Day 279: Stop The Woodcutter!

Posted: 2011/08/17 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #279, and today’s game is “Stop The Woodcutter!”.

Today’s a second review in a row where the only video I could find was a review video. None of the comments in the video are mine.

There are a lot of tower defence games out there, but in 279 days of consecutive indie game purchases/reviews I’ve only bought one pure tower defence game: “Sol Survivor” which is a hyper-realistic and very deep TD game. Stop The Woodcutter! goes in a more cartoony direction, but does a lot of things right, has some huge maps, and if you’re itching for a tower defence game is one of the best.

First, from the developer (Nitama Naishin):

“Help all animals of the forest to save their home from woodcutters’s greed in this tower-defense game. From one saison to an other, you have to manage animals in order to stop woodcutters from reaching and cutting trees. Beware ! Woodcutters will try all kinds of tricks to succeed in their mission. Be smarter than them ! With your help, animals can keep on living a quiet and peacefull life.”

The game has a good balance between attack towers and support towers. Some of the tower defence games I’ve played didn’t even have support towers at all, but this one does (enhancing attack towers, slowing enemies down, etc.). It also has some speciality towers that modify enemy behaviour (beyond simply slowing them down, such as a tower that stops enemy troops from being able to go underground).

I loved that the maps were large, allowing for some pretty decent strategising about where the towers go. Too often the only places towers can be effective are all too obvious, but not here. The game succeeds by transcending its simple looks and instead offering a surprisingly deep experience, but with light-hearted presentation.

Click here to download “Stop The Woodcutter!”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.



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