Anything Can Be A Tower Defense Game – Even River City Ransom

By Eugene . November 17, 2013 . 2:00pm



I once said anything can be made into a Tower Defense game, and it seems my prophecy continues to ring true. (Anyone want their fortunes told by me for just two dollah a pop?) Today we’ve got word that River City Ransom’s folk of Kunio (or Alex in the Western release of the game), Riki (or Ryan in the West) and pals are being turned into a side-scrolling tower action defense game for smartphones.


The cool thing is the game uses the original, 8-bit style sprites for an authentic and back-to-the-original style that made Kunio famous in the first place.


This type of tower defense works a little differently from placing your troops as “towers” on a pre-determined map with pre-determined routes. Instead, you have to carefully manage a regenerating set of resources and then “summon” one of your troops who will dutifully walk from left to right on the screen, stopping to beat up any foes they come across ala classic River City Ransom style before progressing on to the enemy’s base. All the while, your opponent is doing the same on their end of the.. err.. street? Ring? Arena? You’ll be able to summon both Kunio and his team alongside many of the enemies he once fought so it seems.



There’s a scenario mode with a story too, apparently, and the game will be out in December for both iOS and Android.


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  • Jettythesunfish

    Well, there’s a Touhou tower defense game, so anything is possible.

    • Peace Legacy

      How is Touhou Tower Defense unlikely when the series pretty much permeates every single genres and crosses over with every single things?
      Tower Defense is one of the more probable genre for Touhou considering how the series originally was already about flying loli hat girls SHOOTING THINGS

      • Jettythesunfish

        Um, not all of the characters can be considered “loli”, first off (case in point, Yukari Yakumo). Also, I was just making a point.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          I still have no clue what Touhou is.

        • Peace Legacy

          “Flying hat loli shooter” was a slang that was being used in a previous article discussion on Siliconera about a year ago in a CAVE article in order to not directly referencing another series out loud, which would seems too off-topic. It was a tongue in cheek affectionate slang. Just feel like using it again for nostalgia factor
          (From my avatar… you can clearly see I should know about this)

          • DustyBlue

            Haha, clearly Jettythesunfish doesn’t understand who he’s dealing with.

            <— another big Touhou fan

  • idrawrobots

    I really like this world.

  • InfectedAI

    I just wish they’d localize the 3DS games. At least they finally released River City Ransom on the 3DS eShop. I’m surprised people didn’t make a bigger deal about that.

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