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Royal Defense Ancient Menace Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Royal Defense Ancient Menace

The enemy shall not pass!
User rating: 25 (81%) 6 (19%) 13 comments

Royal Defense Ancient Menace was available as a giveaway on October 1, 2017!

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Become a part of an exciting story based on the dwarven kingdom's eternal struggle against the Ancient Menace, who only wants to crush the dwarves and claim their territory!

To defeat the monstrous hordes, you must construct defensive towers and units and learn to wield powerful spells. All your towers and units have specific stats: Damage, Fire rate, Damage radius, Damage type, as well as various other features, such as enemy slowdown and Damage Over Time.

Each level also brings new units and structures to help you fight your enemies. You’ll never be lacking for new and exciting ways of decimating those ancient threats! Build towers, earn money, collect crystals and upgrade your spells – the enemy shall not pass!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 600 Mhz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 105 MB





File Size:

101 MB



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To get a feel for today's game giveaway, Royal Defense: Ancient Menace and before you download it, please check out several game play videos HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. I've also check out over 40 images in a slideshow, showing various in game images HERE.

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Royal Defense: Ancient Menace or Royal Defense 3
In Brief
Royal Defense: Ancient Menace is the third in the Royal Defense TD games, this time with a darker environmental theme. It's similar to the previous two titles, though it does start a little harder at the beginning of the game because right from the outset you have multiple entry points on each level rather than a single route to content with. thee only warning you get which direction the enemy are coming from is a next wave indicator, which if you click on it right away awards a small amount of gold, the sooner, the more gold you get, but that gives you less time to prepare for the attack. So, you really need to carefully think about where you are going to place your first tower defenses to cope with the various routes the enemy can take.

Royal Defense: Ancient Menace downloads to a 101 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper, the set up file and a read me). Those with multiple hard drives are able to save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 106 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Royal Defense - Ancient Menace
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop. three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game which vary each week). Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)
Defend your lands from the monstrous invasion in the dynamic game Royal Defense: Ancient Menace! Due to the ability to choose the difficulty mode this game is suitable both for kids and adults. The game Royal Defense: Ancient Menace is a perfect time killer that will make you live through the dangerous yet exciting adventure. The hordes of monsters are invading your lands! Will you be smart and strong enough to protect your territory? Two wonderful campaigns are waiting for you: "The Molten lands" and "The Mystery valley". However you need to earn 40 stars to unlock the second campaign. Your aim is not to let the enemies cross the outpost. Build the towers at the sites and use spells to kill the invaders.

The variety of your enemies is striking: worgs and scouts are fast yet have poor health, while the troopers are slow but strong. Skeletons can even restore their health, besides they are immune to poison. Keep your eye on necromancer as he is able to raise skeletons from the fallen allies! But don’t worry about the strong invaders, you can choose from a great variety of towers to build and spells to use against the enemies. Make the hordes fear the meteor rain or the deadly swamp that you will conjure! Remember: the more enemies you kill the more coins you get. Besides, pick up the crystals with which you will be able to buy numerous upgrades. Make your towers or spells more powerful, get more coins from each killed ally, prolong the durability of outpost and more. Protect your lands from invaders and become the best player in the game Royal Defense: Ancient Menace!
Reference accessed HERE. 29th Sept 2017
The Game:
For those new to this type of game, the aim of a Tower Defense game is to stop waves of enemies from reaching your castle, fort, stronghold, etc. In order to stop these enemies you need to build towers to attack them. Players need to strategically place different types of towers in order to try and stop all or most of the enemies.
The time for the ultimate battle has come for dwarves in Royal Defense 3 Ancient Menace PC Game. In your key positions you are going to use even cannons - yes, gnomes now can build cannons and set them aside of the magic towers, putting deadly spells across the enemy hordes! Ancient Menace came from the deepest caverns under the gnome kingdom, and only desperate attempts to hold them back are continuing the existence of the dwarven kingdom. Download full version of Royal Defense 3 Ancient Menace PC Game and destroy enemy waves one by one until no one will left to threaten dwarven homes!

The game it is all about strategy. Using the right weapons or mix of weapons. Upgrading the right weapons, placing them right, using the spells at the right time. Try, and try again but try something different. This game is such a breath of fresh air in contrast with those games that you simply get gold by clicking your fingers off or doing things in a certain order. And it was the right kind of difficulty - you can get 3 stars on each level it's doable, but probably not the first time you try.
Royal Defense: Ancient Menace has four basic types of towers all upgradable in two stages. The game includes the typical arrow, cannon, mortar/splash, and the money tower. Though the majority of towers that you will probably build are going to be arrow and/or cannon towers becasue each level only has a limited number of positions you can place your towers, so trying to make to much gold for example isn't of much use if you cannot spend it on more towers. Personally I've always found a mixuture of the two main destructive towers are the best forulae for success, the cannot weapons tend to have a longer range and are more destructive, but cost more to build and upgrade, so it's always best IMO at the start of a level to build the cheapest arrow towers so as to get the maximum number of towers built from the limited funds you have a the start, but also, arrow towers are effective against both ground and air targets so you are prepared right from the putset to cope with both types of enemies.
I did notice in contrast to last weeks Royal Defense: Invisible Threat giveaway that there were more grouped hordes of ememies as opposed to a constant stream, which does mean the use of motar/splash towers can be a lot more useful instead of arrow towers due to their greater destructive power over larger groupings of enemies. However those concentrated groupings made the magic spells/meteor shower weapon less effective because the magic spell/meteor shower which takes up to a minute to recharge only lasts for several seconds at the most and is partly wasted on these concentrated groups as opposed to a constant stream, where the effects of the spell/storm are more effective.

Royal Defense relies pretty heavily on its’ special currency, gems. The gems allow you to purchase more upgrades based on how well you do in a level, with gems being dropped during the level and a tthe end. Do watch out when purchasing tower upgrades while playing through a level because if you don't have enough gold you can use the gems instead of gold, but gems are better used to improve your towers through the shop purchased upgrades that are permanent rather than buying the temporary tower upgrades, especially as Royal Defense is a little stingy with the gems. It's easy to accidentally spend your gems on upgrading your towers and every level also has a placement that can only be unlocked by spending gems, but I found I could ignore that position most of the time..
Edited reference accessed HERE. Re-posted, edited and added to by Whiterabbit-uk 29th Sept 2017.
If you find the game difficult you can download a couple of trainers for Royal Defense: Ancient Menace HERE and HERE. The former link adds 1000 gold, 20 gems and makes the fort invulnerable, and requires win 7 or above to work. The latter link gives you access to either a 32 bit or 64 bit trainer that gives you the maximum amount of gold and gems plus an infinite number of lives. I haven't tested either trainer, so cannot vouch for them.

Other Reviews and Videos of Royal Defense: Ancient Menace:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Royal Defense: Ancient Menace HERE, and more information via the Big Fish forums HERE. You can also see some videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, plus a slide show of over 40 images HERE.
Another take on the Royal Defense Tower Defense (TD) game, basically the same as the two previous incarnations, but with a different skin to make it look slightly different. After playing the game for several levels I didn't find anything new added to the game apart from different routes and the start of the game being more complex in the various toutes your enemies chose to take. Still, if you like Tower Defense games, this is another one for the pot. Personally I much prefer TD games like ..... but I'd still score this a decent 7 out of 10, partly becasue I'm rather biased towards TD games.

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If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Royal Defense: Ancient Menace to work please visit the FAQ's Thread which you can find 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 is blocked by their security (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not) because Themida code has been known to hide malware, so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though they are actually 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. In the almost 11 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 Royal Defense: Ancient Menace 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 todays' game doesn't grab you, but you still hanker for a new game, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free in the 'Weekly round up of game deals', HERE (I've not updated in 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 thread for details of other free games and offers HERE


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

Whiterabbit-uk, Ty for the helpful review. I looked at the Big Fish link and the reviews were mostly positive. Btw, many of the negative reviews are for the Mac version, which seems to be a countdown of the Windows version and - according to those Mac users - is missing some useful features and tutorial info.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This is unbeliveble. I tried first Royal Defence, and this time this one is unplayeble. The only way, I can see, to rescue all three games is to find files, where I can change settings.

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Depending on how old a game is and how new your computer is, conflicts may arise with various software and/or the way you have your computer set up. Personally I've had no issues at all with these games. Sorry I can't be of more help

Reply   |   Comment by bezp201001  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've played most of the way through this and really like the game. However... the game crashes every time I get to level 19 in Molten Lands (just after wave three starts). I tried it on Normal and Hard modes and it crashes at the exact same spot every time on both difficulties. It's something the creators might want to look into.

Reply   |   Comment by John S  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I've got the same thing. Molten Lands, Level 19, 4th Wave. After first shoot to guy with red hat, the game crashes. This is really sad, because I've got problem with "Royal Defense - Invisible Threat", and now this one. I don't know why this is happening, because games from other sources are without errors.

Reply   |   Comment by bezp201001  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice Windows 10 x64 Pro. So far like it better than earlier ones though in same mold of course. Guys move faster but the defenses seem deeper to balance that. There's a wide variety of entry points so don't get lax loading up on obvious points. Going for 3 gold stars adds to the challenge. Keeper for now.
D/l the 2 trainers so will test. One said the time to install had passed.

Reply   |   Comment by sludgehound  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Third time I tried downloading failed quickly, so I tried a fourth. THAT time it finally got downloaded successfully. So then I ran it...

It starts playing music and goes full-screen, showing me a couple of buttons to click on or sliders for volume control, etc. What it DOESN'T show is a mouse pointer. If I move the mouse around, when it's over a button or slider, that element lights up... but by the time I notice it, the pointer is past. Difficult to control, but not impossible. I finally got the music volume down. But then I was not able to click on "Go" or "Start" or whatever.

It would have been so simple to show a mouse pointer on there, but neglecting to show that makes this unusable.

Again, it's a shame; this seemed like it might finally have been a decent game.

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Try going into compatibility mode by right clicking on the games exe or short cut and select properties, then click on the compatibility tab. Check the disable display scaling on high dpi stettings, that may cure the issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Hamachisn't  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The first time I tried downloading it, the download failed. The second time, originally it said it would take under 3 minutes to download. A while later, it said under 4 minutes. Quite a bit longer, I checked again and it said a day to download. With these three data points on the second download, I can't help but think it's somehow stuck. I'll try a third time but after that I'll stop wasting my time.

It's too bad, because it looked like this might be a reasonable game. Far away from all the match-3s we see on here.

Reply   |   Comment by Hamachisn't  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed and activated fine, but as soon as the game starts, it shots down my computer completely, the only way to restart it is by turning the power off and than on the back of the tower and start it again. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by zzman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

EXACT copy of one of my favorite games lol (Medieval Defenders) <3 :-D
I really enjoyed Medieval Defenders <3
The only difference i see in royal defence is the graphics and the names lol :-D
I really like games made my these game developers <3
I'll get to play the same journey once again with new beautiful graphics <3 :'-)
Gaotd and Game Developers, Thankyou so much guys!
I am so happy today! Greetings from India :-D

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Thank you for your feedback Dharmish. I agree.

Reply   |   Comment by Dharnish  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

activated and will not install

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Hello Margaret, have you read the issue with AV software? Temporarily turning off your security should cure the problem. The problem is the Themida wrapper used to secure the game; it sets off some security becasue Themida can also be used to hide malware, so as a precaution some software blocks the game..

Reply   |   Comment by barbara  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Downloaded and installed with no problems, Win7/64. It's a good, standard, tower defense game with everything you expect and little you don't, very much like the others in the series. (I'm just happy the 'easy' mode is actually easy, unlike last week's giveaway, Invisible Threat. In my version, and at least a few others', there was no difference between 'easy' and 'hard' modes - they were all set to 'hard'.) I don't care for the darker theme of this one. I suppose it's meant to be atmospheric, but it just makes it harder to see.

Here are a couple of tips: (Skip this if you like figuring these things out for yourself.)
--As Whiterabbit said, you can collect some extra gold by quickly clicking on the 'Next wave in ...' button, but here's a trick: as soon as that button appears pause the game instead. Then at your leisure you can collect that gold and assess the situation. Hitting Pause stops everything and lets you make any changes and set or upgrade your weapons. This is useful all through the game.
--One technique for increasing the effectiveness of the 'spells' is to place the freeze spell (I'm assuming that the freeze spell will show up pretty soon -- I've only played the first few levels) in front of a row of enemies, let them bunch up, then hit pause. Then place your spells on the immobilized group and restart the game. This is especially effective if you freeze them in the midst of a bunch of your weapons - they all fire away while the enemies are stuck.

Overall a good engaging TD game. Thanks to GGOTD, MPC, and Whiterabbit.

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Thank you for your feedback Dan, nice tip about the freezing.

Reply   |   Comment by DanO  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Needs admin rights! Why ????

Reply   |   Comment by minktor  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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