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Kingdom Rush Origins is a polished and fun Tower Defense game worth your time

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Ironhide Game Studio have managed to make another compelling and polished Tower Defense game with Kingdom Rush Origins. Note: Key provided by the developer.

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  • Unleash the power of the elves with brand new towers and troops! Elf Archers, Mystic Mages, Stone Druids and the Elven Infantry make up the backbone of your army.
  • Discover new specialized tower upgrades with over 18 abilities! Vanquish your enemies with elven marksmen, runed bears, magic-wielding wizards, and even giant animated trees.
  • Take up arms against new enemies and engage in epic boss battles! Face hordes of Gnolls, giant spiders, and the terrible Twilight army.
  • Master and upgrade legendary heroes and their awesome powers and spells!
  • Rain lightning, summon reinforcements, and use each hero’s unique power to obliterate scores of enemies!

Graphically, it's as lush as you would expect. Still relatively simple in terms of style, but even so it's vibrant and it looks seriously crisp. Their artists did a great job on that as usual. Everything is clear and easy to understand, with an interface that doesn't get in your way.

As for the gameplay, some of the newer level design along with the different types of enemies you will encounter can really keep you on your toes. Truthfully, some of the environment interactions were quite unexpected and some even gave me a few good moments of panic. Some of spells you get from your heroes can help with this, which is a pretty handy feature.

Unlike previous games, I didn't have any issues with my two monitor setup either so that was vast improvement. Their launcher works perfectly too. However, it's certainly not perfect. It's missing a pretty standard feature in TD titles to speed up a wave, requiring you to sometimes just sit and watch even though you clearly know you're okay.

If you like Tower Defense games and you haven't played any previous Kingdom Rush title, this is absolutely one to take a look at. Overall, it's not vastly different to their previous games as they seem to be playing it quite safe. Not a bad thing, it's a good game, but for those hoping for something completely fresh this isn't it. I still enjoyed it though, a lot!

Hopefully PC gamers won't have to wait too long for Kingdom Rush Vengeance, their next title as that also looks rather good.

Find it on Steam, it's also on GOG but no Linux build there.

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Elvanex 26 October 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
Kingdom Rush has become my defacto for a good basic yet polish Tower Defense game. My only issue is that it seems a tab overpriced for what is essentially a mobile port. I think $10 would be more reasonable.
hardpenguin 26 October 2018 at 5:05 pm UTC
Best series ever
Kohrias 26 October 2018 at 5:15 pm UTC
I'll grab it as soon as the Linux build is on GOG ;-)
Cestarian 26 October 2018 at 6:04 pm UTC
I feel somewhat skeptical. While tower defense does appeal to me it needs to be well done, the last tower defense game I liked was defenders quest.

My favorite tower defense~esque game would be dungeon defenders (although it plays better on wine than native because it has some serious bugs gameplay wise, and doesn't support multiplayer between platforms)
g000h 26 October 2018 at 6:46 pm UTC
CestarianI feel somewhat skeptical. While tower defense does appeal to me it needs to be well done, the last tower defense game I liked was defenders quest.

My favorite tower defense~esque game would be dungeon defenders (although it plays better on wine than native because it has some serious bugs gameplay wise, and doesn't support multiplayer between platforms)

If you haven't seen Dungeon Warfare yet, suggest checking that out.

Meanwhile, I own the full Kingdom Rush series on Android, and the first two games on Steam. Have recently restarted the first title, Kingdom Rush, on Linux and finding it hard to get beyond the campaign (After you finish the main campaign, a bunch of additional, tough missions become available).

Probably will pick up Origins in a sale.
Liquid_Cool 26 October 2018 at 7:07 pm UTC
I like Cursed Treasure, you can play it right in the browser. That's the best tower defense game..imo.
Nezchan 27 October 2018 at 1:37 am UTC
CestarianI feel somewhat skeptical. While tower defense does appeal to me it needs to be well done, the last tower defense game I liked was defenders quest.

Come to think of it, whatever happened to Defender's Quest 2? I haven't heard anything about it for ages, even though it looked so promising.
Rutine 27 October 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC
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CestarianI feel somewhat skeptical. While tower defense does appeal to me it needs to be well done, the last tower defense game I liked was defenders quest.

My favorite tower defense~esque game would be dungeon defenders (although it plays better on wine than native because it has some serious bugs gameplay wise, and doesn't support multiplayer between platforms)

You might try the "Orcs Must Die" series then.They play good on Steam Play or Wine (no Linux version). I bought Dungeon Defenders trying to find something similar to Orcs Must Die (mix of FPS + Tower Defense) but for me it's really not as good. On the same genre, there's Natural Selection, but still, not as good in my opinion.
Cestarian 27 October 2018 at 10:49 pm UTC
g000h
CestarianI feel somewhat skeptical. While tower defense does appeal to me it needs to be well done, the last tower defense game I liked was defenders quest.

My favorite tower defense~esque game would be dungeon defenders (although it plays better on wine than native because it has some serious bugs gameplay wise, and doesn't support multiplayer between platforms)

If you haven't seen Dungeon Warfare yet, suggest checking that out.

Meanwhile, I own the full Kingdom Rush series on Android, and the first two games on Steam. Have recently restarted the first title, Kingdom Rush, on Linux and finding it hard to get beyond the campaign (After you finish the main campaign, a bunch of additional, tough missions become available).

Probably will pick up Origins in a sale.
That's an interesting looking game, I might just pick it up.

Rutine
CestarianI feel somewhat skeptical. While tower defense does appeal to me it needs to be well done, the last tower defense game I liked was defenders quest.

My favorite tower defense~esque game would be dungeon defenders (although it plays better on wine than native because it has some serious bugs gameplay wise, and doesn't support multiplayer between platforms)

You might try the "Orcs Must Die" series then.They play good on Steam Play or Wine (no Linux version). I bought Dungeon Defenders trying to find something similar to Orcs Must Die (mix of FPS + Tower Defense) but for me it's really not as good. On the same genre, there's Natural Selection, but still, not as good in my opinion.

Orcs must die is intriguing and yeah it's not really the same, I actually think dungeon defenders 2 would be closer to what you want, or maybe sanctum. (Dungeon defenders primarily focuses on the tower defense aspect, dungeon defenders 2 primarily focuses on the pve aspect, sanctum is fairly balanced in both, sanctum 2 was so focused on the pve aspect that it might as well not have had any towers)
hoek 28 October 2018 at 8:53 pm UTC
Too expensive. Waiting for some discount.
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