What are the best tower defense games for PC?

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    #1DG2: Defense Grid 2

    DG2: Defense Grid 2

    DG2: Defense Grid 2 is an action tower defense game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment. Published by 505 games, this game is a sequel to Defense Grid: The Awakening. It introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a bold new look, a compelling single-player campaign, and the addition of new game modes, online player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.

    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Eric Wells
    Written on June 28, 2018
    "Defense Grid 2 is my favorite tower defense game. No offense to the other games listed here, I'm sure they are great and all and I've probably played them at one time or the other, but DG2 has them beat in my opinion. Why? I like the gameplay and the graphics. You get to try and use other strategies that you may otherwise not have used when playing these other games. The game modes provide us gamers more options too. And best of all, the rewards system has been enhanced."
  2. 46

    #2Orcs Must Die! 2

    Orcs Must Die! 2

    Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action video game with the objective of defending towers and mines from the orcs. It is developed by Robot Entertainment and was released in July 2013 for MS Windows platform.

    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Larry Fuller
    Written on June 28, 2018
    "Orcs Must Die ! 2 - This is the undisputed tower defense game for years now and I think it will still be the best tower defense game in the next few years. The combination of the traditional tower defense plus orc creatures definitely has an appeal and it does satisfy your need to defend your territory while destroying your attackers."
  3. 45

    #3Dungeon Defenders

    Dungeon Defenders

    Dungeon Defenders is a multiplayer tower defense action-RPG video game where players can choose among one of four classes to create a hero from. This is developed by Trendy Entertainment and was published on 15 December 2010.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Eugene Freeman
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "Tower defense games - we've all played them, and most of us probably loved them. This is a spin on the classic, with a co-op element. Play the game you love with up to 3 of your friends, taking on a huge array of baddies to challenge all of you!"

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    #4Kingdom Rush Frontiers

    Kingdom Rush Frontiers
    Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is a tower defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio. Published by Armor Games on June 6, 2013, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is the second installment in the Kingdom Rush tower defense game series.
    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux

    $1.99

    Jesse Young
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "Frontiers is an improvement over the original Kingdom Rush in every possible aspect. For example, in the first KR, the towers were generic. In Frotiners, the developers have gone crazy and create a lot of wacky towers and animations. There's more enemies, map elements... "
  2. 43

    #5Plants vs. Zombies

    Plants vs. Zombies

    Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition is a tower defense game developed by PopCap Games, Inc. The game offers 5 game modes in which gamers have to stop Zombies from reaching their homes using specially-developed Plants.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free

    Brian Bailey
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "A true classic of the tower defense genre. And still, after many years, it's still one of the best. There's plenty of game modes and enemies to surprise you every few levers. It never gets repetitive and, most importantly: everyone can play. Your father, your granma. And that's the key of Plants vs Zombies success: its accessible even in its final levels."
  3. 41

    #6OTTTD

    OTTTD

    Lock, load and let the gibs fly in OTTTD, a Tower Defence/RTS game with RPG elements that pits you against some of the weirdest creatures in the multiverse. 

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $3.99

    Robert Schmidt
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "If you've ever enjoyed a tower defense game, you should check out OTTTD. I used to play tower defense games more often, but I haven't in a few years. OTTTD looked fun and it jumped me right back in as if I were first playing the genre. Lots of variety and a really fun style to it all. With all of the customization and options you'll have hours of fun with this one."
  4. 38

    #7Bloons TD 5

    Bloons TD 5

    Bloons TD 5 (Bloons Tower Defense 5) is a tower defense game developed and produced by Ninja Kiwi. Originally released on December 13th, 2011, Bloons TD 5 is the fifth installment in the Bloons Tower Defense game series.

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $2.99

    Vincent Adams
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "Bloons Tower Defense 5 has A LOT of content. There's medals, tokens, special challenges, different difficulty settings... Gameplay wise it's the same old story but if you like tower defense games, you'll waste a looooot of time in this one."
  5. 37

    #8Orcs Must Die! Unchained

    Orcs Must Die! Unchained
    Orcs Must Die! Unchained is an action tower defense game with team-based gameplay! Bust skulls with your friends in PvE co-op Survival, or put your teamwork to the real test in Sabotage Mode.
    Games

    Windows, Linux, Playstation 4

    Free

    Ayaan Gupta
    Written on July 8, 2017
    "Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a unique beast. I was searching through steam for a tower defense game to play to eat up some time when I seen this is my recommended bar. I usually don't give multiplayer games the time of day but this game has so many refreshing elements it's almost like the genre was reborn. This is a great tower defense game that fit my casual play needs."
  6. 34

    #9Yet Another Zombie Defense

    Yet Another Zombie Defense

    Yet Another Zombie Defense is a tower defense game developed and published by Awesome Games Studio. In this game, players are tasked to defend their bases against Zombie hordes. It can be played in single-player, multi-player, or co-op.

    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Howard Payne
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "There's several reasons to love this zombie crazyness. First one: is cheap. Not everyone is rich and has money to play all the CoD and FIFA that appears every years. Second: it has a lot of fun game mods and more content than expected. My advice? Buy several copies of the game and gift them to your friends. You won't regret it! "
  7. 34

    #10Kingdom Rush

    Kingdom Rush

    Kingdom Rush is a real-time single-player tower defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio. Published by Armor Games and originally released on July 28, 2011, it is the first of third games in the Kingdom Rush game series.

    Games

    Web, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

    Free

    Stephen Washington
    Written on April 19, 2017
    "This game just doesn't stop! After beating the +20 main stages, you'll unlock a lot of mini-campaigns with more story and extra stages. And then you have the Veteran difficulty, that will punish you for every mistake. You'll spend hours just trying to beat a stage. Luckily, Kingdom Rush is super fun to play"
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    #11Super Sanctum TD

    Super Sanctum TD

    Super Sanctum TD is a retro-styled Tower Defense game developed by Coffee Stain Studios. The game allows users to focus on strategies, customization, tactics, build advanced mazes, and construct powerful towers to prevent alien hordes from reaching the Core.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $4.99

    Michael Ryan
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "Don't be tricked by its 8-bit style. Super Sanctum is a complex tower defense game, way more than its counterparts, Sanctum 1 and 2. Creating labyrinths and seeing the critters falling before reaching the core never gets old."
  9. 32

    #12Sol Survivor

    Sol Survivor
    Sol Survivor is an intense tower defense action game where you must build turrets to defend your colony and its people. Destroy enemies, play with friends in multiplayer, or prove yourself in Survival mode. 
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Ai Yu
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "There was only two ways that putting as many tower types in as Sol Survivor could have went, unplayable insanity or sheer brilliance. Thankfully this game is of the latter where there is so many options that all work so well especially if you can find someone to play co-op with you."
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    #13Idle Tower Defense

    Idle Tower Defense

    Idle Tower Defense is a tower defense game that stands out from the rest of the games in the same genre. The game negates the need for endless and needless tapping due to its active play aspect.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Online

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Christina Meng
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "You will not find any pay walls in this Tower Defense game that invites you to play for free, for hours on end. You get to be the hero, take on a variety of towers, collect items, fight the powerful boss, and level up 24 times. 3D visual effects and changing weather elements make this game sure to please as well. You might as well give it a try, you can't go wrong with free. "
  11. 30

    #14Defense Grid: The Awakening

    Defense Grid: The Awakening
    Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it's up to you to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around a base.
    Games

    Windows, Xbox 360

    $9.99

    Henry Chapman
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "One of the best tower defenses gamer ever. It has a lot of modes, scenarios, units... Defense Grid is also a highly demanding game. You'll need to think strategically. I think that now im way smarter than I was when I began to play!"
  12. 30

    #15GemCraft: Chasing Shadows

    GemCraft: Chasing Shadows
    GemCraft: Chasing Shadows is challenging tower defense game with an emphasis on strategy and replayability. You can summon powerful magical gems and use them against the monsters. An archdemon will destroy the world if you don't stand against it.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Brandon Hudson
    Written on May 22, 2017
    "I love tower defense games and GemCraft: Chasing Shadows is obe of the most fun around. Immensely popular, fun and engaging, you'll get hours of enjoyment from GemCraft. The graphics are superb and the gameplay smooth. Also, it's on Steam and you get a lot of bang for your buck."
  13. 30

    #16Iron Brigade

    Iron Brigade
    Iron Brigade is a Tower Defense Shooter developed by Double Fine Productions. The gamers are tasked to defend the humanity against the Monovision menace by using a combination of mobile firepower and stationary defenses.
    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Charles Weaver
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "Iron Brigade is a tower defense game that is available on PC via the Steam platform. Its levels of intensity gets players going, and keeps their interests for long periods of time. A great game with great reviews if you're in the mood for some tower defense action."
  14. 27

    #17Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

    Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

    Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten is a tower defense and RPG hybrid game developed by Level Up Labs. The game allows users to use tactics and strategies to defend their home turf against invading armies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Wayne Adams
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "In this tower defense game you control Azra, a girl who can summon heroes. Yes. Instead of classic towers you'll manage heroes. The stages all well prepared to support this gimmick. And when the game seems to end... a new mode with more stages will appear. Highly recommended."
  15. 23

    #18Tumbleweed Express

    Tumbleweed Express
    Tumbleweed Express is an up-coming "Travel Defense" indie game. This game concept blends first-person shooters and rail shooters with real time strategy elements to create a unique experience for players in a sprawling 3D world.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $4.99

    Anna Thomas
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "Tumbleweed Express is a fun game that keeps you engaged. It takes first person shooter aspects and combines them with tower defense strategy. I can't play straight up strategy games for extended periods of time but the added first person shooter aspect makes it easier to just keep playing!"
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    #19Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal

    Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal

    Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal is a real-time tower defense game developed by Knuckle Cracker. Originally released on October 4, 2013, this strategy game is the third installment in the Creeper World game series.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Benjamin Baker
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "I absolutely love Creeper World 3! By now I have probably logged over 500 hours playing this game. It is so immersive and addicting that I'll often start the game up with the intention of playing only 30 minutes or so... Then I finally have to pull-the-plug on myself 4 hours later. The game play is very fast paced and this is a really awesome realization of tower defense games, which have gotten stagnant in my opinion."
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    #20Last Hope - Tower Defense

    Last Hope - Tower Defense

    Zombie Tower Defense is a single-player strategy game developed and published by JE Software.  This tower defense game has over 140 levels with varying degrees of difficulty and offers 8 Heroes and 12 different towers to choose from. 

    Games

    Windows

    $8.99

    Wayne Hall
    Written on June 2, 2017
    "A Zombie Apocalypse Tower Defense that has surprised me. It has its own ideas like upgradable equipment or a more epic storyline. And its super long: you'll invest 50 hours if you want to accomplish the 100% of its challenges."
  18. 23

    #21Sanctum 2

    Sanctum 2
    Sanctum 2 is a Tower Defense/FPS hybrid game where you pick from four unique character classes and embark on a mission to protect the oxygen-producing Cores from hordes of deadly aliens who want to destroy them.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux, Playstation 3, Xbox 360

    $14.99

    Carl Long
    Written on June 30, 2017
    "I love FPS and Tower Defense games, and I have many games that I have purchased/downloaded. With limited time, I wanted to play a game that combined both. Sanctum 2 gives me this option, and I really enjoy the characters and the challenges!"
  19. 19

    #22Prime World: Defenders

    Prime World: Defenders

    Prime World: Defenders is a story-driven tower defense game developed by Nival. The game has randomly generated missions, an endless mode, and a Game Plus mode. Users can build 24 towers to defend themselves against 38 types of enemies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Jordan Phillips
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "A tower defense game with an interesting twist: cards! Your towers are based on the cards that you selected previously. As with a card collecting game, there's common cards and rare cards. And specific ways to level up during a stage. The only downside is that the card buying process can be very grindy."
  20. 17

    #23Tower Kingdom Online

    Tower Kingdom Online

    Tower kingdom is a tower defense game with some role-playing elements. You'll have to build powerful towers to fend off creatures travelling along a specific route and more.

    Games

    Other Platform

    Free

    Omar Toledo
    Written on June 13, 2017
    "Tower Kingdom Online is a lot like other Tower Defense games on the PC. Except this game adds some role playing element to the game. I am personally not a fan of role playing. The graphics are nice. It is just not my cup of tea."
  21. 17

    #24Revenge of the Titans

    Revenge of the Titans
    Revenge of the Titans is a game that mixes real-time strategy with tower defense. Quickly assemble a defensive position whilst obtaining the necessary funds by mining nearby resources as the relentless march of the Titans approaches the base. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Lee Sun
    Written on June 23, 2017
    "There's a lot of tower defense games for the pc, and most aren't actually that good. Revenge of the Titans(RotT) is a breath of fresh air for me. It's strategy components make it very challenging rather than just waiting around for minions to come."
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    #25Bloons TD Battles

    Bloons TD Battles
    Bloons TD Battles lets players go head to head with other players in a battle for victory. This game is designed for multiplayer combat, featuring the ability to control bloons directly and send them charging past your opponent's defenses.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch

    Free

    Jonathan Adams
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "This game is highly addictive. I Love the way you can plan out your defense and attack strategies for popping the balloons. Multiplayer mode keeps a competitive edge when playing with my friends and family!!. I cant seem to get tired of it because of the competition between us."
  23. 15

    #26Sanctum

    Sanctum
    Sanctum is a tower defense game developed by Cofee Stain Studios. Published by Coffee Stain Publishing, the game is a mixture of the traditional tower defense game and first person shooter game.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Ryan Warren
    Written on August 12, 2017
    "The only problem of Sanctum its the sequel, Sanctum 2. Nowadays, you can play directly Sanctum 2. The first entry is still good, but outdated."
  24. 15

    #27Kittypocalypse

    Kittypocalypse
    Kittypocalypse is an in-depth, strategic tower defense game built for VR. You must defeat the hordes of evil alien kittens and save what's left of your home planet.
    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Harry Lewis
    Written on June 4, 2017
    "Kittypocalypse is one of the most creative tower defense games on PC. Plus its Cute! And available on steam."
  25. 14

    #28Evil Defenders

    Evil Defenders

    Evil Defenders is a tower defense game developed by CP Decision. It allows users to build and upgrade powerful defensive towers, use special landmarks unique to each map, and cast spells to repel enemy forces to defend their home turf against invaders.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Arthur Henderson
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "Evil Defenders is a game that is similar to Warcraft. You must construct your towers and upgrade them to withstand the hordes of attackers. There is a lot of grinding but its made up for with the beautiful graphics."
  26. 13

    #29Dungeon Defenders II

    Dungeon Defenders II
    Dungeon Defenders II is a cooperative Action Tower Defense with roleplaying elements where you must create tour team of heroes and ramp up your defenses to survive.
    Games

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    Free

    Henry Ray
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "This tower defense game is still one of the best I have played to date. They took the the typical tower defense genre and greatly improved on it. Great graphics and awesome party mechanics make this a very engaging and fun to play game that never gets old. "
  27. 10

    #30Tower Wars

    Tower Wars

    Tower Wars combines elements of tower defense, RTS, and multiplayer. You must build and upgrade unique towers, create mazes, upgrade, assemble, and unleash multitudes of specialized units and more.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $7.99

    Mark Howell
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "Tower Wars is a cool TD game BUT its manly based on its multiplayer mode. And, five years later after its release, the servers are almost empty. It's a pity."
  28. 9

    #31Myth Defense 2: Dark Forces

    Myth Defense 2: Dark Forces

    Myth Defense 2: Dark Forces is a tower defense game developed by Smartpix Games. This version of the game allows users to be in the camp of the dark side. Gamers can build towers and traps using the tech of Orcs, Goblins, and Necromancers.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Marie Bishop
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Not the most technically-stable app in the world, Myth Defense 2 DF nonetheless has a legion of fans. The campaigns are interesting and can be quite challenging, and players enjoy the availability of random maps for all-new gameplay each time. "
  29. 7

    #32Anomaly Defenders

    Anomaly Defenders

    Anomaly Defenders is a tower defense game developed by 11 bit studios. Released in 2014, it is the last installment in the Anomaly Defenders game series.

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $4.99

    Paul Porter
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is a great tower defense game, in my opinion, I have only played it a few times and not long enough to say it is the best but it is very good. "
  30. 5

    #33Fiery Disaster

    Fiery Disaster

    Fiery Disaster is a tower defense game developed and published by Vogelfänger. It allows users to play as a scientist who punishes ignorant peasants using burning balls of lava.

    Games

    Windows

    $1.99

    Reyansh Jindal
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "I was looking for a good tower defense game for my PC. I've played a lot of good ones on my smartphone every time I'd try one on my PC - I'd get sick of it really quick. Fiery Disaster was a lot of fun though. I've been playing it for the past few weeks, and I'm absolutely hooked! It's addicting. It takes a lot of careful strategy and it's a whole lot of fun to play. It's probably the best one I've played in quite some time."
  31. 2

    #34Battle Ranch: Pigs vs Plants

    Battle Ranch: Pigs vs Plants

    Battle Ranch: Pigs vs Plants is a tower defense game created by Playboom. The game pits users against hordes of enemy pigs. It has 200 levels and puts a premium on strategy and time management.

    Games

    Windows, Linux, Mac

    $1.99

    Keith Howard
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "Battle Ranch: Pigs vs Plants is the game I turn to whenever I play a tower defense game on my PC. Inspired by Plants Vs. Zombies, this casual adventure game is a hoot. Defend your territory across more than 216 levels of gameplay. This is a game I definitely want to play again and again."
  32. 2

    #35AI War: Fleet Command

    AI War: Fleet Command
    AI War: Fleet Command is a strategy game developed by Arcen Games LLC where players can go up to against two AI enemies. The game is a blend of the traditional tower defense games and the traditional RTS genre.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Shirley Sullivan
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "AI War: Fleet Command is a great game...IF you're looking for a real-time strategy game. If you want something more turn-based, this is NOT the game for you. I personally think RTS games take up too much of my time learning to master, and this one as usual has so much information to absorb, you'd need to be super committed to the game. I could get that committed if the graphics were exciting, but sadly, they're pretty dull. RTS people I know rave about this game, it's just not for me. "
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    #36Warzone 2100

    Warzone 2100
    Warzone 2100 is an open-source real-time strategy and real-time tactics hybrid game where you command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after a nuclear disaster that almost wiped mankind out from the face of the Earth. 
    Games

    Other Platform

    Free

    Scott McDonald
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "Warzone 2100 is a tower defense game from the late 90s that is still running thanks to its fans passion: now is an open source game improved regularly by its fans. As a result, this is one of the most completer tower defense games ever but also one of the most hardcore. For example, the tecth tree has over 400 different technologies"
  34. 0

    #375Leaps

    5Leaps

    5Leaps is a tower defense video game with a retro-futuristic strategy game style developed by DeepDimensionGames. This game has 25 missions with more than 20 characters and five final bosses to face. 

    Games

    Windows

    Available soon

    DeepDimensionGames
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "5Leaps is a old school strategy game were you travel with Space Rebels, the crew of the Liberty, against the Imperium forces."

Summary

Best What are the best tower defense games for PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DG2: Defense Grid 2Games 47 Paid
2Orcs Must Die! 2Games 46 Paid
3Dungeon DefendersGames 45 Paid
4Kingdom Rush FrontiersGames 44 Paid
5Plants vs. ZombiesGames 43 Free
6OTTTDGames 41 Paid
7Bloons TD 5Games 38 Paid
8Orcs Must Die! UnchainedGames 37 Free
9Yet Another Zombie DefenseGames 34 Free
10Kingdom RushGames 34 Free
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