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They’re some of the most accessible và addictive sầu strategy games around - here are a few of our favourites


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PLANTS VS ZOMBIES

For many, Plants vs Zombies is the ultimate game, period. Even by tower defense standards it’s simple – there’s no long path to defover, the zombies come from the right, and the player defends the left. If a zombie makes it all the way left in a lane, there’s one do-over available in the form of a lawnmower.

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Nevertheless, Plants vs Zombies is a perfect cycle of addiction. Every màn chơi offers something new khổng lồ keep you hooked – more challenging zombies are gradually introduced, numerous minigames break up the gameplay, và new plants become available khổng lồ play with. Combined with the appealing world kiến thiết và aggressively fun sound design, it’s easy to see how Plants vs Zombies became a phenomenon – a shame that subsequent Plants vs Zombies games have either been mobile-only or online shooters.

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DEFENSE GRID: THE AWAKENING

The original Defense Grid: The Awakening is straightforward perfection – and unlượt thích many games on this danh mục, you’re actually using towers as a defense. Stop aliens from stealing power cores from a charmingly British AI companion, & kill them if they try khổng lồ escape. Defeating aliens nets the resources to buy or tăng cấp the various types of towers, and there are the usual death mazes the player can put together, but otherwise, that’s it.

Defense Grid is a pure, addictive sầu tower defense delight – và if that’s not enough, there are DLC tie-ins with Borderlands & Portal, too. Defense Grid 2, however, is a little overcomplicated – we’ll stiông chồng to lớn the original.

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SANCTUM 2

From the studio behind Satisfactory và, er, Goat Simulator, Sanctum 2 is chất lượng in that it’s also an FPS game. If you just play the first few seconds, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve bought a Borderlands-style co-op shooter – until you hit the arena và have to lớn put up walls, turrets, tesla coils, và other defenses to lớn stop the alien hordes from taking out your power cores.

All you really need khổng lồ know is that you can create death mazes in up lớn four-player co-op. Sanctum 2 is one to throw at anyone who says that tower defense games aren’t exciting.

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BLOONS TD 6

Anyone who’s dismissed the Bloons series for appearing childish, basic, or highly microtransaction-y should think again, since Bloons TD 6 is nothing less than the highest-rated tower defense game on Steam. The games are deliberately cartoony by nature – you place monkeys with special powers around a map khổng lồ protect it from malevolent balloons.

The gameplay focuses on characters rather than structures, who can be upgraded, levelled-up, và given better equipment. There’s an almost XCOM-level of squad management here, which elevates Bloons TD 6 khổng lồ a whole new plane of addiction.

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DUNGEON DEFENDERS

Dungeon Defenders is part-MOBA, part-action RPG, all tower defense. You must defend the fantasy land of Etheria against the hordes of orcs, goblins, etc – your typical RPG fare — by creating a character from several classes, equipping the right gear, upgrading abilities, and heading out to lớn battle.From here, players are thrown into lớn a small aremãng cầu where enemies attachồng in waves from specific directions, if that sounds familiar. Each class has its own defenses lớn place, which can be repaired, sold, or upgraded, but they can’t vì chưng all the work —the player has to get stuck in too.

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ANOMALY: WARZONE EARTH

Anomaly: Warzone Earth is a complete reversal of the tower defense genre – the player instead controls the units they’re trying to lớn sneak past the defenses in order lớn attaông xã. It’s tower offence.

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After plotting a course through an alien-controlled hellscape, players have to lớn keep their limited units healthy, upgrading them wherever possible, in order khổng lồ make it lớn the objective while attacking the various tower defenses along the way. It’s not the longest game on this danh sách, but it’s an innovative & fun spin on the genre.

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ORCS MUST DIE! 2

The Orcs Must Die! Series mixes third-person shooter, melee, & magic combat with fantasy-based tower defense, requiring players lớn phối strategy with skill – you can’t rely on just your weapons or the Dungeon Keeper-style traps to lớn defeat the Orc hordes.

The horde gets wilder as you tăng cấp both your traps and weapons, and both the Magicka-style comedic fantasy và co-op adds a lot to make Orcs Must Die! 2 an addictive experience. The third game in the series is currently a Stadia exclusive sầu, butreleases on Steam on 23 July.

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IRON BRIGADE

From Psychonauts developer Double Fine comes this underrated third-person mech combat/tower defense mash-up. In the aftermath of WW1, a crazed scientist tries to lớn take over the world with his army of killer televisions, but luckily the chaps of the sản phẩm điện thoại trench division are here to lớn save the day.

The player gets a fully-armed mech, which is fun, but they’ll also need khổng lồ mix up defenses lớn counter the Tube onslaught. The unique gameplay, co-op, and Double Fine’s signature snappy wit make Iron Brigade well worth a visit.

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BARDBARIAN

Bardbarian features a barbarian named Brad who hung up his axe pháo lớn play guitar instead. By playing sick tunes Brad can Hotline several fighters lớn follow hlặng, who attachồng enemies when they get cthất bại. It’s a tower defense game where the defenses accompany the player around the battlefield.

The player doesn’t attachồng at all – although they can be killed – you simply lead troops, boost them with guitar riffs, và collect gold for upgrades, which include new unit types, more effective boosts, & a town drunk who vomits in the enemy’s path. The usual stuff.

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ROCK OF AGES 2: BIGGER AND BOULDER

The Rochồng Of Ages series is an intriguing mix of tower defense, Super Monkey Ball, & the animated bits of Monty Pynhỏ nhắn. Each level features a downhill course with a base at the end that the player has lớn protect with various wacky defenses. At the same time, the player’s opponent – human or AI – is doing the same thing.

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When either is ready, they can control a rolling boulder & attempt lớn smash through those defenses & crash into the enemy base. Rock Of Ages 2 is probably the best in the series, as the more recent third game leaned a little too hard into the difficulty & lost much of the fun.

Now you’re mix up with a selection of the best tower defense games, ready for the oncoming hordes of aliens/zombies/terrifying balloons. As you watch them fall before you, check out our guide lớn the best strategy games on PC.