Best tower defense games on steam

1.Bloons TD 5

Paid: $2.99

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.

  • David Peters

    by David Peters

    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  More

  • Willie Turner

    by Willie Turner

    I am not very impressed with this tower defense game. The graphics are very kid friendly, but not very good compared to what I am looking for.

  • Claire Sun

    by Claire Sun

    I like top down games like this. The kid's call them sandbox games. Really good for a tablet game.

2.Dungeon Defenders

Paid: $14.99

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.

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  • by Joshua Ray

    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 More

  •  José Luis Soriano

    by José Luis Soriano

    This game is among the best tower defense games out there. It is definitely worth the price. There is 4 player co op, and you can even use the portal  More

  • Anthony Gordon

    by Anthony Gordon

    Dungeon Defenders is an alright game at first look, but the flaws show once you play for a few hours. The progression is painfully slow, and the graph More

  • Henry Lawrence

    by Henry Lawrence

    Just got into using steam on my PC. A friend recommended dungeon defenders so I tried it out. It was okay and probably worth trying out if RPG is your More

3.Kingdom Rush

Paid: $9.99 with in-app purchases

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.

  • Dylan Harvey

    by Dylan Harvey

    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 cr More

  • Rebecca Dixon

    by Rebecca Dixon

    Kingdom Rush is a fun game where you have to defend your tower. You defend against all enemies and build your arsenal to protect your tower.

  • Jacqueline Jacobs

    by Jacqueline Jacobs

    It is your classic tower defense in a fantasy kingdom. I don't have much to say about it.

4.Plants vs. Zombies

Paid: $4.99 with in-app purchases

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.

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  • Eric Black

    by Eric Black

    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  More

  • Margaret Washington

    by Margaret Washington

    This game should be on top of the list! This game improved the TD genre vastly! WHo didn't enjoy the plants vs Zombie storyline? And my nieces always  More

  • Kathy Bell

    by Kathy Bell

    PvZ is a classic tower defense game, and I was hoping to find something like it I could play on PC. It's offered on Steam, which I really like to supp More

5.Yet Another Zombie Defense

Free download

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.

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  • David Ellis

    by David Ellis

    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, ye More

  • Albert Silva

    by Albert Silva

    My friends decided to DL this game you know, because we got tired of playing the same L4D game over and over, and it turns out this is a great and eas More

  • Pedro Gallardo

    by Pedro Gallardo

    An all-around fun game that suits the defence game category. Addicting gameplay with an interesting popular twist to it. Gameplay is fun, and the game More

6.Iron Brigade

Paid: $14.99
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.
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  • by Phillip Brown

    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 More

  • Benjamin Rios

    by Benjamin Rios

    If you are looking for a tower defense game, Iron Brigade is for you. Many interesting and challenging levels as well as customization.


Paid: $14.99
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.
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  • Howard Ortega

    by Howard Ortega

    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' More

  • Frances Henderson

    by Frances Henderson

    I wouldn't rate this one so high on a generalized list. This game has to be played with a VR headset. If you aren't looking for a VR game, this would  More

  • Theresa Perry

    by Theresa Perry

    This would have been a wonderful answer to finding a Tower Defense game on Steam. Kittypocalypse looks awesome. The only problem is that it requires a More

8.Tower Wars

Paid: $7.99

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.

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  • Nicholas Estrada

    by Nicholas Estrada

    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 th More

  • by Luis Alberto Madrigal

    If you asked me way back when Tower Wars first came out if you should play it I would tell you definitely, now though I would tell you to look elsewhe More

  • Terry Brooks

    by Terry Brooks

    I used to play tower defense games a few years back and I was trying to find a game to play that was just like what I was used to. Tower Wars was the  More

9.Sanctum 2

Paid: $14.99
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.
  • Mary Howard

    by Mary Howard

    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. More

  • Phillip Martin

    by Phillip Martin

    Sanctum 2 is a tower defense game where you protect Cores from the invading aliens. The graphics of the game are awesome and I like the soundtrack too More

  • by Michelle Hall

    I found this solution to be awesome. This game is very highly rater, a lot of fun, and oddly like a smaller cooperative MOBA when played with friends. More

10.Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Paid: $1.99
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.
  • Donald Burke

    by Donald Burke

    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 tha More

  • Liu Cao

    by Liu Cao

    I know that this game is available on Steam and it is another decent Tower Defense game. I did notice that the solution given was for the Google Pl


  • by Joan Hoffman

    Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is the newest game in the award-winning series. Defend your tower with strategic decisions and fortify your land with new towe More


Paid: $3.99

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. 

  • Betty Alexander

    by Betty Alexander

    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 a More

  • Donna Harrison

    by Donna Harrison

    Well, first, this is a link to google play store not Steam. It is on Steam too. The game is fun and better suited to using the app and not PCs.

  • Ralph Berry

    by Ralph Berry

    I did not find this game on Steam and the solution given is for Android so I do not think this is a very good solution.

12.They Are Billions

Paid: $24.99

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.

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  • Aaron Berry

    by Aaron Berry

    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 a More

  • Madison May

    by Madison May

    They Are Billions is a fun game, especially if you are into survival games. It's based around zombies and you have to protect the colonies you have bu More

  • Roger Woods

    by Roger Woods

    This game is super fast paced, never lets up for a minute. I love it! Definitely a nice break from the traditional tower defense games I've played.

13.Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Free download
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.
  • Katherine Wilson

    by Katherine Wilson

    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 More

  • Ethan Owens

    by Ethan Owens

    This is a great tower defense game. One feature I love is the team based tower defense where you can play with up to 3 players, much more fun than jus More

14.Orcs Must Die! 2

Paid: $14.99

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.

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  • Keith Griffin

    by Keith Griffin

    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 h More

  • Walter Thompson

    by Walter Thompson

    This is a good solution to the problem. Orcs Must Die is a popular series and offers a interesting mix to the tower defense genre.

  • Edward Johnston

    by Edward Johnston

    This is a good tower defense game and different for the genre. It's also a convenient link directly to the game page on Steam.

15.Defense Grid: The Awakening

Paid: $9.99
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.
  • Amit Tata

    by Amit Tata

    IDK why there are negative comments, the game takes tower defense into the next level with its simplistic but realisitc graphics man!!!! Lasers are th More

  • by Elizabeth Silva

    Defense grid was recommended by a friend, and now I think I need to go smack my friend. This game is just the absolute worst. A unique spin on tower d More

  • Ao Yi

    by Ao Yi

    Defense Grid is the perfect game for someone looking for a tower defense game. Very challenging and interesting levels.

  • Olivia Perry

    by Olivia Perry

    Need something new to play? Defense Grid will let you play out all your defense strategies.

16.GemCraft: Chasing Shadows

Paid: $9.99
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.
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  • Peter Newman

    by Peter Newman

    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 fo More

  • by Dennis Rios

    I love Tower Defense games ever since I played Warcraft 3 with friends online. We'd spend hours and hours playing them, and GemCraft: Chasing Shadows  More

  • Angel Sarin

    by Angel Sarin

    This is a classic example of this game. The reviews are good, it seems like it fits the problem. I think I'd probably play it.

17.Sol Survivor

Paid: $9.99
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. 
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  • Rosalba Escamilla

    by Rosalba Escamilla

    Very fun, slightly difficult, better with friends.

  • Edward Bates

    by Edward Bates

    Great TD game with lots of content. Levels are challenging and have multiple ways to win. Also a fun multiplayer option.

18.Super Sanctum TD

Paid: $4.99

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.

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  • Doris Chapman

    by Doris Chapman

    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:  More

  • Julie Ward

    by Julie Ward

    Super Sanctum TD is a tower defense game. You strategize and customize mazes and towers to prevent enemies from reaching your tower.

19.Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

Paid: $14.99

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.

  • by Josefina Corona

    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 More

  • Jonathan Bishop

    by Jonathan Bishop

    I am into strategy games, so a friend alerted me to this game. I have to say I loved it. It has a great story.

  • Roy Welch

    by Roy Welch

    I love tower defense games and I love Steam. Defender's Quest is a pretty fun tower-defense game that has some nice RPG elements in it. I like the cus More

20.DG2: Defense Grid 2

Paid: $14.99

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.

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  • Alejandro Aguirre

    by Alejandro Aguirre

    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 es More

  • Gregory Greene

    by Gregory Greene

    I really liked the game play with DG2: Defense Grid 2. The graphics were great as well.

21.Evil Defenders

Paid: $9.99 with in-app purchases

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.

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  • Wayne Morris

    by Wayne Morris

    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. Asi More

  • Victoria Payne

    by Victoria Payne

    I don't think this is a plausible solution. This asked for Steam, and this link goes to a game in the google play store.

22.Tumbleweed Express

Paid: $4.99
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.
  • Tang Zeng

    by Tang Zeng

    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 More

  • by Paul Miller

    Tumbleweed Express is a fun tower defense game with an interesting twist. It is set in the Wild West and features a train theme. Tumbleweed Express is More

23.Revenge of the Titans

Paid: $14.99
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. 
  • Wayne Wallace

    by Wayne Wallace

    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 More

  • Tian Ye

    by Tian Ye

    I think that Revenge of the Titans is a Tower Defense game on Steam.

  • by María de Lourdes Martínez

    This game is all about strategy and using your brain. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to learn this game. The pricing is also fair for a More

24.Prime World: Defenders

Paid: $9.99

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.

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  • Jack Aguilar

    by Jack Aguilar

    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 More

  • Susan Freeman

    by Susan Freeman

    Tower defense games are my favorite, and I prefer to play on PC through Steam. This game is perfect for me! It's got great graphics, and it is right u More


Paid: $9.99
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.
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  • Bob Ma

    by Bob Ma

    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.

  • Ryan Hamilton

    by Ryan Hamilton

    Wave after wave this tower defense game never fails to entertain. Will be enjoying this for a while.

26.Anomaly Defenders

Paid: $4.99

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.

  • Edward Tran

    by Edward Tran

    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. Dif More

  • Ismael Calderón

    by Ismael Calderón

    This is one of the best tower defense games I've played, I'd almost say it's better than Plants Vs. Zombies. Definitely give this one a try!

  • Pamela Riley

    by Pamela Riley

    This game can't hold the title of best if it still has major glitches like not properly saving your progress and knocking you back several levels. I c More

  • Joseph May

    by Joseph May

    If you enjoy tower defense games as much as i do, give Anomaly Defenders ago. It will have you hooked until the end, defending the aliens from the hum More

27.AI War: Fleet Command

Paid: $9.99
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.
  •  María Luisa Armenta

    by María Luisa Armenta

    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 b More

  • Frank Holland

    by Frank Holland

    This game takes a little long to really learn but it is a fun game once you do. There is just so much to discover in this game that you will almost ne More

  • by Christina Carroll

    Nice and fun 4x/RTS hybrid game, definitely worth a play for the unique gameplay alone.


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.