''Cursed Treasure: Don't Touch my Gems!'' is a flash TowerDefense game. You play an EvilOverlord, and trying to prevent your gems from being stolen by adventurers, you use three different types of "towers" inhabited with AlwaysChaoticEvil minions to slay them, assisted by various spells. The game consists of replayable stages, and has RPGElements in the way of skills enhancing your towers or spells in some way, which are purchased with ExperiencePoints.

It can be played [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/IriySoft/cursed-treasure-dont-touch-my-gems here]]. There are two sequels: [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/IriySoft/cursed-treasure-level-pack Cursed Treasure Level Pack!]], which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and [[http://armorgames.com/play/14412/cursed-treasure-2 Cursed Treasure 2]], a total revamp with a greater variety of enemies (including full-fledged bosses) and a new, "cute" aesthetic.
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!! Both games provide examples of:

* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Enemies grab a gem and then run back to the edge. The upgraded crypt can also cause enemies to run away in fear.
* ChainLightning: The Fearful Crypt's and the Shattering Crypt's projectiles jump to a second enemy before they disappear.
* CriticalHit: Upgraded Orcish Dens can strike them. A skill upgrade in the sequel provides an extra chance for all Orc towers to strike them.
* GiantMook: "Champions" are oversized versions of normal enemies (who also TookALevelInBadass). God help you when you encounter a Giant Ninja (who also moves ''faster''!).
** The sequel removes Champion Ninjas... and introduces Iron Guards, which are almost just as bad.
* DamageReduction: Knights and Amazons possess a slight one.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold[=/=]GhostlyChill: The Undead final skill tier gives all crypts a chance to freeze opponents.
* FantasyCharacterClasses: Almost all the Mooks.
%% * FragileSpeedster: Rogues, Ninjas, Assassins. Adventurers (Champion Rogues in the sequel) have lower health than other champions.
* GeoEffects: Each tower class can only be built on tiles of the corresponding terrain type. Additionally, there are high ground tiles (which increase range and damage and allow every kind of tower to be built on them), forests (which block a tile until you cut them down), and mana well tiles (which increase your mana gain).
* TheGoomba: Peasants, who have no special abilities whatsoever and only appear in the first few waves.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: More like "Instant GameOver Just Add Ninja".
* InvisibilityCloak: Ninjas and Iron Guards use one as soon as they're hit. Thankfully, they can only do this once.
* {{Mana}}: Used by the PlayerCharacter for cutting wood/taking over structures, temporarily increasing firing rates (or causing mass fear in the sequel) or releasing deadly meteors on your enemies. Enemies in the first game use this for {{Status Buff}}s.
* MookMedic: Priests in the first game. The second game has Monks (heals others), Wizards (heals and provides a speed buff to Mooks around them), Priestesses (healing aura affects all units around them) and Cooks (can heal or give foes a BoozeBasedBuff).
* NoDamageRun: In order to get a Brilliant rating for a mission, you cannot let any enemies ''touch a single gem''.
* NoSell: Paladins, Templars, and enraged Berserkers are immune to secondary status effects (excluding being disarmed by [[GameBreaker Banshee Crypts]] in 1 and chicken transformation in 2 for Paladins and Templars). Iron Guards are immune to fear.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: The orbs fired by crypts are souls turned into projectiles by some sort of {{Necromancy}}.
* RandomlyDrops: Enemies can drop gold, mana potions or various area-effect scrolls.
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: If you have all your enemies in a small area and enough mana, you can take them out with a meteor.
* RPGElements: You get experience points for finishing a level. They can be spent for skills, which upgrade your towers with special powers, increase ressource generations, or have other beneficial effects.
** As well, towers gain experience points and can take levels, allowing you to upgrade them during a round.
* RuleOfThree: There are three tower types (Crypts, Temples and Dens), each with a race powering these towers (Undead, Demons and Orcs), a corresponding terrain (Snow, Rock and Grass), spell (Frenzy/Fear, Meteor and Cut Out) and skill tree. Also, you gain three skill points per level.
* SplashDamage: The ballista dens. Catapult Dens take this UpToEleven- the projectile explodes into ''more exploding projectiles''.
** BurningTemples burn all enemies around them.
* SplashDamageAbuse: Stealth Bypass type -- If a visible enemy is within range, the Burning Temple will also hit - and probably OneHitKill - ninjas in its range.
* SquishyWizard: Averted. Wizards' special skill is a [[ManaShield replenishing shield]], which basically results in ridiculous amounts of hitpoints and being able to WalkItOff.
** Also averted in the sequel. Wizards and Priestesses are surprisingly more durable than most other enemies, including guards, knights and barbarians!
* SupportPower: Your Meteor, Frenzy and Fear spells.
* StandardStatusEffects: Inflicted by mid- to high-level towers of certain types, or scrolls. As well, for each tower category there's a skill which gives you a chance of inflicting another, special one.
** [[MindManipulation Fear]] causes the victim to retreat in disorientation and panic.
** Radiation increases the damage the victim takes from other attacks.
** Poison Cloud deals damage over time to enemies (including stealthed ninjas) that pass through it.
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Freeze]] [[FreezeRay freezes]] an enemy on the spot.
** Blaze [[ManOnFire incinerates an enemy]], dealing damage over time.
** Stasis prevents an enemy from moving/attacking for a short time.
** Polymorph transforms an enemy into a chicken, removing all abilities except flight. Does not work on bosses.
** Charm is a status that Amazons inflict on your towers, preventing the tower from attacking for 8 seconds.
* StatusBuff: Bards can provide temporary haste to allies, making them move twice as fast. This is ''very bad'' if used on [[DemonicSpiders Ninjas]]. Rogues and Adventurers in the sequel can give themselves haste, Wizards can haste and heal a whole group around them, Cooks can Haste and grant temporary fear protection.
** Frenzy was changed into this for the sequel. Even time a tower kills an enemy, that tower gets an attack speed increase of 25%.
* UnstableEquilibrium: The more a tower attacks enemies, the more experience it gets. This makes towers near the cave get less experience and causes them to be less likely to defeat enemies that penetrate too deep. The sequel averts this via the Home Front skill, which makes all towers gain passive experience over time so even those near your cave can get stronger.
* VillainProtagonist

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!! ''Cursed Treasure'' provides examples of:

* AntiMagic: The Banshee Crypt can "disarm" an enemy, which means removing their special abilities.
** Also, Paladins are immune against all StandardStatusEffects.
* AreaOfEffect: The Burning Temple.
* BeamSpam: Especially at the beginning of an enemy wave, when all the gathered crypt charges are released at once.
* DamageIncreasingDebuff: The Evileye Tower's 'Radiation' effect increases damage taken by those afflicted with it by a percentage. Initially, it's 25%, but you can upgrade this up to a 50% increase. This does make enemy assassins easier to beat (and trivializes the rest except ninjas even more)
* EvilLaugh: If you build a temple. Also, enemies break out into [[AnnoyingLaugh infuriatingly arrogant laugh]] if they manage to steal a gem.
* FakeBalance: The Demon skill tree is extremely weak, while the Undead skill tree is quite overpowered. Though the towers themselves are pretty well-balanced.
** However.. this IS mitigated somewhat by every point in the Demon tree translating to a 1% damage increase, while each point in the Undead tree only giving a 1% range increase. For most towers, once range reaches a certain point, increasing it really stops being effective, especially as in a lot of levels, it will not appreciably increase the time it can hit an enemy.
** The Demon skill tree is also almost the only way to obtain a Brilliant rating on any map that includes a Boss Ninja, because your options for killing a boss Ninja are 2: 1) get lucky enough for a fear/freeze on the only hit that lands before he stealths, or 2) Meteor it multiple times after he is stealthed. The last Champion Ninja in the final stage is especially bad, you'll need 5 minimum-cost, full strength meteors to defeat it.
* GameBreakingBug: On the [=eBaums=] World version, there is an ad which sometimes pops up in the middle of the game and automatically ends it.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: The Beholder's Temple lets an enemy it kills ''explode after death''!
* InstantRunes: The Evileye Tower's radiation takes the form of a pentagram.
* LastLousyPoint: Getting a 'Brilliant' rating in some of the missions where you are spammed with ninjas. And ''especially'' those with Ninja Champions in it.
* ManaShield: Wizards have one, which regenerates over time. Pile on the DPS if you want to take them down.
* MightyGlacier: Warriors, Knights and Paladins.
* OhCrap: "AAAH! NO! NO! NO!"
* RegeneratingShieldStaticHealth: The regenerating shield is the wizards' special ability.
* SmokeOut: The ninjas' special ability. And it takes a long time to wear off, long enough to bypass most parts of the smaller maps unharmed.
* TetrisEffect: After playing, expect to see things from the game when closing your eyes, especially the homing magic orbs of the Crypts and those level up symbols.

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!! ''Cursed Treasure 2'' provides examples of:

* AirborneMook: Certain enemies can fly over water paths, allowing them to take a shortcut to your gems. Of course, they can't fly back to the exit while carrying a gem. This even extends to [[DemonicSpiders Iron Guards]].
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: You can now use Cut Out to take over enemy structures. This trope applies to the MookMaker structures- once taken over, the mooks stop and you get an income of gold every few seconds (unless it's a pirate ship, which sinks but gives you a lot of gold).
* {{Animorphism}}: Kite Druids will turn into birds to move over water. The Eagle Druid is a champion version who transforms into an eagle.
* AssholeVictim: The Archmage. If his flavour text is true, he's killed countless colleagues to rise to his position.
* AsteroidsMonster: Pirates release a parrot when killed. Smugglers release a monkey and two parrots when killed.
* BadBoss: The King will happily send his entire population to get slaughtered so the queen can have her five jeweled rings.
* BalefulPolymorph: Clicking a yellow scroll turns all non-boss enemies around it into chickens, disabling their special abilities except for flight.
* TheBerserker: The Berserk Champions. Once their health drops to 60%, they go into a rage, becoming immune to fear and side effects while becoming faster.
* BrawnHilda: The Barbarian Queen.
* ChefOfIron: The pirate Cooks, which have a lot of health and heal/buff their friends in battle.
* ContractualBossImmunity: Bosses are immune to the "[[OneHitKill Bury Alive]]" skill and are also immune to chicken transformation. Champions are ''not''.
* CoolShip: The Pirate Flagship, which launches out Smoke Bombs to support its troops, as well as submerging to deploy divers. Once its health gets low enough, it "sinks", then appears upside down, launching ''three'' smoke bombs at one go.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Your towers can get charmed by Amazons once their armor breaks, preventing them from attacking. Use a Fear Spell to remove this quickly.
* {{Druid}}: One of the enemy types. They turn into birds to fly over water. The Arch Druid can turn himself into an invulnerable leafy tornado and send out eggs which hatch into Mooks.
* DungeonBypass: Flying enemies can fly over water, taking a shortcut to your gems.
* EarlyBirdBoss: The General, if you're going for a Brilliant rating. Appearing in the third stage, you probably have not enough skill points to take him on without leaking an enemy/defeating him once he TurnsRed. Unless you grind, of course.
* ElementalEmbodiment: Thunder Elementals and Water Elementals. The former are fast, while the latter regenerate over time.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Taking over a tavern will cause it to throw empty bottles at nearby enemies, slowing them down.
* HealingFactor: Water Elementals regenerate health over time.
* InstantPlunderJustAddPirates: The Pirates of the Last Sea expansion level contains them.
* LevelGrinding: Vastly downplayed compared to the previous game: since experience is calculated on a percentage of the level's experience (which get increasingly higher), the easiest way to get skill points is to ''lose'' the highest level over and over, getting a level up every two or three attempts.
* LighthousePoint: An annoying enemy structure found in the Pirates of the Last Sea expansion. These can provide a speed buff to 3 enemies within a large range. Seizing it makes it hurt up to 3 enemies within range via continuous fire beams.
* LuckBasedMission: Level 20 if you're going for a Brilliant Rating. Two MookMaker ships with LOADS of hitpoints, two speed-increasing lighthouses with a lot of hitpoints and a water path ''extremely near'' your cave for [[DemonicSpiders Divers]]. If the enemies fail to drop enough potions for usage of Cut Out, it's impossible to complete with Brilliant.
* MechaMooks: Iron Guards. These Champions are immune to fear, can fly, ''and'' have a cloaking ability like Ninjas!
* MookMaker: Certain structures can spawn Mooks at the start of a wave. Taking over most of them will allow you to gain gold every turn while stopping the Mooks.
** Dendrologists can create dendroids, small walking trees.
* ManiacMonkeys: Upon death, Smugglers release a monkey that is hell-bent on stealing your gems. Said monkey is fast and has more health than any normal enemy!
* NotCompletelyUseless: The Infernal Magnet Skill drags your gems back to your cave if they are moved, which shouldn't happen if you're going for a Brilliant rating. Then you face the Barbarian Queen, who has an ability that drags your gems out of your cave[[note]]They're still considered untouched unless an enemy touches them when they're outside[[/note]].
* OneHitKill: The "Bury Alive" Skill Tree gives all undead orbs a small chance of instantly killing an opponent. This even works on Champions, but not [[ContractualBossImmunity bosses]].
* PirateParrot: The pirate enemies have one, which they release upon death as a separate enemy.
* RecursiveAmmo: The Catapult Den has this, which allows it to deal a great amount of damage.
* ShoutOut: Knights [[ClothingDamage lose their armor]] once their health gets low, [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins then start running around in their underwear]].
** [[Literature/GameOfThrones "Winter Is Coming" and "Fear cuts deeper than swords"]] for the frost and fear crypts, "[[Literature/LordOfTheRings His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh]]" for the temple of the overseer, and "[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Abandon all hope, ye who enter here]]" for the burning temple.
* SmokeOut: Engineers will throw a smoke bomb ahead, which stealths all the units inside.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: If the High Priest didn't sic his Templars to attack you, you'd never be able to break his invulnerable sanctuary via the Templars' swords.
** The Pirate Flagship's own smoke bombs can be sent back to it for a good amount of damage.
* TennisBoss: The Pirate Flagship. It fires out bombs onto land, which explode into concealing smoke. Click the bombs before they blow up to send them back to the ship and damage it greatly.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Demon Skill Tree. in the previous game, a number of its skills were useless due to being used for retrieval of crystals (when you shouldn't need to have any retrieved). The sequel fixes this, by giving it some useful skills like Frenzy and experience boosting.
* {{Valkyries}}: One of the enemy types. [[AirborneMook They can fly over water]].
* WakeUpCallBoss: The General. He sports a DamageReduction armor, summons Valkyries and Knights, buffs them with an armor spell, and once his health gets low, [[TurnsRed he loses his armor but makes a mad dash to your gems]]. You'll need towers strong enough to deal with his mooks, as well as the General once he TurnsRed.
* WarmUpBoss: The Blacksmith who's the first stage's "boss". By this time, you'll have enough Mana to cast two meteor spells, dealing massive damage to him.