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History of Bloons

Bloons Tower Defense (also known as Bloons TD) is a series of tower defense games under the Bloons series created and produced by Ninja Kiwi. The game was initially developed as a browser game, built upon the Adobe Flash platform and released in 2007. Later games in the series expanded to support various mobile platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DSi.

In the game, players attempt to prevent balloons (called bloons in-game) from reaching the end of a set course by placing towers or road items along it that can pop the bloons in a variety of ways. Some towers can stall the bloons and give the other towers more time to pop them by freezing and gluing the bloons. Money is gained by popping bloons, completing levels, and collecting bananas from existing farms and can be spent on new towers, upgrades for existing ones, or temporary items such as exploding pineapples and road spikes.

Bloons Tower Defense and Bloons Tower Defense 2

Bloons Tower Defense is the first game in the BTD series, released for free as a flash browser game in Mid 2007. In the game players had to defend against coloured bloons with monkeys, dart throwers, and other towers positioned around the map. When strong bloons are popped they release weaker ones until eventually completely popping. If all lives are lost, the game is over. If all waves are passed, the player will win the game.

Bloons Tower Defense 2 was released soon after in Late 2007, adding new towers, multiple map options, new bloons, and an option for game difficulty.

Bloons Tower Defense 2

Bloons TD 3

Bloons TD 3 was released around September 5, 2008, months after the release of Bloons Tower Defense 2, named differently due to a trademark dispute. As with the second game, new towers, bloons, and maps were added.

A version based on this game was released for iOS titled Bloons TD; made available on October 3, 2009 from the iOS App Store. This version had extra maps styled in snow and beach themes,and included OpenFeint achievements.

The game included 5 map packs, containing a total of 15 different levels to play, with packs unlocked by completing the previous levels. This version of the game was also released for the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Another version of the game, simply titled Bloons TD, was released for DSiWare in 2011, containing 50 rounds to complete.

Bloons Tower Defense 3

Bloons TD 4

Bloons TD 4 was released on October 26, 2009 as an online freemium game with a proprietary iOS version released on December 7, 2010, developed in conjunction with Digital Goldfish.

The gameplay underwent changes including a graphical update, the ability to save the current game, and the introduction of an unlock-based leveling system.
The tower upgrading system received various changes including increasing the number of upgrades per tower, and new maps and game modes were added.

iPhone and iPad versions of this title have been purchased over one million times.
A version of the game was also released as a DSiWare game in 2012.

Bloons TD 5

The original (Flash and freemium) Bloons TD 5 was released on December 13, 2011. On November 15, 2012, the proprietary version of BTD5 was released on iOS worldwide for iPhones and iPods with improved graphics and additional upgrades, tracks, towers, and bloon types. In November 19, 2014 it was released on Steam. The game introduced a daily challenge feature in January 27, 2012; which sets a certain goal for the player to achieve, rewarding him or her with more in-game currency. Also with a new update for the mobile version of BTD5, a new tower was added called the "Monkey Sub". The submarine was later added to the online version on July 23, 2015.

This game also an has unlimited round free play mode, which can have from red bloons to ZOMGs, and has two special mode bosses, the Dreadbloon and Blastapopoulos. The iOS, Android and Steam versions have 15 languages: English, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. On March 3, 2017 it was released for Microsoft's Xbox One, later releasing for PlayStation 4 on May 9, 2017 and Nintendo Switch on June 13th, 2018, all of which cost $14.99 USD.

Bloons TD 5

Bloons TD 6

Bloons TD 6 is the newest game in the Bloons series. After being announced on March 28, 2017 on PRLog, it was released for the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store on June 14, 2018. A Steam version was released on December 17, 2018. Unlike earlier games, Bloons TD 6 does not have a counterpart on the Ninja Kiwi website.

New features in Bloons TD 6 include new 3D graphics, obstacles that block a monkey's sight, a new monkey knowledge system, two new regular towers (the Druid and Alchemist), a new type of tower called heroes, a fortified bloon property, purple bloons, a new MOAB-Class bloon called the B.A.D, and 5th tier and 3rd path upgrades for every tower.

The fortified property acts as a "band" that makes the bloons more powerful; it doubles the amount of damage needed to take down that bloon. Fortified bloons also carry on the property to a bloons' "children". The bloons able to have the property are lead, ceramic, and any MOAB-class bloon.

In "Bloons TD 6", heroes were introduced, a special type of tower that levels itself up and can upgrade without player input; only one hero can be used per game, and it is preselected beforehand. Each tower has unique abilities and moves. There were four heroes released when first launched: Quincy, Gwendolyn, Striker Jones, and Obyn Greenfoot. Captain Churchill, Benjamin, Ezili and Pat Fusty were added as new heroes in later updates.

Cosmetic “skins” have also been added to Quincy, Gwendolyn, Captain Churchill, Striker Jones and Obyn Greenfoot in order of release date. Quincy’s skin is Robo-Quincy, a cyborg version of himself. Gwendolyn was turned into Scientist Gwendolyn, a scientist-themed version of her with blue fire. Captain Churchill has Sentai Churchill, a Super Sentai or Power Rangers themed skin with an arcade-like feel. Striker Jones’ skin is Biker Bones, a biker skeleton with flames. This is a reference to the B Emoji meme started in the subreddit, when Jones was the worst hero of the four. Obyn Greenfoot's skin is an Ocean Guardian skin, a watery makeover with a pink shark spirit to boot.

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