I've been keeping an eye on X-Morph: Defense [official site], a tower defense game which is also played as a top-down shoot 'em up, and am delighted to hear that it's almost here. Developers Exor Studios, who also made Zombie Driver and Half-Life 2 mod D.I.P.R.I.P., this week announced that X-Morph will launch on August 30th. Only a few more weeks and I'll get to invade Earth and wipe out those pesky humons.
X-Morph: Defense is a tower defense game where we play the aggressors, an alien race coming to plunder and terraform Earth. Those silly Earthlings deploy armies to fend us off, of course, so we throw up weapons turrets to keep them in their (soon-to-be our) place. It looks to have a nice touch of mazing through destructible environments, letting us blow up bridges and smash down buildings to force Earth forces to take longer routes (and, in the TD way, take more damage). How do we smash the world? Well!
X-Morph: Defense is also a shoot 'em up, letting us pootle around in our alien warship shooting at the humons and reshaping levels. Oh, I mock those feeble fools but they have also built some honking great mechs and walking tanks. These boss battles look pretty dang fancy for a tower defense. You can see bits in this trailer:
Oh, and the game also has split-screen cooperative multiplayer, which sounds a lark.
I remember playing Excubitor in 2014, which also smooshed TD and shmup together. X-Morph is looking to be more fun as both a TD and a shmup, which is grand.
X-Morph: Defense is coming to Steam on August 30, priced at $19.99.