Lasers! How do they work?

I’m referring, of course, to the Laser towers in Defense Grid: The Awakening.

I stumbled upon Defense Grid: The Awakening’s very detailed steam stats page, and noticed the following:
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This of course, perplexed me. All the other towers have specific damage totals for their level 1, 2, and 3 verisons, but Laser towers just have a single number. This made me wonder how Laser towers actually deal their damage. Do they do initial damage at all, or is the DoT the only effect they provide (and if that’s the case, why does upgrading the laser tower increase damage as per the tower stats screen?). Is building more than one laser tower in a single area inefficient?

Interestingly, I’ve heard the AI Narrator perform his “Death by laser tower” taunt on maps where I had no laser towers, but did have meteor and/or inferno towers (which also have a small DoT effect?)

Anyway, can anyone shed some light on this topic?


Look dude, I am the world’s #1 laser expert, and I wrote the world’s greatest review of Defense Grid/Lord of the Rings on the Internets.

Now that my credibility is no longer in question, I am going to tell you something that is my suspicion (which I have gained from some of the photons and from having fired a lot of lasers in my time), which is that the laser towers in The Two Towers confer some kind of “heat level” to the enemy alien jerks who need to die.

This “heat level” dissipates over time, and while the “heat level” of a stupid alien is more than zero, some proportional number is subtracted from the alien’s health points. This indirect heat damage is impossible to track by turret level, because a level-3 turret’s heat level eventually dissipates down to a level-1 turret’s level. And a level-2 turret could have exacted horrible burning photonic justice against the extraterrestrial foes in the mean time.

So since the damage isn’t instantaneous like it is with most other towers, you can’t deterministically calculate which lasers are responsible for what damage. But you can tell that the damage was caused by a laser tower, so you record them all together in one big bucket of fiery alien death.

In conclusion, raspberries.

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