Parents' Guide to

Defense Grid 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Terrific strategic tower defense game has mild violence.

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With terrific depth, impressive longevity, and richness of play, Defense Grid 2 occupies the top tier of the tower defense genre. It eschews the genre's standard two-dimensional, cartoonish presentation and offers lush, detailed 3-D environments that do a terrific job of establishing the sci-fi setting. Terrific voice work throughout each mission provides a sense of purpose for the player's activities. The defensive action is well-balanced and demanding of strategy without being unfair or overwhelming.

Veteran strategists will have their hands full on the game's hardest settings, but rookies will be able to advance without too much frustration playing on easier difficulties. What's more, each of the 20 story levels has half a dozen or more variations that impose building limitations or confer various benefits, creating terrific replay value. The multiplayer modes, meanwhile, add a layer of competitiveness (or cooperation) on top of the wonderfully designed tactical action. If your family plays only one tower defense game, Defense Grid 2 deserves to be a top contender.

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