Defenders of Ardania Xbox 360

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Apr 3, 2012
    75
    With so many options at your command, Defenders of Ardania tries to overcome some shortcomings by incorporating some new innovations, and while this works somewhat, the fact that these shortcomings exist does hinder the overall enjoyment of this game.
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    75
    Nine times out of ten, fast action, depth of strategy and crisp graphics are enough to look past all the flaws that crop up throughout DoA. It makes for an ultimately positive experience to war against AI and, when you can, a friend. Sure, there are moments when the game herp derps (the voice acting definitely sounds like they were partaking in major derp), but when all the ugly is held up next to all the beauty, DoA's beauty wins out in spades.
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    73
    Defenders of Ardania is a fairly enjoyable tower defense title that has its ups and downs. The core tower defense mechanics are awesome, easy to pick up on, despite game delaying tutorials from the Connery clone, and solid amongst the chaos. The addition of RTS offensive features however don't seem to fit into the grand scheme of things nearly as well as it could have. Neither the less Defenders of Ardania is fun and worth a try.
  4. Apr 3, 2012
    71
    Every important piece of Defenders of Ardania is individually well done. The factions are similar enough to feel balanced, while different enough to maintain distinct identities. The models are attractive; their designs innovative enough to avoid an entirely generic feel, and even the levels in which they appear are interesting.
  5. Mar 28, 2012
    64
    It's an interesting experiment, but in the end I think we'd rather see a new Majesty game.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Apr 23, 2012
    60
    A further downer is that the campaign missions are relatively easy to rush through. [May 2012, p.99]
  7. 60
    Unless multiplayer's a must, stick with one of XBLA's older (and better) tower-defense games, like Defense Grid or Orcs Must Die.
  8. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    Defenders of Ardania is competently made but doesn't really excel in any particular area.
  9. Mar 14, 2012
    60
    If you're deeply invested in these games and have some friends of the same cloth looking for a twist on the genre, then DoA's multiplayer is certainly worth investigating. The learning curve is steep, but the Xbox Live action is satisfying. Defenders of Ardania isn't the prettiest game, but there's some elements in place to keep you interested.
  10. Games Master UK
    Apr 27, 2012
    55
    Attempts some RTS elements but misses the mark. [June 2012, p.79]
  11. Mar 26, 2012
    55
    Tower defense meets real-time strategy, with the winner to be determined a few hours from now.
  12. May 9, 2012
    50
    With some changes to the gameplay such as restricting some access to early tower placements, an improved tutorial and less aggressive AI, Defenders of Ardania might have been a more enjoyable experience, but with a better selection of tower defences games available out there it might be worth spending your precious pennies elsewhere.
  13. Mar 20, 2012
    50
    It could be a very good game and although it's not specifically been done before it just seems to defeat itself. It's neither a RTS nor a Tower defense game. Defenders of Arcania doesn't do either really well and it doesn't know what it wants to be which is a shame really.
  14. Mar 17, 2012
    50
    Defenders of Ardania was a nice concept, but poorly balanced execution and a tired, unoriginal story keep this from being anything special aside for maybe some Tower Defense diehards who have been waiting for something to come along in the genre.
  15. Mar 19, 2012
    45
    There's something to be said for slow-burn strategy games that require precise tweaks and purchases to gain the edge in battle. Unfortunately, Defenders of Ardania lacks these nuances and insists on wasting the player's time with needless limitations and wave after wave of opposing forces that result in an ongoing stalemate.
  16. Mar 20, 2012
    40
    In conclusion, Defenders had the basis for a good game. The developers have tried something different, but it hasn't worked this time. The gameplay just comes across as uneven. Certain units should be strong against some towers and weak against others and vice versa, instead of every unit bar one being weak against everything. Unfortunately, this game simply comes across as a chore to play, rather than a joy.
  17. Mar 19, 2012
    40
    If you're desperate for a competitive tower defence game and have between one and three friends who feel similarly, Defenders of Ardania might give you a few evenings of entertainment, but that's about the only way I'd ever recommend this. The single-player campaign is just plain bad, and when you compare this to the solo offerings of Defense Grid, Plants vs Zombies, or any of the other good tower defence games out there, it's hard to think of a reason why you'd want to shell out for this.
  18. X-ONE Magazine UK
    May 3, 2012
    30
    Probably not the worst tower defence game anywhere ever, but certainly the worst we recall playing on Live Arcade. [Issue#84, p.104]
  19. Mar 16, 2012
    13
    Defenders of Ardania is so bad, it's bad - and I don't make that statement lightly. It's filled with idiotic design decisions and gameplay imbalance. I had an utterly miserable time with it, and I never, ever want to touch it again.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    7
    Another Tower defense game, this time with a Fantasy-Medieval theme: the game has very nice hi-res graphics, with many elements of detailingAnother Tower defense game, this time with a Fantasy-Medieval theme: the game has very nice hi-res graphics, with many elements of detailing in the field, partially hand-drawn (the units are very small in comparison with the rest, and look too much with the enemy ones), with lots of effects, but sometimes there are so many things moving in the screen, that the game gets a little confuse. The musics are medieval-themed and orchestrated, adequate to the game: the sound and voices are adequate, but not really well done, with many cliche... The gameplay, in essence: you have two castles in the stage, yours and the enemy one, and you must construct defense structures in the field, among the path between the castles, to destroy enemy units (and there are various units, with different characteristics), and defend your castle at the same time (with upgrades like walls): in this game there's a addition - you can send your units to attack and destroy the enemy castle, while they're attacked by his Towers, thus winning the stage. You have in this game various Online Multiplayer modes too.

    Despite the nice graphics, multiplayer aspect, and the offense addition in the classic gameplay of Tower Defense, the game does not have many innovative things to the genre - still it's a nice game to the fans of Tower Defense games. My score: 6,8 / 10,0 .
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  2. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    I play much Tower Defense games, but this is great, have a good sensation, obviusly have some mistakes, but the game is good, funny, andI play much Tower Defense games, but this is great, have a good sensation, obviusly have some mistakes, but the game is good, funny, and addictive. Defenders of Ardania is a good title. Full Review »