Element Studios

Towers will be built, creeps will be destroyed,

but victory ... must be earned!

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Our Company

Element Studios is an indie game development company. Our roots are in the tower defense genre. We strive for unique experiences that offer immense depth and replayability.

We're responsible for Element TD, a popular multi-platform tower defense game. Element TD has had over six million unique players since 2006. It’s widely considered a foundational tower defense on PC.

Element Tower Defense

A Proliferation of Strategy!

Whereas a traditional tower defense game overlooks armor type and attack type, Element TD creates its own world wherein each invading horde and attacking tower has a specific corresponding element.

Each element takes additional damage from the element preceding it and retains near-invulnerability from the element following it. The circle of elements goes as follows:

Light > Darkness > Water > Fire > Nature > Earth > Light...

Is That All?

Element TD contains a unique form of leveling up defensive towers. Every few waves the player chooses an Elemental Guardian to summon. These guardians channel the secrets of deep and powerful elemental magik, and when killed they grant the user the use of a specific element.

These elements either infuse existing towers with their specific qualities or inhabit their own, specialized elemental tower. The user can combine elements and create unique dual and triple element towers. No two elemental towers are alike in Element Tower Defense.

The Devil's in the Details...

Each element combines with another element to create a unique dual tower, and each dual tower can combine with a third and separate element to create a triple element tower. There are 15 dual towers and 20 triple towers in this tower defense game.

Elements can be chosen again up to three times total. Higher levels of elements allows for the upgrade to higher tiers of elemental towers. Towers may only be upgraded if all of their component elements have been brought to the appropriate level. In Element Tower Defense, better towers are only available by killing more Elemental Guardians.

The Rich Get Richer?

While players' instincts might be to build as strong a defense as they can manage in a tower defense game, you are rewarded for putting off building that expensive tower and hoarding your resources in Element TD. Every 15 seconds, all players gain interest on their unspent resources to the tune of 2% of their current cash. This bonus can make or break your game depending on how it is used.

In allowing some resources to accumulate, you may find that early level creeps sneak past your defenses. However, Element Tower Defense does not trade off money lost in kills for money gained by hoarding. Players no longer lose resources for missing out on a crucial creep kill. In this tower defense game, leaked creeps respawn at the start of the path. This gives you another chance at the bounty they carry, but gives the creep another chance at you.

Bits of History

  • WarCraft 3 June 2006
  • StarCraft 2 June 2011
  • Dota 2 February 2016
  • Mobile June 2016
  • ETD 2 February 2020