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Revenge of the Titans Review

March 25, 2011

Revenge of the Titans is a tower defense game by Puppy Games, which originally released in the Humble Indie Bundle #2, and has recently become available on Steam. The gist of the game is that Earth is being invaded by Titans, which are basically… giant alien cats? In any case, the player is tasked with organizing defenses around various important buildings to ensure Earth’s survival.

The first and immediately noticeable high point of the game is its delightfully retro art style, which has a little bit of a Saturday morning cartoon style lovingly mixed in. Same goes for the music and especially the voice acting, which is comprised of various voices literally mumbling lots of unintelligible syllables – but this is a good thing. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously, instead opting for a healthy dose of silliness, and it benefits from that.

Now, how does the game play? I would describe it as “subtly addictive.” Some games are addictive, and that’s almost their defining feature. This is the kind of game that sucks you in with amazing subtlety and makes you want to play just one more level. For such a simple concept, the execution is surprisingly deep. At the core of it is the technology system, which allows players to pick one upgrade per level, each of which either offers a direct upgrade, unlocks new towers to place, opens other new tech options, or a combination thereof. There are also crystals on each level which can be mined for additional cash. All these elements combine for a pretty varied and interesting experience.

In addition to the traditional campaign, the game also includes Endless and Survivor modes, each of which expands the replay value significantly. Survivor also includes online high score tracking. The only thing I feel like this game is missing is some kind of head-to-head multiplayer mode, in which players must each fend off their own attacking hordes, but can influence their opponent’s battlefield for a leg up. Still, for $15, I can’t complain.

Overall, I feel this game is impressively solid, and strategically challenging in a good way. A simple concept, done very well, which makes for good clean fun.

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