Simply put, all tower defense games follow a basic principle. As the name so obviously suggests, you build towers that you can upgrade using the game’s currency—which typically varies from game to game—and prevent your not-so-friendly adversaries from getting to you.
This is not always the case, though. The towers usually represent many other manifestations throughout different games, which makes the games that much more interesting; many of those you’ll find in the list below.
Now, without further ado, here are the 5 best tower defense games you can get for Android.
Kingdom Rush is one of those games that excels in what it was meant to do. I mean, it summarizes all of the tower defense sub-genre into one game. It has clean graphics and easy-to-understand gameplay.
Each stage is a simple scene of a path, with an entrance and an exit. Simply put, your foes will start from the entrance and you need to prevent them from reaching the exit but how? Your armada of heavy artillery towers will help you with that.
What makes the game that much more interesting, is you can solve the equation by experimenting with and utilizing different methods. Each tower is unique and has a specific purpose; you can upgrade them using the coins you get from each kill. But, be careful because each tower serves a special function and it might not work for very many battles if you keep using the same setup repeatedly.
Each side of the path leaves you area to plant your towers, so there is a lot of space for numerous combinations, and that’s enough to keep you coming back for more.
If your enemy reaches the other side, you lose health. So, there are only 2 possibilities on how to end a stage: either you run out of lives, or, you obliterate your entire wave of enemies. Obviously, you try to gravitate towards the second option.
Strategy and tactical advantage plays a very crucial role in games like these, and you can challenge your limits using a variety of combinations of towers to suit your needs.Show Downloads
Plants vs Zombies 2
Plants VS Zombies 2: very entertaining, very addictive
The much-awaited sequel from PopCap Games, Plants VS Zombies 2 follows the footsteps of its older, PC-based sibling, providing a far better experience to mobile platforms than ever.
The sequel, Plants VS Zombies 2, possesses every element from its older brother, and long-time players will feel right at home. The plot of the game is pretty simple; you follow Crazy Dave, who has an automated time machine, Penny. Crazy Dave wants to go back in time to eat the taco that he just ate a few seconds prior.
He uses Penny and drags you along with him. Unfortunately, Penny overshoots by a few thousand years (which is a mistake anyone could make, I’m sure), and lands you both in ancient Egypt. You battle zombies and go through a variety of different ages to get back to the present day.
So, the game is very easy to understand. Simply put, you need to prevent the zombies from crossing from the right side of your screen to the left, as best as you possibly can. There are various gameplay elements from the game that you can use that I’ll mention in a few seconds.
Firstly, the seeds. You use different seeds that grow instantly into different types of plants. The main currency of the game is the sunlight. You can obtain it from 2 sources; it can fall from the sky for you to collect, or from the sunflower plant. Being that it’s the currency of the game, that makes it vital to capture as much as possible.
Second on the list are the zombies. The undead army comes in a variety of new designs, but all of them scream for your brains.
Thirdly, is the new addition of plant food. Occasionally, a few zombies may drop a plant food pellet. You can tell when this is going to happen, though, because these particular zombies have a greenish tinge to them.
Give one of your plant armadas the plant food, and it is like injecting them with steroids. They temporarily evolve, giving them a huge oomph of power.
Another welcome addition is the power-up system. As you progress through the stages, you collect coins, through which you can use power-ups, in-game. The game, at the time of writing, provides 3 power-ups. You can electrocute the zombies as you slide your finger, you can freeze them in their paths to slow them down, and you can flick them upwards and throw them out.
The game follows a map-like progression system, unlike its original, but with a few perks. You can choose to divert your path for other plants and abilities, which you unlock with stars. You gain stars when you finish different challenges throughout the stages.
Although, the in-app purchases system ruins the gameplay system a little bit, you can actually finish the game without any of those pesky in-app purchases.Show Downloads
Prime World: Defenders is the modernized version of the games on this list. The plot is as follows:
It is the end of the world and after the apocalypse; the people discover a brand new, never-ending source of energy, simply named, PRIME. Prime is a great power source for weapons and for magic.
Obviously, all hell breaks loose and people fight over it. That is the short and simplified story. Forward to present day and you lead a small group of hunters to look for artifacts found around the place were PRIME was discovered.
But, not all is well, because people who used the PRIME for unethical purposes transform into monsters. You have to destroy to protect your clan.
The game is pretty straightforward. You have a pre-instated field to plant your towers that you use to stop the monsters from affecting your expedition.
There is a wide variety of towers in this game; some shoot slowly while being more powerful while others fire rapidly but are less powerful.
The enemies themselves are more robust and arrive in waves, but unlike other games, you can actually choose when to start the next wave. This still poses a serious disadvantage, though, because the faster you start your waves, the more resources you obtain at the end.
There are slower enemies that are harder to kill, and there are smaller enemies but are easier to kill. This gap proves to be unhelpful as you have to strategize your towers and its attacks for the win.
The game follows a card collection system that allows upgrades up to 25 times. This makes sure the game proves that it’s worthwhile, and that makes all the difference.
Overall, the comic book based segways, the 3D gameplay, and the overall fun makes the game very entertaining, and quite satisfying.Show Downloads
If you’re a newbie to the tower defense genre, then this is the game for you. COM2US made sure this game would be the basis for the ones that would come out in the future. Tower Defense is all about finding the right strategy to crush your adversaries.
You can build up to a certain amount of towers and see your opponents explode. One disadvantage is it will cost you something within the game. There are two types of difficulty modes, one is normal and the other one is hard.
There are nine different types of towers you can experiment with creating combinations for what fits the problem.
This combination of towers will help you to destroy enemies faster and learn what’s best against your opponent.
Laser units are one of the best types of towers in the game. These towers will turn your opponents into ashes if they step into range of this tower.
There are 10 different types of enemies. One example is the Spawners, they are slow but hard to defeat. The most interesting part is if they are destroyed, they spilt into 3 fast pups.
At the welcome level of this game, they only show you the quick fire tower, and then when you pass by the game there are different types of towers that will help you throughout the game.
Most of the players would prefer homing missile, and the area kill grenade, but scout towers are a welcome addition as well. Sadly, Tower Defense has a mandatory sign-up feature and that ruins some of the fun.
Overall, tower defense is a great way to drain a full battery.Show Downloads
Radiant Defense is pretty different, for lack of a better term. The game is a freemium, but you have the chance to only play 10 levels.
Most freemium apps have all their awesome goodies located far back behind a paywall, but then again, Radiant Defense diverts from that pesky, yet common path. Although, it is not the best when compared to the other candidates on the list, it was still good enough to make it through.
The game follows the common principle of every tower defense game we’ve discussed so far. Sure, it’s minimalistic, but in a good way. What makes it so special (if the title wasn’t a dead giveaway) is the game design. It consists purely of neon and colorful game elements.
One new element is the addition of the wall. As you get better at finishing off waves, you are presented with more resources that you can optionally use to create walls. Walls act as a diversionary tactic that distracts the enemy from their goal, and by the time they realize it, they have already met oblivion.
There are some disadvantages to using walls because some of our opponents may have health regeneration abilities. By the time you kill them, they would have reached our Tower. Normal people can easily finish this game in a day, but for some people it might be little hard.
To prevent this, we can buy packages to make the level easier and then we would have more towers to invent strategies on. What is the fun in buying packages? In my view, it is just a waste of money. The harder the level gets the more interesting the games is.
All towers have their strengths and weaknesses. The towers with more power will cost you more resources and the tower with less power will cost you fewer modules. There are 4 basic towers.
Some people, like myself, may find the game worth their time and intellect, but are thoroughly disappointed by the presentation of in-app purchases. Long story short, Radiant Defense has exceptionally great graphics and an extremely catchy soundtrack. But, the lack of any genuine freemiums throws it down the drain.Show Downloads
Tower defense games are a brand new sub-genre to the popular strategic genre, and it is pretty popular today. Many of you might not have even heard of this particular genre before (although that’s very unlikely), it was so good that even I decided to give it a shot. Needless to say, I found it very entertaining and mostly very satisfying.
Tower defense games for Android symbolize strategic and tactical intellect, most of which you’ll be using throughout the different stages. More often than not, you’ll find yourself preparing for what’s to come, which actually gives you a more keen insight on the game.
Which game did you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments below.