Defend the Highlands: World Tour Preview

Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Defend the Highlands: World Tour by Kilted Camel and Kiss Ltd. I received a copy of the game from the publisher but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.

Defend the Highlands: World Tour is a humorous tower defense-like strategy game and sequel to the first Defend the Highlands game. This game picks up after the Scottish defeated England, Wales and Ireland in the first game. Lead by their leader, Alfredo, they set out to conquer the rest of the world after their haggis factories are shut down due to xenophobia. The game is developed by a single person and the developer was able to make this game thanks to the success of the first game which is pretty cool.

World Tour is a much larger game than the first game and it improves upon everything. The game features 2 major game modes as of writing this article. The campaign takes you through Alfredo’s journey of conquering the world with the Scots’ bagpipe airship. Skirmish battles allow you to customize a game to your personal preferences. You can choose the map, difficulty, game length and which country you wish to play as, to name a few options. Once you’re all set up you can begin a game. There is one other game mode that will be added later in the game’s development and that’s multiplayer.

Once you begin a story mission or skirmish battle you must defend your haggis factory at all costs. To do this you must setup some defenses and capture oat fields. Before that though, you’re going to need to tell one of your units to use the new kilt o’ matic, a crazy device that allows Scotsmen to parachute down from the airship using their kilts. You can set a limit on how many Scotsmen you wish to recruit as well so you can keep your porridge stocks full.

Porridge is one thing that you won’t be able to win without because your Scotsmen will desert the battle. So, to keep your stockpile of porridge full, you will need to capture oat fields within the battle map. Doing this generates porridge but, the more Scotsmen you have on the battlefield the more oat fields you’ll need so you don’t run out of porridge. Enemies will often try to kill anyone working an oat field and units are unable to fight back while they’re working. So, it’s a good idea to position some units near oat fields for protection.

There are various defensive positions you can place in the game world which often have humorous results. The first is the golf set, this allows a Scotsman to hit golf balls at enemies (And it’s pretty hilarious watching it bounce off their heads). It has a long-range but it’s not so great at close range. The second is the Porridge Cannon which is a returning item from the first game. This cannon allows a unit to fire a wide-spread of porridge at an enemy. There are a bunch of other defensive structures for you to discover as well, each one more crazy than the last.

Battles progress based on how many of the enemy is left to battle. As the battle rages on and enemies are killed, the less time you’ll have to spend on the battlefield. Be careful though, the enemy usually saves their best units for last so it’s a good idea to prepare accordingly or you’ll lose.

At the end of each battle you’ll earn money which can be used to upgrade defensive structures or purchase new ones. Each defensive unit can be upgraded in various areas such as range or damage, among others. You can also choose to upgrade your Scotsmen to allow them to perform better in combat.

Truth be told, I actually wasn’t expecting to see the Defend the Highlands series again but it’s a pleasant surprise because I liked the first game too back when I reviewed it on my old website. The game is still as crazy as ever and it’s looking like this will be a pretty huge improvement over the original in just about every department. Only time will tell though and I wish the developer luck in it’s development, I look forward to seeing how the game will turn out in the end.

Thanks for reading this preview article folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks.

-Shaun Meyers out!

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