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.
Conducted By Adam Ames
András Klujber (pictured above), lead designer on Defenders of Ardania, talks to TPG about developing PC games, his personal thoughts on the PC gaming industry and much more. Here is a sample:
How important is it to get instant feedback about Defenders of Ardania from users through online message boards and other social networking sites?
It’s quite important for Paradox Interactive and for us too. We try to consider every feedback came from the users. That’s why we created a preview copy of Defenders of Ardania long before the release, to get some feedback from the press, and from the gamers. We get some constructive critics, especially about the PC controls of the game. So we’ve created a brand new control system, uniquely designed for the PC version. We hope that the gamers will like it!
TPG, in conjunction with Paradox Interactive, are giving away five (5) beta Steam codes for the upcoming Tower Defense/RTS hybrid title, Defenders of Ardania. All five winners will be upgraded from the beta to the official version once the game launches on December 8th. We also had the chance to give our thoughts on the preview build we received last week.
For this entry, we would like you to tell us about a funny (or sad depending on the point of view) “duh” moment in gaming or while building a PC. Wandered around in a maze for hours only to find a solution that took just a few minutes? Spent some time trying to find out what why your PC would not turn on after a build, finally realizing the power cord was not plugged in? We have all been there before so now is the time to let your misguidedness cash in on a chance at a free game.
- No Profanity
- One entry, per person, per e-mail address, per IP
- 48 Hours Only
- Post your first name and last initial
- Try to keep your entry to a paragraph or less.
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Cameron C., Caramon, David F, Tristan and Frank F. Steam keys have been sent to your e-mail. Please check your Spam folders if you do not see an e-mail from TPG in your Inbox. You can now tell your friends this duh moment in your life ended up giving you a free game. Thanks to everyone who went out on a limb to share their stories with us.
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By: Armaan Khan
When I first found out about Defenders of Ardania, I got excited for two reasons. One: it’s set in the Majesty universe. Two: it’s being developed by the same team that worked on Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. These two facts suggested that Defenders of Ardania was going to be a fun, lighthearted strategy game that would keep me coming back for more. After spending a few hours with the beta, and I’m happy to say that is exactly what I got.