Gaming is a growing trend on the smartphones these days and it will continue to grow. Though there are all kinds of games available to play on Android and iOS from a casual game with one-tap control scheme to hardcore graphics intense games. There are games with console level graphics such as Asphalt 8 Airborne, Modern Combat 5 etc and there are small indie games such as flappy birds. All these games are fun to play but when it comes to mobile gaming, small casual games such as flappy bird, candy crush, subway surfer etc make to the top. The main reason behind the success of these games is a small size and the addictive nature. These games load very quickly and are very simple to play but very challenging.
There is another genre which is quite popular these days and this is “Tower defense games”. The reason behind such a huge popularity is their touch-friendly nature. Just like Endless runner games which can be played with just swipes or taps, tower defense games for Android & iOS are very touch friendly. They are also very addictive in nature and requires strategic thinking. You have to place right weapons at the right places to succeed in a tower defense game for Android or iPhone.
Below are 10 of the best tower defense games for Android & iOS that we have gathered for our beloved readers. If you are into tower defense games, you might be familiar with some these.
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Best tower defense games for Android phones, iPhone and iPad
Defense Zone 2 Lite & HD
Defense Zone 2 HD is an excellent defense game with realistic graphics and a modern military theme. It is a tower defense game you may find different than the rest of the games listed in this article. I have been looking for a game like this for some time and finally found this one. Defense Zone offers quite immersive modern combat and has a lot of tactical depth to it. The game offers a large number of cool modern weapons such as cannons, missiles, grid missiles, turrets. You can also call in airstrikes if the enemies cannot be stopped by the weapons on the ground. There are just three levels in the Lite version, however, you can anytime upgrade to the full version to have access to more levels.
Toy Defense 3: Fantasy
Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is the third installment in the popular tower defense games series. Toy Defense 3 Fantasy is set in a medieval world. In Toy Defense 3 you won’t be just building the towers, you will have to recruit and train warriors, elves, wizards and healers to create a huge army. A tower defense game isn’t a tower defense if there are no towers involved so of course you also have to build towers. The ultimate goal is to defend your base against the enemy dragons and trolls in epic battles. There is a total of 96 exciting levels so the game will keep you occupied for a long period. There is also an online part to the game where you can compete in weekly tournaments with your friends.
Epic War TD 2
Epic War TD 2 is another cool and well-balanced tower defense game. The game is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere which looks like a mix of Starcraft and Fallout. The game offers a good set of weapons in the form of 9 high-power towers and 2 mega towers. The weapons are similar to what you may find in other tower defense games (Gatling gun, AoE flamethrower, Tesla and Laser etc.). You are required to earn stars to gradually unlock different weapons. Though most of the towers are set to auto-target, some advanced towers require player interaction. Overall the game is pretty interesting and will keep you playing for hours.
Element TD (Tower Defense)
Element TD is very strategic tower defense game where you make strategy based on elemental combinations. You can build different towers based on the elements you choose. There are 6 different elements i.e light, darkness, water, fire, nature and earth. Depending on the elements you choose, you can build 44 different towers with unique abilities. There are many upgrade paths for each tower which result in 70 unique towers. There are different difficulty levels and 4 different modes. The game requires a lot of strategic thinking and is fun to play. I am sure you will like it.
Last Hope TD
Last Hope TD is an interesting tower defense game set in an open world in the post-apocalyptic era. The world has been destroyed by some calamity probably by a nuke or something. There are very few lucky survivors left but they are also not so lucky. The are facing a war against zombies, scavenging raiders and other threats. The game offers a mix of powerful heroes and a wide variety of towers using which you have to kills hordes of attacking enemy forces. There are over 130 exciting levels challenging your strategy. Use a total of 6 special heroes and 12 different towers to defend your base. The best thing is that this game is free to play.
Jelly Defense is a gorgeous looking tower defense game with a very artistic atmosphere. The colorful towers and enemies look great on a monochromatic landscape. The rest of the game is pretty similar to other conventional tower defense games. You build different towers who fires on specific enemy types. The enemies try to reach an end goal, if they do so, you loose. There are three kinds of towers red, blue and hybrid. Red towers shoot only red enemies, blue towers shoot blue enemies while hybrid towers shoot both red and blue jellies. At the start of the game, you can only build hybrid towers. Each downed enemy will earn you coins using which you can build more towers. Though there is nothing special about the gameplay, it is the unique graphics that make the game interesting.
Anomaly Korea is the latest installment of the popular Anomaly tower defense games series. If you thought that North Korea is the villain in this game, you thought wrong. Just like the previous games in the anomaly series, the villains are alien robots who has attacked Korea. If you have played any of the previous anomaly game, you will know that it is not exactly a tower defense game but a tower offense game. Your job is to lead a squad into fierce fire-fights and push back the alien invasion. There is also a tower defense version of this game available by the name Anomaly Defenders, that you should also want to check out. The other variants of this game, Anomaly 2 and Anomaly Warzone Earth is also worth checking out.
Field Runners 2
Field runners 2 to is a sequel to the popular tower defense game field runners. Field runners 2 is one those simple to play and hard to master games that will eat your soul. The control scheme is fairly simple and similar to many other tower defense games. To build a tower, just drag and drop it onto the desired location. tap a tower to upgrade it. There are 25 levels with literally every game mode know to the genre. The game is so versatile we can explain in it a single paragraph and we can’t afford to make this page any longer than it is right now. Just try the game, you won’t be disappointed.
Bloons TD 5
Bloons TD 5 is the fifth and latest installments in the Bloons TD series of tower defense games. It builds upon the success of the previous Bloons TD games, takes their best traits, improve on that and add cool new features. Bloons TD 5 comes with 250 random missions plus 10 special missions to offers hours of challenging playtime. Bloons TD 5 delivers excellence with 21 powerful towers with 2 upgrade paths, 50+ tracks, 10 special agents, 3 different modes and 3 difficulty settings. There is also two-play co-op play available on custom co-op tracks. If you are looking for an excellent generic tower defense game, Bloons TD 5 is what you should try.
Myth Defense 2
Download for iPhone Note: Myth Defense 2 is not available for iPhone, it is Myth Defense HD
Myth Defense 2 as is obvious from the game is a classical tower defense game set in a mythical environment. The first version of Myth defense was the second tower defense game that I played in my life after Plants and Zombies 2 and it was the first tower defense game that I played on a smartphone. Myth Defense was that to make me fall in love with tower defense games. Myth Defense 2 is a big improvement over Myth Defense. One particular feature that I like in Myth Defense 2 is that you can fast forward a wave thus saving you a lot of time. There are 6 maps, 10 + 50 missions, and two modes: Normal and Heroic. There are 40 levels of difficulty, the higher the level, the greater the reward.
This concludes our list of the best tower defense games for Android & iOS. However, there are some other great tower defense games you should also check out like Sentinel 4: Dark Star, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Radiant Defense etc.