DID YOU KNOW
Did you know that the tower defense game genre is generally considered to be based on the game-changing release of Atari Games, Rampart? Rampart, which was released as an arcade game in 1990, is widely accepted as the tower defense game that popularized the genre. It combined features of the shoot 'em up and puzzle games instantly became a hit. In the game, players must build and repair towers to defend their territories against passing ships or to destroy enemy towers. Because of its popularity, it was then ported to different gaming platforms like SNES, Sega Master System, Lynx, PC, Mac, Commodore 64, and Amiga. In recent times, the game was so influential it was included in the Midway Arcade Treasures that can be played on GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PS portable. It was also included in the Midway Arcade Origins that can be played on PS3 and Xbox 360. Tower defense games enjoyed a boom in 2007, when Desktop Tower Defense won an Independent Games Festival award, leading to a stream of tower defense releases. In 2008, PixelJunk Monsters was released, along with Defense Grid: The Awakening and Savage Moon. It also led to the diversification of tower defense games, especially with the arrival of games like Plant vs Zombies and Infinite Wars.