Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Jun 20, 2011
    75
    Because of the necessity of specializing and team-work in the game, single-player Trenched can become frustrating and a bit boring...However, if you have a group of friends you play online regularly with, Trenched can't be beat.
  2. Jan 19, 2012
    84
    A brilliant game if you're a fan of the Tower Defense genre or the Action genre.
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    80
    Overall Trenched is a fun action game that can require teamwork and planning to complete with the highest rating, that being a gold medal. It has a few online issues, but is still very enjoyable - and with a good four hour campaign if you blaze through it. The game is very replayable, especially with the medal and challenge systems; plenty of unlockables to be had.
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    85
    From the grimly nostalgic art design to the thrumming soundtrack and exceptional voice acting, it's a slickly presented package from start to finish. It manages to pack just enough complexity into its strategy to offer a challenge without sacrificing action-oriented gameplay that gives a direct sense of agency and control.
  5. Jun 23, 2011
    90
    Trenched has a surprising level of polish, a steady dose of wit, and a consistent supply of mind-synchronizing mechicular combat. It doesn't ask to be qualified with the modifier "for a downloadable game." Trenched is simply a fully-polished, fully-voiced, and fully-realized mech combat game that genuinely cares about making people smile. The game was clearly designed by people who care, and it shows in every way possible.
  6. Aug 13, 2011
    70
    The game's underlying sense of humour and its obvious affection for giant robots save it from feeling ordinary. [Sept 2011, p.110]
  7. Jun 29, 2011
    80
    This is a satisfying genre crossover that follows through on what Brutal Legend attempted. I'd chalk that up as a victory.
  8. 80
    With great playability and presentation as well as a lot of surprisingly subtle humor, Iron Brigade keeps up with the high level of Double Fine's previous releases.
  9. Jul 5, 2011
    80
    If you are a gamer who likes a bit of strategy with their third-person shooting mayhem (and if you like blowing enemies away with ridiculous weapons) then I highly recommend you give Trenched a try.
  10. Jun 25, 2011
    75
    A lack of variety notwithstanding, Trenched is an action-packed and amusing variation on the tower defense paradigm. If you're open to some mission replays and a little grinding, Double Fine's latest effort could be worth a look.
  11. Jul 15, 2011
    91
    One hell of a game. There are tons of loot options and load-outs to try in missions that freely allow you to mix and match strategies to your liking. It's a huge amount of fun to bring friends over to your game in order to go for just another gold medal. The extensive stat tracking will have you coming back repeatedly.
  12. Jun 20, 2011
    90
    But those are small problems in what is otherwise a wonderful, simple game. The colored loot calls out to the loot hound in me, and the customization option available for both my mech and his pilot make me want to play a few more matches just to earn the money to trick them out differently. Trenched's campaign isn't terribly long, but like Double Fine's other recent downloadable games, it's completely enjoyable throughout.
  13. Jul 18, 2011
    90
    Trenched screams personality, polish, and customization. While it is labeled a tower defense game, it allows for so much more. Lack of split screen co-op is disappointing, but overall, Trenched is well worth the dozens of hours you will inevitably invest in it.
  14. Sep 16, 2011
    70
    With Trenched Double Fine continues their legacy of making small games with a couple of irritating elements. However, the game is good fun from start to finish – especially if you've got a couple of friends who are willing to join you on the battlefield.
  15. Jan 12, 2012
    70
    Gun turrets and more can be deployed tactically, though relatively ineffectually - unless you play cooperatively with up to four players. [Feb 2012, p.91]
  16. Aug 8, 2011
    70
    Trenched lacks the usual amounts of Double Fine secret sauce. [Issue#112, p.116]
  17. Jul 7, 2011
    91
    What you need to know is that this is a blisteringly paced, funny, addictive game that never lets up.
  18. Jun 22, 2011
    80
    Trenched is a humorous tower defense game that incorporates fast-paced action and a rewarding loot system to great effect.
  19. Jun 22, 2011
    90
    On top of the classic Double Fine charm we expected, we found Treched's mechanics more than satisfying, and when you consider the game's approachability and download-only pedigree, the depth is startling.
  20. Jun 30, 2011
    84
    Trenched is doubtlessly a tower defense game, just one that falls further from the tree than most. Though it takes a few missteps, particularly the tedious scrap collection and the lack of a survival mode, it's ultimately another notch in Double Fine's belt.
  21. Jun 21, 2011
    91
    The game won't live forever, and players will eventually max out their requisite and personal challenges, but for the time being it is well worth the price and time to play.
  22. Jun 24, 2011
    83
    Don't like tower defense games? Not impressed by the slow-moving nature of mech games? Me neither, yet I couldn't get enough of Double Fine's newest game. Trenched isn't perfect (it can be a tad frustrating when playing solo), but that shouldn't stop you from experiencing one of the year's most creative games!
  23. Aug 7, 2011
    91
    Trenched delivers a lot for its 1200 Microsoft Points tag. It is a new perspective on tower defense and it makes for some frantic gameplay moments, but it does not skimp on the strategic style of it one bit. The action is exciting and the comedy writing is there and really sells it. Double Fine has created a download that is definitely worth your time.
  24. Jun 22, 2011
    80
    Shredding the different enemies with your varied arsenal is quite satisfying. It'd be a thin experience if you were looking for something to play by yourself, but if you like to just saddle up with friends and blast things apart, Trenched is a strong download.
  25. Jun 22, 2011
    90
    Trenched is the best downloadable game I've played all year. Its skillful blend of witty writing, fun shooting, and tactical tower defense makes for hours of replayable gameplay.
  26. Jun 20, 2011
    90
    Like Costume Quest and Stacked before it, Trenched is one of those downloadable games that almost makes you feel like you're getting away with robbery for paying $15 for it rather than full retail price.
  27. 80
    If you ever wished to help your defenses in Defense Grid directly Trenched is the answer to your pleas. Cooperative multiplayer adds an extra portion of fun. [Issue#208]
  28. Jul 6, 2011
    85
    There's absolutely no doubt that Trenched offers a deep and entertaining action and strategy experience, built on a familiar premise, molded into an amazingly unique perspective.
  29. Dec 14, 2011
    84
    Nice tower defense game with lot of action. Multiplayer is brilliant, however single can be a little harsh. Graphics are slightly blurry.
  30. Jun 25, 2011
    82
    Trenched is not only a great multiplayer game, it can also be a great way to introduce players to the Tower Defense game genre. And whether playing for 10 minutes or 10 hours, Trenched will keep you addicted thanks to its thoughtful and well balanced gameplay and co-op structure. It is fun, addicting, action packed but yet strategic. And yes, a game you will want on your 360's hard drive.
  31. Jul 8, 2011
    90
    It's not perfect but, instead of the faults (little things like visual glitches, etc) piling up to become an unbearable thorn in your side, they're more like the eccentricities of a favorite uncle. It's whacky, weird, and wonderful.
  32. 90
    A marvelous action game that outshines everything in its class. [Aug 2011, p.73]
  33. Iron Brigade is great on its own - not a perfectly balanced strategy game, but it's great fun finding out what works. With the flesh-filling and reasonably-priced downloadable content, it's an easy recommend.
  34. Jul 4, 2011
    75
    Schafer hasn't been able to crack the finer details of blending a story with action and strategy, but Trenched is definitely a step in the right direction, opening up a myriad of possibilities.
  35. Jan 10, 2012
    85
    It is an enjoyable genre crossover with bit of mech (trench) customization, looting, tower defense and shooting. [Jan 2012]
  36. Jan 10, 2012
    85
    Whether if you're a fan of the Tower Defense genre or the Action genre, Iron Brigade is a title not to be missed: the mixture of the two genres it's just perfect and there's a good amount of humor for the ones who love to snatch a laugh while playing.
  37. Jul 3, 2011
    75
    It's all good, accessible fun, which makes up for the absence of Double Fine's trademark jokiness.
  38. Aug 22, 2011
    70
    Trenched follows a well-worn formula with dustings of humor and a self-aware annoyance at its own conformity. That gives it an edge. What it loses out on is the creative soul of past projects, the manic energy of something like Psychonauts.
  39. Dec 27, 2011
    80
    A very interesting title that blends succesfully third-person action with tower defense. Its humour, excellent level design and replayability make it a good choice for those looking for a different game.
  40. Jul 3, 2011
    90
    Trenched stands out as one of the best downloadable titles this year on any platform. The mix of genres works out just right, as the tactical notions of a tower defense game blend in well with the action of a third-person mech shooter.
  41. 80
    A refreshing take on the genre. [Issue #81, p.102]
  42. 92
    Trenched is, at the most basic of explanations, a tower-defense game crossed with a third-person mech shooter. But that's a pigeonholed description that doesn't do it justice because it's so much more.
  43. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    Overall, if you can get past the limited movement of your trench, the drab color scheme, and the annoying voice over, Trenched is a fun game that can occupy you for hours by collecting loot, leveling up and killing your way to the top.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    What a fun surprise. Trenched is essentially a first-person tower defense game. You have some towers you can lay down and upgrade, but the most fun comes from being a tower with legs. There isn't the depth that you would expect in a dedicated FPS or TD, but this hybrid more than makes up for it with style and fun. the single-player mode Aline is worth the pric of admission, but being able to play online co-op puts this game over the top. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2011
    10
    Double Fine delivers yet another exceptional gaming experience at an exceptional price. And once again making AAA devs/pubs look like greedy non-creative chumps. Trenched delivers on all fronts. Try the trial...then buy the game! It is after all a measly $15. XBLA and PSN are stacked with high quality games. Delivering as good an experience you can find in any $60 game. Most of the time they surpass those games with ease. Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2011
    9
    Do you like piloting mechs and customizing their gear? Do you like tower defense games? Or do you just like to blow **** up? If you answered yes to any of these you will love Trenched! Double Fine have made a very fun and polished hybrid mech/tower defense game with even some RPG elements mixed in. While it can be played alone where Trenched really shines is with a group of friends. With up to three friends you can cover more ground and specialize each members trenches to compliment each other. I did experience some connection issues but nothing serious. Overall it is a very fun game and well worth the $15 in my opinion. Full Review »