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7 Best Tower Defense Games

  1. Defense Grid 2

side view of defense grid gameplay

Buy Defense Grid 2

The sequel to the highly acclaimed Defense Grid, the second entry in the Defense Grid series hones the insanely addictive classic tower defense gameplay from the original title. In Defense Grid 2, players must protect power cores from streams of alien enemies that run in set paths from various corners of the map. Offensive artillery consists of an array of gun turrets that be upgraded to enhance your ability to obliterate incoming creeps.

Defense Grid 2 is a challenging game of meticulous resource management and min-maxing tactics, buts its most interesting feature is the ability to rewind time. It’s a neat addition to gameplay, encouraging perfect play-throughs and optimization by reducing the risk of trial and error tactics. Defense Grid 2 quickly becomes an obsessive loop of trying to successfully build the perfect tower layout with the least amount of resources spent. We dare you to try and play Defense Grid 2 for just a few rounds without catching the bug!

  1. Bloons TD5

one of the classic styled turret defense games - Bloons TD5

Play Bloons TD5

Available on both Windows and mobile, Bloons TD5 continues the series tried and true turret defense games formula, but developer Ninja Kiwi have added a level of spit and polish to gameplay that makes Bloons TD5 one of the best in the Tower Defense genre. The premise is simple: pop the “Bloons” with your “Monkey” towers before they reach the end of the lane. While that may sound rather basic, Bloon’s trump card is its hugely diverse array of Monkey Towers, each with special abilities and their own upgrade trees.

Bloons TD5’s Monkey towers come in all shapes and sizes from flying Monkey units that can bomb enemy Bloons, to mortar units that lob powerful explosives to destroy incoming waves. All of the towers/turrets can be upgraded to further damage and Bloons TD5 also features various traps to obstruct Bloon waves as well, there also plenty of hidden towers to unlock also. Other mechanics include the ability to farm resources outside of the lane map to finance the upgrading and purchasing of new towers.

Bloons TD5 is a busy game, and with lots happening on the screen at one time players will have to strategize and micromanage effectively to succeed.

  1. Dungeon Defenders 2

3rd person view in dungeon defenders 2

Buy Dungeon Defenders 2

With the original Dungeon Defenders achieving over 6 million copies sold and its success garnering a huge fan base, the sequel had big shoes to fill. Luckily, fans of the original area treated to more slick and addictive gameplay from what is a brilliant synergy of action RPG and tower defense. Dungeon Defenders 2 places significantly more weight on hero building than other video games of the Tower Defense genre, granting abilities such as spell casting and special attacks to defend lanes.

The series continues where the original Dungeon Defenders left off in regards to its superb, fast paced gameplay and customisable hero load outs. The sequel places even more emphasis on building, managing and upgrading multiple heroes from its tavern hub. The tavern allows the upgrade of heroes, weapons and the selection of co-operative quests or single player campaign missions. There is even a daily challenge system that rewards players with additional loot and experience for character builds.

Dungeon Defenders 2’s combination of Diablo-style looting and RPG levelling with challenging co-operative tower defense gameplay is a continuation of everything that was great with the original. It’s one of the must play turret defense games.

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