May 30, 2012
There probably is not a single gaming genre that has been copied into oblivion quite like tower defense. Hundreds of developers were quick to snap onto the simple and addictive formula and soon app stores were flooded with mediocre tower defense games. Well, a promising hope for the future is carried by SRRN Games and their re-envisioned, multiplayer oriented tower defense game, Always Outnumbered. The biggest thing Always Outnumbered offers is dedicated multiplayer that was built right into the game from the beginning. Everything about this multiplayer has purposely been stripped down to the basics. Players have no control over their autonomous waves and the only thing that is in their control is when and where they place those life-saving towers. Too many games offer a complex, menu oriented tower upgrade system that does nothing but directly bump up damage or speed statistics. In Always Outnumbered the tower upgrade system is handled by three attributes that can be upgraded up to three times a piece. These are combined into a more in-depth attribute tree and these upgrades will be accessed by a simple radial map that removes all clunky menus and confusion. All these customization options add up to a crazy number of different towers and SRRN Games has estimated that there are over 100 different tower combinations for each of the three factions.
Another important part of this game for SRRN is establishing a solid backstory that could potentially be carried on to future games and really draw in the players. The story centers around a girl who is fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. It might not be the most original premise ever, but I give the developers credit for at least making a discernible effort at establishing a credible backstory. As it stands now, this game needs a lot of help from the internet to get going. With only a week remaining SRRN still needs to raise just under $166,000. But there is no reason to panic, all it takes is a little publicity for these projects to take off and I hope everyone at least gives the page a look because the great people over at SRRN deserve a hand in delivering a breath of fresh air to a stale genre.