I don’t remember exactly, but the first time I encountered a tower defense game was on a custom map on Warcraft III. I used to play DOTA for many hours while I was studying Engineering in college. One day I was tired of the same thing over and again and for a change I tried a map called Blue TD (short for Tower Defense) and I was a fan of the concept. Saving your throne using specialized weapons from the wave of enemies was fun.
The best thing about the TD (Tower Defense) games is that it keeps you occupied even while you are not playing the game. Trust me when I say, once you get the hand of TD games, you will think about the strategy, your weapons and upgrades all the time. Also, these games never grow old. Even when you have finished a level, you can play it again with a different approach.
Things have changed since I completed my graduation and one can enjoy better tower defense games on smartphones and tablets. So let’s take up some of the best TD games you can install and enjoy on your Android.
1. Guns’n’Glory WW2
Guns’n’Glory World War 2 is an interesting tower defense game based on WW2 weapons and scenario. While in a traditional TD game, the wave of enemies are just some defenseless troops and are taken up by the guns and cannons set up by you. But in Guns’n’Glory, the wave fights back and fire at you to infiltrate. You are free to create your strategy and you have complete control on your troops.
The graphics are cute and you will have cartoon like troops, mini tanks and stuff like that. The soundtrack is in military style and each time a soldier is killed, he salutes and turns into an angel. You get an alert each time a wave is about to hit with a marker of the direction from where they will attack.
Just like any other game, it starts easy, but don’t let that fool you. As you level up, so do the enemies. They might change their path and you can reposition your troops depending on the situation. Of course level up and coin collecting is there as a part of the upgrades. The free version has one screen banner ad at the bottom, but you can upgrade to the premium version for US$2.99 for an ad-free version and support the developers at the same time.
Plants are your friends in the game and you need to use them to fight the zombies. Each plant has its set of strength and weakness for zombies and that’s where the key to the game lies. You need to be quick and correct placement of plants in the grids can only help you to win the game.
The game is free to download and play, but you can opt for in-app purchases if you wish to make the game a bit easier to play. The game play might look repetitive at times and not ideal for continuous hours of gameplay. The graphics are top-notch with a nice soundtrack to keep you going.
3. Radiant Defense
Radiant Defense is a minimal tower defense game play with the neon based environment. You don’t have heavy 3D graphics. The best thing about the game is that you can design your own path for the wave and then set up the weapons accordingly.
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You use your resources to place weapons on the path and then keep on upgrading them as you kill the wave and collect more resources. The soundtrack is like like a Sci-Fi movie which matches with the neon environment and high tech weapons. The maps might look easy when compared to other other games, but it’s extremely difficult at times to complete a level.
The game is free to play with a few in-app purchases. But the game never makes it compulsory for you to purchase these. With the correct strategy, the levels can be won with the resources you have at hand. But if you want cool merch, that’s when you can opt for an in-app purchases.
4. Kingdom Rush Origins
Here’s something that fans of medieval times will like. With Kingdom Rush Origins you get swords, bow and arrow along with defense towers. Unlike other games where you can place anything anywhere, you have specific markers on the map where towers and weapons can be installed. You also have a mobile army that can fight the enemies, but the real power of the game lies in the placement of the towers.
You have dragons, ogres and a lot of mythical creatures in the game. You play as elves and have Elf Archers, Mystic Mages, Stone Druids and the Elven Infantry make up the backbone of your army. You have three difficulty modes to choose from which makes the game perfect for everyone.
The game is priced at US$2.99 and you can collect gems while you play the game to purchase new and improved weapons. All in all, a traditional tower defense game with hours of gameplay.
5. Sentinel 4 Dark Star
After the medieval age, we have something from the future in Sentinel 4 Dark Star. It’s based on a interstellar war on far away planets where you fight aliens. Build futuristic towers to fight the waves of aliens. The best thing about the app is its graphics and soundtrack. Definitely the best in its class. Everything is so brightly lit in the game, right from the towers to laser beams that you fire.
There are around 26 unique maps or levels you can play with well-designed landscapes. The aliens here fight back and also disable and destroy your towers. You get drones, nukes and also help from the sentinel when needed.
The game is around US$1.99 to purchase from the Play Store and with the graphics and game play you will get, it will be worth it.
That’s not all folks. There are plenty of other tower defense games out there you can play on your Android. If you have a personal favorite you would like to share with our community, drop a comment in our forum. I am always on the lookout for suggestion for a new and worthy game.