A next-generation tower defense game set in the rich fantasy world of Majesty, but with a twist.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (57 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 14, 2012
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Defenders of Ardania (DoA) is a next-generation tower defense game set in the rich fantasy world of Majesty, but with a twist. Besides the addictive core mechanics of placing towers to stop advancing enemy units, DoA also allows players to take on the role of the attackers seeking to conquer the enemy base.

DoA’s innovative new game concepts include light RTS elements, taking the popular genre to the next level. Players must oversee unit production and upgrades while assembling the most effective army from one of three playable races, each with unique locations, towers, and units. However, without magic, a fantasy game is little more than a toothless lion (or dragon, rather), so a wide range of spells will be available for players to decimate their enemies and protect their forces.

Although DoA includes a single-player portion, the focus of the game is undoubtedly multiplayer, where two to four players can take each other on or compete against AI opponents via Internet, LAN, or PSN. The multiplayer component offers three different game modes where players can assume either the defensive or offensive sides – or both!

Key Features

  • An intriguing new take on the massively popular tower defense genre: players lead both offensive and defensive operations
  • Ardania: the world of Majesty with three playable races and their unique environments
  • Defense: 24 different upgradeable towers to erect against the invading enemy
  • Attack: 24 varied units with diverse attributes to assemble into an offensive force
  • Strong multiplayer component with a variety of game modes for up to four players
  • Interactive environment that affects gameplay
  • A wide range of offensive and defensive spells

System Requirements

    Minimum
    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista / Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHZ, AMD Athlon 3500+
    • Memory:1 GB (Windows® XP), 1,5 GB (Windows® Vista)
    • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
    • Video Card: 1GB, ATI HD3870, Shader Model, 512 MB (does not support integrated graphics card)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound:DirectX9 compatible
    • Additional: Internet or LAN for multiplayer
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
The tower defense genre is well known and well understood, with many good games to serve as examples on how to get it right. With all of the good material available for study it's hard to understand how Defenders of Ardania managed to fail so hard. You'd think that, at the very least, the company would have been able to manage a mediocre game but Defenders of Ardania fails in nearly every aspect.

Although this game does require you to attack as well as defend, that isn't enough extra to save it from everything else. The voice acting is a crime against humanity; the tower selection isn't imaginative; the campaign is terribly easy - just spam cheap units as soon as the game starts and away you go. There's a lack of strategy and fun.

Multiplayer isn't much different. It also plays rather poorly on slower connections, despite the minimal amount of data that a tower defense game needs to pass back and forth. What is it doing to choke my friend's pipe? I don't know, but it's unnecessary.

I'd advise against a purchase even if it is deeply discounted and you're a tower defense fan.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Not worth spending time on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Warning!: Devs abandon this game!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
What the hell is this crap... I bought the game thinking I might have fun but this game is hectic bad. I love tower defense games and this game made me want to commit suicide off one of the boringly designed overly tall and limp towers that suck. The sending out of units system is terrible and boring. I'm sorry I can't be constructive with my comments because this game was designed by a mongoloid or many mongoloids.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Not a bad game, All and all the creativity and simalarity to the old maul games in WC3 makes this game worth it.
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
No...just no. I didn't expect much, but this ain't fun. There are far better tower-defense games.
Or you can just play Majesty 2, if you want to have fun.
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44 of 45 people (98%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Set in the world made famous by Majesty, in Ardania, you are the king. Some arrogant noble causes trouble by sending militia to attack you, so you slash back by building towers to defend your castle and sending various troops to counter-attack. Campaign takes you through Ardania to find the culprit of the attacks on your cities. Sounds cool enough, but unfortunately, you probably shouldn't get too excited.

Defenders of Ardania is a mix between Tower Defense (TD) and Reverse TD. You can protect yourself by building towers, but ultimately, you win by destroying the enemy castle(s) by sending out troops. Troops are quite strong: a single tower can hardly destroy a wave of enemies, so you either need to build more towers in clever spots or, which is usually easier against AI, destroy the enemy castle quickly.

There are about 5 different types of units and towers, none too different from other games of the genre. Some units can attack other units (rather weakly) and others can attack enemy towers. There's some strategy involved in placing the towers, as you are limited in the number of towers depending on the level. You may also direct your troops using a waypoint (yep, a single one) or place bounties (akin to Majesty but costs nothing) to focus fire on certain enemy. What is interesting is that your troops gain experience: using certain type of troops makes them stronger.

Later on, this feels indifferent though: it was always easiest just to either (following is a couple of killer strategies for campaign) zerg-rush the enemy with cheap or fast troops or use a reverse scorched earth tactic building a couple of waves of turret-destroying magicians followed by bomb carts that insta-kill castles. This worked in almost every map: While AI can build towers to counter your troops, it's not up to these kinds of attacks.

Also, while there are three races, you can only play humans in the campaign, the rest restricted for AI and multiplayer (which I've yet to try: servers are empty though). Every race has its own towers, troops and spells, which is cool, but with mere single campaign, the game feels unfinished: there really should be a campaign for each race.

Story is quirky and and full of nerdy jokes, puns and references, so at least it does not take itself too seriously. You do have to endure some quite bad voice acting along the way (I'm looking at you, Kilia the Elf!). Playing it through lasts about 5-10 hours, probably less if you can come up with winning strategies faster. I guess it might be worth it for the amusing ending. :P

While not entirely bad, there are many better TDs out there: this one fails to fill its niche in the reverse TD. So if you just kind of like TD genre, stay away. If TD is your hot chocolate, by all means do get this one but do yourself a favour and do so when it's on sale or bundled.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Picked this up since I am a fan of the original Majesty. Although Majesty 2 was fairly dissapointing, it wasn't totally terrible, and tower defense is a pretty easy genre to to reasonably well. I am not super-far through this yet, but so far it has been nothing but dissapointing, with boring non-interactive gameplay, sluggish lack of strategic decisions that matter, and even terrible voice acting (the advisor guy from Majesty 2 is all right, but some of the others are really cringe-worthy).

Do not try this at home.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I should have read other reviews before purchasing.

Limited resolution settings. No option for windowed mode. This means on my 2560x1440 monitor, it resizes all my windows to make them smaller, and repositions them onto my 2nd monitor. Ugh!

The game itself is pretty lackluster, which is a shame because I really liked Majesty 2. The quality seems really poor and just shoddy all-around.

The official forums have been pretty much abandoned for two years (and the game only came out two years ago). Honestly I feel kind of ripped off. )c:

Buy Defense Grid instead. Or try Tower Wars. Or just about any other TD game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Garbage. Not thought provoking, the dialogue is childish, the devs didn't even bother to have support for my native screen resolution nor even a windowed mode. I could forgive all of the above if the gameplay weren't stale.
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0 of 14 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
sucks buy primal world defenders instead
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
An insult to majesty :(
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Didn't think there were any tower games I wouldn't like. What you see in the demo, is the height of the game, it gets worse from there.
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I bought this game to play single player. I thought it was mediocre, and the completely unskippable, uninteresting story bits that ruined any sense of pace in every single level were getting on my nerves so I switched to one of the skirmish modes. The cutscene still played, in a bonus mode.

It was an unenjoyable experience where my bad game was ruined by a wizard who keeps me from placing towers while making annoying jokes.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Bad game, story is annoying a you have a lot of restrictions like how many towers you may build, how much gold you can store, how many troops you can send,...
I play about 6 or 7 levels and its definitly no fun.
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Poor AI; no solo play except for campaign; campaign levels have locked towers, units, upgrades and spells; campaign is fairly short and only one of the 3 races, so no chance to get aquainted with either of the others races before playing multiplayer; poor interface; poor response to input; poor unit pathing updates; maps are limited to the campaign maps.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2013
Defenders of Ardania is Paradox's new take on the Tower Defense genre. Although set in the same universe as the majesty games you probably won't notice as the majority of the lore, units and locations is of much the same generic fantasy staple as 99% of the rest out there.

Defenders of Ardania takes on the genre in a way we mostly see from PvP focused Tower Defense games by letting you not only manage the defense of your own keep through Tower placement and ability use but instead of making victory based on the simple passage of time you have to send units yourself towards the enemy keep and past his towers to secure victory. This a great mechanic for multi-player but unfortunately it hamstrings the AI in the single-player campaign quite badly as it simply does not build fast enough or responds fast enough making most of the maps a breeze to win by simply rushing fast units with little concern for your own defenses.

A rather weird income system that never lets you run out of money for more than a few seconds at a time and hard limits on both towers and units only compounds this problem, making the first 5 minutes of any map the only minutes that really matter and any game that progresses beyond that because a rather dull slugfest where you sit around with an impenetrable defense, spamming the same units over and over waiting for their experience to go up enough so that you can unlock a more powerful hero version.

Defenders of Ardania is not a very inspired game, the gameplay mechanics do not lend themselves to single-player very well and although some entertainment can be found in the game's multi-player component the lack of anyone actually playing it online means this is only viable if you do it with friends. There are many better Tower Defense games out there, Sol Survivor even has a multi-player mode with pretty much the same mechanics as this, only not quite as broken.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2012
As far as Tower Defense games go, this is pretty much a complete failure. Seriously. The graphics are nice, but that's about the only good thing to be said about Defenders of Ardania. The voice acting is atrocious, the controls are clumsy at best, the in-game advisor is annoying and, worst of all, there is alnmost no strategy involved whatsoever. Most of the time, it doesn't even matter where you build your towers - need I say more ?

If you're looking for a good tower defense game, definitely stay away from this one. Get Defense Grid instead.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
One of the worst TD's I have every played, and I have been playing them since StarCraft 1 days. No imagination, no skill involved, the is not with $1 let alone its current price.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2012
It's kinda blah. Too much waiting around, and not enough fun stuff to do.
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