The Best Tower-defense Games

Update : Turret Rampage added at rank #49.
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Monster Hunter Rise (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5

Monster Hunter Rise combines the best elements of past entries and the more recent Monster Hunter World, offering a fresh and exciting experience that will keep you coming back for more. With an engaging story, challenging combat, and a plethora of features, Rise has something for everyone.


What we like:
  • Open hunting grounds with no loading zones between sections
  • Rich story with fully voiced cutscenes
  • Switch Skill system to customize your playstyle
  • Tons of weapon balancing and updates
  • New Rampage Quests for intense battles against multiple monsters at once
What could be improved:
  • Separate quest lines for solo/multiplayer play
  • Visuals are not quite as detailed as those in World

  • rpg
  • online
  • fight
  • battle
  • combat
  • cooperative
  • crafting
  • tower-defense
  • action
  • farming
  • japanese
  • multiplayer
  • skill
  • local
  • vertical

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Orcs Must Die! 3 (2020)

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stadia PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Orcs Must Die! 3 is a thrilling tower defense game that puts you in the shoes of a hero fighting back hordes of orcs using an impressive collection of traps and weapons. The game offers fast and frantic gameplay, well-designed levels and a deep campaign mode with multiple waves, and a range of game modes providing players with a variety of challenges. With tons of replayability options, including a randomized set of tools mode and multiplayer co-op, this game is a gem that will keep you entertained for hours!

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What we like:
  • Impressive gameplay
  • Well-designed levels
  • Lots of replayability options
  • Great co-op mode
  • Multiplayer mode
What could be improved:
  • Some traps and weapons are useless
  • Audio can become repetitive
  • No matchmaking feature

  • tower-defense
  • cooperative
  • wave
  • defence
  • tower

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The Riftbreaker (2021)

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The Riftbreaker is a base building, survival game with action RPG elements that borrows from a lot of other games. Play as Ashley S. Nowak and enter the hostile planet Galatea 37 in your powerful Mecha-suit to build a base and defend yourself against thousands of creatures trying to eliminate you. The Riftbreaker offers high-quality graphics, great sound and music, flexible custom difficulty settings, varied biomes, and hours of gameplay that provides endless replayability.


What we like:
  • Good storyline and rewarding gaming experience
  • Customizable gameplay options
  • Hours of gameplay with almost endless replayability
  • Exciting and balanced base building, resource gathering, and combat
  • High-quality graphics, great sound and music
What could be improved:
  • Fairly demanding on PC
  • Lacks gameplay depth in research and weaponry
  • Cumbersome weapon and armor upgrades

  • survival
  • base-building
  • tower-defense
  • resource-management
  • mech
  • real-time
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • bullet-hell
  • aliens
  • top-down
  • action
  • resource
  • shooter
  • arpg

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The Last Friend (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

The Last Friend is a tower defense game with a unique twist - you play as Alpha and his team of dogs, battling to save the world's canines from disappearing. With customizable weapons and defenses, cartoony graphics and witty dialogue, the game is an entertaining joyride that will leave you wanting more.


What we like:
  • Combination of tower defense and brawler genres
  • Variety of weapons and creatures to upgrade
  • Adorable graphics
  • Captivating storyline
  • Entertaining dialogue
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Limited depth in fighting mechanics
  • Stiff combat
  • Character movements can feel off

  • tower-defense
  • post-apocalyptic
  • beat-em-up
  • strategy

5

Wall World (2023)

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Explore the mysterious Wall World on your giant robospider: mine for valuable resources, upgrade your equipment to fight off hordes of monsters, and discover exotic biomes in-between attacks. Will you be able to survive and learn the secrets of the Wall World?


  • rogue-like
  • mining
  • tower-defense
  • mech
  • procedural
  • aliens
  • pixel
  • scroller
  • resource-management
  • resource
  • exploration
  • action-adventure
  • management
  • sci-fi

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Path to Nowhere (2022)

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IOS iPhone Android

Path to Nowhere is an RPG tower defense game that will challenge your strategy and combat skills. With its captivating storyline, unique gameplay mechanics and stunning character designs, it is an enjoyable experience overall. The interactivity of the gacha mechanic is also a plus, as it isn't very pushy and more than just a cash grab.

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What we like:
  • Unique gameplay mechanics
  • Interesting backstories for the characters
  • Effortless upgrading of characters
  • Captivating storyline and stunning character designs
What could be improved:
  • Limited moves and flexibility in attacking enemies
  • Drain on phone battery
  • No PvP elements beyond the guild system
  • Beginner event not very free-to-play friendly
  • Art style not revolutionary and reminiscent of other Chinese roleplay games
  • Gatcha

  • defence
  • tower-defense
  • tower
  • rpg
  • real-time
  • grid
  • dystopian
  • korean
  • post-apocalyptic
  • battle
  • event

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Arknights (2020)

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Arknights is a tower defense gacha game with a compelling story, unique gameplay, and fascinating character design. Set in a dystopian world plagued by natural disasters and terrorism, you must lead the fight against The Reunion and bring order to the world. The game features insane planning and preparation, impressive strategical depth, and base building elements. However, there is a soft paywall that may require real money for progression, so be mindful when playing extensively.

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What we like:
  • Compelling story
  • Unique gameplay
  • Fair gacha pulls
  • Generous stamina system
  • Substantial amount of characters.
What could be improved:
  • Soft paywall
  • Lacks PvP mode
  • Few gameplay modes
  • Relatively few events
  • Significant investment of time and resources.
  • Gatcha

  • tower-defense
  • dystopian
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • resource-farming
  • farming
  • festival
  • rpg
  • chess
  • competitive
  • anime

8

Bloons TD Battles 2 (2021)

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Android Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Get ready for an epic tower defense battle against countless waves of Bloons and players in Bloons TD Battles 2. With a variety of strategic combinations, hero options, and skill-based gameplay, you must defend against your opponent while launching your own Bloon offensive. Are you ready to become a master player, earn unique badges, and enjoy tons of new content? Join now and take on the challenge today!


What we like:
  • Fun gameplay
  • Exciting 1-on-1 games
What could be improved:
  • Overwhelming and disturbing visuals
  • Popping sound glitches

  • tower-defense
  • pvp
  • tactical
  • family-friendly
  • character
  • competitive
  • cartoony
  • sandbox
  • colourful
  • top-down
  • 3d
  • real-time
  • customization
  • head-to-head

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Bloons TD 5 (2011)

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Five-star tower defense with unrivaled depth and replayability. The Bloons are back in full HD glory and this time they mean business! Build awesome towers, choose your favorite upgrades, hire new Special Agents, and pop every last invading Bloon in the most popular tower defense series in history.


  • tower-defense
  • cooperative
  • family-friendly

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Kingdom Rush Origins TD (2014)

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Kingdom Rush Origins packs in a treasure trove of new content and features. Re-enter the world of Kingdom Rush: visit mysterious elven forests, magical faery realms, and even floating ruins of an ancient metropolis. Discover 8 new specialized tower upgrades with over 18 abilities.


  • tower-defense
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • card
  • strategy
  • wave
  • boss-fight
  • defence
  • tower
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • anime
  • jrpg
  • trading

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