Sunday, May 4, 2008

PWN Desktop Tower Defense

So there's a lot of fun and entertaining casual flash games out there, but only a few that offer a real compelling challenge.

My favorite is Desktop Tower Defense

Basically, your desktop is under invasion by waves of "creeps". You must strategically place tower defenses to prevent the creeps from getting through. There are infinite choices about what towers to place where, and the choices you make will dictate how far you make it. Some towers are good vs. air, some vs. ground, some can be heavily upgraded and others serve to slow down the enemy. All of these combinations must be strategically placed to maximize firepower and efficiency. If you haven't played, I highly recommend it.

Anyway, the tough part is trying to actually beat the game. On medium mode there are a total of 50 waves of creeps and even making it through that can prove near impossible if you don't have a good strategy.

Here's the set-up that seems to work the best:

pe = pellet tower
ba = bash tower
sq = squirt tower
fr = frost tower

Using this set up I got 9326 points on Hard, which is the best I've been able to do.

I also recommend placing less pellet towers in favor of bash and freeze towers in an alternating pattern to slow them down and maximize the time creeps can get bashed. A long line of these will stop ground forces in their tracks, especially if you arrange it so the creeps have to double back and come back by the gauntlet.

The key is that a few fully upgraded turrets will far outperform dozens of lvl1 towers. The squirt towers upgrade exponentially so a bank of those will pwn most everything that comes through, including the flyers. A few "typhoon towers" will see you through to the end. pwnt.

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