Like many people, we grew up playing online flash tower defence games; most notable is probably balloon tower defence – which, if you have not played, you really, should! Tower defence games can be incredibly addictive and it pleases us to say that the same can be said for Defence Technica. Kuno Interactive have stayed true to the roots of the tower defence genre and have even added some up to date graphics and interesting game elements. No more shitty monkeys with their crappy darts, we now get mighty machine guns and fierce flamethrowers, what more can a guy want? Okay, naked ladies would be good too, but this is a game aimed at all ages people!
Defence Technica wouldn’t be a tower defence game without a good old upgrade system! Kuno Interactive have worked tower upgrades into the game in a rather unique way. First you must unlock the upgrades out with missions before you can use them in-game. You do this by spending the stars you are awarded after each mission. Striving to get high-scores and more stars will undoubtedly keep players playing to get the best upgrades. Should you get stuck at one of the more difficult levels, you can simply revisit a level you have already completed and attempt to claim any stars you missed the first time around.
The coolest, most game-changing effect included by the developers is the way that weather affects each of your towers. When lightning strikes (which will happen at the worst possible time) it can limit the range of your tower by a whopping 25%. Thankfully Defence Technica prompts you when bad weather is about to roll in, just in case you fail to notice the big, red “-25%” above your towers.
Interestingly, your adversaries will always take the shortest route to the core, which is shown to the player by a red line on the map. It is, however, within the players abilities to block the shortest paths off with either a tower, or, if no more enemy units are going to pass this place again then the player can put up a blockade, which costs much fewer resources. By utilizing this ability the player can force the enemies to follow the route that they want them to. This means you can place your towers more accordingly, and funnel enemies in a way that gives you a longer time to defeat them.
Sadly, Defence Technica has a drawback. Not a big one, but it will be noticed very quickly by any tower defence fans. There is no way to speed up the passage of time, such as a fast-forward button. This is a core mechanic in almost every tower defence game we have ever played, we were incredulous to find that something so integral to the genre had been left out. It may have just been an oversight or perhaps the developers thought it was not an important feature, but we would have preferred for it to be included.
Defence Technica may seem a bit expensive for a tower defence game; however, if you enjoy the tower defence games it is one of the finest examples of the genre. Be fair-warned, though, the game has a steep difficulty curve and can prove testing on even normal difficulty.! Nonetheless we wholeheartedly recommend Defence Technica for its wealth of content and the interesting twists it adds to an ageing genre.