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Deathtrap

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Be clever, be quick – and show no mercy. Beyond the veil of this world, there is a chain of strongholds that were once built to keep the horrors of the void at bay. And now the monsters are returning from the depths to conquer and kill: only you can stop the monsters before they break through to the everyday world. Choose your hero and defend the silent forts: use, rebuild and improve those ancient traps and magical machines. Deathtrap is a Tower Defense game with strong action-RPG elements, a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

This game is from an alternative universe where Diablo 3 is a tower defense / arpg hybrid with grim dark graphics.
There are 13 campaign maps which can be played in 4 tiers (similiar to difficulties in diablo). But on each tier each map gets a new twist, which makes this basically 52 different maps. After 22 hours I'm in the middle of tier 2 maps and started realizing how massive the content is.
Each map can also be played in scenario mode, and there are ~5 scenario-only maps. In that mode you can crank up 9 different difficulty modifiers from level 0 to 3, for increased risks and rewards. A map editor and Steam Workshop support is also included.
There are 3 different characters to choose from (Warrior, Rogue and Wizard). You can level up skills and passives on your character as well as your traps. None of the systems is super deep, but you will have to make choices as you level up, if you don't want to get stuck on the easiest difficulty level. Respec is always possible but costs a significant gold fee per point.
At the end of maps you get some chests which drop gold and loot. The loot is typical arpg stuff with rarities and the usual modifiers (hp, armor, resistances, lifesteal, physical damage, elemental damage, damage on enemies with certain status effects, crit chance, crit damage, magic find, gold find, etc.)
I beat the first tier of maps some years ago in around 7 hours playtime and thought I was done, but I'm glad I picked this up again to realize this was only the tutorial
9/10 game, -1 for lack of more classes and a bigger skilltree, but it is seriously underrated

Review from Steam

Great game. Still waiting for Deathtrap 2.

Review from Steam

Based on The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Franchise of games, those having played these can look forward to an expanded version of the Tower Defence Mini Game. If you into Action RPG Character Progression (which fundamentally effects games play), as well as comprehensive Tower Defence (including upgrade/buff progression), then this is a must play. The game also has a sizeable map pool - I am 40.3 hours in and no map has yet become boring. The music is good, especially the Battle Symphony, though it would be nice to have included a few more tracks.
The game is not without its flaws - Some redundant/broken menu options (I use Controller), but none of these are game breaking in anyway. More a case of quality of life effecting, but simple work arounds exist. I did have 2 game ending crashes (screen freezes, while game runs in the background - PC restart was required), but 2 crashes in 40+ hours of game play is really not a big deal in my books.
Note to the Developers: A similar game with next gen graphics and refined games systems (including more Hero Based content), set in the Warhammer 40K Universe would do well I am sure ;)

Review from Steam

Solid tower defense. Takes a bit of time to understand the mechanics and you need to level up a bit before it gets fun, but once it gets going, it's addicting.

Review from Steam

Well ye. Im done with this very nice piece of steampunk. U feel the climate of the Van Helsing series game but in fact Im done on the Tier 3 list on 4th map I can't imagine myself trying to fcking earn that 3 stars. Apart from that I have earned 3 stars on every map so far. The tiers have the diffrent way of planning those traps. The traps are amazing but u need to clearly damage the whole mobs by yourself. It's not the game I want to call set the traps and wait till the end doing a few hits on your own. No it's like hns and a tower defense in one game it's nice it really feels like the original Van Helsing tower defence etaps but it's really harder to be honest. I gave this game a try I don't regret it but the requirements of being a sweat and don't let anyone get in the gate makes this game sooo fcking hard right now with those fcking gargoyles. So Im done. I was lvl 38 Sorcesser I do like it-her :) Her attacks very nice the upgrade's are sooo awesome like in VH series and ye.
All I can say just give it a try U'll love it after a 4th map cuz u realize your character will be stronger more powerfull so the game will be harder and it's a very great balanced game I do really recommend this one.
Fcking love it ! <3

Review from Steam

This is a great game. I had it on Playstation and bought it again here for $2! It has fun RPG elements too. Great graphics. Three difficulty settings. Supports controller, co op, and workshop.

Review from Steam

I played through all the difficulties and to be honest, I enjoyed it. Some levels were very chill, some were hard, but overall depends on build , tower choice and items. Overall I had fun. So I recommend.

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