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Iron Heart: Steam Tower Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Iron Heart: Steam Tower

Place your steampunk machines to win the battle against robots!
User rating: 22 (96%) 1 (4%) 10 comments

Iron Heart: Steam Tower was available as a giveaway on April 21, 2019!

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Hordes of invaders are emerging from the bowels of the earth to enslave the people of the surface. Follow the resistance of the planet's defenders against an army of steam-powered robots in a rare Victorian-era steampunk atmosphere!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 600 Mhz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 127 MB





File Size:

162 MB



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What can I say, it's steampunk! I don't have a lot of tower defense games, so it's fun because of the graphics. I love Plants vs Zombies, but I don't think I've ever gotten past about level 10 there! Maybe I'll do better with this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Delilah  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Can't even see your mouse in the game which makes it VERY hard to navigate and to even play the game.. uninstalling.

Reply   |   Comment by Uncle Jefe  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I get the error message that setup.exe has quit working so I can't install the game. I paused my anti-virus before attempting to run the install. I'm on a WIN 7 64 bit desktop. Here is the detail behind the install crash:
Problem signature:

Problem Event Name: BEX
Application Name: setup.exe_Iron Heart - Steam Tower
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 2a425e19
Fault Module Name: StackHash_4c0d
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
Exception Offset: 80000008
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Data: 00000008
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 4c0d
Additional Information 2: 4c0d4d78887f76d971d5d00f1f20a433
Additional Information 3: 4c0d
Additional Information 4: 4c0d4d78887f76d971d5d00f1f20a433

Reply   |   Comment by Dan J  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Keeper for sure. Ok Windows 10 x64 Pro. Decent sound/music sliders. Nice graphics, tricky AI for this kind of game. Like it varies the starting point so had to begin a try once to get the idea of where to place defenses. Just ran tutorial up to the flying bugs part. There some dif stuff too like some of enemy such as ground troops seem to "repair" themselves once past a turrent leaving backup guy necessary & at high order again.
Seems to help to mass turrents to create crossfire at crisscross points that come later. Might add to combined arms count, not sure. Their tanks can be hit that way. Once the special skills (long countdown tho initially but can later add nuts to shorten reload) are offered I waited to use it until wave 3 of 3 and tanks massed at crosspoint. 60 secs was too long initially. So your use of nuts is critical. Even 1 enemy reaches base and you're only gonna get 2 of 3 stars for level. Sold off any 'leftover' defenses quickly at end of final level & gold coins seemed to carry over. So far then (until it really breaks my chops) it's a 9/10 for fans. If I later delete it then 5/10 just for the taste of play alone. Thanks though hating the pops up when quiting. Will have to deal with that.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

The graphics of this incarnation is based on the original Starcraft game.

Reply   |   Comment by Mudo  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)


I've still got my Starcraft collectors edition box with a car window sticker, and the original disk, but the box is now used to keep printer refill inks and chip de-activators in it, lol. I also have a Razer Keyboard dedicated to Starcraft 2, though it's been stashed as a back up keyboard no w as its not a mechanical version, (which I prefer).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

For some variety in Tower Defense games, though mostly with older 2D graphics, I searched the Giveaway of the Day forums. Some of the older links are still valid, including this page with a ton of online flash games: towerdefence.biz/ Also this site, often mentioned in the past in the forums: http://www.caiman.us/ Lots of older, small, free games there. Tower defense are in the RTS (Reat Time Strategy) category. Another nice feature of Caiman is they convert all the games with installers into portables, packaged zip files. Installers are pretty much unnecessary. Most games don't have to be hooked into your operating system, and like all portables, essentially ride on top of it. After all, u don't need to be installed into the engine to drive a car! :D All you really have to do is note where you installed a game, find it's program file - it's executable (if u go into folder options in windows and uncheck "hide extensions for known file types" you'll then see the .exe extension) - right click on it, and pick "send to" then select "desktop" from the drop down menu, it will put a shortcut on the desktop. Don't need an installer just for that. But, if the developer has an installer, Caiman will link to that also, if you haven't cut the chord yet. On both those sites, the games are rated, and also reviewed on Caiman. If you don't insist on too modern a graphic style, you might find a lot of enjoyment on these 2 sites. I'm digging into them now, as I do like tower defense if not too hard. Not to fast on the old buttons am I. :P

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

watcher13, When Rudy, the founder of Caimans died several years ago, the site almost died with him. It remained stagnant for almost a year, I contacted his son, who said he didn't have the time to keep the site updated, so i offered my help for free, but he decided to hand the reigns over to a friend and my offer of help was never taken up. I seem to remember his son was worried that I may use the site for my own gain, but all I was bothered about was keeping such a treasure alive. I was still very active with the free games project here in the forums and thought I could add many more games to the Caimans site.

If you had time to go through every thread in the game discussion forums you'd find 1500 plus free games, though you'd have to Google many of them as most links are dead.

Some of those free games were from abandonware sites that have since been scooped up by sites like Good old Games and have been re licensed by them; for example, one of my favorite RPG games ever, called Darkland (released in the early 90's) was available free from several download sites classed as abandonware, but GOG and a few other sites tracked down the original owners of various game licenses and purchased the rights to sell. It's a pity as there were lots of excellent games free. Personally I think many of the pre 2000 games being sold on GOG are way over-priced even at just under $5, but then I suppose it depends on how much a person is willing to pay for such games.

I'd previously purchased many of the games that were available via those abandonware sites, so felt it was a perk to be able to get them for free. (I threw out virtually all of my old floppy disks years ago.

It's still a great site for free games, but it's not as good as it used to be when Rudy was alive. He kept the place updated constantly and always had several games highlighted each week as games of the week. Still, it's great that the site has survived and most of the free games remain available. I particularly like the breakout section with over 160 free 2D breakouts and 30 3D varieties, some of which are excellent and original takes on the game. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Cheers, WR!

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Iron Heart - Steam Tower
In Brief
Another tower defense game from 8 Floor Games via MyPlayCity

Apart from the level design and the isometric perspective Iron Heart - Steam Tower is exactly the same as yesterdays Iron Sea Defenders and last weekends Iron Sea Frontier Defenders. 8th Floor have rehashed this game loads of times, with the same game play mechanics in every game they have released in this genre. The only difference is the theme and environments look different, also, the game has been presented in a more realistic isometric view that gives the impression of depth. This is the first time I've seen this in an 8 Floor Games Tower Defense game. If you've not played too many of these games, especially ones from 8th Floor, then this is a worthwhile download and the game is reasonably decent, but, if you have played a lot of these, you'll find it a little too predictable and lacking any originality.
Whiterabbit April 21st 2019

Iron Heart - Steam Tower downloads to a 162 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper the set-up file and a read me). The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed if you wish. The installed game is approximately 161 MB in size.
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Iron Heart - Steam Tower
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop; the shortcut to the game, plus three others ''Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and a shortcut to a free online game. These latter three shortcuts can be deleted once the game has been installed. The Themida wrapper may alert your security and even block the installation; there are details about this issue in the read me that unpacks from the downloaded zip file.

The Game:
Another tower defense game from 8 Floor with the same mechanics as yesterdays game give away Iron Sea Defenders, though I do think this one looks much better graphically. The game, or a version of it is due for release on Steam early June. As you progress you unlock various skills, that like the towers and common upgrades you can upgrade to make them regenerate faster. However skills are not available at the start of the game. The main menus and shop menus are the same as yesterdays game as is the usual bonuses for starting a wave early. The main difference is the improved graphics. Instead of a top down perspective we get an isometric view, that gives the appearance of depth to the levels.
There are two campaigns Icy Mine and Lost City; you require 45 stars to unlock the latter campaign. Each campaign comprises of 20 levels which can be played on three different difficulty modes easy, normal and hard. When starting a new game you can skip the tutorial level if you wish. Along the top of the level screen you can see the amount of gold you have; this is used to buy your towers and in game upgrades. Next to the gold indicator are the number of bolts, which are used to buy special upgrades for your towers to have more damage, more range and cost less to purchase other items. You can also spend your bolts on common upgrades such as increasing the amount of money you start a level with, effectively giving you the ability to buy more towers, or you can spend your bolts on increasing the amount of loot you get from destroying enemies or increasing the strength of your base, so that more enemies are required to attack it. You can also spend your bolts on regenerating your skill fully (a useful aspect if it looks like your base is under threat. Each of these upgrades can be repeated six times, with increasing costs for each extra upgrade. Nuts are awarded at the end of the level. Also awarded at the end of the level are stars. The maximum number of stars you can earn after each level is 3 stars. If you lose base health you lose at least one star or more depending on how much health has been lost. You can potentially unlock the second campaign before the first campaign has been completed if you earn maximum stars for most levels. Stars are equivalent to bronze, silver and gold awards you see in other games and are calculated on a combination of your score and fort health.

Next to the nut symbol is your health indicator. You start with 25, which as indicated above can be increased by spending your nuts on the base upgrade. This indicates the health of your base. If any enemies manages to survive the gauntlet of your towers, and enter the base, you lose one health for each enemy entering. Losing all 25 ends the level. At the start of a new level your base health is returned to 25.
Next to the base health indicator is the wave indicator. This shows you how many waves to expect in the level and which wave is current. Along the bottom of the game arena are four buttons. The first is your options button The second pauses the game and the third restarts the game. The fourth will increase the speed of the game. This is useful once you've completed your tower building to rush along the level. Finally, at the beginning of a new wave you are given a warning as to how long it will be before the next wave starts. This does not appear next to where the wave will start as in other 8 Floor games, so you must be vary of placing towers as some routes are very short and if you haven't covered that start area, you're likely to lose base health. This can change from level to level, so it's important that tower placement is done tactically so that you don't leave an entrance to the base area poorly or totally undefended. You can force the wave to start immediately by clicking on the next wave button. This will earn you some extra gold. The sooner you click on the button when it appears, the more gold you earn.
As you progress new inventions will appear, for example as soon as you start the game there are two inventions given. Machine Gun (your basic tower defense weapon) . The machine gun can hit all kinds of enemies both ground and air targets. Field tests have shown it to be highly effective against smaller enemies such as their scouts. The scout is a quick but weak opponent and therefore is destroyed easily

As you progress other inventions appear for example the cannon, which is more powerful than the machine gun and is more effective against armored enemies such as highly armored tank. The third tower to be introduced is the emitter cannon that is effective against energy enemies, but not against flying enemies such as the brood. These are quite dangerous when in large groups. There are more towers introduced later such as the mine that produces extra gold over time. There are several skills introduced in Iron Heart Steam Tower such as the rockfall and a toxic weapon, both of which effective at reducing the health of enemies passing through them. These skills take time to recharge, however in an emergency, you can fully recharge them immediately by spending some of your earned nuts. The skills are also effective near the start of a wave when large numbers of enemies are still present. You can cancel your skill if necessary by clicking on the skill button again. Inventions are not restricted to the defenders. Your enemies also get upgrades; for example their second upgrade is the flying brood and later the commander, that inspires other enemies, who in turn increase their speed, they also get a repair bot that recovers health from damaged enemies. Whenever a new wave is about to start you get a warning located in the bottom left of the game arena when a new wave is about to start.
When you hover over a tower defense, it shows you the area the tower can defend. Upgrading the tower using gold you've earned from destroying enemies will increase the radius of the defensible area. Once you have enough nuts you can upgrade towers further to increase their range even more as well as their destructible strength and reduce the cost.

As you destroy enemies, you earn cash, which can be used to purchase more towers and upgrades. Placing towers in the correct positions, especially at the start of a level is crucial to survive. Some defensive areas are not as effective as others, so you need to select your first positions with care. There are two upgrades available for each tower, plus you can also sell towers for a percentage of the gold you spent building them. This is useful if you placed a tower ineffectively or towards the end of a level when all enemies have passed the starting area but you still require gold to upgrade towers nearer the base to protect it from attack If your fort loses all of its health you lose.
At the end of a level your level rewards will appear indicating how many stars you've earned, your kill score and points earned for defending your base as well as the number of nuts you have earned. Along the bottom of the Victory banner (where you can see your level statistics) are three buttons. The first one allows you to restart the level so that if you failed to earn the maximum number of stars you can retry it; (I didn't check to see if this resets to the previous level if you restart from this position), the second one takes you to the level selection screen where you can opt to play the next level, or any previously unlocked level. The third button takes you to the shop. As new inventions are found they are added to the shop and can be upgraded up to six times. Each upgrade costs more to buy for example the first upgrade costs four nuts, the second costs ten nuts the third fourteen nuts etc. Each upgrade reduces the percentage costs, or increases the percentage effectiveness of the upgrades.
Whiterabbit-uk 21st April 2019

Iron Heart - Steam Tower is a well constructed tower defense game, but it's one of many with the same game mechanic as previous releases by the same developer 8 Floor. Apart from the level design, which is an improvement on previous Tower Defense games released by 8 floor becasue this game has a 3D look to it. Game play is exactly the same in every game of this type that 8 Floor has released. We've been given a few of them over the last couple of years. As mentioned in the brief, if you've not played many of these, the game is okay, but to seasoned TD gamers, this is just a little too tedious. For newcomers to the genre I'd score this a 8 out of 10, but from my own experience of TD games I'd give it a 6 out of 10 (slightly better than yesterdays score because of the better perspective). I recommend you try one or more of the following: Defense Grid: The Awakening, Defense Grid 2, Revenge of the Titans, Rock of Ages, Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder™, Plants vs. Zombies, Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal, Orcs Must Die, Towers of Altrac, Zotrix - Solar Division, Sanctum, Sanctum 2 to name just a few of the many decent and offering original content compared to todays game.

Videos of Iron Heart - Steam Tower:
You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you'll be able to buy a version of it via Steam HERE from June 3rd 2019
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Iron Heart - Steam Tower to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted, for example, a common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced three years ago is that some community members installation of the game are blocked by their security because Themida code has been known to hide malware, (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not); so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though the files (i.e. the setup, read me and setup.gcd files are actually totally free from malware. This issue can be solved either by rebooting your computer in safe mode with networking or a quicker method is to temporarily turn off your security software to allow the installation. You could also try white-listing the setup.gcd file. In the almost 12 years this game giveaway site has been operating there has 'never' been a game given away that was infected with malware.
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Iron Heart - Steam Tower and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.




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