Art by u/dungeon-raided. Original post here.
Hey everyone! It’s Sav and Tarn here this week
What's been going on this week?
While they have served us very well for many years, our official NK Forums have been somewhat retired! They are now read-only and new posts cannot be added. Keep watching this space for future updates on where our game discussions will be and eventually, this blog!
We would also like to introduce our newest CM, Matt! Matt is joining our Auckland team so keep an eye out for him in the Discord. Make sure to make him feel welcomed! :)
Our winners for the BTD6 Reddit competition have also been decided! Congratulations to u/_Concilliabule_ and u/LordTeddington for their concepts! You can see the winners here.
Galaxy One results:
1st: tsp, Mooo, 300MMRace - 1 minute and 44.2 seconds
2nd: Minus - 1 minute and 44.3 seconds
3rd: Skibimi - 1 minute 45.8 seconds
4th: GivenUp! - 1 minute 45.9 seconds
5th: exephur - 1 minute 46 seconds
This weekend's focus:
- BTD6 -
Pile O' Monkey Money and T3 Insta Monkeys on sale.
Ongoing "Fast Tracked" Odyssey, ending Tuesday.
"Little Town Strong Moabs ~By Colt-YT" Race this weekend.
- BATTD -
Ongoing Martian games: Deflation and no powers.
More ghosts, magic man and no powers starting on Saturday.
Finn Hero Pack, Ice King Adventure Pack and Character Bundle Pack on sale.
- Tower Keepers -
Hero battles rewards x2 and x2 Gem sale.
Ongoing Dragons Hoard.
- BTD Battles -
Friday: MOAB - BFB Boosts Only, BFB Cards
Saturday: MOAB Card, MOAB Club - BFB, BFB Card
Sunday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed - BFB Boosts Only, BFB Card Club, BFB
2x Medallions with Club Access on sale.
- SAS4 web -
Ongoing Blitz Championship with Furie as rewards.
Sale on Epic pack and 1st premium gun set: Planet Stormer, WPX Incinerator and HIKS A10
- SAS4 Mobile -
VS on Friday, Apoc on Saturday and LMS with black box as rewards on Sunday.
Sales on nantos, NV vet pack, epic pack and 2nd premium gun set: Donderbus, RIA 15SE and Torment
- BMC web and mobile -
Daily monkey teams with Monkey Knowledge pack on Sunday.
Knowledge Pack sale (ancient on mobile too).
- BTD5 -
Preferred Monkey starting Friday and rotating ever 3 hours.
Lead counting for the leaderboards. Ninja skin and Monkey Money on Sale.
- BSM2 -
Discounted price sale.
Questions from the comments:
Where did the developers of the original Bloons TD get the idea to convert the characters and items from Bloons into a tower defence setting?
Bloons TD was part of the early emergence of tower defense as a strategy subgenre. Chris and Stephen were avid Warcarft 3 and flash game players, so immediately saw the potential for monkeys and Bloons to not only work well but offer real innovation, such as the way that colors indicate hit points.
is Etienne actually the son of Ben and Adora
We’re happy for everyone to make up whatever ships and ship-spawns you so desire, but we’re not endorsing any of them. Unless you trick us. Did you just trick us?
What do the monkeys think of Ape Escape?
When they need an escape from the constant, grueling struggle against the Bloons they’ve been known to play the odd console game. The monkeys are pretty sensitive about the portrayal of primates in video games, and they do think that guy looks wonky.
are you guys going to put btd6 for the site plz? and also ar you guys going to make a btd7?
There are no plans to make browser based version of BTD6 as there isn’t a stable, robust cross-browser vehicle for it, and we doubt we’d be able to support a version like that with just ads, so then it would have to be paid, and then you might as well play on Steam. The old free Flash model is gone, so please don’t hold out any hope for BTD6 coming out like that. As for BTD 7, we have so many features and ideas that we want to get into BTD 6 that BTD 7 isn’t even a glimmer in our minds.
Hey. Can we get more data / graphs for BTD6 ? I really like them, and I was interested in which maps have the least amount of players with a certain medal for it. (like primary only for Firing Range, or Impoppable for Logs).
Top 10 Deadliest rounds: 40, 63, 76, 51, 95, 78, 90, 98, 41, 59
We aren’t able to generate that specific graph for you this week as our data guy is out but here is most amount of plays on each map:
Quick note: “tutorial” is monkey meadow. :)
How late can questions be submitted before they're not answered?
The blog is drafted Thursday NZ so anything before then is considered but we simply can’t answer every question on the blog.
Does Benjamin have anything to do with the super monkey being able to turn into a cyborg (technological terror)?
You can thank Dr. Monkey for that, the altruist genius that he is. If Benjamin could cook up tech like that you know he’d use it on himself.
Will the House Party, Disco Party and Street Party tracks ever be added to BTD6? I really like those and if they were added to BTD6 as a map exclusive or trophy store item it would be awesome.
You are so right. That would be awesome. Note taken.
What's your least favorite monkey? I never use Super Monkeys.
Ice Monkeys. Too cool for me. - Sav
What's your favorite monkey or hero? Not upgrades, just the monkeys themselves.
I really like wizards! - Sav
How is everyone at NinjaKiwi doing, with the virus and all?
Thanks for checking in.
What is Tarn's true form?
We’ve never managed to beat the first form so we can’t say…
How come lightsaber monkey never made a return, but parodies of Robocop and Batman were allowed later on?
We have no idea about these parodies of which you speak. We invented all the things.
people love to ask for a BMC+ in td6 style, but realistically, even if you started development on that immediately, how long would it take for something of that scale to be release-ready?
From inception most of our games take well over a year if not multiple years to make. Yes we’d have some BTD6 art and design basis to work from, but we’d be reinventing and completely evolving the game and that takes a crazy amount of iteration, even when you think you know exactly what you want to build. So spit-ball that at 1.5 to 2 years to do justice to your question.
If all the mortar has to do is press a button, why doesn't he just stand away from the mortar to not get any possible damage done to him?
The safest place is right next to the mortar. Haven’t you watched enough Wile E. Coyote documentaries? Oh wait, there is no safe place.
Is BTD Battles' free powerups unbalanced?
This is another trick question isn’t it? We’ll go with no.
Are The Bloon Bosses From Bloons Monkey City Canon Bloons
The only Canon seems to be held by the community and not by Ninja Kiwi, so you tell us. We love the Boss Bloons from BMC and do think those ideas are worth developing further.
What are the specs of Benjamin's laptop?
It’s totally custom and he’s never let anyone get close enough to it to even speculate. Fans sound like a windfarm, though.
"How do monkeys sharpen grapes They don’t sharpen them, they are more like paintballs! " then why is the Boat 0-1-0 description "Adds a spray of 5 sharpened grapes to the ship"
Saying that the monkeys don’t sharpen them does not mean they are not sharpened by other forces untold. Seriously, we just liked the outlandish idea of sharpened grapes.
What's the most forgettable upgrade?
Did BTD5 take place before BTD6, or is it in an alternate universe?
We will give you an entirely appropriate answer. Yes.
Why don't the bloons attack all at one, like do a round 98 attack at round one? (I know you cant do this for gameplay, but is there an in universe explanation?)
We expect there is an ancient codex of honorable Bloons battlefield conduct.
Why does druid gain shoes at xx3, loses them at xx4, and regains them at xx5?
It's called fashion.
Will Daily Quests ever return?
We like Daily Quests but we felt the Challenges were stronger, both for variety and because they bring the community into the mix. When 2 Challenges are combined with Races and Odysseys, we don’t want players feeling like they have too much to keep up with. We’re open to the feedback, though, so thanks for the question.
Are Octojones and Dread Pirate Brickell affiliated with one another?
Well noted, they certainly share an element of caribbean origin. That said there are a few layers of pirate pop culture in both.
how's aaron's pet lion doing?
He had a pet lion?! No wonder we keep having lunches go missing…
does the cobra tower in btdb with the MIB? (not the men in black the MIB village upgrade) because a similar-looking monkey is the icon for the MIB upgrade.
We’re happy to answer your question. Just look at this device for a moment before we do.
has dr monkey ever tried combining a bloon and a monkey? if so how did it turn out?
This is Dr. Monkey we’re talking about, an upstanding member of the monkey scientific community, pledged to the highest ideals and ethical standards so of course he hasn’t done any such experimentation, unlike his evil <redacted>. He has tried making Bloon animals, but didn’t get much past snake.
I checked the book of names, but the names are only Rick with last being Roll. Could there be a monkey named Rick Roll? And does he rickrolls Bloons until they cease to exist?
Is the Monkey-Bloon War about conquest or politics?
Like most wars, each side sees it completely differently and completely justified. It is hard to have politics without conquest, whether that is conquest of territory, economics, or popular opinion, so there may be a false distinction in your question. We do know that it wasn’t because some random monkey tried to date the Bloon Boss’ offspring; that rules out the reasons for half of history’s conflicts.
Have a great weekend and enjoy this cute photo of Smudge!
- Sav and Tarn