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    Looking for the best Tower Defense PC games? For a while, the Tower Defense genre was one of the most popular genres out there. They might seem like simple strategy games to more casual gamers, but fans would call them affordable tactical titles that require keen reflexes, a sharper mind, and quick improvisation. These might be some of the most accessible and addictive strategy games.



    Their accessibility comes from how deceptively simple they are, at least to begin with. A horde of enemies comes from specific directions across a small arena and the player has to improvise a set of appropriate defenses, using scarce resources, to deal with them. Enemies become more difficult and numerous as the game progresses, but the player gains access to better equipment to deal with them as well.

    They are also highly addictive, which is why there continues to be a steady stream of Towe Defense titles. They even appear in other genres as well, like a fun defense minigame in Assassin's Creed Revelations. Although the genre often shifts to games on smartphones and tablets, there are still a lot of fantastic tower defense games on PC these days.

    Below is our list of the best Tower Defense games available for PC. Come on!

    Plants VS Zombies

    Source: Official game page nno site of EA

    For many, Plants vs Zombies is the ultimate game, period. Even by tower defense standards it is simple as there is not a long way to defend, zombies come from the right and the player defends from the left. If a zombie makes it all the way left on a track, there is a fresh start available in the form of a lawn mower.



    However, Plants vs Zombies is a perfect cycle of addiction. Each level offers something new to keep you hooked. More challenging zombies are introduced gradually, various mini-games interrupt the game, and new plants become available to play. Combined with the eye-catching world design and aggressively fun sound design, it's easy to see how Plants vs Zombies has become such a phenomenon. It's a shame that subsequent Plants vs Zombies games were only mobile or online.

    Defense Grid: The Awakening

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    Defense Grid: The Awakening is straightforward perfection. Unlike many games on this list, you are using turrets as a defense. Stop the aliens from stealing energy cores from a charming British AI companion and kill them if they try to escape. Defeating aliens provides the resources to buy or upgrade the various types of towers, and there are the usual deadly mazes that the player can ride. Defense Grid is pure, addictive Tower Defense, and if that's not enough, there are DLC links for Borderlands and Portal as well.

    Sanctum 2

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    Sanctum 2 is the only game on this list that is also an FPS game. If you only play the first few seconds, you can be forgiven for thinking you bought a Borderlands-style co-op shooter, until you get to the arena and have to put up walls, turrets, tesla coils, and other defenses to stop the alien hordes from taking your cores. power.

    All you really need to know is that you can create deadly mazes in up to four player co-op. Sanctum 2 is ideal for anyone who says that Tower Defense games are not exciting.



    Bloons TD 6

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    Anyone who rejected the Bloons series as seeming childish, basic, or highly microtransactional should think again, as Bloons TD 6 is nothing short of Steam's top-rated tower defense game. Games are deliberately cartoonish in nature. You place monkeys with special powers around a map to protect it from malevolent balloons. Gameplay focuses on characters rather than structures, which can be upgraded, leveled up and given better equipment.

    Dungeon Defenders

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    Dungeon Defenders is part MOBA, part action RPG and tower defense. You must defend the fantasy land of Etheria against the hordes of orcs, goblins and other monsters by creating a multi-class character, equipping the right equipment, upgrading skills and heading into battle.

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    From here, players are launched into a small arena where enemies attack in waves from specific directions, if that sounds familiar. Each class has its own defenses to put up, which can be repaired, sold, or upgraded, but they can't do all the work themselves, the player also needs to stay tuned for it.

    Anomaly: Warzone Earth

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    Anomaly: Warzone Earth is a complete reversal of the tower defense genre. The player instead controls units that are trying to sneak past defenses to attack. It's a tower attack.

    After charting a course through a hellish landscape controlled by aliens, players have to keep their limited units healthy by upgrading them whenever possible in order to get to the objective while attacking the various tower defenses along the way. It's not the longest game on the list, but it's an innovative and fun take on the genre.

    Orcs Must Die! 2

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    The orcs must die! The series mixes third-person shooter, melee and magical combat with fantasy-based tower defense, requiring players to mix strategy with skill. You can't rely on your Dungeon Keeper-style weapons or traps alone to defeat the Orc hordes.

    The horde gets wilder as you upgrade your traps and weapons, and both the Magicka-style comic fantasy and co-op play add so much to making Orcs Must Die! 2 an addictive experience. The third game in the series is currently exclusive to Stadia, but we are hopeful for a general release.

    Iron brigade

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    From Psychonauts developer Double Fine comes this underrated third-person mechanical combat/tower defense mash-up. In the aftermath of WW1, a mad scientist tries to take over the world with his army of killer televisions, but luckily the guys in the mobile trench division are here to save the day.

    The player gets a fully armed mech, which is fun, but they also need to set up defenses to counter the pipe's attack. Double Fine's unique gameplay, co-op mode and agile personality make Iron Brigade well worth a visit.

    Bardbarian

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    Bardbarian features a barbarian named Brad, who has hung up his ax to play guitar. By playing sickening tunes, Brad can summon multiple fighters to follow him, who attack enemies as they approach. It is a defense game where defenses accompany the player across the battlefield.

    The player does not attack at all, although they can be killed. You simply lead the troops, augment them with guitar riffs, and collect gold for upgrades, which include new unit types, more effective boosts, and a city drunk who vomits in the enemy's path.

    Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder

    Source: Official game page on Steam

    The Rock Of Ages series is an intriguing mix of tower defense, Super Monkey Ball and the animated parts of Monty Python. Each level features a downhill course with a base at the end that the player must protect with various crazy defenses. At the same time, the player's opponent, human or AI, is doing the same thing.

    When anyone is ready, they can control a rolling rock and try to break through those defenses and crash into the enemy base. Rock Of Ages 2 is probably the best in the series, as the third most recent game leaned a little too much on the difficulty and missed out on a lot of the fun.

    That was our list of the best Tower Defense games for PC. These games can be found on Steam, all for a very affordable price. Did you like our list? Do you think we left a game out? Let us know, comment below. Take care and until next time!

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