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Trenched to be released in Europe as Iron Brigade. We review it.

16 Aug, 2011, 19:47 | Posted by: Remi

Hey, what do you know? Europeans will be allowed to play Trenched too. Sort of. It'll be called Iron Brigade but should otherwise remain identical. Look for it "this September".

What do we think about it? It probably depends on who you ask, but read the Mojo review all the same.

And finally, we ask, in our new poll, Which of Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight games is your favorite? It's just a Double Fine day today!

As for where you'd rather live...

Where would you like to live?
Rubacava. Kill me now!
America, Sam and Max style!
I need my rest. Puerto Pollo it is.
Scabb, where a pirate can be a pirate.
The island of the Weavers in Loom.
Other (leave a comment)
Wherever Full Throttle is set looks like fun.
Inside people's minds.
Cocytus, the planet in The Dig, looked good to me!
The mansion in Maniac Mansion.
Total votes 45

What does everyone else think about this?

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    Comment by: crixxx | Posted 22 Aug, 2011, 05:52 | Quote
    What? No Booty Island?

    A never ending Mardi Gras, a sexy governor and cruise ship captain, a cool Swiss Family Robinsonesque tree house, and who could forget, spitting contests on the town green!
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    Comment by: ThunderPeel2001 | Posted 21 Aug, 2011, 05:40 | Quote
    There's no option for "I haven't played ALL of them". I've played and completed Stacking, but I haven't played the others, so I chose the last option.
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    Comment by: Jason | Posted 20 Aug, 2011, 01:26 | Quote
    Don't have an Xbox but was at one point able to borrow a PS3; the result is that I've played Costume Quest and Stacking and I guess won't be able to play Trenched or Sesame Street. Liked both games a lot, but Costume Quest wins.
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    Comment by: Jones Jr | Posted 18 Aug, 2011, 11:42 | Quote
    I haven't played any of them, but I'm not ashamed.
    I am however disappointed in the limited platforms they were released on :(
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    Comment by: elTee | Posted 17 Aug, 2011, 10:22 | Quote
    There's no option in this poll for "Stacking really disappointed me," so I have to choose Costume Quest, based entirely on playing the demo.

    My issue with Tower Defence games is that I never know what to expect. I liked Desktop Tower Defence because I could plan in advance, thanks to that ticker-tape list of enemy waves, but so often I download a Tower Defence game from PSN plus or something, and it's very pretty and not much fun. I suspect some people like the challenge, and others (like myself) panic and end up getting whipped.
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    Comment by: SurplusGamer | Posted 17 Aug, 2011, 10:07 | Quote
    Also, thinking about it, I should clarify. I'm not really railing on your review (well, maybe I am a little bit with the dismissal of co-op, but still). After all, you don't need to know much about the game design possibilities/challenges of Tower Defense in order to know whether you liked Trenched or not. It's just... you seemed in points to be blaming the genre itself for some of the game's percieved failings, and that seemed to me a little... curious.

    As for your actual opinion, of course, I'm not trying to tell you you shouldn't have it. I suspect my mileage will be different based on what I've seen (and I've seen enough about the game to know that I frankly disagree about the visuals, but that's by the by), but you make your case, and that's cool.
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    Comment by: SurplusGamer | Posted 17 Aug, 2011, 09:55 | Quote



    (lots of grief over "get")

    I'd focus less on "get" and more on "repetitive" and "dull visuals" etc.

    For the record, I bought, played, and am top of Game Center leader board among my friends in TowerMadness so you probably did read a bit too much into that.

    Er, well, I don't really mind what word you choose to use, or how good you might be at a particular Tower Defense game. I was more asking what you could possibly actually mean by saying that you don't think there's much to get about tower defense games. It just seems like a weird things to say, and very ill informed for anyone who knows even a little bit about game design.

    I'm also worried that you seem convinced that there's nothing much to learn from playing multiplayer, when I've heard MULTIPLE reports from all sorts of sources that the co-op gameplay is one of the things that really makes the game. Makes me a bit worried that your experience is essentially incomplete.
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    Comment by: Remi | Posted 16 Aug, 2011, 21:56 | Quote


    (lots of grief over "get")

    I'd focus less on "get" and more on "repetitive" and "dull visuals" etc.

    For the record, I bought, played, and am top of Game Center leader board among my friends in TowerMadness so you probably did read a bit too much into that.
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    Comment by: SurplusGamer | Posted 16 Aug, 2011, 21:41 | Quote
    I haven't played Trenched, and I don't know how much I will like it, so I'm not doing some fanboyish attempt to defend it, but really this statement concerned me:

    "I don't really "get", or think there is much to get, as far as those "tower defense" games go." - so not only don't you like the genre, you don't think that the genre is even something you WANT to like and so you wanted to do this review... why?

    I for one think there are all sorts of interesting possibilities from a game design perspective for tower defence style games. There are good and bad reasons that there are so many of them around. The bad reasons are that it's pretty easy compared to other genres to make a basic tower defence game, so lots of mediocre ones get made. But the good reasons are that it's a great way to experiment with or even learn about game design. It's a very scalable genre in terms of complexity, from the simple to the bewilderingly in-depth (though most tend towards the former), and it provides a great framework with which to think about and play with game design. I think that's plenty to 'get.'

    Let's be charitable and assume you were being a bit naive or perhaps even playful when you said there was nothing to 'get' about tower defence games. Even then... well I don't get sports games, for example, but I'm certain from the way some people talk about them that there's something to get. But even then I'm not going to go ANYWHERE near a review for a sports game until I've made pretty damned certain I DO get it.

    Harumph, harumph, Etc.

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