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PixelJunk Monsters

Reviewed by on Sep 29, 2010
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I love tower defense games, but I tried Pixel-Junk Monsters and initially hated it. It was a different style of TD than I had ever played. Basically, you have to transform the trees into the towers and pick up the coins the monsters drop. I had a problem with not being able to put my towers wherever I wanted. I hated picking up the coins that the monsters dropped, because I was constantly getting in the way and losing them. In a game where money is already tight, I wasn’t enjoying myself. I do love that upgrading the towers consists of doing a voodoo dance in front of them, which costs no money. Well, I put it away for a few months and then started it up again and played two-player with my non-gamer wife. It was much more enjoyable. One of us would get money and build towers while the other would upgrade. We played this game for 2-3 weeks for 2-3 hours a night. The earlier annoyance just became part of the learning curve, and I came to accept them whole-heartedly. The music is great, the style is fun to look at, and it is easy enough that my 5-year old daughter can play with me.

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  1. avatar
    Clark on Sep 29, 2010
    If you like tower defense, you should look into Plants vs. Zombies. I don't know if a PSN version was ever announced, but it is available for PC. If you have access to an Xbox, the downloadable Protect Me Knight is also fantastic.
  2. avatar
    Ned on Sep 30, 2010
    It's funny because that's the only tower defense game I've really liked, from the moment I picked it up!
  3. avatar
    Morgan on Oct 13, 2010
    Love the game, but it cranks up the difficulty pretty quickly.
  4. avatar
    Hytham on Oct 13, 2010
    I really hate tower defense games but I enjoyed Plants vs Zombies. This looks to be on the same level.
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