Back in 2014, building up a spaceship to run cargo in Space Run [official site] renewed Adam's interest in tower defense games. Space Run gives players a big space-truck to haul everything from plain old cargo containers to thrill-seeking tourists, and naturally they must build up the truckship with weapons and defenses if they want to complete the delivery in time - and survive. Now developers Passtech Games have announced a sequel, named Space Run Galaxy, which is due to launch later this year.
Space Run Galaxy will add boss battles ranging from pirate ships to spacemonsters, and new types of cargo presenting their own challenges and risks (prototype weapons, for example, might be a bit... volatile). It also boshes in new online bits, letting players create the own contracts to challenge others, and a market to trade goods and supplies. Oh, and Galaxy does away with missions requiring truckers to use certain types of ship. Yep, sure, those sound like fun additions.
Here's a bit of what Adam had to say about the first Space Run:
"If, like me, you’ve come to think that all tower defence games are alike, Space Run may be the voyage that reinvigorates your interest. It’s a game about narrowly averting catastrophe several times a minute and behind it all is the pleasant satisfaction of building spaceships with blocks. A brilliant piece of design and a polished experience."
Something clicked in my brain and now all I can think about is a Mad Max-y War Truck mod for American Truck Simulator, bringing Galaxy Run-style customisation for rigs as you haul fuel, weapons, and... agh, get out my head, idea. You'll only disappoint me. Might give Space Run a go tonight to help flush it out - writing this and reading Adam's old thoughts has rekindled a little tower defense fire in me too.