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Hump Day Blues: Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 02 January 2008

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What the hell? It's the 2nd of January and you're back in the office?! You know most of the world is still probably on holiday of some sort because it's a half week. Well it's time to open that Excel spreadsheet you use as a disguise for work and get to gaming. I just noticed, I need to make a header image for this feature.

Alison "TheGirl" Richards will return next week so you only need suffer through one week of me for your casual gaming fix. 

Today I am doing the Hump Day Blues because, well I'm just about the only one left here at G:G HQ. TurboGoat is floating about as is FarmerDave but CigDangle and The Girl are taking a break, no not together so calm down. Yes I know CigDangle posted something today but he's not supposed to be working while he's in Seattle. Not that I'm complaining, free work from other staffers is great in my book.

Ok on to the game. I ran across Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 at Hand Drawn Games (also at Kongregate.com) this morning while searching for something to keep me from working. Yes even the bosses like to slack off at times. Of course since the site is based on gaming I guess I wasn't really slacking off now was I.

Desktop Tower Defense is a fun flash based puzzle / strategy game where you have to protect your desktop from invaders by spending money on attacking pieces and building a maze for them to follow. A strangely addictive yet stress relieving game... how many levels can you survive? (According to the site) Said invaders enter from one or more openings and you must stop them from crossing the desktop and succeeding. Yes, that's all there is to it.

CigDangle reports that he finished level 30 in Easy (that's the end). Of course he was playing on Easy because it's him (just kidding). I'm well on my way to level 30 on medium already. After playing I uploaded my score and then made a group. If you want to compare your scores with ours you can add it to the GenerationGamerz group and see everyone's high scores. Just type in GenerationGamerz (no space) after you type in your name for the high score when it asks for a group to upload to.

The game is simple yet complex and that's something I like in a game. The controls are easy, buy turrets and place on the field. Make a maze for the invaders to go through and get walloped by your turrets. Sounds simple right? As the levels increase so does the number of invaders, their speed and their types. Some are immune to certain types of damage, some are very fast and must be slowed down. This is where the strategy of the game comes in. Eventually the invaders are swarming in multiple waves through your maze when it gets long enough so be sure you have enough turrets to handle that. It's where I seem to be stuck and lose. Well back to it. The game is so interesting that it has taken me 3 hours to write this article because I keep getting wrapped up in it and there's no pause which sort of sucks. At least at the end of each game you get a map (see image) of what you did so you can look at it and modify for success. It's an addictive little game and you get to cause some wholesale invader destruction, what could be better for a half week of work just back from the holidays!

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