• Publisher: Cadenza
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2010
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39

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  1. Oct 4, 2013
    6
    This is a tower defense game where all the fun has somehow been removed or otherwise dissapeared in mysterious ways. The strategy that can be found in such games from time to time is also not present, in it's place a system of unlocks and abilities is supposed to keep the player entertained. I will not go in details, but suffice to say this game does not even come close to my expectationsThis is a tower defense game where all the fun has somehow been removed or otherwise dissapeared in mysterious ways. The strategy that can be found in such games from time to time is also not present, in it's place a system of unlocks and abilities is supposed to keep the player entertained. I will not go in details, but suffice to say this game does not even come close to my expectations of a phone game. Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    7
    I've played this game 13 hours so far per steam - and like it pretty well and I think I've played enough to know I will keep playing for quite a bit longer. I'm a big Defense Grid fan, and while I like DG better so far, Sol Survivor is an original different take on the genre that is more "activist" and involved than DG. I really like the different commanders approach w/ each commanderI've played this game 13 hours so far per steam - and like it pretty well and I think I've played enough to know I will keep playing for quite a bit longer. I'm a big Defense Grid fan, and while I like DG better so far, Sol Survivor is an original different take on the genre that is more "activist" and involved than DG. I really like the different commanders approach w/ each commander using different towers and requiring different strategies on various maps - interesting how each commander has his own learning curve adding a layer of depth to gameplay and replay. One of the difficult thing for me at first was that It takes a while to learn the wide variety of aliens that come at you. Pacing is also a bit fast at first - sometimes having me just throw up towers without consideration of alien coming because I couldn't tell what was coming - but now I've found I can glance quickly and know what's coming and get back to work. Don't get frustrated at first if it's hard to distinguish the aliens and what weapons work against what aliens. It just takes a little bit of play to learn. It also took me a while to learn to use the orbital support functions - but I'm starting to come around to using it. I'm seeing that orbital support is a central component of the game - at least for certain commanders - so when you approach this game don't treat orbital support as "add-ons" to standard tower defense. Learn what they are and how to use them.

    Overall - very good game. In summary, I played, I liked, and want to keep playing.
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  3. Oct 4, 2013
    6
    Pulls you in at first but falls flat due to lack of depth. Towers are lacking balance, maps are basic and allow for limited strategy. Its pretty to look at and entertaining for a short while but not worth it if you cant get it for cheap.
  4. Nov 30, 2012
    5
    Sol Survivor is yet another tower defense game that brings nothing new to the table but frustrating enemies, poorly designed maps and a lack of customization. I like a challenge when it comes to Tower Defense games so I usually play them on the highest difficulty right from the get-go. Unfortunately, you can't do that in Sol Survivor because in order to be able to upgrade your turrets, youSol Survivor is yet another tower defense game that brings nothing new to the table but frustrating enemies, poorly designed maps and a lack of customization. I like a challenge when it comes to Tower Defense games so I usually play them on the highest difficulty right from the get-go. Unfortunately, you can't do that in Sol Survivor because in order to be able to upgrade your turrets, you need to play through the entire first campaign (!) and even when you have done so, you still have to play through the remaining 3 campaigns in order to unlock the rest of the upgrades. Without the ability to upgrade turrets, you might as well not even try certain maps or turret combinations. I sometimes had to resort to "Hard" to be able to finish a map as the damage output of the non-upgraded turrets just wasn't high enough. Not surprisingly, Hard was far too easy and made the map a cake walk. I can't imagine playing this game on an even lower difficulty, there is no way to fast-forward and most maps won't let you get all the medals unless you play them on the highest difficulty. Then there's the added frustration of not being able to choose your own turret selection. There are a lot of turrets available in this game (Kudos for that) but you need to pick a commander first and he, she or it comes with a pre-selected turret load-out. Did I fail to mention that this game has a twist to it? It features special powers that you can call upon to destroy or disrupt the enemy or otherwise give you some kind of edge in battle. You draw the resources for these powers from your energy pool which regenerates during the game and you also siphon energy from slain creeps. Unfortunately, on the highest difficulty most of these powers are next to useless and not being able to pick 'n' mix your own powers and turrets means you probably won't be using half of them unless you figure out what kind of weird strategy it is that the designers want you to pursue. Sol Survivor is a mediocre tower defense game but it isn't anywhere near Defense Grid: The Awakening which was much more user-friendly and engaging. Expand
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sol Survivor is a nice surprise from the indie world; funny, well structured, with an exceptional longevity, is a game that can steal a lot of your free time. Maybe it won't be the best graphic ever, but it works very well.
  2. 65
    Sadly the end result is that when its put up against the tower defense titles on the PC it really can't compete.
  3. For those that are really into the genre it is a no brainer, for anyone who has enjoyed a tower defense game before it is still a solid investment.