Levi Buchanan writes: I admit, the title Middle-Earth Defense made me laugh a little. Probably because I spent so much time grinding on the ridiculous Xbox 360 action game Earth Defense Force. But this Lord of the Rings game is very much a serious tower defense affair. You play out seven battle scenes straight from the film trilogy – Weathertop Mountain, Mines of Moria, Helm’s Deep, etc. – but instead of rushing in with Aragorn, you instead spread the fellowship across the map to thin herd after herd of Sauron’s evil forces.

By now, you know how a tower defense game works, right? Middle-Earth Defense is built on the genre conventions, but Glu is making some key tweaks that stand to make this tower defender fresher than its contemporaries. More..