Best tower defense PC games to play in 2017

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Tower defense is a gametype common in real time strategy games. Wave after wave of enemies pour out from various spawning points in increasingly challenging forces and numbers. The enemies, called creeps, travel from the spawn point to their destination, resulting in a loss of life for the player or players(the player or players are usually given a certain amount). The game ends when the player/s lose all their lives. The goal is to survive for as long as possible.

There are several general types of tower defenses:
– Cooperative: Everyone teams up against the creeps, in an attempt to survive all the waves of creeps
– Solo: Each individual player builds their own towers to defend themself.
– Versus: Teams or players build their own towers and can summon creeps to the opponents towers.

Along with the player configuration (see above), Tower Defences are based around: Mauls (from the pioneering Tower Defence, Wintermaul): The player is allowed to build on the path of the enemies, allowing them to create a maze to lengthen the time the enemies have to take in order to reach the destination, and increasing effectiveness of towers, or disallowing players the ability to build along the enemies’ path, instead allowing space around the path. Enemies often do not have the ability to attack the towers.

There are often many types of towers to choose from, towers with special effects such as the ability to slow enemies, and there are often upgrades available for the towers.

In some tower defense maps, there are races to choose from, each with their own unique towers. Many tower defenses have been based off the popular Winter Maul, and have adopted the term Maul as their name. Some examples would be Warcraft Maul, Videogame Maul, DBZ Maul, Movie Maul, and Star Wars Maul.

Mazing: A common and effective strategy employed in order to increase the effectiveness of the towers that one may build upon is called “mazing”. In which series of towers are lined up in a way that the “creeps” must head in ways that are not effective at reaching their goal, whatever that may be, this is assuming that they need to get from point A to point B. In some tower defense maps, such as the Azure Tower Defense in Warcraft 3, it is impossible to build on the path that the creeps walk on so mazing is impossible.

Standard (Horizontal) Maze: The standard maze is the simplest strategy that is employed by very basic players. It involves creating multiple horizontal lines of towers. In each line of towers has one spot for the creeps to pass through, at one end of the line. The line after it will have the same structure, except for that the opening is on the other side of the line. Not the most effective of mazes, as no tower gets a particularly large amount of exposure to the creeps.

Waypoints: In some tower defense maps, creeps must go to points on the map in a specific order on the way to the goal. One method of mazing is to partially block waypoints to that creeps must take a long route to get there, possibly passing other waypoints and having to go back to them. Often termed “hooking”.


List of top tower defense games for PC:

Hero Defense

CREEPS CRUMBLE. HEROES RISE. Command a team of renegade heroes and impale, slash, tear and burn through legions of undead hell-bent on world domination. Your mission: to defeat the ...

Tower Wars

Tower Wars combines elements of tower defense RTS and all-out multi-player mayhem to bring you a completely unique experience delivered with a fun and funny not-so-old world ...

Zombie City Defense 2

In a near future, the world has been devastated by a virus turning humanity into zombies. You are Iron Corps, the last defense of civilization traveling the world to find resources, help ...

Cube Land Arena

The kingdom of Cubia call for your help, come to this vast kingdom where you will face strong enemies and hard challenges, you are the chosen to defend the cristals of life and finally ...

Defense Zone 2

Stunning detail of levels, in-depth gameplay, finely tuned balance of all levels and turrets. The new, engaging levels are even more stunning and impressive. Gameplay Buy Defense Zone ...

Rock ‘N’ Roll Defense

Rocked by an explosive soundtrack, choose your band, place your equipments and defend the Rock ‘N’ Roll from everyone and everything who try to pull it down, on a totally ...

Last Hope – Tower Defense

Zombie Tower Defense: Join the ongoing war, in an open world, against the undead zombie horde. Choose between multiple powerful heroes all with unique epic gear and skills! With the wide ...

Cosmic Dust & Rust

Cosmic Dust & Rust is a tower defence game set in space. Upgrade your ship, build turrets and defence systems, undergo side missions and take control of your ship manually and use ...

Ancient Planet

Bastion of ancient civilization, a keeper of galaxy wisdom is invaded by alien armies. Use powerful ancient technologies and defeat the attack of enemy armies! Gameplay Buy Ancient ...

Ballistic Protection

With stylish old school graphics, Ballistic Protection brings truly amazing experience of Tower Defence games. Hardcore levels could be completed different ways. Gameplay Buy Ballistic ...

METAL SLUG DEFENSE

“METAL SLUG”, the pinnacle of 2D action-shooting on NEOGEO returns in a brand new strategy game on Steam! Gameplay Buy METAL SLUG DEFENSE Videos METAL SLUG DEFENSE Game ...

Empyrion – Galactic Survival

Empyrion – Galactic Survival is a 3D open world space survival adventure in which you can fly across space and land on planets. Build explore fight and survive in a hostile galaxy ...

One Troll Army

Play as a giant troll in One Troll Army – a defense game about building forts, upgrading your troll, and fighting off waves of enemies. Play Against The Twitch Chat! Gameplay Buy One ...

Space Run Galaxy

Space Run Galaxy is the sequel to Space Run, the game from one-man studio Passtech, which seduced hundreds of thousands of players with its dynamic and original gameplay. By twisting the ...

Artificial Defense

Artificial Defense is a one man made, real time strategy game combining orbital shooter and tower defense components within an electrifying, virtual reality setting. You are the machine, a ...

Onion Force

Onion Force is a hybrid Tower Defense/Action Adventure game with 30 levels of butt-puckering mayhem! Use cunning and strategy to strengthen your team chosen from a diverse cast of ...

Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Command your troops through an epic (mis)adventure as you defend exotic lands from dragons, man-eating plants, and ghastly denizens of the underworld -all with flashy new towers, levels, ...

Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Orcs Must Die! Unchained takes the award-winning Orcs Must Die! action tower defense gameplay to a whole new level with team-based gameplay! Bust skulls with your best pals in PvE co-op ...

Zombie Defense

A modern hybrid of the classic RTS and modern Tower Defense. Recruit soldiers, place them on slots and let them shoot incoming waves of zombies by their own. Order supplies, throw grenades, ...