Kingdom Rush by Ironhide Games is easily one of the most addictive games I have ever played. Not only that, it is the best tower defense game I have ever played. This pleasant surprise of a game has charmed and challenged it’s way into my heart like few other games have in a long while.
The game puts you in the role of the General of the Royal Army, and it’s your sole responsibility to put an end to the uprising of baddies overwhelming the land. In each level you can choose which units you want to place: Mage, Archers, Barracks, and Artillery. In addition to these units, there are “reinforcements” (two soldiers) that you can periodically place anywhere you want, as well as a super ability “Rain of Fire” – a very powerful attack with a slow cool down timer – that you can use when you’re in a pinch!
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As you progress in the game you can unlock upgrades for each of the units. Once you beat a level you get “stars” which you can use to increase stats on your units and unlock “heroes” to help lead your troops in battle. The better you do the more stars you get.
Completing each level unlocks Heroic Mode and Iron Challenge which puts your tower defense skillz to the test. In Heroic Mode you have limited resources against 6 waves of baddies. Iron Challenge gives you more freedom with your resources against one very long wave.
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In the iOS version you collect “gems” in each level which you use at a shop to buy items like a freezing staff that stops all monsters and gives you time to beat them down, or extra gold allowing you to beef your units up earlier in the game. Using gems is essential for beating these extra levels. In the Chrome version you don’t collect gems or have access to the store but the units cost less making it a bit easier to level up your units. While the iOS and Chrome versions are the same, these differences really change my strategies with each level.
Kingdom Rush starts out nice but gets pretty challenging as your progress. Each time I failed I felt like I just barely lost so I wanted to keep trying. Never was the game rage inducing. I just wanted to keep playing and keep playing.
The Chrome version of the game is free and can be played here. The iOS version is $2.99 which I feel is a very awesome price tag for a game that I clocked easily 30-40+ hours on. If you are a fan of tower defense games, or if you are new to the genre, I highly recommend this game! It was worth every penny and every minute that I spent on it.