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GemCraft - Chasing Shadows

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The cult classic tower defense game beloved by millions comes to Steam with GemCraft - Chasing Shadows. Against swarms of vicious, demonic avatars, your only defenses are the gems you conjure that, when placed atop towers or into traps and amplifiers, become conduits for powerful magical and elemental attacks. GemCraft combines fast-paced real-time strategy as you deal with waves of incoming monsters, and cunning tactics that allow you to craft and combine magical gems.

Create traps that poison or slow, discover powerful artifacts and unlock new abilities, and stand alone against The Forgotten, a seemingly unkillable archdemon whose endless armies threaten to swallow the world. GemCraft is packed with multiple levels of difficulty, hundreds of achievements, nearly two hundred levels, and much, much more, making it a rewarding, deep strategy game you'll come back to over and over again.Key Features:
  • Conquer over 190 stages with unique challenges and conditions.
  • Over two dozen passive skills to unlock and enhance as you level up and increase your power.
  • More than 400 achievements that will reward you with more skill points as you earn them.
  • Craft and combine nine gem types with different effects to suit your tactical needs.
  • Combine and stack multiple tiers of difficulty and challenging battle traits for greater rewards, but also greater dangers.
  • Socket fragments you find into your mystical talisman to impart new bonuses.
  • Wield devastating spells to decimate your foes or enhance your gems.
  • Control the speed of battle with fast-forward or pause to fit your play style.
  • Want more monsters? Summon them with wave stones, but beware their greater power...
  • Replay any stage you've completed for more experience points or with a new challenge.
  • Hold out as long as you can after you win levels in Endurance mode for more rewards.
Release date
Game in a Bottle
Armor Games
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows Vista SP1
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N or better
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics or better
  • Storage: 100 MB available space
  • OS: Windows 7/8
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
  • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD / Geforce GTX grade graphics card
  • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

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Toss the Ice Shards
Kill 100 frozen monsters with barrage.
No Trespassing
Build 30 traps at field Q7.
I Have Iron Skills
Reach the Spiritforge in Iron Wizard mode.
Maze Square
Build 60 walls at field P6.
Have the Hatred trait set to level 3 or higher at field N7.
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GemCraft - Chasing Shadows reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Excellent Tower Defense, fan since 2008 of the other Opus, what I appreciate the most here is the changes in how to play as the progression progresses, so that the game is never so repetitive as other TD where we grind without great hope. The labyrinths, without being diabolical, pose the reflection, the combinations of gems are incredible, and above all, by making gembomb on the waves of enemies before their arrival, I challenge myself without end ^^.
Translated by
Microsoft from French
GemCraft, or how spent 1 hour making gem for one-shot GemCraft monsters is a unique Tower Defence in are kind, contrarement to the other Tower Defence, GemCraft allows to do tricks with attributes and capaciters 100% personalized by combining gems to create powerful combinations. GemCraft is quite complete, it has a lifetime between 50 hours and 300 hours, it is complex while remaining simple to take in hands. As you play, you get skills that will help you finish the level more easily. Endurance mode offers a constant but fun challenge. If you have a lot of free time and you like the Tower Defence, this game is for you.
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Microsoft from French
A game that little spin on all machines, yes all. It's going to be 2 weeks that I am without a computer that is "regulatory level gameur", and this Buze on which I play Gemcraft makes it perfectly turn Gemcraft is by far the best Tower Defense:-Y has an exceptional level number-of spells active for the sorcerer-temporary upgrades on the gems that mark their shot-almost infinite possibilities to make any level of any way-special lenses fill to unlock spells and scrolls, to avoid to make the game too monotonous-levels "TRIALS" you will sometimes be given, it is a map or no level, no skill and no talisman of the player does not work, it is pre-set so that, whether you are level 1 or level 1000, does not affect the difficulty of levels, some are very hot-the MAX level of the sorcerer is extremely high (I wonder if there will be no limit) and one little level up very quickly. I caught up my progression of a 20 ENE of hours on the Flash game in one evening (I was level 128)-the effects are bluing, but Garre the fragile computers-there are even secrets (with the compasses hidden in the map, to have bonus talisman playing a little with the loading pages and with the compasses)-the stats of the players with the skill according to the levels rises almost exponentially fast, which means that the long part is boring from the beginning is very short. To be brief, things become interesting faster than you can believe it is a very good time pass that is well worth its €10 even if I got it half price
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