August 14th, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
Two news stories for the price of one! One eagerly-awaited indie release, and a slightly more mainstream game that remains so obscure that publisher Atlus have filed it under ‘indie’ as well. No joke. Well, if it’s that small-time, then it’s only right to give it a fair mention as well.
Tower Wars has been in semi-public beta for a while. Simply put, it’s Vs Tower Defense. Both players behave like they’re playing a standard hex-based TD game, maze-pathing, tower-upgrading and all, but you’re also aiming to upgrade your troops to best cope with the defenses that your enemy is placing on the other side of the map. I’ve only given this one a passing glance so far, but I’ve heard very positive things about it. Hard not to like the cartoony steampunk aesthetic, too.
Hailing from the east, and small Japanese studio System Prisma is Cladun X2 (Cladun being a portmanteau of Classic Dungeon). A formerly PSP-exclusive arcade dungeon-crawl with a sense of humour and a focus on ridiculous stat-padding. Not so much a roguelike, but this one has plenty of random dungeons. It was generally well recieved on the PSP. No word on how well it’s made the jump from handheld to desktop has gone, but it’s good to see a JRPG publisher as influential as NIS America releasing stuff on PC. Here’s hoping the next Disgaea makes it to PC as well!
Both games are out now for Windows PCs, and available exclusively on Steam. Tower Wars is priced at $10, although there’s a launch discount of 10%, and Cladun X2 will set you back a heftier $20, but has a 20% discount going on now. We’ll hopefully be reviewing both of these before too long.