Top 25 best tower defence games for Android phones and tablets
Updated on May 29, 2023 - Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Ivan Spasojevic.
Although tower defence games for Android are nowhere near as popular as they used to be in the early days of Android, they are catchy and interesting!
But while we're not seeing bold new genre entries released each week, the TD genre's influence can be felt in other contemporary genres. If you've played a mobile game that asks you to fend off successive waves of attacking foes by strategically placing defensive units lately, then you've played a game that's standing on the shoulders of some TD giants.
This streamlined offshoot of the real-time strategy genre didn't start life on mobile, but it sure has taken up residence here. Tapping and dragging to lay down defensive turrets - in whatever form they might take - just makes so much sense on a touchscreen device.
I don't think that the genre is entirely obsolete, either. There continues to be a steady drip of new TD games being released, from recognisable sequels to intriguing new genre hybrids.
Here, then, are 25 of the best tower defence games for Android that you can enjoy even in 2023.
Kingdom Rush, along with its three follow-ups, is the pinnacle of tower defence. It's all thanks to a near-perfect combination of tight unit balance, intuitive controls, inventive and challenging level design, and a knock-out comic book aesthetic.
We praised it in our Kingdom Rush review too, and rightfully so. It's been a while since a timeless classic such as Kingdom Rush has delighted us with its presence. And for those wondering, despite its rather cartoony approach, the game is considerably challenging.
The levels get difficult at just about the right time, and the units you use will require constant maintenance. It's absolutely perfect. We know that picking the right hero can turn the whole game around, so we have decided to help you pick the best hero for each Kingdom Rush game.Download Kingdom Rush
Bad North: Jotunn Edition
Bad North is a unique combination of real-time strategy and roguelike, but it's the distinct tower defence flavour we're interested in. Develop and position your troops to defend a series of besieged islands, all while screaming bloody murder.
Its unique approach will fascinate those in love with Norse mythology (kinda) for the exciting, yet minimal in-detail Viking battles. We even have a few tips if you want to play Bad North! So make sure to check it out in case you're wondering how to beat the soul out of those trying to take your land.Download Bad North
Dungeon Warfare 2
You might think of it as an inherently limiting genre, applying a rigid framework to the strategy framework. But Dungeon Warfare 2 is a sprawling effort that has you constructing complete deadly dungeons. It's unique in that approach, but it's also extremely exciting with its fast-paced skirmishes.
What's even more, we believe that its pixelated, retro approach only works wonders for Dungeon Warfare 2. It's one of the best tower defence games for Android, that's for sure. If you're thinking about giving it a shot, make sure to expect more than your typical linear TD - you should be prepared to smash opponents left and right, take part in chaotic and swift battles, and make last-second decisions. Overall, it's intense but oh-so rewarding!Download Dungeon Warfare 2
Bloons TD 6
Probably the most popular paid tower defence game on Android in the last year or two. Being priced at just 5 dollars/euros/pounds Bloons TD 6 will probably live up to all of your expectations. Namely, you'll employ monkeys as towers but fear not. These are not your everyday chimps, hitting you with rocks and dung, these are well-trained, special force monkeys ready to put a Rambo to shame with the firepower that they can dish out.
Besides that, the action at the later levels is pretty frenetic, and if you blink too much, you might miss it. At the moment there are over 20 monkeys to pick, and each of them has three different upgrade paths, making it pretty vast and tough to handle, especially at the later stages. On top of that, you'll have to pick heroes. To give you a hand, you can study the BTD6 hero tier list that we are regularly updating.
Being an offline title in a single player, and the fact that you can join co-op multiplayer at any time makes it a darn fine Android tower defence even in 2023.Download Bloons TD 6
Plants vs Zombies 2: It's About Time
Is there something more genre-defining than Plants vs Zombies? We highly doubt that! In this much-beloved sequel, PvZ 2 created an even more bonkers game. Just like in the first one, you'll have to defend your base from shuffling zombies by positioning unique plants that spit, gobble, and explode in various ingenious ways.
We were not completely impressed with the way IAPs were introduced in the sequel, but still, it remains one of the all-time best tower defence games Android has to offer. Just check our Plants vs Zombies 2 review if you haven't given this one a shot yet. We firmly believe that it remains a breath of fresh air.Download Plants vs Zombies 2
Kingdom Rush Vengeance
You'd think we'd be tired of the Kingdom Rush formula by now, but we're not. This fourth slice of classic TD flips the script and places you in control of the original's big bad and his demonic forces. You could say that this one is true to the formula of the tower defence game!
There is also a review if you're curious to learn more about this stunning game - we're truly happy with how it plays, but maybe you'd prefer the original better in case you like playing a good guy story. Regardless, these are the best towers for Kingdom Rush Vengeance. Picking the right tower is crucial after all, so it's a bit like a cheat sheet.Download Kingdom Rush Vengeance
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans mixes tower defence with strategy, base building, and resource management. It's a hybrid, then, and an unusually influential one at that. You basically have to position each one of your buildings in such a way that enemies will have a really hard time getting to your Town Hall (the most important building on the board).
You simply cannot overlook this highly beloved (and addictive) mash of genres - it's a pioneer in the sense that it sparked a number of games to follow the same alluring approach, and that really means something. If you haven't played a round of Clash of Clans yet, you're missing out.
There is a detailed explanation how to get free gems in Clash of Clans and the collection of guides we've created though. They're sure to help you get off to a good start and better understand how to best defend your base and smash the opponents.Download Clash of Clans
Epic Monster TD - RPG Tower Defense
Did you ever picture a meme game, where each tower is unique, upgradeable, and the levels are ever-changing? No? Then you must try Epic Monster TD.
Featuring unique characters, such as doggo and some other... rather interesting ones (you'll see what I mean when you start playing the game) you'll have to position them accordingly, upgrade them, and fight your way through ever-increasing hordes of monsters.
The best part though is the prestige system, which allows you to start over the second you cannot make any more progress. That will reward you with some additional currency you can use to either make upgrades or unlock towers. And since there is a gacha element in Epic Monster, you should also know that the rates are actually pretty good! That's rare coming from a free-to-play game.Download Epic Monster TD
Defense Zone 3 HD
A game with classical war elements is something that both looks good and feels good. Especially when it comes in such a realistic form. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but you're in love with the idea of it, then know that it's much better once you get a hands-on approach.
In Defense Zone 3 HD, you'll have realistically-looking towers that one might find in a military base, flamethrowing ones and even air skirmishes in the form of skills meant to give you a helping hand when things get tough. You'll try to stop enemy waves of tanks, infantry and airplanes, but you'll also have a nice set of weapons, so don't worry. I mean, you'll have a nuke, amongst others.Download Defense Zone 3 HD
Kingdom Rush Origins
Four Kingdom Rush games, all playing more or less the same - that's a bit much, isn't it? It would be, except for the fact that they all play so much better than almost all of their rivals. Meaning all four well deserved their spot among the best tower defence games for Android!
In this, third part of the franchise, you'll lead an army of elves, along the forces of nature. You'll have (somewhat) scary ents, and bears. Enemy forces are well-designed, and they will poke your curiosity each time a new one appears.
You can read our Kingdom Rush Origins review if you're eager to learn more about this original approach to TD games.Download Kingdom Rush Origins
2112TD is an Android tower defence game, but it pays tribute to RTS classics like Starcraft and C&C, with an isometric perspective and more involved unit management.
It can really take you back to the good ol' days when you had a much simpler approach to games, so if that's something you would like from your TD, make sure to give this one a shot. The space theme and post-apocalyptic futuristic approach only make it that much more appealing.
You'll also find that each game mode feels completely different, with the Campaign one being so much more exciting than what you meet in the contemporary tower defence games. It's brilliant.Download 2112TD
Mindustry is an Android tower defence and strategy game. You have to extract resources, build factories and defences, and fight for survival.
You play as a ship that is responsible for building, taking care of the base, and protecting the assembly lines. The goal of Mindustry is to extract resources using special blocks that will be attached to other blocks using transport lines to process them and deliver them to the core, which will develop your base, assembly line, as well as combat power and defensive ability. The game includes both single-player (campaign and custom play) and cross-platform multiplayer.Download Mindustry
This minimalistic geometric Android tower defence game is like no other. Actually, it only resembles the first Infinitode which started it all. It's a unique game where geometric shapes are what sets things in motion, and your goal is to place, adjust and upgrade them enough to take out those pesky circles and squares.
If one title has managed to impress us through sheer creativity, this would have to be the one. Infinitode 2 will give you a challenge, and some of the levels are complicated enough to impress even an avid gamer. If you are a fan of the first Infinitode, part two won't disappoint you!Download Infinitode 2
Like Royal Revolt, the Anomaly games turn TD on its head. Here you're in direct control of the attacking swarm that's running the gauntlet through your enemy's static defences. The resulting fireworks are spectacular.
In what seems like one of the best tower defence games Android has to offer, Anomaly 2 is one of the premium titles worth adding to your collection. That is if you love deeply tactical games, online multiplayer, and some unique, state-of-the-art visuals.
Don't believe that? Then you should read our complete Anomaly 2 review!Download Anomaly 2
Grow Castle - Tower Defense
Grow Castle - Tower Defense is a free-to-play strategy with (oh no) tower defence mechanics, available for an audience over 13 years old.
In Grow Castle, you need to turn a small tower with defenders into a huge fortress and fight against thousands of enemies! You have to build walls and loopholes, summon heroes, legendary commanders, and a regular army of infantry and archers. It will be an incredibly intense battle in which you will test your strength and luck!Download Grow Castle - Tower Defense
It is a beautiful tower defence game with many unique elements for its genre. You will have to protect your castle from many different enemies and dangerous bosses. To defend your kingdom from evil, you can use four types of towers and 11 powerful characters, each with its own abilities and skills. Moreover, you can upgrade your characters with various runes to ensure victory.
There are over 120 exciting levels where you will have to show your strategy and management skills. There are also 100+ achievements that you can unlock. Think you can get all of them? Good luck with that! We know that it looks like another franchise on this list, but it's good, so we couldn't skip it. Most importantly, you can play it offline!Download Empire Warriors
CastleStorm - Free to Siege
An early example of the tower defence genre being chopped and spliced with other genres. CastleStorm has Angry Birds-like pinging, direct hack-and-slash action, and more - and it all holds together very well indeed.
The game appears to have a simple approach at the start, but as soon as enemies start piling up at your gates you're going to get a real taste of the action. We loved the approach to hero and level updates, for a number of reasons. They can get strong if you know what you're doing.
Just check our CastleStorm review - we've got all the goods (and bads) that make up this game perfectly wrapped up in there.Download CastleStorm - Free to Siege
Castle Creeps TD
Castle Creeps is a fine addition to this list, but it doesn't offer much that's new. Instead, though, we get a supremely polished slice of the genre with an appealing cartoon aesthetic.
The one major element we found to work for us in our Castle Creeps TD review is the smoothness with which Castle Creeps TD plays. You have a well-polished title that doesn't lag, doesn't have weird bugs or inconsistencies, and will let you enjoy the game to the fullest. The battles are not as difficult as to make you want to gauge your eyes out, and obtaining the heroes you want is not out of reach.
Really though, it's a decent Android tower defence game that does exactly what it's supposed to do and does that well. What is there not to love?Download Castle Creeps TD
This is probably the brightest Android Tower Defense game on this list. It can offer some unique mechanics. In Radiant Defense, you build your own routes and only then put towers there while in other games developers make the way for you. You'll try to fight the aliens that look a lot like ghosts. But then again, how would I know what they look like, right?
Unfortunately, this one can offer only 15 missions. However, it is also quite inexpensive, and as a bonus, it has full controller support. Competitive players will love the fact that there is a hall of fame, so you can compare yourself to other alien slayers.Download Radiant Defense
Arknights casts you as a representative of a pharmaceutical company that fights both a deadly infection and the unrest it leaves in its wake. Add some sharp anime-style interstitial scenes, and you have a uniquely flavoured TD game. You rarely find a good TD with anime graphics and touch controls as smooth as this one, so if you're eager to try something exciting and fun, Arknights should be on your radar.
Do not expect the game to be easy though - you'll find yourself quickly regretting not upgrading THAT unit soon enough, and having to re-play THAT stage a million times until you find the perfect formula to ace it. We know all about it. That's why we made the Arknights tier list to help you with the upcoming challenges! So, your best bet would be to take it slowly, and really take in the wholesome experience it provides.Download Arknights
Last Hope TD
An original, stylish, impeccable and bloody Android tower defence game, Last Hope TD features all the elements we all know (and love or hate, depending on the day) from classical games of the genre, but with a touch of zombies. What really impressed us in this game, however, is the arsenal and upgrade tree, which is similar to a skill tree in typical RPGs.
You can develop and upgrade weapons and strategically place them in order to take down hordes of zombies. The simple approach we see first and foremost might be a deterrent to many, but don't let that fool you. The actual game is super fun, exciting and challenging, and it'll really drive out your tactical thinking.Download Last Hope TD
Already an immensely popular multiplayer casual strategy experience in its own right, Lords Mobile has now added a whole new element with its Vergeway tower defence mode.
Overall, it's a game that has a little bit of everything - a little bit of tower defence, a little bit of gacha in the heroes' acquisition, some mainstream elements (battle passes, codes and such) and you will always find people to play the game with since it's so popular.
You can find a bunch of Lords Mobile guides that we've put together for you, so if you are eager to get good and become one of the best players in the world, then you better check them out! We have explained how to obtain and use a Migration Scroll in Lords Mobile and which are the active codes for Lords Mobile amongst other things.Download Lords Mobile
A side-on game that lets you defend your realm from within hulking portable battle towers. Mix in some light RPG and management elements, and you have a nice casual twist on TD.
The one thingyou cannot overlook though is the fun-looking graphics and simple, colourful approach. It's way simpler than CastleStorm but follows the same type of approach.
Basically, you shouldn't let the cutesy look of the game make you think it's any less challenging. In case you get stuck, make sure to check our Towerlands beginner's guide to help you out.Download Towerlands
Cat'n'Robot: Idle Defense
So, I heard you like cats and Android tower defence games, so why not play something that has a little bit of both? In Cat'n'Robot: Idle Defense you have a title where you have to build up your tower, enrol cats to defend it, and fend off enemy players. It's a colourful, cartoonish TD that will put a smile on your face through derpy-looking characters and odd constructs.
Cat'n'Robot: Idle Defense is fairly similar to Lords Mobile and other PvP-oriented games, but the matches are a lot quicker if you've assembled the right army. All in all, it's a top pick if you're seeking some lighthearted action where deep strategy is not something you'll have to worry about the moment you step foot into the game.Download Cat'n'Robot: Idle Defense
Tower defence games are usually solitary affairs, but Random Dice adds an intriguing PvP angle. An abstract dice aesthetic keeps things appropriately clean and concise.
Also, you don't need to worry about luck - the game is more about strategy than gambling away all of your units and whatnot. In short, you need to assemble a team of dice and place them strategically on your board. Then, you'll face off against an opponent and you'll have to outsmart them through strategic moves and rolls.
There are lots of options, strategies and tips that you can follow from fellow players (or friends of yours who play the game), but ultimately you'll find something that works for your playstyle. It's one of the best games of the bunch, so if you haven't had a chance to play it yet, make sure to check it out.Download Random Dice