When it comes to gaming on Android phones and tablets, I personally prefer racing games for some casual fun and tower defense games when I am feeling competitive. Their premise is quite simple – you have to prevent ranks of enemies from crossing territory you control, and you do that by building powerful towers which make the rather repetitive gameplay uniquely satisfying.
Most great TD games on Android are complete series with several iterations, allowing seasoned players to get into the action with minimal adjustments. In this post we’re going to be looking at the top 10 best tower defense games for Android you can download today and get your money’s worth.
#1. Fieldrunners 2
Fieldrunners 2 makes the top of this list because it is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable TD games available. Not only does it look and sound great, the actual gameplay has enough variety and challenge to keep you coming back for more. I instantly fell in love with the first game and the sequel outdid it spectacularly.
If you haven’t tried Fieldrunners as yet, you have to grab it today! We also have a more detailed Fieldrunners 2 review that you can check out.
#2. Sentinel 4: Dark Star
Sentinel is another TD game for Android which I am biased towards after having spent tens of hours playing Sentinel 3. The whole atmosphere of the game, the depiction of alien worlds (and alien enemies), the powerful sci-fi weapons and the sound track are all done superbly. This isn’t an easy tower defense either, offering a good level of challenge and requiring both strategy and foresight to survive.
#3. Bloons TD 5
Bloons is another great tower defense game with a lot of variety and replay value. The graphics and visuals are a little too cartoonish for some, but at the heart of it Bloons TD 5 is a whole lot of fun. You get to play over 40 different maps and even try two-player custom maps with friends. The developers also routinely upgrade the game with more missions and features, making it a must try for TD fans.
#4. Anomaly 2
When I first played the original, Anomaly Warzone, I was in awe of its visuals, soundtrack and the new approach it took towards the tower defense genre. The game flipped the traditional gameplay by giving players control of the ranks that had to cross over as opposed to the towers that destroyed them.
Anomaly 2 picks up from there and makes the original even better with improved visuals and more unit options among other things. Playing the hunted for once has its own excitement, making Anomaly a TD game you have to try.
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#5. Defense Zone 2 HD
Defense Zone 2 isn’t all too fancy when it comes to visuals and you can’t help but feel it brings you back to the real world (as opposed to the sci-fi futuristic worlds of most other TD games).
However, it is a solid TD game at the core and provides challenging maps which force you to take terrain into consideration along with the enemies and your weapons. The soundtrack does become repetitive early on, but as far as a pure and challenging TD experience goes, Defense Zone 2 delivers.
#6. Kingdom Rush Origins
The latest entry in the Kingdom Rush series of TD games for Android, Kingdom Rush Origins is a prequel with the same great feel, visuals and sounds. While tower defense is the main core, the game also has RPG elements, making it an interesting offering which can take hours of your time. I personally enjoy playing Kingdom Rush, but the game can be a little slow for people wanting a quick fix.
#7. Epic War TD 2
Epic War TD 2 is the latest sequel to the popular Epic War game and has a whole lot of gaming action packed into one single purchase. There are around 50 different maps and you’re going to be looking at large-scale, busy battles with a variety of enemies.
The graphics are pretty neat and there are no annoying IAPs but the game seems to be scripted, and not in a good way. You can’t really experiment with different towers because if you don’t pick the “right” ones every turn, you’re very likely to lose. Nevertheless, the game is still fun, except we can’t help but feel that it fails to realize its own potential.
#8. Anomaly Defenders
While the first two iterations in the series (Anomaly 2 is listed above) had us playing as humans who had to fight against aliens instead of erecting towers, the last and closing iteration, Anomaly Defenders, goes back to the traditional formula and gives you control of the alien world.
Now you build towers in real-time to battle against the invading human forces while enjoying the same great visuals and physics effects. However, do note that the game is resource intensive and low to mid-range Android devices may experience freezes and lagging.
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#9. OTTTD (Over the Top Tower Defense)
OTTTD is, well…quite over the top. The first time you play the game you can’t help but find it different, but most of it is disappointingly limited to the visuals. The graphic design and elements are superbly done, but the mechanics are the same and you get the usual arsenal of towers to fight invaders.
One new touch is that of hero units which are unlocked as you progress. You can deploy these hero units into the battlefield and they provide bonuses to specific tower types along with repairing them. However, once you start losing your hero units, getting more for subsequent missions involves IAPs or the usual waiting for a set number of minutes to play again.
All in all though, OTTTD is a relatively good tower defense game which can be fun if you’re into whacky visuals and traditional TD mechanics.
#10. Toy Defense 4: Sci-Fi TD Free / Toy Defense 3: Fantasy
The only free tower defense game in this list (there is a paid version too though), Toy Defense 4: Sci-Fi is the latest offering from the popular Toy Defense series. If you’ve played the first three games (you can check out our Toy Defense 2 Review as well), you’ll find Toy Defense 4 to be familiar, but based in a new world.
There are IAPs in the game, but you are not forced to spend real money in order to get through the game. Overall, Toy Defense 4 is a solid TD which can deliver hours of fun with great sound, visuals and a good number of missions.
Unfortunately, it seems like Melesta took down Toy Defense Sci-Fi from the Play Store for some reason. We hope it will be back, but till then you can check out Toy Defense 3: Fantasy, which looks a lot like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.
This concludes our list of the 10 best tower defense games you can download on your Android devices. If you’ve got your own suggestions please comment below and let us know.