Summary Kingdom Rush is a highly addictive tower defense game available as a flash game on Armor Games, as well as iOS and Android devices.
Description Type: Tower Defense
Platform: Flash, iOS and Android
Age: 5 and up
Game Time: 6 hours plus
Developer or Designer: Ironhide Studios
Publisher: Armor Games
Lots of upgrades, lots of choices
Fun graphics and sound effects
Bored of tower defense games? Think the genre is dead? Haven’t tried Kingdom Rush yet? Produced by Ironhide Studios, Kingdom Rush was originally available as a flash game on Armor Games but has since been released for iOS and Android devices. Kingdom Rush has single-handedly revitalized the genre of tower defense. It has been awarded the title of Casual Gameplay Game of the Year 2011 and Casual Gameplay Best Strategy Game 2011 by JayisGames.com. IGN gave Kingdom Rush a 9 out of 10 and was an Editor’s Choice while PocketGamer gave it a score of 9, a Gold Award.
Like other tower defense games, in Kingdom Rush players must purchase and upgrade towers which slow, damage, or kill creeps who travel a prescribe path. If a creep reaches the end of the path, then the player loses a life or ‘heart’. Players start each map with twenty hearts, if they reach zero hearts they have failed the map. What makes Kingdom Rush such an epic game is the serious amount of upgrades and strategies that can be used win each map. Player start off with four towers – barracks, archers, wizard towers and Dwarven bombardiers – which have three basic upgrades. On the final upgrade, players choose one of two specialties which allows for another upgrade tree to open.
Players can also call upon reinforcements, and use powerful spells that call lightning or fire down on invading creeps. On top of all this, permanent bonuses can be purchased with stars that players are granted for finishing each map. The more hearts a player has when they complete a map, the more stars they are granted, to a maximum of three stars per map. All of these options give players an endless amount of immersive gameplay.
Graphics and Sound
With lovable cartoon graphics and witty, comical voice snippets, it is no wonder people have spent hours upon hours building towers and honing their strategies. Ironhide Studios obviously places a premium on quality graphics. The toons in Kingdom Rush are top notch but they have a track record of providing visually stunning games like Clash of the Olympians and Soccer Challenge World Cup 2010.
Kingdom Rush Updates
One thing that I love about Kingdom Rush is that the developers are constantly adding new content. There are seven locked maps that have been added post-release that players can only uncover once the classic game has been completed, and Ironhide isn’t stopping there. Even though the sequel to Kingdom Rush, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, has already been released, two new maps have just been added to the original game!
With new content and Kingdom Rush Frontiers blazing a trail up the iOS and Google Play sales records, you can be sure that the Kingdom Rush franchise will be around for years to come.