Released: March 6, 2014
Price: $17.49 CAD
Genre: RTS / Tower Defense
This game has a good number of very positive reviews on Steam… and for good reason; I was pleasantly surprised by this title. I don’t normally go out looking for games which include the tag “Tower Defense” in them because quite honestly, I usually find them to be incredibly boring and dull; in my opinion, most Tower Defense games get old very quickly usually because there isn’t enough to do as the game progresses or because the game eventually comes down to figuring out how to optimally build for the scenario to get the 3 stars available on each level. It’s difficult to describe just how nice it is to find a game of this type where that finally isn’t such a big problem.
Infested planet comes with a nice campaign that introduces all the new mechanics of the game one at a time from new units, to new buildings, to new powers. This picture shows the campaign progress which branches into different mission types.
Additionally there are some weekly challenges which can be done for a score to get a rank matched up against other players around the world. These challenges also have different mission types such as extermination the map as quickly as possible for the highest score, or surviving as long as possible.
Much of the gameplay revolves around the squad units available with each mission. From left to right (starting on the right of the building in the picture and going counter-clockwise) you’ll see the different unit types: Minigun, Officer, Scout, Flame, Sniper, Shotgun, Rifle. You can imagine by the name what each is capable of doing and what they’re likely best at, but they all have their different uses in different situations; I found that many of the missions can be completed with a combination of Officers, Rifles, and Shotguns.
So, at first glance one might wonder how this is a tower defense game if you’re using a squad of troops? Well, the gameplay has much to do with capturing and defending resources and bases. As seen below, there are hives which spawn alien creatures which must be defended against, destroyed, and captured. Each base point unlocks more points which can be spent on more marines (Rifles by default) and base defenses. Each marine has an increasing cost as more are hired and each one can have more points spent on equipment packs (such as a shotgun or a flamer) which changes their unit types.
As more points are captured the difficult tends to increase as well. Yes, more points are unlocked for a more powerful squad or more powerful base defenses, but the other hives across the map may respond by mutating for a different unit type of their own (such as a ranged unit or one that explodes) or may start spawning MORE units to fight back against.
Enemies across the map have defenses of their own either to defend their hives or to defend resource crates which can be brought back to any base location for additional usable points.
The art-style here as you’ve seen is very familiar to the flash-based games of the past mixed with what I consider to be a hand-painted look. I can confirm it runs quite well and looks very nice on the eyes; nothing is too bright or dark or hard on the eyes and all actions respond very well to the inputs.
I wouldn’t normally think of a tower defense game to be very replayable… only because once you’ve completed a scenario there isn’t much use in playing it again unless there’s some type of achievement to be unlocked or a higher score to be achieved. Luckily there are weekly challenges available which give at least a weekly reason to reopen the game and compete against other players.
Also available are a couple DLCs – Tricker’s Arsenal and Planetary Campaign. I haven’t had the luxury of being able to play either of these myself, but given the opportunity, I would gladly open Infested Planet once again to try out the new content. Planetary Campaign seems to include a new procedural campaign creating a different experience each time. This is super interesting to me and might just be the reason I put more money into Infested Planet by Rocket Bear Games even though it was release a couple years ago.
I love RTS games and the real-time strategy portion of Infested Planet is very nicely done along with the Tower Defense aspect of it. If you enjoy either of these genres, I give this a huge recommendation to try out the base game… then tell me what you think of the expansions once you dive into those as well!
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