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Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood

Develop your strategy skills, unlock picturesque locations and have fun!
User rating: 15 (88%) 2 (12%) 11 comments

Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood was available as a giveaway on November 13, 2022!

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Tired of boring tower defense games? Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood breaks the mold with exciting and unique action! Why fight off enemies pouring in from one direction, like most other games, when you can battle hordes of monsters coming at you from all angles? That's what Goblin Defenders is all about!

Start with three guns capable of ripping through crowds of attackers and steadily upgrade your arsenal as the game progresses! But beware: the game gradually becomes more difficult as enemies approach from more and more directions! Your survival will depend on your ability to make the right choices when upgrading your weapons and towers. Ogres, spiders and evil spirits are coming for you, so answer their challenge in Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor 1.6 Ghz or better; 512 Mb RAM; 256 Mb of video memory; DirectX 8.1





File Size:

101 MB



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Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood:

In Brief:
Goblin Defenders: Battles of Steel 'n' Wood is a Tower Defense (TD) game. We've been getting quite a few of these recently. Today's version is standard fare with a 2D top-down perspective with a vague isometric feel to it. Each of the ten levels include up to 25 waves and levels are generally bright and colourful.

The game was originally given away on the 5th of July 2015 where it received a positive 62% from 346 votes with 61 comments, which you can see HERE. It was again given away just over three years ago on the 8th of September 2019 where it received a positive 91% from 22 votes, with 14 comments which you can see HERE

You can several videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and one via the Steam Store page HERE.

You can also see a mixed bag of 35 Steam community reviews (65% are positive) of the game HERE (only four Steam community reviews have been posted since the last time this was given away in 2019).
The Game:
This giveaway version is the same as the Steam version apart from you don't get the trading cards common with many games from the Steam store. Also, with the Steam version there's no browser re-directions when you shut the game down. For those who really enjoy this game and use Steam it usually costs £1.99/$2.99/€ 2.99 HERE when not on sale.

There are two modes of play 'Campaign' and 'Survival' with two difficulty settings i.e., Normal and Hard. Depending on which difficulty you choose, you earn a victory bonus on completion of the level, i.e., five gems if set on Normal difficulty or fifteen gems if set to hard. These gems can be spent in the store to buy various items such as tripling your starting gold (costs 100 gems) or super upgrades for each tower. The hard mode also earns you double the points and enemies have more lives.

The survival mode is locked at the start of the game and comprises of 10 different rounds, these are, Hidden Hut, Ogre's forest, Toxic Desert, Quicksand, Tundra Maze, Ice Bridge, Sky High, Borderland, Hall of Flame and Molten Cave. Surviving each of these earns you a trophy, of which there are almost 60 in total, for example, 'Legendary Engineer', which you can earn by earning 95% of all achievements (very hard to get), 'Epic Foreman' by earning 50% of all achievements, 'Two Castles' by surviving 12 rounds on Sky High in survival mode on hard difficulty, 'Protect that Bridge' by surviving 12 rounds of Ice Bridge on hard difficulty, or the 'Freeze' achievement by completely upgrading 10 ice towers.

The game starts with 4 available towers; however, as you progress through the game, more towers become available making a total of seven towers variants, these are Blade, Demon, Tesla, Poison, Ice, Heavy and Light cannon towers.

Once you've chosen your difficulty (I advise starting on Normal difficulty, even if you are an experienced TD fan, just to get the feel of the game), you get a couple of pages introducing you to various aspects of the game such as indicating what each symbol on the playing arena denotes; for example, from top left to top right you'll see a green arrow; this starts the enemy advance but can be paused (useful if you wish to take a short break, the next symbol is a blue Star which equals your score, the amount of gold you have, that starts with 30 gold when starting a new game. The pink jewel denotes the number of gems you have earned. These gems are really useful items, as they enable you to buy special upgrades from the store, the next symbol tells you what wave you are playing, and the shield tells you how many lives your home base has left. Finally, the double green arrow speeds up the game.

Whenever an enemy gets through all of your defence's you'll lose a life. If all of the home bases lives are lost, you lose the game, but you can restart at the last level you unlocked. Along the lower part of the playing arena on the left, you'll find the menu button (it looks like a cog) that includes the Help, Restart, Sound/Video/Quit and Shop buttons and all unlocked towers can be found on the lower right. Each tower costs varying amounts and upgrades cost increasingly more. You'll see what each tower does when you try it, for example, the snowflake slows down the enemies advance by freezing them, the blade tower fires arrows at the enemy. The latter mentioned tower is the cheapest and inflicts the least amount of damage but has a decent fire rate. You should spend your initial gold on these towers, placing them at the corners of the route the enemy takes because these give you the best placement due to a wider coverage of the route that the enemy takes. Some levels don't contain specific routes, so placement of towers can be harder to figure.

To place a tower, drag it onto the arena. As you do so, a grid appears, showing you where you can place your towers, if the grid is red, you cannot place the tower. when it turns green you can then place the tower. Place these strategically to do the most damage at the start of the game. If you place a tower wrongly, or at a later stage in the game want to replace a tower (it's a good idea to sell off some of the less effective towers such as the Blade tower, especially if you've placed them in the most strategic positions as later waves are much harder to stop . You can sell them by left clicking on the tower, though you don't get the same amount you paid for them. Right clicking will open up an upgrade panel that enables you to improve and make any tower you select more effective by widening its field of operation. You can see the effect of upgrading from level 1 to the maximum upgrade (level 4) by visiting page three of the help section.

There are seventeen different enemy types divided into two main types, i.e. land based and flying enemies. Flying enemies are especially dangerous because they do not have to stick to the routes on that those maps that include paths. Some enemies also have unique abilities such as the spiders that are called re-spawners because they respawn after dying. A couple of the enemies are also immortal and can respawn multiple times and other enemies are immune to specific defences for example tanks are immune to poison, giants are immune to frost and electrons are resistant to lightning.

You cannot see the whole of the map initially, but you can move the map by left clicking on the map and dragging it in any direction; or you can zoom in or out by using the mouse wheel.

Re-written and expanded review that was originally posted by Whiterabbit-uk seven years ago on the 15th of July 2015.

I enjoy playing most Tower Defense (TD) games, finding this one slightly better than the ones we've been given over the last several months. It's fairly generic when comparing it to the many TD games that have been released over the last decade, most of which are just copies with different environments and variations on the tower types.

Goblin defenders is similar to many of those TD games, but I did find it a tad more challenging than previously given away TD games we've had. I barely survived the second level with only 1 life left. So would give this thumbs up and a score of 7.5 out of 10 for its game play. It's not a game I'd play regularly but would definitely keep this giveaway if I didn't already have it in my Steam account.

Despite its generic game play, I do consider it a re-playable game as there are multiple ways you can play each level.






Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)


Here are a few more in game images:




Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Would you know whether anything went off regarding the connection to the server site yesterday?
It has been impossible to get the setup file running the installation since it "failed to connect and asked to try again later..." and then closed the process. I used the same procedure as always, i.e. disabling KIS then restarting the OS, etc.
What a shame, I was delighted to have that TD program running again on my system - I lost it when my HD crashed in a hardware failure and I was quite close to the end :(

Reply   |   Comment by higgins  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Hi Higgins,

I wouldn't know. However, regarding the game. The Toomky version is exactly the same as the game giveaway (as far I I know. I installed the Toomky version so that I could post the review and haven't had any issues.

You'll find the game via the following link:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hey Stephen,
Thank you for the useful response. That's very kind of you

Reply   |   Comment by higgins  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Awsome TD game... Easy to play and hard to master... Really good game...

Reply   |   Comment by SuperMarioBR_2022  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Installed the game, started it once, quit, tried to start the game again, no error message, refused to start and just goes to opening the seller's home page. Can't get the game to restart again. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Chet Morton  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Chet Morton, Although this is a Giveaway it may still be to your advantage to ask Alawar direct on their site if there is anything that can be done with the game. I am sure the community can help as well on the GOTD forums.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This was a great giveaway. One of the best TD games I've gotten from here. This along with Towers of Oz and Garden Rescue: Christmas Edition were my three favourite TD games the game giveaway team has blessed us with. IMHO

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

loaded but wont go 3x even when you push finish it wont start

Reply   |   Comment by sherry storey  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Normally I don't care for TD type of games but this one was actually easy for me to pickup and play the game without having background of how TD games works. The last real TD game I played was Plants Vs Zombies.

It was interesting to see how the different towers setup affects the enemies. I found that in the enemy air phase where there were things flying some of my weapons did not do good against them.

The enemies do drop gems when you defeat them so you may find yourself repeating over and over to get a decent stock of them in order to buy items from the shop.

I did have a hard time understanding the placement of the towers at first but them I realized there is a green area and a red area where you can / can't place things.

Also the map zooms in and out with the mouse wheel I've noticed. I'm not sure of the real intent of the feature but maybe for those who can't see too well it makes it more accessible for them.

For those of you who are pixel perfectionists, you'll be pleased that the game fully takes advantage of wide screen monitors without going into a 4x3 letter box mode.

Overall, this game is pretty fun! One I'll keep coming back to again and again.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
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