For this week’s Dissecting Design, I looked at the tower defense genre through the game Defense Grid. While there were plenty of free mods for the genre, Defense Grid was one of the first serious attempts at elevating and setting the foundation of the design.

  • 00:00: Intro
  • 00:53 : Basic gameplay
  • 18:33 : Advanced gameplay and mazing
  • 34:35 : Limitations of Tower Defense Gameplay
  • 41:39 : Final Thoughts
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Defense Grid 2

Defense Grid became a hit thanks to its elevated take on the tower defense genre and great map design that challenged players to come up with a variety of solutions. With a sequel kickstarted, many fans were hoping for a great sequel. However changes and additions this time have gone in the opposite direction.

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