What are the best Tower Defense games on Steam?

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    #1Orcs 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

    Katherine Wilson
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "Orcs Must Die! Unchained perfectly falls into the category of a tower defense game that can be downloaded off of Steam. It has tower defense listed in both the developer's description for the game on its Steam page, and it is tagged as a tower defense game by the Steam community. It fulfills all the requirements of the problem."
  2. 44

    #2Bloons 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

    David Peters
    Written on July 12, 2018
    "Sorry you feel that way Mr. Turner but the game is really complete for me. I mean it is a TD game, what do you expect? THat you will go on crazy hard adventures like in Final Fantasy or something? I enjoy it, it is hassle free and I can play it for hours without racking and hurting my brain too much. "
  3. 42

    #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

    Joshua Ray
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "If your looking for a tower defense game on Steam then give Dungeon Defenders a try. I was skeptical until I started playing, it is full of action and you really need to use strategy to win. I played for hours and I am still learning new thing from this game. The enemies are ruthless and pry at your defenses everywhere. A lot of fun."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the tower defense genre only grew popular during 2007-2008 despite it already being present from as early as 1990? The genre became a phenomenon after some game developers introduced tower defense modes that can be found in their real-time strategy titles. Another factor that can be attributed to its sudden rise in popularity is the rise of Adobe Flash independent game developers as well as the emergence of app stores that can be found on Apple and Android. Tower defense games usually have distinct phases that are present throughout the majority of games of the same genre: the build phase, the initial phases wherein the player has to put up the first defenses; the defense phase, wherein waves of enemies storm your defenses; and the repair phase, wherein players are given a short span of time to repair damaged structures or put up new ones.

One of the most popular tower defense games is Plants vs. Zombies, scoring 4 1/2 out of 5 stars on review aggregator website Metacritic. Although the popularity of tower defense games isn’t as high as other game genres, and the fact that it isn’t as widely used a genre as others in this season, one cannot doubt that it would take a long while before this genre becomes forgotten.

  1. 42

    #4Orcs 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

    Keith Griffin
    Written on July 12, 2018
    "I thought this would be as bland as the first but the graphics have been so enhanced that I forgot it was a tower defense game!! Wish the foes could have been more varied and stronger though."
  2. 41

    #5Kingdom 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

    Dylan Harvey
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "Kingdom Rush is a game for Android no one should download because it's full of bugs. I tried to play it for a few hours but I couldn't bear all the crashes and the errors the game gave to me. Avoid!"
  3. 39

    #6Defense 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

    Amit Tata
    Written on July 12, 2018
    "IDK why there are negative comments, the game takes tower defense into the next level with its simplistic but realisitc graphics man!!!! Lasers are the future! And i've learned a lot about geometry, tactics and strategy since I installed this game on my PC!"
  4. 38

    #7GemCraft: 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

    Peter Newman
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "After seeing all the great reviews for this game I decided to give it a shot. The reviews did not lie, the replay value is great. The only downside for me personally is the graphics but the game makes up for that in spades."
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    #8Plants 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

    Eric Black
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "This is a very solid tower defense game. I played it for a little while, and really enjoyed it. It was easy to get into, and just the perfect type of game I was looking for! If you are wanting an easy to learn tower defense game, this is by far the best thing you could ask for."
  6. 32

    #9Sol 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

    Rosalba Escamilla
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "Very fun, slightly difficult, better with friends."
  7. 29

    #10Yet 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

    David Ellis
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Mercifully the authors of this zombie of a game have already included "Yet Another..." in the title so I don't have to. Yet Another tower defender, yet another zombie, yet another predictable load of crap that tries to milk a few last drops of untainted human lucre out of my wallet with a lame, predictable reanimated corpse of a game. Run, don't walk like a zombie away from this dog- it don't hunt."
  8. 29

    #11Iron 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

    Phillip Brown
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "This game has an awesome experience if you're playing online, though the community has died down since it's been out since 2012, but solo play is just a good! If you're like me and into Mechs, this game will become an instant favorite."
  9. 28

    #12Super 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

    Doris Chapman
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "The app seems to be focused exactly on the issue, the description clearly states that it offers Tower Defense games and it shows clearly on its name: TD. If I was looking for TD games on the Steam platform, I would choose this option, as it clearly solves my query."
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    #13Defender'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

    Josefina Corona
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "This is a very fun RPG that kinda reminds me of Zelda back in the day! If you were a fan, you will be hooked. It has a lot of strategy type things you have to figure out, and really challenges your mind. It also has a great story line for those who enjoy good stories. It'll intrigue you and get you hooked."
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    #14DG2: 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

    Alejandro Aguirre
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "DG2: Defense Grid 2 is one of the few games that I feel like has unlimited play-ability. It is gotten rave reviews from critics and gamers alike. I especially love playing with my friends who can join me in the co-op experience."
  12. 21

    #15Evil 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

    Wayne Morris
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "Evil Defenders is a tower defense game that I've found to be really fun. There are 60 towers to deploy so you have a large arsenal to choose from. Aside from that the graphics are really nice. "
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    #16Kittypocalypse

    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

    Howard Ortega
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "Kittypocalypse definitely serves as an innovative Tower Defense game, but no matter how good it is, many people will have issue with the fact that it's restricted to users with VR. Not everyone with this specific problem is going to have access to this specific solution. Those who have VR, however, look to be in for a treat."
  14. 18

    #17Tumbleweed 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

    Tang Zeng
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "My friend was a huge tower defense game fan and had played them all and loved them all. So I was on a search for one that he hadn't played or heard of. I told him about Tumbleweed Express. It wasn't exactly the kind of game that either of us had thought it was, but that was a good thing because it's not a typical "tower defense" game and involves trains. It's really good and my friend loved it!"
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    #18Tower 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

    Nicholas Estrada
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "Tower Wars is an interesting take on the Tower Defense genre that did reasonably well in helping me solve my problems with finding a unique game of this type. The best part of the game would probably have to be the really unique graphics and units, which I guess I would call almost retro-futurist or "steampunk" or something similar. The gameplay is not quite as unique, but there are only so many spins one can put on a tower defense style game."
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    #19Sanctum 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

    Mary Howard
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "This game is a real challenge, it lets you build mazes and tower defenses. Its a bit time intensive and definitely plays better if you play on a team. If you play alone it can be very hard to defeat enemies, the robot sniper is the way to go here if you're solo. Other than that, its a great game."
  17. 13

    #20Revenge 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

    Wayne Wallace
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "Looking to pass the time I decided to look for the best Tower Defense games on Steam. One game that caught my eye was Revenge of the Titans. I gave it a shot and unfortunately this game is very buggy. It keeps freezing every 5 minutes and I have to restart it multiple times. The controls are also very clunky. I wish I would have never bought it."
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    #21Kingdom 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

    Donald Burke
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "I was on the hunt for the best tower defense game that I could find. One of my friends recommended that I try Kingdom Rush Frontiers as he thought that I would be able to really enjoy it. The mechanics and way the game was created was very nice to play."
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    #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

    Jack Aguilar
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "Another great tower defense game available on Steam is Prime World: Defenders. It is a fun single player title that captivates the interest of players who enjoy the genre. Although I find that the game could use some more polish, it is still an enjoyable experience for all."
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    #23Sanctum

    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

    Bob Ma
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "I tried Sanctum but I couldn't get into it. I guess I'm just not a fan of the first person in a tower defense game."
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    #24OTTTD

    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

    Betty Alexander
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "OTTTD otherwise known as over the top Tower Defence is a game that can be found on Steam and also google play. this game has some cool elements that are fun, detailed and realistic. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes tower defense type games"
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    #25Anomaly 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

    Edward Tran
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I play a lot of tower defense games and this has to be one of my favorite. The levels are challenging and full of variety, as well as the enemies. Difficulty ramps up slowly but steadily, so you're always challenged but not overwhelmed until the later levels. Anomaly Defenders has an easy learning curve but requires skill if you really want to reach the latter levels. I love it!"
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    #26They Are Billions

    They Are Billions

    They Are Billions is a zombie strategic survival game developed and published by Numantian Games. Your mision is build and protect colonies and survive against the zombie horde's attacks.

    Games

    Windows

    $24.99

    Aaron Berry
    Written on January 21, 2018
    "If you love Tower Defense games and zombies then there is a game on Steam for you. They Are Billions combines the two genres to create a challenging and fun zombie survival game where you protect the colonies against the zombie hordes."
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    #27AI 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

    María Luisa Armenta
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "Best tower defense games on Steam, the list is huge. You will NOT find AI War: Fleet Command on that list for me. I had a bunch of buddies that were begging me to get this game. So, of course, I did. I trusted them. They failed me. Just the initial tutorial makes the game seem anything but fun. The actual gameplay is overly complicated and insanely frustrating. And Steam won't give me my money back. Horrible game, don't buy it unless you like to put yourself through misery."

Summary

Best What are the best Tower Defense games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Orcs Must Die! UnchainedGames 52 Free
2Bloons TD 5Games 44 Paid
3Dungeon DefendersGames 42 Paid
4Orcs Must Die! 2Games 42 Paid
5Kingdom RushGames 41 Free
6Defense Grid: The AwakeningGames 39 Paid
7GemCraft: Chasing ShadowsGames 38 Paid
8Plants vs. ZombiesGames 34 Free
9Sol SurvivorGames 32 Paid
10Yet Another Zombie DefenseGames 29 Free
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