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Emberward (2024) is a battle strategy game where you defend your land by tactically placing Tetris-shaped pieces to delay and destroy invaders. To play you design mazes from Tetris pieces to slow the advance of enemies and place towers to defeat them. It stands out from other tower defence games for the maze-building and the risky balance of offence and defence this creates.

You play as a guardian tasked with protecting fire essence from hordes of monstrous creatures such as wolves, spiders and dragons. To do this you must build mazes from randomly drawn Tetris pieces to slow down the advance of enemies while you attack with towers. There is a wide range of towers that attack in vastly different ways. For example, some towers use lightning to kill, others drop poison and some even release drones to seek out enemies. Both towers and Tetris pieces can be bought with gold, which is obtained by killing enemies and enduring waves. This leaves you with the strategic choice between a more complex maze or greater attacking power.

As you progress you can buy larger, more powerful towers including Dice Towers that roll a number to determine their strength. Beating levels enable you to upgrade your stats and buy buff cards. These provide helpful perks such as increased preparation time between waves or greater gold drops. With practice, you can develop and perfect your strategy in understanding how to best position maze pieces, choose towers and manage your coins.

The result is a game that takes the well-known tower defence mechanics and blends them with puzzle and problem-solving elements. Tetris gameplay seems far removed from this genre but its implementation is well done and contributes to a satisfying and challenging experience.

Our examiner, Jake Kendall, first checked Emberward 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Strategy game with Brain Game, Creative, Puzzle, Sequencing, Shooting and World Building elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players can enjoy building mazes and exciting tower designs but require good strategic skills to progress.


Emberward usually costs £12.79.


Steam Store PC £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/06/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Strategy (Brain Game, Creative, Puzzle, Sequencing, Shooting and World Building)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Developer: Refic Games (@ReficGames)

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