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[Beyond PlayStation] Defend Your Crypt Review


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Defend Your Crypt is a 2D strategy puzzle/tower defense game with an Egyptian setting. Defend Your Crypt challenges you to stop thieves from looting your crypt which is full of gold, and you do this by setting traps and killing all the thieves. Want to learn more? Then check our Defend Your Crypt review!


I will be reviewing the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, letting you know if there are any major differences and if I recommend one version over the other.

Defend Your Crypt has 30 levels of mind-bending brain teasers for you to beat. That may sound a little short, but the difficulty greatly increases with each level you complete. During every level, you must defeat all thieves in each enemy wave as you try to keep them from reaching your crypt. The gameplay is simple and to the point, and the action is very fast-paced.

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At the start of each level, you are given a set number of skulls to purchase traps. The traps are already in place, but are locked and must be bought before you can use them. Each trap has unlimited uses, but they run on a cooldown timer, so once you’ve activated a trap, you’ll need to wait before it is once again available for you to use.

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The game offers a variety of traps like crushers, which can kill multiple thieves, wall and floor spikes, arrows that shoot out of walls, and more. It goes without saying that most traps must be activated once thieves are close to them so that they can be killed, but in later levels, this is easier said than done. By the halfway point, you’ll be dealing with several enemies at once, and since some of them are runners, they will break from the group and try to escape from your traps.

The bottom of the screen shows you how many skulls you have to purchase traps, and each thief you kill will reward you with more skulls so that you can unlock more traps. Also on the bottom of the screen, you have the number of thieves you need to kill and the wave you are playing.


After completing each level, you will be graded with one, two or three special skulls depending on how you did. If you make sure all thieves are killed, and none of them get a chance to steal your gold, you’ll receive the maximum of three skulls for your efforts. If you let too many escape, then it is game over, and you will be forced to restart that level again.

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If you manage to complete all levels, and you want a bigger challenge, then you can try hard mode for Defend Your Crypt. To be able to play it you’ll need to secure enough special skulls from completing regular levels, and once you have them, you can press the X button to enter the 30 levels in hard mode.

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And now, let’s talk about the differences between the Wii U and the 3DS versions of Defend your Crypt. Gameplay is fundamentally the same in both versions, and the TV on the Wii U is pretty much just a display of what you’re doing on the Wii U GamePad where you have to focus as you play. Defend Your Crypt looks much better on the Wii U Gamepad than on the 3DS since it’s shown at a higher resolution. The 3DS version does not use the 3D effect, so you can’t activate it at all. Overall they’re both great and very fun, so you should pick the one you want. Do you do most of your gaming at home? Then get the Wii U version. Do you game on the go? Then add this very fun digital game to your 3DS collection.

[review pros=”Plays flawlessly on both platforms.
Highly addictive.
16 fun achievements to earn.” cons=”Might seem short for some.” score=90]

This review is based on Wii U and 3DS copies of Defend Your Crypt provided by Ratalaika Games.