X
CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

Kingdom Rush Origins keeps the fun and familiar look (pictures)

The latest installment from Kingdom Rush has the same cartoonish graphics of the old versions, but adds plenty to keep the game fun.

Jason_Parker.jpg
Jason_Parker.jpg
Jason Parker
Jason Parker has been at CNET for nearly 15 years. He is the senior editor in charge of iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.
Jason Parker
kingdomrushoriginspromo.jpg
1 of 7 Photo by Josh Miller/CNET

Kingdom Rush Origins

As the third installment of a the popular tower-defense franchise, Kingdom Rush Origins continues to get better, improving upon the fun and familiar gameplay.

kingdomrushoriginstowertypes.jpg
2 of 7 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Four towers, so many updates

You only get four towers, but with so many ways to upgrade, you have plenty of options.

kingdomrushoriginscheckthemap.jpg
3 of 7 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Explore the map

As you progress you'll unlock new challenges. The map is also where you can find things like hero and tower upgrades, an encyclopedia of all towers, heroes and enemies and your list of achievements.

kingdomrushoriginsbuildmixedtowers.jpg
4 of 7 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Mix up your towers

You'll want to have a mix of different tower types to most efficiently hold off the enemy onslaught.

kingdomrushoriginsnewenemy.jpg
5 of 7 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Enemy vulnerabilities

Whenever a new monster shows up on the scene, read the associated tool tip to find out its strengths and weaknesses.

kingdomrushoriginsupgradeheroes.jpg
6 of 7 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Choose your hero

The Hero room is where you can select a hero (across the top), and upgrade each of the abilities (in the bottom right).

kingdomrushoriginsvictorystars.jpg
7 of 7 Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Get all the stars!

Like many games these days, you'll get a star rating at the end of a level so you'll know how well you did.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos