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Game Giveaway of the day — Medieval Defenders

Defend your ancestral castle and show the invaders who's boss!
User rating: 22 (81%) 5 (19%) 10 comments

Medieval Defenders was available as a giveaway on March 3, 2019!

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Defend your ancestral castle and show the invaders who's boss in Medieval Defenders! Build towers, upgrade spells and your enemy will be vanquished. Defend your castle against the incursions of your warlike neighbors! You have cannon towers, effective spells and your own strategic reasoning at your disposal. The course of the battle depends on you!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 133 MB





File Size:

116 MB



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Developed by Electronic Arts
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Medieval Defenders
In Brief
A run of the mill Tower Defense game. I've listed far better ones at the end of this review.

Installation Issues:
Medieval Defenders downloads to a 116 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 118 MB in size.
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Medieval Defenders
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop; the Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game; the name of which may vary each week can be deleted once the game has been installed. The Themida wrapper may alert your security and even block the installation. There are details in the read me about this issue.

Defend your ancestral castle from the invaders! Build towers, save money, train your spells and your enemy will be defeated. The middle ages is a dark time. Every neighbor wants to conquer the lands you own. Don't give your enemies reasons to think that you're weaker than them! Defend your castle from your warlike neighbors! You have cannon towers, money, effective spells and your own strategy at your disposal! 40 levels of different difficulty, unique units and 12 types of towers are waiting for you. The outcome of the battle depends only on you!
Reference accessed HERE. 3rd March 2019

The Game:
Medieval Defenders is a tower defense game with a medieval art style. The base you are defending is a castle and your enemies are waves of various knights, wizards, and old timey contraptions. The game does not do a lot of unique things to make it completely stand out from other games in the genre, but what it does manage to do is be a competent game and a good starting entry to the genre.
Variety is the key to a tower defense game’s replayability and Medieval Defenders does an average job at that. The game does not have a lot of base towers because after you unlock all of them you are limited to four different types that have their own specific strengths for taking down specific enemies. The towers can be fully upgraded and then branched off into two different types. The enemies vary from run of the mill easy knights to slower harder to kill knights. The airborne enemies share the same characteristics as the ground enemies.
The way Medieval Defenders helps find its own identity is with its special spell attacks. These spell attacks are special weapons at your disposal like raining rocks from the sky down on your enemies or surrounding them by a cloud of poison. This element is important to the strategy of the game since the towers lack differences between them and these spells help in battle the harder the game gets. It took a while to get used to using them because most tower defense games rely on their towers for defeating foes, but here, learning which spells to call to help your tower setup becomes vital.

Waves of enemies travel on set paths and move at a various speeds. The maps are designed with a decent amount of variety. The path designs change up at a nice rate to keep things fresh, with a portion of the levels having multiple entry points for enemies. A nice feature is a pause and fast forward ability. Pausing helps you strategize when things become overwhelming and fast forwarding helps when the enemies are moving sluggish or you have complete confidence in your defense setup. Both are much appreciated features and are very useful.
To build towers you need gold which is found by killing the waves of foes attacking you. The gold drops come at reasonable rates, but gold levels are reset with each level so you are always starting from scratch. Enemies drop enough though so lack of gold never really became an issue for me.
What does carry from level to level is the “Elixir” currency which is earned by completing levels. Elixir is used to upgrade a tower’s efficiency, a spell’s efficiency and your castle’s HP level. Elixir earned per level is pretty low if you plan to upgrade everything to the max level because everything becomes more expensive the more you upgrade it. And to add some cheapness to the experience is the game blocking off tower building points unless you spend some Elixir. A couple levels can have one or two points blocked off meaning you are going to spend whatever you may earn for completing the level.

Medieval Defenders is a bright and colorful game. The character designs are in the cutesy realm and the the world follows suit. It’s a light-hearted affair and the artwork reflects that. One negative I will say is the camera’s viewpoint of the action due to it being set a little too far back.
The map designs are sort of big so it can be difficult to make out the tower upgrades because they are shown in tiny bubbles A problem that arises sometimes is that the bubbles can be hard to make out in the environment. This is an unfortunate problem and can on occasion be downright annoying when trying to build towers.
There is not much happening in the soundtrack of the game but the music fits the visual design. It’s light and cheerful and it never sounded repetitive. The audio complements the action nicely but does not stand on its own. Sometimes the best soundtrack is the one that you do not notice.
If you are a tower defense veteran then first three quarters of the game will be a breeze before there is some form of challenge so Medieval Defenders may be meant as a good introduction to newcomers of the genre. The micro transactions will be a temptation for newcomers though which is unfortunate due to the game always offering you the ability to buy a way out of a failure.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Michael Cwick 29th April 2015, re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 3rd March 2019

I found Medieval Defenders a run of the mill tower defense game, with nothing original to offer. If you've not played many Tower Defense (TD) games, then its definitely worth downloading as an introduction to the genre, but for those who are very familiar with TD games, you'll find this game gets boring really fast. I've seen many TD games similar to Medieval Defenders released over the last several years; all of which incorporate the same type of upgrades and similar layouts (apart from the theme), with nothing new included.
I've listed what I consider some of the best Tower Defense games available today (all via Steam) at the end of this review; of those I highly recommend Defense Grid: The Awakening (my all time favorite TD game with a demo available), Sanctum 2, Zotrix - Solar Division, Revenge of the Titans, Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal and Plants vs. Zombies (demo available).>
Videos of Medieval Defenders:
You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.

After you've had an opportunity to play today's giveaway please take a few moments to give some positive or negative feedback; for example, what you liked or disliked about the game, or how it could be improved. If you don't like the genre at all, please explain why and if any, what improvements would change your mind? If you don't have time to post a comment today, please do so at your convenience, thank you. If you wish to post a review or comment about the game later, you can access the comments section by going to the game giveaways home page, then scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Archives and select the date the giveaway was live (giveaway days are in bold type). This will open the appropriate page for you to post your comment or review. Alternatively, you can google the name of the game and include Gamegiveawayoftheday in the search. This should give you a list of links to whenever this game was given away.
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 can get it HERE via Steam (reviews via the Steam forums say this is a pay to win game, and has garnered mainly negative reviews. The giveaway version has no cash transactions as far as I know.

Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Medieval Defenders 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 Medieval Defenders and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Medieval Defenders doesn't interest you, but you still hanker for something new to play, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free HERE (I've not updated the thread in a while, but most of the links still take you to the latest deals).
The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns threads for details of other free games and offers HERE and elsewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums). The free game over at epic games is Thimbleweed Park until March 7th. worth £14.99/$19.99/€19.99.
The following Tower Defense games are among the best I've played over the years. It's not an exhaustive list with several titles I've not included (simply because I've forgotten their names). All of the following are available via Steam, and some have demos available. I highly recommend Defense Grid: The Awakening (demo available), Sanctum 2, Revenge of the Titans, Plants vs. Zombies (demo available), Orcs Must Die 1 (demo available), Orcs Must Die 2 (demo available), Bloons TD 5, DG2: Defense Grid 2, Sanctum (demo available), GemCraft - Chasing Shadows, Dungeon Defenders (DD2 is free to play), Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Evil Defenders, Iron Brigade, Tower Wars, Defense of Egypt, Roman Britain & Greece bundle, Super Sanctum TD, Deathtrap and Galactic Tower Defense, Zotrix - Solar Division, Towers of Altrac - Epic Defense Battles (I originally gave Towers of Altrac a bad review shortly after it was released as an early access two years ago, but changed my mind once it was officially released due to the improvements made by the developer). Here are some more TD games that I've enjoyed playing Last Hope - Tower Defense, Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten , Sol Survivor, Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal, Creeper World 2: Anniversary Edition (this would be my sixth choice if I was allowed one more on a desert island), Tumbleweed Express, Prime World: Defenders, Prime World: Defenders 2 free to play, Kittypocalypse, Anomaly Defenders, Fiery Disaster, AI War: Fleet Command and Battle Ranch: Pigs vs Plants. Finally, the following Creeper World 4 hasn't been released yet, but looks amazing.




Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Whiterabbit-uk, this game is from the same developers as the Royal Defense series of games that was given away here back in 2017. The units available, the spells and the gameplay are very similar, but the pictorial elements in this game are a bit bigger and more brightly coloured.

Reply   |   Comment by emperor  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


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Thanks for your feedback Emperor. :)

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

Tried a few levels and sort of Ok game wise. I can see getting higher up where they swamp your defenses requiring bunch of spells & usual tricks like waiting for final wave, sell your first 1 or 2 defenses once swarm passes & bulk up the forward defenses. Have to experiment to get hang of the ground tower things & spells to understand damages.
And I never got to the flying attackers (review comment hints those pretty much mimic ground). Main reason I'm offing game is exit. First one in while that w/ Windows 10 x64 Pro there's no apparent Exit button. Esc key, no go, task manager won't open - just returns to game. Had to set screen option to Windowed to get exit method. Full screen is just too 'full' I guess. Not going to bother with that each game since it isn't all that much special. For true fans I guess there's some initial juice? For that 7/10, for me 6/10 since gift.
Thanks for the play chance GOTD. PS hating recaptcha - takes forever to register.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

beergas, if you are prepared to persevere with the game, the exit button is in the top right hand corner of the opening screen - it is an X in what looks like a blob of red wax.

Reply   |   Comment by emperor  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Great review! This is a very cute TD game in terms of looks, but it's also one of those I'm seriously addicted to, so for the sake of all the projects on my backlog, I'll give it a pass today. Besides that, I agree with you that Plants vs Zombies is awesome! That's the only one on your list of best TD games I've played though. The other I've played is called Grub Guardians. It's a sort of companion mini game to the MMORPG I still play. You use it as a way to level up your pets and score special card packs if you win with a great score.

All in all, I do recommend these kind of games to give your brain a bit of a workout, whereas HOGs are usually more passive and relaxing. Thanks for a great review today.

PS: There's been a new game it seems everyday for a good while now. That's really nice to see. Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Dana  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)


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It was a tower defense game called Immortal Defense given away here June 18th 2007 that got me interested in the genre. It was also released on Steam HERE 8 years after we got it via the game giveaway project. The first game I purchased via Steam was and still is my favorite Tower Defense game called Defense Grid: The Awakening and another one that has a first person viewpoint called Sanctum 2 is well worth checking out; you can also play it in co-op with a friend. All of the ones I listed in the first part of the last paragraph of my review are well worth getting. If I could only choose five TD games to take to a desert island, apart from the two above (Defense Grid and Sanctum 2) the other three I'd choose are Zotrix - Solar Division, Revenge of the Titans and Plants vs. Zombies. I've added more TD games since posting the original list and from that list I'd say Creeper World 3 is also brilliant game (would be my sixth choice) and definitely another one worth getting. I'm looking out for Creeper World 4, which hasn't been released yet, but looks more 3D than previous versions of the Creeper world franchise. If you and your friend do get a gaming PC/laptop, we must play some Elder scrolls Online. :)

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

503 Service Unavailable...
re installed Windows from scratch...
still no access...
can VPN in like crazy, no problem.
they say it's ' my cache ' ..
not buyin it.
even went here:

others are having the same problem.
come on GAOTD what gives??

Reply   |   Comment by little ricky  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

little ricky,

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Hi Little Ricky, I've checked everything I can at this end and I cannot see a problem. You are not black listed, your IP address isn't in the banned ips list, and as mentioned previously, I placed you on the White List last weekend before i went away, so there shouldn't be an issue downloading from your usual IP address (at least as far as the giveaway side is concerned. Have you checked the FAQ's thread HERE? There are loads of different fixes. One of which may help?
I couldn't download anything for a few months back in 2017 (August to October). I later discovered a security program I'd installed via the main giveaway site, which I didn't require, so disabled it (but didn't delete it). I then had to replace my motherboard and some memory sticks due to my daughter frying them. When I'd replaced them, the security was reactivated (don't know how), but it was hidden in the background, so I didn't realize. It was only when i contacted Microsoft and they connected to my desktop and within less than a minute found the issue. Although the security was hidden from normal view, it was indicated in the right click context menu, but I'd not noticed it. Once I deleted the security I was again able to download from the site. I'm not saying yours is the same issue, but it could be something that is particular to the IP address that is causing the blockage, maybe some software that is running in the background that is causing a conflict. If it was from the giveaway side, many more community members would be reporting the problem. Have you contacted your provider, it may be something a their end, or maybe your router/modem is the problem. Try resetting the router. I'm just making suggestions here in the hope that you can fix the issue and am not trying to shift the blame onto you.
The giveaway team do have a technical team. If you haven't already, contact them via the sites contact form HERE, explaining the issue, what you've done to try and solve it, plus the email you use to log into the giveaway site and the name you use here.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

i think it's rather odd that GAOTD is the ONLY site on the entire internet i have EVER had this problem with.

Reply   |   Comment by little ricky  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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