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Cursed Treasure: Don't Touch My Gems!
Let's pretend for a moment. Let's say that you are an evil Overlord. Like the dragon from last week's Talesworth Adventures, you like shinies. So, you hoard shinies - unfortunately, those blasted good-guy adventurers keep trying to take said shinies from you!
Ooh, I know: Let's build some towers along the path to the shinies to shoot those thrice-damned would-be heroes. That'll learn 'em!
As you might have guessed, Cursed Treasure: Don't Touch My Gems, developed by Russian game-maker Iriysoft, is a tower defense game. But wait, here's the catch: It's a really, really good tower defense game. The core place towers-kill attackers-upgrade towers is solid, but you also have spells and abilities to worry about: Do you want to spend your mana on clearing a forest to place a strategic tower, do you want to double the fire speed of all your towers, or do you want to drop an AoE nuke on a group of those damn adventurers?
There's also a WoW-esque talent tree that lets you improve different towers and abilities, which is surprisingly fun to mess with.
As with all tower defense games, Don't Touch My Gems! is obscenely addictive. I apologize to your employers in advance for killing your Friday afternoon productivity.