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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  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 »