At first glance, it’s easy to write off Dungeon Defenders than Gun Bros. You can go in guns blazing, mow hoards of enemies without breaking a sweat, but that can quickly get boring. With Meltdown on Mars THD, the option to create and upgrade turrets and barricades adds an extra layer of strategy. You’ll be able to set traps such as mines, and well-placed explosive barrels to create a defensive perimeter with automatic turrets. No longer will you be frantically circling the stage as you desperately thin enemy numbers, all the while hoping you won’t be trapped in a corner. If given enough time, you’ll be able to clear an onslaught of aliens without firing a single shot.

The levels are large; too large in fact. During a wave you may find yourself waiting a few moments for the little critters to spawn and make their way across the map. After a number of waves, the lack of action can become increasingly annoying. Speaking of little critters, unless you’ve read the game’s description prior to downloading, the story of these creatures is nonexistent. Luckily the title does provide a vague idea. Martians perhaps?

Overall, Meltdown on Mars THD provides a fresh take on what has become a stagnant genre. By fusing a great balance of strategy with a mind-numbing but fun shooter, what was old is now new again.