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Defender’s Quest II: Mists of Ruin has turtles toting turrets on the shells

Defender's Quest 2 Level Up Labs

If you wanted a finely balanced tower defense game that came steeped in humour and hours of fun times you could do a lot worse than picking up a copy of Defender’s Quest. Of course, it would only make fiscal sense to preorder the sequel considering the first game comes as a preorder bonus.

Then you get both Defender’s Quest and its sequel, Mists of Ruin for just $15. Then you get turret toting turtles, too.

Level Up Labs are back in the developer’s chair and working on a sequel worthy of the Defender’s Quest name. For start it’s getting a complete visual and aural makeover, with art being worked on by Karen Petrasko and Dust: An Elysian Tail’s Dean Dodrill and music being provided by Kevin Penkin.

I mean the first game looked charming but look at it now:

The core mechanic of the first game remains, each of your towers is a hero character who can be levelled up and kitted out with new gear. They’re developing it further in this sequel though. Every character who enters your party will have a speaking role in the main story and their level ups will present more difficult decisions than increasing alternate stats by +0.5.

Maps, too, are being improved. They’re now larger and feature destructible terrain, destroying it will open up different lanes for enemies to advance through.

There are loads of details of the game’s story and features over on the new website.

If you’re interested in preordering the game it comes in lots of Kickstarter-style tiers. The base game can be bought for $15 and that comes with the first Defender’s Quest, too. From that level up there are plusses like alpha access, soundtracks, artbooks. and more. You can read through them all here.