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Defender's Quest is just £1.89 on GOG, save £8

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Jonathan Lester
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Defender's Quest is just £1.89 on GOG, save £8

Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten is one of the best games I've played in the last half-decade: a massively replayable fusion of RPG and tower defence. Better yet, it's also incredibly cheap on GOG, saving you £8 versus The Humble Store!

I awarded a 9/10 score in our Defender's Quest Review and the game has only improved since then, offering new features and tweaks, plus a massive free Gold upgrade with new sprites, and an HD version on the way at no extra cost. Remember to check your Steam backlog, though, because it did feature in a Humble Bundle back in September.

Defender's Quest 2 May Release On 3DS & Other Consoles

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Defender's Quest, Defender's Quest 2, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, PC games, RPG, Tower Defence games

Defender's Quest 2 May Release On 3DS & Other Consoles

Defender's Quest was crowned as our Indie Game Of 2012, a masterful fusion of compelling RPG mechanics and tower defence gameplay. A sequel is in the works, but interestingly, it may reach more platforms than just PC this time around - including Nintendo's handheld.

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Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £3.96 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, RPG, Tower Defence games

Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £3.96 | Steam | PC

Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | Steam | £3.96 (RRP: £11.99)
Defender's Quest Review

Truly brilliant tower defence/RPG fusion. Mod support has just been added.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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A Valley Without Wind, Best Indie Game 2012, Dear Esther, Defender's Quest, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Hotline Miami, Lone Survivor, Thomas Was Alone, Torchlight II, Vessel

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Selecting the best indie game of 2012 is no easy task, and not just because there are so many fantastic titles to choose from. As independent and boutique gaming continues its meteoric rise, it's getting harder and harder to define what the word 'indie' really means. Is it one man in his bedroom or garage? A relatively large team with a multi-game deal from a major publisher? What was once an ostracised segment of games development has become a massive part of the mainstream market, and a force to be reckoned with over the coming years.

We've taken the decision to include Fez and Journey in 'Best Download/Marketplace Game', which went live earlier today, simply because the competition is more relevant in that category.

So, down to business... and Merry Christmas!
NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

A Valley Without Wind

A Valley Without Wind is enormous, life-affirming and brilliant. Enormous randomised worlds, tight platforming gameplay and infinite scope for exploration made for an addictive indie classic.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Dear Esther

Though only a 'game' in the most tenuous of senses, this interactive oddity still gives us pause for thought and introspection. Dear Esther may be maddeningly surreal and abstract, but we'd urge you to give it a go.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Defender's Quest

One of the very first indie games of 2012 proved to be one of the very best. Defender's Quest managed to perfectly fuse RPG and tower defence mechanics into a gloriously compelling experience, which we're still dipping into eleven months after launch.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

FTL: Faster Than Light

If you love roguelikes, space operas and always dreamt of being the one in the big chair saying "Make it so!" then this is the game for you. FTL is massively replayable, hugely rewarding and genuinely thrilling at times. Engage!

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a sleazy, shocking, often unpleasant and thoroughly worthwhile use of a few hours. Dennaton Games' "f*ck 'em up' is as compelling and exhilarating as it is brutally raw.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Lone Survivor

A one-man masterclass in effective survival horror design. Utterly tense, disturbing and unforgettable despite its two-dimensional trappings.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone is a bona fide indie masterpiece that reminds us that you don't need glitzy graphics to create relateable characters with meaningful depth. A minimalist triumph.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Torchlight II

Runic Games may have less than 40 developers on staff, but they delivered what is perhaps the best loot grinder since Diablo II. Practically perfect in every way.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Vessel

A truly superior puzzler and one of 2012's most cruelly under-rated games. Massive quantity and exceptional quality made for a truly wonderful purchase, brought home with exquisite art direction and liquid modelling.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Strategy Game 2012, Crusader Kings II, Defender's Quest, Endless Space, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Orc Must Die 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Whether you were a hardcore fighting fan, or a more casual gamer who simply liked the genre, 2012 was a good year for flying fists. Namco and Capcom were on fine form, with their supreme mashup serving up a union that fans had been hungering after for years, with Tecmo Koei and Reverge Labs also providing cracking tournament support. PSASBR and Anarchy Reigns gave us some high-octane brawler action this year. It's just a shame that Persona Arena didn't reach us in time, really.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings II ws an utter delight. Criticised in some quarters for a lack of accessibility in their traditionally highly-beardy strategy titles, Paradox delivered a game with a lower entry point for no compromise o depth in CK2. Machiavellian dynasty-building was the order of the day, with a much greater emphasis placed on diplomacy, espionage, tactical wedlock and political intrigue. Kickstarting a family in the Middle Ages had never been so much fun, nor so deeply engrossing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Defender's Quest

Defender's Quest was magnificent. Like Puzzle Quest and Runespell: Overture before it, Level Up Labs' creation took an already-popular genre to glittering new heights while refusing to compromise on the core gameplay. An unexpected indie gem, DQ provided near-perfect tower-defence mechanics alongside a deep and compelling set of RPG features too.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Endless Space

A sensational 4X title, Endless Space was absolutely epic in scope, but packed with dense, enjoyable features and boasted an intuitive, palatable GUI. Its infinitely customisable sandbox gave us plenty of toys and things to occupy your time, providing profound choice and variety at every gameplay level. As Douglas Adams said: "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

FTL: Faster Than Light

A bona fide Kickstarter success, FTL allowed us to take control of our own ship and live out our fantasies of become Captain Kirk/Picard/Reynolds/Hunt. In fact, the mod tools meant you could pilot the Enterprise, or Serenity if you really wanted. A little repetitive, and frequently punishing, FTL was nonetheless a genuinely thrilling, hugely rewarding, and deeply satisfying management sim. The bridge is yours, Captain.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Orcs Must Die! 2

Orcs Must Die! 2 is the game Robot Entertainment wanted the original to be. More importantly, it's the game we all wanted it to be. Despite only nine months in development, this effortlessly superior sequel delivered addictive depth, massive content and sensational co-op multiplayer. Basically, Orcs Must Die! 2 was a must-buy if you had even the vaguest shred of interest in cooperative action, tower defence or RPGs.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. We fell in love with the series all over again, even as Firaxis blew the classic turn-based formula wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. Sid Meier and co. gave us the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but the first one was simple: buy the damn thing!

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Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.07 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, RPG, Tower Defence games
Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.07 | Steam | PC

I namechecked Defender's Quest several times as a contender for my best and favourite game of 2012, since it's a stupendously deep RPG/tower defence hybrid that handles both aspects brilliantly. You can currently snag the Steam version for less than the direct asking price, which will net you extra achievements on top of the definitive Gold Edition. One of the most criminally-overlooked titles of the year by far.

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Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.85 | Level Up Labs | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.85 | Level Up Labs | PC

Defender's Quest is still one of my favourite games of 2012: a stupendously deep RPG/tower defence hybrid that handles both aspects brilliantly. Though the new Steam version is currently on sale for £5.99, you can save an extra £1.14 by buying directly from the developers. You'll get a DRM-free version that can be updated to the Gold Edition, which contains loads of extra content and improvements (though you won't get Steam achievements - if that matters to you).

Defender's Quest GOLD Out Now!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Defender's Quest, Defender's Quest GOLD, Level Up Labs, PC games, RPG, Tower defence


The GOLD Edition of Defender's Quest has released today, in the form of a free update for existing owners and a massive new incentive to get involved with one of 2012's best games if you haven't already. This brand new version of the sensational 9/10 RPG hybrid contains redesigned art, a New Game + mode and new challenges. More details below.

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Exquisite Indie RPG Hybrid Defender's Quest Is Coming To Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Exquisite Indie RPG Hybrid Defender's Quest Is Coming To Steam

With A Massive Update To All Versions!

Defender's Quest, the astounding indie hybrid between tower defence tactics and persistent RPG systems, will be headed to Steam in the near future. Programmer Lars Doucet confirmed the move on the Defender's Quest devblog, stating that only contract negotiations remain.

Why should you be excited? First of all, Defender's Quest is one of the best games of 2012 - we described it as "magnificent" and "near-perfect" in our 9/10 Defender's Quest review. Secondly, this move is also going to be prefaced by a major update to the Gold Edition, which freely adds a massive slew of new features to the game including New Game + functionality, new enemy variants, new weapons, new artwork, new dialogue, new maps and more. We've got the details below.

Seriously, I've never seen so much amazing stuff in a free update before. No wonder it's taken eight months.

Exquisite Indie RPG Hybrid Defender's Quest Is Coming To Steam

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Defender's Quest Gold Update Hits In "About A Week"

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Jonathan Lester
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Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, RPG

Defender's Quest Gold Update Hits In "About A Week"

Defender's Quest, the sensational RPG/tower defence hybrid from Level Up Labs, will enter v.1.0 in "about a week." This new update marks the transition from the regular to Gold version, which brings New Game + functionality, end-game content, art asset updates and more to the experience.

If you already own Defender's Quest, you'll get the update for free. If not, you'll soon have no reason not to.

We described this sensational indie title as "magnificent" and "near-perfect" in our 9/10 Defender's Quest review.

Reminder: $1 Off Defender's Quest With DEALSPWN Voucher Code

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Defender's Quest, Level Up Labs, PC games, RPG, Tower Defence games, Voucher code

We recently ladled hot dollops of critical praise onto Level Up Labs' RPG/Tower Defence Hybrid in our Defender's Quest Review, giving the standout indie gem 9/10 and the strongest of recommendations. Not only is Defender's Quest one of the best tower defence games we've ever played (correcting most of the problems with the genre while adding nifty innovations of its own), but it's also a capable RPG with a solid storyline, persistent character development and a wealth of content.

Better yet, you can save a dollar thanks to our DEALSPWN voucher code. Just pop it into the checkout to receive the discount on the already-inexpensive RRP.

The voucher will expire on February 1st, so be sure to take advantage of it while you can!

Defender's Quest Review | Tower De Force!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, Linux games, Mac games, PC games, RPG, Strategy games, Tower defence

Defender's Quest Review | Tower De Force!

Platforms: PC | Linux | Mac ($1 Discount Voucher Code Available)

Developer: Level Up Labs

Sleep is for the weak. Work is for chumps. Personal relationships are fleeting.

And we now have a superior replacement for all three courtesy of Defender's Quest from Level Up Labs. Despite being a unassumingly small project from a tiny team, this ripping indie yarn is easily one of the most ruthlessly addictive games I've ever played... and does to the tower defence genre what Puzzle Quest did to Bejeweled. Which is to say that the accessible core experience has been augmented and improved by a meaty storyline, relateable characters and satisfyingly nuanced persistent RPG mechanics.

This is undoubtedly impressive in its own right, but Defender's Quest ultimately succeeds because the raw tower defence gameplay is some of the best you'll find anywhere. Pay attention, folks, because this deceptively deep hybrid deserves to take 2012 by storm.

Defender's Quest Review | Tower De Force!

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Get $1 Off Defender's Quest With DEALSPWN Voucher Code

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Jonathan Lester
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Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, Mac games, PC games, RPG, Tower defence, Voucher code

Get  Off Defender's Quest With DEALSPWN Voucher Code

Defender's Quest, the indie RPG/tower defence hybrid from Level Up Labs, is now out on PC, Linux and Mac... and it's looking very impressive indeed if you're a fan of either genre. Traditional tower defence mechanics go hand in hand with storytelling and persistent character development, complete with items to equip and skill trees to pore over.

Level Up Labs have provided us with a voucher code so you, dear reader, can save a dollar on the $6.99 asking price. Pop DEALSPWN into the voucher code box (which can be found after you've entered billing address details but before you confirm payment) and the price will be magically updated. Every little helps!

You can also download the demo to try before you buy - and import your save files into the full game if you dig it. We're working on our full review as you read this sentence, and we've got more details below.

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