The Best Tower-defense Games for Android

Update : Slime Siege added at rank #48.
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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.

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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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Path to Nowhere (2022)

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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

4

Bloons TD Battles 2 (2021)

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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!

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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 Eighties (2023)

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Kingdom Eighties is a standalone expansion to the award-winning Kingdom series. A singleplayer epic adventure of micro-strategy and base building. Defend your town against the mysterious Greed, and discover the secrets of your family lineage!

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  • pixel
  • micro-strategy
  • colony
  • base-building
  • city-building
  • tower-defense
  • strategy
  • simulation
  • survival
  • economy
  • resource-management
  • building
  • skateboard
  • medieval
  • procedural

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Idle Monster TD: Evolved (2022)

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Join the battle against invading humans in Idle Monster TD: Evolved, a never-ending tower defense game with over 150 unique monsters and pets, from cute and colorful flower creatures to epic fire breathing dragons. Strategize your monster placement and watch them evolve and gain new abilities to defend your base against the never-ending swarm of humans. Featuring 40 unlockable monsters with 3 evolutions each, 5 different maps, mini-games, and bi-weekly PvP tournaments. With offline progression and cute 3D graphics, it's a perfect blend of Idle and Tower Defense genres.

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What we like:
  • Hidden depth to the game
  • Entertaining simple tower defense idler concept
What could be improved:
  • Aggressive monetization
  • Not a true idle game
  • Too much grinding and slow progress
  • Initial excitement fades quickly due to lack of challenge and small maps

  • tower-defense
  • auto-battler
  • idler
  • clicker
  • fantasy
  • 3d
  • time-management
  • cute
  • deckbuilder
  • pve
  • magic
  • dragon
  • strategy
  • robots

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Isle of Arrows (2022)

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Isle of Arrows is a Puzzle Tower Defense game in which you build a fortress in the sky. Place towers, expand the isle, and build your own paths. Can you find the perfect spot for each tile to beat the RNG and defend against waves of invaders?

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  • tower-defense
  • rogue-like
  • board-game
  • procedural
  • strategy
  • minimalist
  • choices
  • tile
  • city-building

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Kingdom Rush (2011)

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Kingdom Rush is a tower defense game that will capture your attention with its stunning graphics and exciting gameplay. Defend your kingdom from hordes of orcs, trolls, and wizards. Use towers, spells, and heroes at your command to customize your strategy and battle legendary monsters. With 61 different enemies, challenging levels, and addictive gameplay, Kingdom Rush is a must-play game for strategy enthusiasts.


What we like:
  • Engaging gameplay mechanics
  • Brilliant pop culture references and Easter eggs
  • Classic tower defense done right
  • Captivating micromanagement aspect
What could be improved:
  • No speed-up button
  • No new content or updates
  • Can be frustratingly difficult at times

  • tower-defense
  • strategy

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Mindustry (2017)

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- Minor bugfixes. - Minor fixes to bug fixes. - Major bugfixes to bugfix the bugfix for bug fixing. - Bug fixes for bugfixing the bug fixing bug.

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  • tower-defense
  • cooperative
  • base-building
  • resource-management
  • factory-building
  • automation
  • cross-platform
  • sandbox
  • strategy
  • multiplayer
  • building
  • real-time
  • management
  • team
  • mech

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