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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Astral - Tower Defense Game

Astral Tower Defense is game from Nhandu Designs. This game is inspired by multiplayer online browser game Pardus from Bayer & Szell OEG. I have never played Pardus, but Astral Tower Defense is very good game.

Game contains 80 different creeps with various special abilities. In game are used all live forms enemies from Pardus. You can use over 50 weapon that can be upgraded and sold. Game has unique armor and weapon functions and a dozen maps. You can save your score and find yourself in "Hall of Fame". It also exists downloadable version available for you to customize this game. Main target of game is defense your homeworld from attacking space creatures (creeps)- that are determined to destroy the planet at the end of the pathway. Build and upgrade gun turrets and other equipment on the asteroid fields surrounding the path to kill the creeps before they succeed. The planet can withstand 10 attacks before destruction.

Creeps come in waves of 10 every 30 seconds and become increasingly difficult as the game progresses. Details about the upcoming wave of creeps can be seen in the lower part of the right-hand menu in the "Next Wave" box. Every 20th wave is a "rare" creep; rare creeps are solitary but considerably stronger than normal creeps. Next to the picture of the upcoming creep is a timer counting down the seconds to the next wave. You may bring on the next wave immediately by clicking on the timer. For every creep you can read these infos:

  • Hitpoints Amount of damage each creep must receive before it is destroyed.
  • Armor One of three different armor types: Conventional (CONV), Electro-Magnetic (EM) and Organic (BIO). Different armor types must be combated with different weapon types - see the Weapons section for more information.
  • Speed Movement speed of a creep; the faster the creep the less time you have got to stop it.
  • Value Amount of credits you will receive for killing each creep; these credits are then used to purchase or upgrade weapons and equipment.
Some creeps possess Special Abilities, visible in the lower portion of the Next Wave box. Creeps that are 'Fast' move quicker than normal creeps. Creeps that are 'Immune' cannot be slowed by the Tractor Beam (see Special Equipment section for more information on Tractor Beam). Some creeps are both fast and immune, be ready!

You can use these weapons in game:

  • Conventional (CONV) weaponry Weapon damage to CONV armor: 100%, damage to BIO armor: 60%, damage to EM armor: 60%. For this weaponry you can build basic 1MW Gatling or better Missile Turret.
  • Organic (BIO) weaponry Weapon damage to CONV armor: 100%, damage to BIO armor: 50%, damage to EM armor: 100%. For this weaponry you can build Acid Vaporizer.
  • Electro-Magnetic (EM) weaponry Weapon damage to CONV armor: 110%, damage to BIO armor: 125%, damage to EM armor: 50%. For this weaponry you can build Magnetic Defractor.
  • Tractor Beam Slows creeps in range by 50%, unless they are immune. No upgrades are available.
  • Range Booster Increases the range in which weapons can fire by 10%. May be upgraded to further increase weapon range as well as the booster's range.
  • Rate Booster Increases the rate at which weapons fire by 20%. May be upgraded to further increase fire rate as well as the booster's range.
  • Damage Booster Increases weapon damage by 20%. May be upgraded to further increase damage as well as the booster's range.
Weapons may be purchased in the "Armory" box, located in the upper part of the right-hand menu. Use the arrows in the Amory to scroll through all available weapons. To purchase a weapon, click on its picture in the Armory, then place it where it you want it on the main screen. Weapons cannot be placed on the pathway. Weapons may be upgraded for increased damage, range and fire rate. To upgrade a weapon, click on it and the Armory menu will change to the Stats menu. There you will see information about the existing weapon along with upgrade information, the option to purchase the upgrade, and the option to demolish the weapon for a partial refund. Weapons may also be enhanced by purchasing boosters. Weapons must be within range of Boosters in order to receive the bonuses. Special Equipment is found in the Armory menu along with the weapons.

I like sound effects in this game. It make from playing of this game unbelievable experience. In system messages area of game you can see good tips for game. It is good to read them, sometimes you can find there useful info. Game look very easy, with quantum of waves, but you must be careful on special creeps. They are sometimes very strong, and you can lost your life very easy.

Astral Tower Defense is very good tower defense game with excellent sound effects and playability. I am giving this game 8 from 10 points.

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