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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Protector Tower Defense

Protector Tower DefenseProtector tries to be a RPG and Tower Defense Game rolled into one. While it doesn't really succed at being an RPG, it has enough elements to make it a very good TD.

Place your units throughout the board to stop the oncoming hordes. Let too many get by you and it's lights out. Place your units wisely and you can win any board. Place them poorly and you're sure to lose.

There are five basic units red (splash damage), blue (slow), green (poison), purple (electrocute: debuff), and dexer (high damage land based attach). There are four more advanced units: alchemist (splash damage, land only), archer (high damage against flyers, but not land), necromancer (high damage, but based on number of kills) and paladin (high damage land attack).

Your units earn XP based on how many times they attack and do damage to an enemy. You can't level a unit up unless he has enough experience, adding a new twist onto the level up/money equation. Because of that, it may be a good idea to build up the back of your maze first, then start building up the front. Otherwise the units in front will get all the xp and the ones in back will be very inexperienced in the later rounds.

There are two basic types of enemies: flyers and land based. Keep in mind that dexers and paladins cannot hit flyers.

Basic strategy involves a lot of red mages, with a green mage and/or a blue mage near the entrance. Keep in mind that effects are not cumlutative, so it's not worth stacking a bunch of blue mages. Also, don't put a lower level green in front of a higher level one, because if an enemy unit is still being affected by the lower level mage, it won't take on the higher level mage's effects.

When leveling your units up, you can choose to level up their special attack (recommended at least first two or three levels, otherwise you don't have the special attack) or the general expertise (much stronger basic attack).

Once you beat a map, you can get skills such as lower cost of units, more damage, faster learning (more xp), etc... You can always reset the skills you have chosen, which means you can try building up a superarmy of red mages, then try a more moderate 'spread the skills around' strategy without any penalty. Your skills also unlock the more advanced units.

All in all, this is a pretty good TD game. It can be slow at times, but with many maps (I haven't worked my way through all of them, yet), you should be able to find a map you find challenging. It is probably worth working your way through the easier maps (medium level) first, allowing you to build up your skills for the harder maps.

Play Protector at Kongregate.

Update: It seems a lot of people are landing here looking for a FAQ, walkthrough, or some details on the more advanced units. If you have a question, leave a comment. I'll try my best to answer it.


  1. Anonymous7:36 PM

    how do you access advanced units?

  2. In order to buy the more advanced units, you need to use your skill points. In between battles, the map shows a tab at the top left labeled skills.

    For every battlefield you conquer, you get a skill point to use. Just choose the advanced mage you think would work best for the next level.

    It takes two skill points to get access to any of the advanced mages.

  3. Anonymous12:56 AM

    ahhh, thanks, i never noticed that tab :) This game is really addicting

  4. Dennis2:30 PM

    Hey Mike,
    how did you get thorugh the "unknown ruins"? That is a real tough one.

    Keep up your excellent blog, I really love it.

  5. Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

    I finished the whole map, but that level was tough. Mostly I use poison mages right at the entrance, then put red mages all along the path. The skills I select usually focus in on those two mages.

  6. Anonymous10:22 AM

    to access advanced units, you must go to the skills tab (in between levels, on the mission select screen, you will see three tabs at the top). once there you must buy the appropriate alchemy powerups needed to access advanced units. warning: some advanced units are only accessible on, the game's original site.

  7. Anonymous12:38 AM

    The game was free so I can't really complain BUT these freaks have crippled the game if not played from!!!

    I can't get past 'unknown ruins'. I did not max out my Mage points and I can't play the xtra two maps that are only playable from AND I can't just redo my skill points unless I played directly from either. I do not feel like putting hours into re-playing.

    It should have been made clear that the game is CRIPPLED if played from or somewhere other than and that the crippling would keep you from finishing the game!

    Great fun game till I got screwed by the programmers. I did my part by watching the advertisements ALL THE WAY THROUGH each time I started it too! BASTARDS! Hang Em!! um.. Well that may be a bit extreme =) TASE THEM Bro!! >>>ZAP~!>>>

  8. Anonymous8:00 AM

    how do u beat the village of shaven?
    p.s. I have 2 skill points

  9. Anonymous11:18 PM

    Hey ...what color are paladins ...(going for kongregate badge)

  10. Anonymous7:48 AM

    I jest beated plane of earth after failing over a thousand times. But shit other plane element missions are so much more difficult, I'm playing on hardcore but it doesent seem to be any different on casual mode as far as the plane missions go, if some one beated another plane other than (earth) can you please give me an advice because I'm convened that it's impossible. Oh and i am playing on the iPhone, I don't know if it's any different than a PC version.

  11. Anonymous6:23 AM

    Alex, The iPhone version is different in length of maps and it is the only version with planes. I am very interested in how you beat the earth plane, i am currently working on the energy and have almost cracked it.
    -Anonymous for a reason-