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Aegis Defenders does a lot of things right - the game looks good, it features interesting gameplay mechanics and has a decent plot...but that's not all that makes a memorable game and unfortunately, Aegis Defenders does not manage to organize its positive elements well enough, and its repetitive puzzles and challenges of exaggerated difficulty make this a more difficult game to enjoy which could be much better if it was better structured.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
It’s in these moments that charm of Aegis Defenders rises to the top. The visuals are sumptuous and eye-popping with colour. The design of the worlds and characters could have played into the tropes we’ve seen a thousand times before, but each feels wonderfully original. This accompanies a gentle and subtle soundtrack that perfectly fits the overall style and package. This is definitely a game worth exploring, more so if you have a second person to grab a Joy-Con and join in, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the two styles of gameplay differ wildly and while they’re both steeped in quality, should one of them not appeal, it might lose some of its shine.
There are some genuinely tense moments to be had here with its numerous smart ideas and a rather decent execution. Cooperating with your partner during the hectic tower defense segments make for an experience unlike any other. Aegis Defenders is available on PlayStation 4, Switch and both Windows and Mac OS X on Steam.
Aegis Defenders is a metrodivania/tower defense crossover that can be both fun and smart when played in co-op, but that could drive you mad if you try to play on your own.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Aegis Defenders is an indie that has a chance to be a standout of 2018. Most of the key ingredients to a winning formula are here; engaging and addictive gameplay on both the solo and multiplayer fronts, a nice presentation, and just the right amount of innovation.
A retro art style, charming characters and intriguing gameplay that mixes action platforming with tower defense makes Aegis Defenders a welcome addition to the genre. Floaty controls combined with a punishing solo experience, however, take away some of the sheen from its otherwise solid concept. To get the best Aegis Defenders experience, I recommend finding a co-op buddy to play with.
Aegis Defenders really packs a punch with interesting gameplay mechanics and a solid mix of genres, with tons of collectibles and crafting as well as challenging mini-bosses and bosses to defeat.
Aegis Defenders is a passion project in every sense of the phrase, and it shows. From its fleshed-out world and characters, to the gorgeous soundtrack, and frantically fun gameplay, it makes for a wholly unique experience. While each individual aspect is great on its own, Aegis Defenders truly is a game that's greater than the sum of its parts.
Aegis Defenders is very much a decent game to play that successfully blends action-platforming and tower defense together.
Aegis Defenders is a good experience that fully prevents itself from being great. There's a ton to love in its mixing of platforming and tower defense, but ultimately you're required to love it with a friend. Otherwise, you're better off looking elsewhere.