Stepping slightly out of my comfort zone recently to try something different, I picked up a copy of Bloons TD 6 and I think I now may need help to tear myself away from it. Note: played with Steam Play Proton.
I'm a huge fan of strategy games but I usually go for the more base-building RTS types, with Tower Defense not something I go for often. Based on how it looks, Bloons TD 6 is a game I would say you could easily pass up and not think anything of it. I honestly thought it looked a bit, dare I say it, overly childish. Oh how I was wrong. Bloons TD 6 is a monster of a game but family friendly for sure.
Bloons TD 6 is, in a word, fantastic. It's not a new game, released originally back in December 2018 and so I'm a bit late to the game on this one but gosh it's good. Who would have thought that Monkeys popping balloons would make for a good Tower Defense game? I didn't, obviously. However, I can't be the only one who enjoys the simple pleasure of popping balloons in real life? Bloons TD 6 offers that in the hundreds and thousands of wow it sure is satisfying watching hundreds of balloons float around getting popped.
Not only can you blast through hundreds of hours by yourself but you can bring a friend too - or a few, as it has 4 player co-op. So I did and cross-platform multiplayer works exceptionally well even between a Linux machine running it through Proton and someone else on Windows (tested both joining / hosting). Simply beautiful.
There is only a small learning curve to Bloons TD 6 too, mainly requiring you to pay attention to the types of balloons coming and keeping an eye on the wave number, to be ready for special Bloons that appear on later waves that you need a few special upgraded Monkeys to overcome.
The only part I'm not keen on are the micro-transactions. However, you can get everything simply by playing and it's not even remotely difficult to unlock things (which you do constantly) so it has a reasonable balance there overall.
If you enjoy Tower Defense games, go grab it. Bloons TD 6 might possibly be one of the best TD games ever made. Steam reviews back it up too with well over 100,000 user reviews and an Overwhelmingly Positive rating, so you really don't need to just take my word for it. Constant updates too that add new features, new Monkeys, new maps and more.
The developer was also quite responsive when an issue appeared with Proton, submitting their own bug report to Valve that ended up getting fixed.
Available to buy on Steam.
Last edited by MayeulC on 5 January 2022 at 1:28 pm UTC
QuoteThe developer was also quite responsive when an issue appeared with Proton, submitting their own bug report to Valve that ended up getting fixed.
Ooh, time to reinstall. It stopped working after an update and I just didn't bother looking it up at the time. Very good to know the devs themselves went to this extra mile (well, maybe not an entire mile, but a few extra meters at least).
it takes some time to get over of it. (lies lol)
Oh, those bundles and the pile of shame that suffices for more than three lives.
Picked it up on my phone as I finally got one of the "smart" abominations (a fairly nice Stylo 5) after my carrier dropped "feature" phone support. Yes, I'm that dinosaur who only uses phones to make calls not texts.
Cheaper there, and I'm guessing there's a reason. Merc-o-transactions anyone? No way in heck am I ever spending a dime on those predatory practices, though.
Also picked up Stardew Valley for a fiver. I have a pathological need to own that game on every platform it exists on; and yes, I plan on saving up to buy the physical limited edition sometime. I dare not count how many hours I've spent in it on my switch... but I digress.
I've also installed ports of Wesnoth, Freeciv, SuperTuxKart, Frozen Bubble, and several other open source games.
I'm tempted to see if I could put actual Linux on it via Ubuntu Touch or something similar instead of google's "Frankenstein's monster" present in Android.
Quoting: redneckdrowI've also installed ports of Wesnoth, Freeciv, SuperTuxKart, Frozen Bubble, and several other open source games.
I also like unciv and mindustry, both available in F-droid.
Quoting: redneckdrowI'm tempted to see if I could put actual Linux on it via Ubuntu Touch or something similar instead of google's "Frankenstein's monster" present in Android.
You could try postmarketos, but odds are calls don't work with it :P
If anyone is looking for a different spin on the tower defense genre, check out the Anomaly series. Anomaly: Warzone Earth is my favourite "tower attack" game by far, as in you control a soldier and deploy attackers in real time. You might recognize the developers, they're currently making Frostpunk 2. It also has a native Linux version, however the last Anomaly game, Anomaly Defenders, does not..
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