December 8, 2008
Defense Grid: The Awakening by
Hidden Path Entertainment Released Today on Steam and Direct2Drive
Addictive Tower Defense PC
Strategy Game Challenges Players with Deep Gameplay and an Edge-of-Your-Seat
Hidden Path Entertainment, an
independent developer based in Bellevue WA, today announced that their new game
Defense Grid: The Awakening is available for download purchase on both
Direct2Drive and Steam, each leading platforms for the delivery and management
of PC games and digital content worldwide. Players can purchase this unique spin
on tower defense gameplay for $19.99 at
http://store.steampowered.com/app/18500/ and at
Defense Grid: The Awakening features
beautiful closed and open-map environments, spectacular effects, a linear
storyline and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack. The controls are intuitive and the
gameplay is deep, making the game accessible to all levels of players while
giving the more hardcore player advanced strategic challenges through game
achievements and rewards.
The key game features include:
20 Unique Levels. Defense Grid:
The Awakening has 20 unique environments, each with a different placement of
roads, tower build locations, and a mixture of open and closed-path areas to
plan a strategy around. Each level encourages a different strategy, such as
trying to find an optimal path to redirect enemies, making the best use of
limited space, and breaking up individual enemy waves to avoid being
overwhelmed, all while planning ahead for future waves.
Wide Variety of Enemies. Over the
course of the game, players battle 15 different enemy types that become
increasingly stronger and employ a variety of strategies in an attempt to
bypass the player’s defenses. Some enemies come in large groups, or are
individually strong. As the levels progress, the enemies become tougher and
more difficult to defeat.
Numerous Tower Options and
Upgrades. There are 10 different tower types with 3 levels of upgrade for
each. Each tower has unique tradeoffs that affect ideal placement, such as
line-of-sight attack or ballistic trajectory fire; a large area of effect or
damage over time; minimum and maximum ranges. Some towers improve other nearby
towers’ attacks, and some are ideal at specific locations, such as a rear
guard tower set at a map’s exit that will unleash a devastating attack if it
has time to charge up.
Excellent Game Balance, Pace and
Progression. Initially the path of the enemies is clearly defined, and the
player chooses which towers to spend their resources on to optimally overcome
the enemy forces. The player gains access to a wide variety of towers, each
with a unique effect, and can even divert the enemies by using the towers as
obstacles. In the later levels, there are multiple power core sites to protect
and entrance points to defend against, and how the player reroutes the enemy
invasion can be critical to success.
High Replayability There are 8+
hours of gameplay in the main storyline, and dozens of hours of challenge
modes that give players unique starting conditions and objectives. Each game
level is very replayable, and can be solved in many different ways, with
increasing rewards for improved efficiency.
Successfully completing each level provides a bronze achievement award.
Additional goals such as "complete the level with all power cores remaining”
or "finish the level with more than 2,000 remaining resources" provide silver
and gold accomplishments for a particular level. A novice player may be able
to survive the onslaught, but only an experienced player will be able to get
all of the gold achievements.