You might recall our preview of Defenders of Ardania from a couple months back, which stated that while the tower defense gameplay was solid and addicting, the interface left a lot to be desired. The beta version we tested back then was controlled almost entirely by keyboard, and clearly designed around the dual stick nature of the consoles on which the game is also scheduled for release. Well, I’ve played the updated version of the game and I’m happy to report that everything is set up the way you would expect it to be in a PC strategy game. Almost everything can be done exclusively with the mouse, and the result is a much more intuitive and appropriate experience.
There are still a few flaws here and there—placing bounties on specific enemies and towers is still awkward, for example—but I have every confidence that they will be fixed by the time the game is released. And if it’s not, we’ll be sure to let you know. Defenders of Ardania was supposed to be available on December 8th. The new release date is unknown but, according to the official website, should be “soon.”
P.S.: Be sure to check out our interview with DoA’s developers, where they talk about the process of making the game and how they’ve responded to the feedback they’re received.
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