougher and tougher waves of enemies crafted randomly to create new challenges with each game. Challenge your friends to beat your best times!
  • In-Game Encyclopedia - Always be well informed about the turrets and the enemy by consulting the in-game encyclopedia. Read up before starting a battle or check up on your knowledge quickly from the field.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 430 MB free space
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0, 128 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Other Requirements: Broadband connection for Multiplayer, .NET 3.5 Framework, XNA 3.1 support
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Very Positive (249 reviews)
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Lukewarm Ice Girl
36.6 hrs
Posted: August 17
want a t/d that's well designed with several layers of variety, from enemies to towers to special abilities, to tower positionings and patterns, all with complete versus and cooperative multiplayer capabilities, allowing for any range of gameplay from against-your-friends to against-the-best-record, to both? this is it bb. 5/5
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The Maddog
348.0 hrs
Posted: August 13
Not the best tower defence game there is but still a lot of fun to play all the same.
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```skunk3```
49.3 hrs
Posted: July 12
This is a pretty good TD, one of the better ones that I've been able to find. Even so, it's still not perfect by any means. The game frequently crashes. The developer of the game is no longer in business, so don't expect any support. The multiplayer and survival modes are kinda limited in the sense that after around an hour and fifteen minutes, you're screwed, no matter how many towers you have in place and no matter how much you spam abilities. Also, multiplayer is totally dead... you have to add people who own the game and organize matches outisde of the game itself because you aren't likely to ever see a randomly hosted game. Last but not least, some towers are clearly better than others, so once you figure out what works best, there's hardly any point in going with something different. On the up side, it's pretty satisfying to play and there's loads of fun custom maps out there. It's worth ten bucks for sure, but I wish that the game would get updated.
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a fan of no spam
55.4 hrs
Posted: July 10
A fun turret defence game with a lot of options. It includes many maps and a variety of modes (both single and-player), and additional maps may be created. I enjoy this game, but I have three main complaints:
1. There are not many players hosting or looking to join servers. However, there are a few.
2. This game tends to crash right at the end of multiplayer rounds. By that time, the game is over so it's not a big deal, but it should have been fixed.
3. In survival rounds, there comes a point where the game seems to just decide to kill you. In Normal and Easy difficulty, this happens at just over an hour, while in Hard and Intense, it happes sooner. At this point, enemies are sent which are simply too strong to be stopped. They cruse right through, and you loose, even though you did everything right.
Nonetheless, I still recomend this game. It is certainly enjoyable.
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hitt.william
10.8 hrs
Posted: June 4
I'll give a cautious recommendation for this title. The variety of powers (and ability to create a custom set), the variety of play modes (including different co-op variants), and the nice soundtrack are definitely strengths. However, my co-op partner and I seemed to be pushed towards a rather simplistic strategy in order to ensure success. As opposed to creating various combinations of towers to be placed throughout the map, we typically made one area of about 9 towers, bunched together, referred to online as a "kill box." This strategy proved enormously successful, but led to each map playing about the same. Locate the area (rarely areas) by which all "creeps" would pass on the way to the goal, and then put down the "kill box." The rest of the map was just watching enemies get obliterated and waiting until we had accumulated enough resources for an upgrade. It's a nice little title and I don't regret playing it, but I do wish it would have demanded a little more creatively from its players.
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Raguski
354.7 hrs
Posted: June 1
Only one thing to say to a true tower defense fan is that this is a must have, it wil become your new favorite especially in co-op.
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specter4432
16.2 hrs
Posted: May 20
very good td,challenging but not impossible for noobs like me,definitely worth a try
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Ronny
388.4 hrs
Posted: May 4
One of the best tower defence games i have ever played.
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Ninethousand
49.9 hrs
Posted: April 8
Multiplayer is dead, Singleplayer is fixed to "enemies move 1 pixel every 5 minutes" speed.
I think i have never seen a tower defense game, where you can't fast forward.
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Wedge
9.5 hrs
Posted: April 1
Bought this to play with friends, now they won’t play with me.
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
693.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Sol Survivor is one of my top favorite tower defence games (defence grid is my 2nd fav), Sol doesn't really have much of a story to it but it makes up for it with it's sheer number of tower types and possible tower combinations which is in the 1000's.

It has a good multiplayer system with modes like co-op survival and head to head wars and has quite a large number of maps to play them on and in a recent update a level creater was released.

If you enjoy tower defence games Sol Survivor is one you definitely need to get!
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
A game any TD fan needs to have and play. SS has a lot to offer and gives you so many options (after you get access to different commanders who each have their own combination of towers/powerups) on how to approach each level. It even has multiplayer vs and co-op. Brilliant game with a lot of depth and replay value.

Only thing that bugs me is you can't fast forward.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
This is a classic tower defense game that copies significant features from Defense Grid: The Awakening. There are numerous uncanny similarities. That being said, there are many worse formulas to copy than Defense Grid, and I highly recommend this game as well as an excellent entry in the Tower Defense genre (but play Defense Grid first). It doesn't do a lot to differentiate itself, but it executes well on the basic Tower Defense tropes... tower building and placement, tower synergies, etc.

The campaign is relatively short, but there are numerous ways to replay the same levels giving it longer legs than it would otherwise have.

It is a solid tower defense game that deserves attention. That being said, if you're only going to play one Tower Defense game, it should still be Defense Grid.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,246.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Great game play with my girlfriend all the time she's not that good at games but picked this one up vary fast and we enjoy paying together in coop. But be forwarned at the one hour mark the npc's get super hard to kill which i consider a sad thing as were near the end of the game. But if u have someone that isn't good at games but still want to play with them this is the game for you, you can talk about where to place towers what to place in other words you can interact with each other and thats the best part.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I like this game as one of the few multiplayer tower defense games I've seen. This is pure strategy and no FPS.

There are a few other games I like more the single-player TD, but this one works well and is multiplayer.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Sol Survivor

Sol Survivor is a tower defence game in which the goal is to hold off an invading alien horde consisting of organic, cybernetic, armoured and air units hell-bent on sucking the souls of your helpless colonists. Worried? You should be! Don't despair as you have been issued with an extravagant variety of turrets including shotgun, machine gun, laser and rocket to name but a few as well as a range of support towers to enhance the abilities of neighbouring weaponry. If that wasn't enough to keep you busy, you have a choice of special abilities that can be called in from off map such as fire bombs and nuclear missiles to aid you in your struggle.

I have been loving this game after picking it up in the Steam Sale. It's a simple concept but well executed. The graphics are good for the genre so should be more than playable no matter what system you're running. The multi-player co-op function is incredibly fun as it adds a lot of replay value to the maps and missions although it is still highly addictive going it alone. The hordes vary depending on the amount of players as well as the difficulty level. You can choose from the standard difficulties or an endless assault (my current record on that is 35 minutes!). Personally, I would like the option of choosing a specific amount of waves as there is a not a big difference between the easiest mode and the most difficult in terms of numbers of waves. As a side note, the soundtrack is sublime. This game is worth every penny of the £1.99 I paid for it in the sale and still would be worth it even at the full price of £7.99 (at the time of writing).

If you love tower defence games, you'll love Sol Survivor!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Sol Survivor is an excellent tower defense game that has a lot of replay value. The ability to customize your loadout, the plethora of towers and weapons available, the freedom to place towers where you want, the various multi-player modes...all of these things serve to keep me coming back for more. It's definitely worth its $9.99 price tag, though there's a demo available if you still aren't sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay01Ct_L7o4
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
It may not have the razzle-dazzle of more recent tower defense games, but Sol Survivor is a solid entry in what is a crowded genre.

Cadenza Interactive does an excellent job in delivering a graphical style that is both elegant and visually appealing. I never felt like I wasn't able to identify what each turret's function was even in the thick of battle. I especially like that each type of turret damage is color coded, allowing you to easily spot where areas of your defense may be lacking in certain damage types. Piercing turrets are yellow, concussive turrets are orange, support fields are green and electrical damage is blue. It affords an interesting "temperature" to a fleshed out defense and makes each level a paint-by-numbers process of constructing creep murder.

The soundtrack is exceptional, and I must take a moment to point it out. It's not heartpounding, thrilling or action-y. You play the role of an ensign, rapidly rising through the ranks in a battle for humanity's survival. The music fits that theme. It's immersive, sad, and desperate. Kudos to the composer, because the soundtrack is amazing and fitting in every way.

Some tower defense fans will balk at the lack of "mazing" or "zoning". Each map already has its path laid out a la the original Warcraft tower defense maps. You simply place your turrets along the path and attempt to capitalize on the various types of damage you have available and the various creeps you are facing. As above, each tower can deal a certain type of damage. This damage is more or less effective against the various types of creeps, so planning your resource expenditure is necessary for a successful defense. Where Sol Survivor lacks the strategy of "zoning", it makes up for it in the addition of support powers. Each field commander brings a variety of support abilities to the table which can either be used to shore up a weakness in your tower selection or to bolster an already solid defense strategy. Your satellite arrays adapt to the support powers you use which allows them to level up over time, increasing their range of effectiveness, power and recharge time. The missions are carefully balanced to allow for this feature, making it necessary to take an active role in combat (rather than simply laying down towers and waiting for enough mass to upgrade or place more).

Sol Survivor also features multiplayer co-op, which is mind-blowing. I have yet to see another tower defense game offer up the same, and the fact that it has slipped under the radar is disappointing. You will be hard pressed to find partners (there are rarely any random people hosting an open lobby) but the playerbase is still active and you can find partners on the discussion hub. You can also send me an invite. I'm always willing to play.

All in all, Sol Survivor is an excellent game. It looks gorgeous, has an amazing soundtrack and it definitely has a story to tell. It may not have voice acting or other fancy features, but the gameplay is solid. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2010
Sol Survivor is quite possibly the best tower defence game I have ever played. The multiplayer play is done pretty flawlessly and greatly contributes towards the quality of the game. Playing this with a few a friends makes for one of the greatest multiplayer experiences I've had.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
187.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2012
Sol Survivor is yet another indie Tower Defense game. They really are spitting them out on an assembly line these days.

Sol Survivor is one of the better examples though as it takes great care to provide you with a multitude of different play-styles and tactics as well as decent multi-player component although it's a bit depopulated these days.

The rather long campaign provides you with the option of choosing which commander to play as which in turn changes which turrets and abilities are available to you. Everything from the standard "Gun" turret to nuke silos and booster towers is available to you from the tower side and on the abilities you have simple damage abilities, slowing and stunning abilities and even an ability that permanently sacrifices the power you use to cast abilities in exchange for more resources to build towers.

The abilities are a big part of the game and where other Tower Defense games like Defense Grid focus on building the most minimalistic defense possible Sol Survivor is all about intelligent tower placement and well timed ability use making it a very thoughtful and tactical game.

Sol Survivor also comes packaged with some excellent multi-player modes which in my opinion is one of the most important things in a Tower Defense game. Unfortunately there aren't a whole lot of people playing this online anymore so unless you got friends to play with you might have a bit of a hard time finding opponents and coop partners.

Probably the most intelligent Tower Defense game on steam and definitely one of the best.
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