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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Isle of Arrows is a strategy game where you defend a magical crystal from waves of enemies. Using randomly assigned pieces and cards that grant you bonus abilities, you construct the invader's path and then fortify it to travel on with weapons, traps, and other structures. It flips the usual tower defence play; rather than just choosing and placing weapons, you must also dictate the attackers route based on which weapons you have available to stop them.

At the start of each run, you get a small floating island and a series of random structures to place down to defend the crystal. Like Tetris you see which piece you'll get to place next and can skip them for two coins. Roads are one piece you place, and dictate the path the waves of invaders will take to get to the crystal. Towers that shoot cannonballs at nearby invaders, gardens that earn money, flags that expand your island, and deadly spike traps are also important. Considered deployment of each piece is essential; placing a tower at a road corner, for example, allows it to hit invaders for a greater time.

Once you've placed all your pieces the first wave of invaders start to follow the road pieces to the crystal. If enough invaders reach it, you lose, but if you survive you place additional pieces before starting the next, larger wave. At the end of a run, you unlock new structures for use later. Cards are randomly drawn at the start to grant you special bonuses, like extra health points on our crystal, extra money, or unlocking helpful structures and items.

The result is a challenging game where you must balance both geographic advantage and placement of weapons. Similarly to drawing tiles in [link to Carcassonne, once the waves have begun, quick thinking and adaptability is important to cope with the unfolding scenario.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/09/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Creative, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Pieces: Cards and Placeables

Developer: Gridpop Games (@GridpopGames)




Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 8 hours to complete. Each run only takes a few minutes, but to unlock everything you need to do lots of runs, meaning the total time to beat is several hours.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Isle of Arrows usually costs £10.29.

Isle of Arrows

Steam Store PC £10.29
App Store Mac £10.29
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our Isle of Arrows Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
To place a structure, you need to hold down the mouse and move it about. To view information about any item, you can click a fairly small "?" symbol by the item, and information is then given to you via text (all text in the game is high contrast, but some of it can be small). There is never any need to do things quickly, as you place down structures and prepare for waves for as long as you need. During waves, you cannot interact with anything.

Items and objects in the game can often be fairly small, with no option to make them any larger or smaller.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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