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!
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
Operating system: Microsoft® 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: 1GB
Video: ATI HD3870, Shader Model 4, 512 MB (does not support intergraded graphics card)
Sound: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c or higher
Controller support: 2-point mouse, keyboard
Internet or LAN for multiplayer. Multiplayer up to 4 players.
ⓒ Copyright Paradox Interactive AB
This game has all of the glory in how it looks. Nowhere else. This game looks simply amazing for a tower defense game, but the gameplay is lacking. First of all, the voice acting sounds like it has been done in a hurry. Then comes the actual gameplay. You have no indication of when the raids are going to start until you actually see them, which could be bad since you have only a limited amount of time to set up your defense system, and you don't have much time in the first place. The game is slightly a little bit more creative than other tower defense games, however. Characters are well designed and vary a lot from each other, which puts a spin on the gameplay. Basically, think of the game like a pie filled with nothing. It looks good, but it's got nothing much to put on the table.
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