Steampunk TD Hacked Game

Steampunk TD Hacked Game

Steampunk Tower – One tower, four weapons, ample upgrades, and a multitude of stylish fun

A Tower of Awesomeness

Having recently reviewed Gemcraft 3: Labyrinth - the gameplay of which I would equate to the act of watching a glass of water at room temperature slowly evaporating over a period of several days while wearing damp clothes - my faith in the tower defense genre resultantly took an unprecedented dip to a level of barely mild enthusiasm. I was lucky enough to have Crush the Castle 2 on hand to temporarily bring me back from the brink of tower defense dubiousness, but my want for a title that could keep me away from this brink on a more permanent basis led me to Dreamgate Company’s Steampunk Tower. You would think that the idea of having just one tower would be too minimalist to undo the damage that Gemcraft 3 damage, but when this tower is an upgradable mechanical masterpiece that plays host to a range of projectile weapons to fire at enemies, it becomes clear that its awesomeness is possibly second only to the tower of Barad-Dur (the home of Sauron’s Eye) of Tolkien fame (I’m not even a LOTR fan, but it is a struggle to find a good tower comparison these days). 

Defending Towers With Towers

It is a bold statement to compare the magnificence of Steampunk Tower to that of Sauron’s phallic shaft of evil, particularly if there are any Tolkien fans reading, but as far as tower defense games and stupid American phrases go, “this tower’s got game”. The format of the game itself is taken right out of the Tower Defense For Dummies manual, only with a few distinctive differences that makes the game a unique offering in an increasingly generic tower defense world. Instead of multiple towers protecting a treasure of ambiguous origin or a medieval kingdom, you are defending a single tower against attack from waves of different enemies, and the best thing about the whole thing is that this tower is itself the weapon that you will be defending it with. This is a tower defense game in the most literal meaning of the words, since you are defending your tower, with the tower, for the extended life of the tower. Say tower again; I dare you.   

Stack ‘Em

Just because there is only one tower in the game doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to have fun defending it; after all, the tower is merely the platform on which you can deploy one of four types of weapon. You can choose from machineguns, heavy artillery, a brutal saw launcher, and an electric gun; each of these turrets can be purchase by clicking the blue arrow at the bottom, and they must be placed by dragging them up the tower and onto whichever available platform you feel is best. Turrets can be swapped around at your leisure, and they can also be upgraded with money once they have killed enough enemies to bring their experience points to a sufficient level. The tower itself is also a weapon, with the red eye-like protrusion at the top filling up gradually and becoming a mouse-guided laser weapon every now and then.

Strategic Considerations

The strategic element of the game is in the use of the correct tower against the right type of enemy. Some heavily-armoured enemies and tanks are resistant to light machinegun fire, for example, and can only be destroyed with an electricity turret or the saw launcher. Some enemies are quicker than others, and there are even aerial foes to defend against such as slow-travelling enemies in blimps and aeroplanes that swish down from the sky and must be taken out hastily. Reloading your weapon also plays a big part in the action, which must be done occasionally at an accelerated pace by dragging the turret into the middle of the tower.

Other Games: Take Note

I cannot possible overstate the worthiness of Steampunk Tower to stand tall above all other tower defense games, acting as an example of everything that they should be doing but aren’t, and if they are, they’re still doing it wrong. The game doesn’t mess around with endless tower types, forgoing pages and pages of towers in favour of one tower with a limited but impressive range of weapons, and augmenting the fun with a host of tasty upgrades that reward your performance as you progress through the game. Steampunk’s visual game is also as impressive as its functional one, with some playful yet professional illustrations that seem to be anything but flash-based, looking as if there was an entire team employed simply to go over each rough edge and polish it with a non-abrasive cloth to a merry shine. Let’s not forget the music as well, which is designed to sound as if it is coming from an old-fashioned radio, or indeed the speakers of the PA system in Shawshank prison in the famous Marriage of Figaro music scene (if you enjoy a cheeky reference, that is).

Better and Best

Steampunk Tower is up there with the tower defense greats, being somewhat in its own little tower defense niche with just a single tower and a limited selection of upgrades, each with as much clout as the main tower weapon itself. It’s phenomenal, it’s highly-polished, and it’s putting all other tower defense games to shame. Slight repetitiveness may be its only drawback, but what is tower defense if it isn’t a little repetitive by its very format? Nothing, that’s what.