If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Hey, You Got Your Tower Defence In My Shmup! Excubitor

No, you got shmup in my tower defence!

Part of why shoot 'em ups are great is explosions. Massive fancy explosions everywhere. Kerblam! Foosh! Splode! Tower defence games are also great at spewing fire, debris, and particles: that's how you know you've defended that thing real good. Sprang! Clonk! Fsssh! Combine the two and you'd surely have fire, lasers, missiles, and explosions just everywhere. Looking at Excubitor shows yep, that's about right. The shmup/TD has come to my attention by popping up on Steam Greenlight, but it's got a public alpha version we can play right now too. Blammo!

I had a quick bash and it's pretty good fun. It's the usual wave survival thing you'd expect with a tower defense, only blasting enemies in your fancy hoverspaceship is just as important as turrets.

You can't cover everywhere, or they aren't strong enough to handle it, so you zip around from wave to wave throwing bullets and missiles. Some levels have activatable traps as well, like giant spinning deathfans placed in a canyon because reasons. The shooting's a mite finnicky though, with point targeting than the usual shmup indiscriminate stream of bullets; I'm not sure why. You ship has two two weapon slots to fill with deathblasters of your choice too. And has a nice bright blue afterburner dodge. I like that ship.

The demo has a tutorial then a hearty number of levels. It's a nice spot of fun on a Friday afternoon.

About the Author

Alice O'Connor avatar

Alice O'Connor

News Editor

When not writing news, Alice may be found in the sea.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information


We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch