Defenders of Ardania Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Defenders of Ardania Box Art
System: Xbox 360*, PC
Dev: Paradox Interactive
Pub: Paradox Interactive
Release: March 14, 2012
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

While the basics of Defenders of Ardania are fairly fun, the single-player campaign tends to boil down to using the same troop tactic on every map. Send out a wave of slow soldiers, then time swarmers, fliers, and runners so that the entire gang gets to the enemy's castle at the same time. Once that gang is dead, rinse and repeat. This minimizes casualties from enemy towers and allows the player to do maximum damage to the enemy castle. Later maps in the single-player campaign involve a certain amount of strategic tower placement, offensive and defensive spell-casting, and enemy tower removal, but the basic strategic approach still stands, making the whole thing rather samey.

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Unlike the single-player mode, multiplayer games give players access to all towers and troops from the outset. In this mode, the game plays like an extremely limited real-time strategy game match. Victory is determined by speed and efficiency in setting up towers, deploying troops, and managing upgrades. The problem here is that it would be more interesting and strategically deep to play an actual RTS rather than this tower attack/defense hybrid. With the limited size of the battlefield, small number of towers allowed, and oversized interface that gets in the way of seeing what's going on, Defenders of Ardania doesn't seem to hold long-term multiplayer appeal.

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Ultimately, Defenders of Ardania is a reasonably fun little time-waster, but it lacks staying power. There's not enough strategic depth involved to keep players interested in the long term, and the interface issues become more frustrating over time. In putting this particular twist on the tower defense formula, Paradox has created a hybrid that lacks some of the important aspects of tower defense (especially the ability to study the map and set up a defense before the enemy waves come out) without providing deep enough offensive gameplay for RTS fans. It's an interesting experiment, but in the end I think we'd rather see a new Majesty game.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
@BeckyCFreelance
Date: March 28, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.3
Graphics
The battlefields and troops look fine, but the oversized interface gets in the way of the action.
3.4
Control
While the controls work as advertised, there are too many button presses and not enough shortcuts available.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music and sound are generally unremarkable, but the long-winded voiceovers seem designed to annoy.
3.0
Play Value
There's not enough variety or strategic depth here to keep players interested for very long.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • An intriguing new take on the massively popular tower defense genre: players lead both offensive and defensive operations.
  • Ardania: the world of Majesty with three playable races and their unique environments.
  • Defense: 24 different upgradeable towers to erect against the invading enemy .
  • Attack: 24 varied units with diverse attributes to assemble into an offensive force.
  • Strong multiplayer component with a variety of game modes for up to four players.
  • Interactive environment that affects gameplay.
  • A wide range of offensive and defensive spells.

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