There are quite a number of tower defense games on Ouya, and Def is one of them. In the game Def you take the role of a human reporter talking to an alien species known as the Def. The Def want to make a peace treaty with the Humans, and have went through a rift they created from their part of space to the humans to do these discussions. You are on board one of their ships specially made for humans. Things were going fairly smooth, you getting to understand the Def and what kind of people they were, and then an unknown enemy attacks, and it is up to you and your new partner to stop them! This game is story based that allows you to make your own choices in terms of what to say to your new found alien friend. What you say will, in turn, affect relationships later in the game.
This game has a very simple and minimalist look, yet still looks quite modern and is easy on the eyes. There are bright colours, but none that make you want to look away from the screen. On top of that, the graphics actually fit very well with the game. This is because, according to the game, you are looking at a console and not at an actual window/map of where the enemies are coming from. You will only know what they look like by their green squares and where they are coming from by the pink area. The area you must protect is a solid blue, and your weapons vary in colour as well. So it is easy to not get confused as to who is who on the battle field. This game also runs real smooth, so there is never a real issue of slowdown.
The music itself is techno. It is catchy to listen to, if not a bit repetitive. Those who love techno, though, will love this music. The sound effects compliment the music, and aren’t too loud nor annoying. Everything sounds polished and professional, and it just simply works with the game.
Even though it is a tower defense game. It has a very engaging story. It has multiple choices you can make that leads to a different outcome. Each choice affects how the relations between Human and Def will be in the end. Which is a nice dynamic because it keeps you engaged in the story. The battles themselves are different as well, for the better. Instead of this game, like other tower defense games, being based on a number of waves completed; Def is a Time-based Tower defense. This means you have a certain amount of time to hold back an army of enemies that keep coming at you with no real moment of pause (except when you press the pause button of course). It constantly keeps you on your toes with what will be coming next, which makes you have to think quickly as to where to place your next weapon. You also have to find a certain balance or else you will get overrun really fast. This game has a lot of challenge, but still keeps it fair and balanced, but it may be a bit difficult to those new to the genre.
Def is a tower defense game that has managed to mix almost perfectly, a time-based tower defense, along with a multiple path story. While the graphics are simple, with not much to them, they mix well with the vibe of the game and give that feeling, along with the sound, of urgency. There is great amounts of challenge that will keep you coming back for more. The story is well done as well. It makes you want to know what will happen next, who are the ones that are imposing on the treaty signing, what is their purpose, will someone ever come and lend you some aid? This is a very good game that deserves to be played more by fans both Tower Defense, Text Adventures, and Sci-fi. I recommend giving it a shot.
Push Def on to your OUYA Now! – Price: $3.99