I almost never play computer games anymore. I grew up with the "classic" gaming consoles as a kid (Atari, Intellivision, etc.) and then had a Commodore 64 with lots of games. So I really had my fill early on in life.

But for reasons I cannot explain, I followed a link to Desktop Tower Defense earlier this week and have not been the same since.

The lack of posting here in the second half of this week (especially to my linkblog) has been a direct result of attempting to beat this highly addictive game.

Whatever you do, please DO NOT click the link and start playing that game. You may find yourself in the very same time warp that I did...

You have been warned.

Posted by jzawodn at March 23, 2007 10:53 AM

Reader Comments
# Michael Clark said:

I agree. I've played it like 10 times so far. Those fliers are driving me crazy. I created a group called "planetmike" so I can see my best scores. I got to level 48 once.

I like how there is a definite end to the game.

on March 23, 2007 11:14 AM
# Martin Plante said:

You did warn me not to click on the link... but I couldn't resist. I'm typing this text and by brain is telling me not to leave spaces between letters... Argh... I hate you (in a friendly kind of way). q;-)

on March 23, 2007 01:16 PM
# Dan Isaacs said:

Sadly, I followed the linkblog link. Curse you!

on March 23, 2007 01:48 PM
# Greg Hines said:

I spent too many hours playing this game. I beat Normal without much trouble, and tried Hard. It's considerably harder. The same strategies that worked on Normal just don't work. You HAVE to build a maze and you HAVE to upgrade all of your towers (in the right order). I've made it to level 25 on Hard. I'm not crazy enough to try Challenge.

on March 23, 2007 01:49 PM
# Toby Adams said:

Yes, to late! I had already clicked on your 'recent links' entry, before seeing this post. I'm happy,,, wife is mad. Now I can tell her to be mad at you :)

on March 23, 2007 02:02 PM
# Derek said:


20 GOTO 10

on March 23, 2007 02:12 PM
# Don MacAskill said:

Thank goodness it's standalone.

If it had multiplayer, I'd be lost forever.

Warcraft III Tower Defense maps are some of my all-time favorite time wasters. But I always have to play in a group so we can have some co-operation or competition, depending on the map.

on March 23, 2007 02:29 PM
# joshua schachter said:

Squirt towers are the way to go.

More TD: http://del.icio.us/joshua/td

on March 23, 2007 10:32 PM
# Joe Zawodny said:

It was a good thing I took Friday off. Even my 9-year-old daughter has been bitten. It also revived my desire to figure out a way to get the original Master of Orion going on one of my systems. These two games seem to have some of the same qualities - easy to play, addictive, hard to beat.

on March 24, 2007 05:43 AM
# Kevin Stone said:

AAAARRGGGGHHHH!!!! I can't stop...

You warned us and I couldn't resist. I was up way too late last night playing and can't wait for some free time to fire it up again.

on March 24, 2007 05:52 AM
# Lukas Biewald said:

Wow, that was the best flash game I've ever played. I haven't had so much fun playing a stupid game in a long time. Thank you!

on March 24, 2007 12:32 PM
# Ehren Cheung said:

Good post Jeremy. Honestly, I don't find it that addictive but it is a very fun little game for wasting lots of time :)

on March 24, 2007 02:33 PM
# fireman said:

Cool times, today i download tons of Commodore games, and i already play 4 hours =)
Games here:

on March 25, 2007 12:33 AM
# pjm said:

Oh, you are so right. I, too, seldom play games anymore... but the first time I clicked this link, I realized I'd just lost (at least) an hour.

on March 25, 2007 04:29 AM
# Dave said:

There went the weekend!

SPOILER WARNING- dont read if you don't want to know the trick to beat the hard level.

Here's a clue:
The Grand Old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.

Full spoiler follows

Managed eventually to finish the hard level with 3 lives left but only after many attempts.

Trick was to implement a maze with two paths, one with a heavily armed kill zone that could be switched simply by deleting a pellet tower to open one path and replacing it one cell over to block the other path. Then the bad guys have to creep back and forth in the kill zone. Make the paths to the valve point long enough so you have time to switch comfortably - had several disasters before I learned that lesson. If you have frost towers they will cause the creeps to bunch together progressively so you can have many levels just churning back and forth together.

on March 26, 2007 08:55 AM
# Jon said:

your hilarious bro....and so right. this is the most addictive game iv ever played. beats counterstrike by a long shot.

on March 27, 2007 02:57 PM
# Kuder said:

Ugh. I haven't slept in days. Thanks for the hints guys...I haven't cleared Normal yet. Maybe tonight's the night.

on March 28, 2007 08:13 PM
# Lloyd Budd said:

I am lucky, I tried it and don't like it. Seems like endless click upgrades to me.

on April 11, 2007 05:47 PM
# Garrett Fitzgerald said:

Damn you, Zawodny. :-)

on April 12, 2007 07:29 AM
# Tyler said:

Hate games. Yet, can't get enough of DTD. I'm not even very good at it, which is usually enough to deter me from something. But the crack that is DTD has had me in its clutches for a week now. Just can't stop.

on April 18, 2007 05:25 PM
# Miku Araman said:

It certainly is an addictive little game. I have even started a blog about the game: http://desktoptowerdefense.blogspot.com/

on May 4, 2007 05:34 PM
# Adrian said:

I accidentally landed on this page, googling for hte URL of that game.

You think the games should be banned ... weaklings :)

There seems to be a lack of will in most of the people on this planet nowadays ... however, I played it, and it's fun, but not addictive ... Instead of mumbling about how addictive the game is, better think of your own will's capabilities.

If any of you REALLY WANT to get rid of the damn game, there's nothing that can stop you, except yourselves :)


on May 16, 2007 04:13 AM
# Hale-Yeah! said:

seriously addicted. this is the third game of it's kind i've played.

on May 25, 2007 02:20 PM
# Hooked on DTD said:

I suffer from the same inexplicable addiction. I feel compelled to play this game night after night even though I am only wasting my time. My best score, on Normal, is around 6600, and somehow I still yearn to create the perfect maze and strategy which gets me to 7000....

on June 12, 2007 07:33 PM
# Seth said:

TNT is promoting their show The Company with a tower defense game, Budapest Defenders: http://www.tnt.tv/series/thecompany/games/?contentId=31439

on August 6, 2007 10:41 AM
# tim said:

Your Maze in that Screenshot sucks man :)

on September 16, 2007 07:12 AM
# Isaac Vetter said:

I followed the slashdot article to this game earlier this week and have spent a number of hours on it so far. It's a simple problem with a incrementally complex solution, that's what makes it addictive.

The way to get high scores is to upgrade. Frost Towers surrounding Bash towers with a few of the missile things (Dart Towers) and some of the anti-aircraft guns in the center of the board.

Isaac Vetter

on November 9, 2007 02:11 PM
# Leigh said:

Great game. I got addicted.

on January 21, 2008 06:02 AM
# Joshua Jewell said:

If everyone has gotten over Desktop Tower Defense then I think I have a new vice to make everyone unproductive again! Some friends of mine and I have been working on our very own Tower Defense game, it can be downloaded at the following site:


I feel I owe everyone a few reasons why my game is different and worth playing.

1) The game is run from an executable (needs to be downloaded), this has let us squeeze out more action with less machine performance needed.
2) You get to defend the city against Zombies, I know everyone loves Zombies.
3) The game is very fast paced, In the harder levels there is almost no time to sit back and watch your tower do their own thing. I believe this is one of the biggest things that sets us apart from other Tower Defense games.
4) You can use a flame thrower!
5) The game features both static and dynamic pathing, with multiple spawn locations.
6) We have 11 levels all with their own unique play style.
7) We have tied the high score list into our phpBB forum, in the future we plan to integrate all of our games together into a hopefully active community.
8) If you have a great idea you just want to be heard it will be! We are very active in responding to our users. There have already been some good suggestions that have made their way into the game.

So if you wanna try to game or just learn more check out our website.

on January 29, 2008 06:45 PM
# Tower defence said:

Yepp, Tower Defence is addictive. Your strategy on the image is not the best.

on February 24, 2008 10:13 AM
# esche said:

call me the maze-master!

on November 10, 2008 08:29 AM
# Marc said:

You warned me, but I played it for hours...
And I really liked it!

on February 14, 2009 06:55 AM
# Mice said:

i found a real nice Multiplayer TD: http://www.creepsmash.com/

on August 13, 2009 10:23 AM
# Tower Defence Games said:

More tower defence games to play online here:

on November 18, 2009 10:36 PM
# Desktop Computers said:

I have been playing this game from few days and still going inn. Overall its a good game and a nice time pass too.

on July 16, 2010 11:43 PM
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