Tower defense games are everywhere these days. It's enough to make you wish you could turn that rickety old stapler in front of your desk into a snazzy Gauss rifle and blast away all the junk and get right to the good stuff. Well, Ed 'Ryzed' Ryzhov and Konstantin Groshkov have just what you need, the aptly named Overhaul, a slick new hybrid that mixes up match-3 and tower defense to blast away your workaday blues.
In Overhaul, what should be a routine mining operation on a newly discovered planet goes awry when the local populace, a mix of insectoids and robots decide its time for you to hit the road. Your mothership in orbit drops down modules to help protect your mining vessel. But before they can be activated, three of the same have to be matched in rows to create a level one module, combining three first levels to get a level two, and so on. You better have a good memory, however, as the abilities of the different blocks takes awhile to get down and the labeling of the modules isn't always intuitive.
Still, the backdrops, animations, and SFX are just right and it can be really satisfying to see your fully upgraded lasers drilling down to the core of the invading bugs and bots. Even the atmospheric soundtrack by THESANDS does its job, giving you something to bounce to between enemy waves, and heightening the tension when the battle is on. Overhaul is firing on all cylinders, as will you long after this turbocharged defense game is over.