Android Quick App: Robo Defense

Robo Defense is one of those staples of the Android Market. It's been around since very early on in Android's life, and has been consistently updated to keep the game up-to-date graphically and in gameplay.

Robo Defense is a tower defense game where you're repelling hordes of robots. Defending against robots, ergo, Robo Defense ... everyone clear?

The gameplay is straightforward. You start off on an empty canvas with one hole on one side, another hole on the other, and you need to strategically set up your towers to stop the baddies as they march through. Different levels are set up differently, but Level 0 is a no-frills, easy-to-grasp starter level.

You have a pretty wide range of towers to choose from. Your main three that you'll be picking from are the regular gun tower, missile tower, and slow tower. Over time, as the enemies get stronger and you accumulate more money, you can upgrade your towers. For example, the missile tower can be upgraded to anti-air missiles, a mortar tower, or a medium strength missile tower. Even subclasses of tower you choose, like mortars, have an upgrade (artillery). It's this wide swath of options that affords you the opportunity to avoid repetitious and boring gameplay. Do I want the flame tower (yes, there is one) or anti-air cannons?

Because achievements are all the rage, Robo Defense tracks certain achievements, like beating your first map, playing 25 levels or more all in "fast" mode, or completing a map without losing any life. If you're a completionist, there's enough achievements to keep you occupied for a while. There's also a "reward points" system, where you're awarded points at the end of a game based on how much life you had remaining, how much cash you had, and what your score was. You can spend these points on upgrades to towers you have or you can buy new towers altogether, like the famed teleport tower.

There's both a free and a paid version (with more levels) in the Market, but if you have any love for tower defense games, Robo Defense is like their Android-based grandpa. Do it a favor, respect your elders, and give it a try.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

  • I love this game!
  • This was the first app I purchased from the Market when I got my DInc, and I still find myself playing it from time to time. The dev is great at supporting the game. Over the year he's added multiple new enemies, achievements and levels, add to that the updated graphics and I think it's well worth the price.
    The updates usually are spaced out pretty well, but at least it gets you back into the game from time to time. Oh, and the BEST thing about the game that other devs should take note of. The game saves a backup save to your SD. I absolutely HATE when I flash a rom or switch phones that the only way I can restore save data is through Titanium.
  • Ditto your remarks. I love this game and have played it more hours than I'd like to admit. And the fact that I don't lose my data when I flash a new rom or an updated rom on my phone is icing on the cake. I have almost everything unlocked now though I still have a lot of playing left to do on the harder maps.
  • I love this game. I play it 3, 4 times a week. Here's a quick tip if you're just starting out, getting the ignore targets armor upgrade and dumping a lot of reward cash in to bullet damage, as well as teleport towers are a great way to kick some robo butt. Stop reading, and stop the robot invasion!
  • Fieldrunners!!!!!!
  • That's the one game I still miss from my OG iPhone.
  • Fieldrunners!!!!!!
  • Fieldrunners!!!!!!
  • AWESOME GAME ! It's on my Cliq, my Google Ion, my Glacier and my Tablet. It's a fun game kills time and never gets old. And it's one of those games yo can put on a tablet or older device and allow others to play it's super simple to play and easy to learn.
  • This is probably one of THE WORST games....I played Fieldrunners, and this crap looks like Atari...and the fact it is the most popular tower defense game on Android shows how ios is better (at least in this aspect) don't call me an Apple Fan Boy I have a TB....I'm just saying, this game looks like crap compared to ios games...
  • Zelda: A Link to the past Super Metroid Super Mario Bros 3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night They all look like "crap" by our current standards. but they are some of the best games out on consoles.