Niche Spotlight – Kingdom Rush Origins

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Today’s Spotlight is Kingdom Rush: Origins, the third installment in Ironhide Game Studio’s popular tower defense series. Its been out on mobile since 2014, but an updated version was recently ported to Steam.

Kingdom Rush is a fairly standard tower defense game, but the franchise has built up a pretty large following due to its polish and vibrant art direction. You are tasked with defending the elven kingdoms from waves of gnolls, monsters, and other evil creatures. Fortify your defenses with upgradable towers, troops, and powerful heroes. You can check out a trailer above.

The game recently received a free expansion that adds new levels and three new heroes, which you can read about here. The developers plan to regularly release free expansions until the end of February.

Kingdom Rush: Origins is available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam for $14.99. The iOS and Android version is $2.99, but features microtransactions.

Here’s a rundown of the game:


The most addicting tower defense game returns in an all-new prequel adventure – welcome to Kingdom Rush Origins!

Kingdom Rush Origins is the third installment of the award-winning Kingdom Rush saga, loved by millions and earning accolades from gamers and critics around the globe. Take a trip back to the beginning, before Vez’nan ever thought to threaten the kingdom with the gem of power, and experience even more of the lightning-fast, exceptionally captivating gameplay that made the franchise a cornerstone of essential tower defense games. In this exciting prequel, command your elven army and defend mystical lands from sea serpents, evil sorcerers, and wave after wave of gnoll tribesmen, all with the help of brand-spankin’ new towers, heroes, and spells to fend off every last baddie.

Kingdom Rush Origins packs in a treasure trove of new content and features while keeping the signature look that millions have come to love.

Key Features:

  • Re-enter the world of Kingdom Rush: visit mysterious elven forests, magical faery realms and even floating ruins of an ancient metropolis!
  • Unleash the power of the elves with brand new towers and troops! Elf Archers, Mystic Mages, Stone Druids and the Elven Infantry make up the backbone of your army.
  • Discover new specialized tower upgrades with over 18 abilities! Vanquish your enemies with elven marksmen, runed bears, magic-wielding wizards, and even giant animated trees.
  • Take up arms against new enemies and engage in epic boss battles! Face hordes of Gnolls, giant spiders, and the terrible Twilight army.
  • Master and upgrade legendary heroes and their awesome powers and spells!
  • Rain lightning, summon reinforcements, and use each hero’s unique power to obliterate scores of enemies!
  • Immerse yourself in hours of gameplay with over 70 achievements, with three difficulty modes for the newbs and veterans alike.
  • Play different game modes – Classic, Iron, and Heroic – and prove your mettle as a master tactician.
  • Study your enemies and your towers with an in-game encyclopedia.

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Frank Streva

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