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Game Maker Games - Immortal Defense
 Immortal Defense by rinkuhero
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Review by tapeworm
Before I played Immortal Defense, I had no idea that there was something of a tower defense genre built up around those old custom Starcraft maps that I used to play. I've since tried a few others, and enjoyed some of them, but I'm afraid that starting with Immortal Defense kind of spoiled me.

One major element that sets this game apart from other tower defense games, and from many other Game Maker games, is the story. Written by John Thornton (whose name I recognized from my ZZT days), the story is interesting and epic, even if not especially happy. In other such games, you destroy waves of enemies because that's the game mechanic, period. In this one, you're given a reason--though I must admit that I didn't always understand the protagonist's motivation.

Presentation in Immortal Defense is as good as you'd expect from a game someone is actually trying to sell. The music is fitting and memorable--some of it composed specifically for the game and some of it old vocal music in the public domain (an interesting choice). Graphics are a mix of abstract shapes and detailed drawings. I think that the game has an unmistakable homebrew look about it despite its polish, but I certainly don't see that as a bad thing.

As in other tower defense-style games, your goal is to keep enemies traveling along a path from reaching the end of the path. You do this by placing your points (towers) in strategic places, after which they become generally autonomous. Each variety of point has unique abilities and can be upgraded, and some of the points affect one another directly, in addition to simply working well together through good placement. Some of the points also interact with your cursor, which you can use to fire on enemies directly with normal and special attacks.

One other thing that sets Immortal Defense apart from most other Game Maker titles is that it's shareware rather than freeware. But don't let that keep you from trying it--the free version has plenty of content. I've also played the full version, and I enjoyed it very much--especially being able to upgrade my points to the higher levels and try a larger assortment of stages.

This is a game that I highly recommend. I found it compelling enough to play late into the night on several occasions, and I think it's one I'd even return to in the future.

Creator's Description:
Immortal Defense is a story-based tower defense game. The classic elements of tower defense are there: players place towers strategically to fight off waves of "creeps", preventing them from getting to the end of the path. But Immortal Defense is also a full length story, told through a hundred levels, perhaps the first game to take the basic tower defense mechanic and expand it into a full game with a continuous storyline.

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Opinions about Immortal Defense
engaging
100%
artistic
100%
original
50%
strange
50%
challenging
50%
polished
100%
compelling
100%

Overall: recommended

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Comments (Add your own):
2008.08.30 flip82
Rating: 5

Meh. It really isn't that great. It's very simple... and easy. I'm kinda wondering why someone would buy a GM game...

People WILL hate me for this... but IDK.
2008.03.24 retroman
Rating: 10

Sweet game man. You should try to get it on some tower defense sites like Tower Defense Games
2007.11.07 Spector_Slayor
Rating: 9

This Game was pretty nice, a bit to repetitive. If you've ever been playing this game and have someone walk in on you, it's hilarious seeing their expressions as they try to guess what your doing.
2007.09.02 abproductions
Rating: 9

Fun game! Great work on the particle systems, loved the audio, especially the stage select music. I liked how you could adjust the difficulty at any time to get past hard parts. Very enjoyable and surreal experience.
2007.09.01 Nobody
Rating: 9

Great game. Still looking for money I want to spend on this.
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