Defenders Of Ardania Review (XBLA)

Game Review: Defenders of Ardania
Release: March 14th 2012
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Most Wanted Entertainment (MWE)
Available Platforms: XBLA, PC and iPad
Players: 1-4
MSRP: $15
ESRB Rating: 12+

Defenders of Ardania is a tower defense game from Most Wanted Entertainment that attempts to take the traditional gameplay of a tower defense game and throw it out the window. Instead of the usual act of just defending, Defenders of Ardania requires you to fight back and send troops back out to your enemies base. While this is an interesting addition to a tower defense game, it is ultimately the downfall of the game.

In Defenders of Ardania, you make your way across the map from territory to territory facing different enemy types while unlocking and purchasing new towers and units to send to your enemies base. As with most tower defense games, you start with the simple close range and long range towers and slowly as the levels progress you unlock more varied towers. The same applies to the units you can send out, the soldiers, tanks and rogues are a great starting point, although even fully upgraded, the enemy towers can still take them down pretty fast if they are left out on their own.

Attacking ultimately becomes the main strategy, as the game limits you to placing only 10 towers when you start each level, it pushes the tower defense element of the gameplay to the back burner and leaves you to focus on taking on the enemy. Unfortunately the attacking element can become repetitive very quickly and you end up focusing on spending all of your resources on sending out 25 of the same rogue or tank unit so that the opponents towers can’t keep up with such a horde.

At the start of the game, I was really excited by the premise of being able to attack the enemy. Slowly as the levels progressed, it turned from a new and interested game into a repetitive and very limited game. Some elements of the game are a great addition, such as the magic ability granting you the power to use some of your resources to heal your base or attack a certain point of the map with a thunderstorm.

Music in the game is a strong point and definitely suits the game. This is accompanied by some terrible voice acting as it seems like the voice actors for the game are reading the script for the first time. Thankfully you don’t need to focus on the story much and this only affects you in between levels leaving you to focus on the actual game within the level. Multiplayer follows the same theme as the single player and pits you against up to four online opponents in the same format as the single player. While following this format, the online matches will also take you sometimes an hour, just because your units are just too weak to take out the enemy and you wind up just endlessly throwing hundreds of troops out, hoping that at least one of them might make it the enemy base.

Defenders of Ardania was a really great idea for a tower defense game and at certain points it fulfils what you expect from the game. With a wide variety of levels, towers and units, strategy is key. If you can see past the long levels and the limitation of tower placements, then Defenders of Ardania is a comparable strategy game. If you are looking for a real tower defense game, I would give this one a miss.

  • Wide range of towers and units
  • Great first couple of levels
  • Too much repetitive gameplay
  • Terrible voice acting and dull story

Score: 4 out of 10

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