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The 5 Best Mobile Tower Defense Games (and an honorable mention)

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 17th, 2021

I’ll be honest here: I’m not a huge fan of conventional tower defense games. I almost always need a twist of some kind on the basic gameplay of building defensive structures and managing an economy of resources to fend off stronger and stronger enemies. Otherwise, games too often feel a little too sterile or straightforward.

This is to say that this list features only one game that most folks would unquestionably call a tower defense game. The rest are more like titles that borrow concepts and mechanics of the tower defense genre and use them to creative effect. With that in mind, check out the list below:


Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD ($4.99)

This is the conventional pick. Ironhide Studio has been consistently raising the bar on tower defense games for years, with Kingdom Rush Vengeance being their latest and most successful attempt. In it, you take control of the baddies from all the previous Kingdom Rush games to get your due against the knights and heroes that have done you wrong for so long.

The best mobile tower defense game is buried inside Genshin Impact

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 13th, 2021

Back in February of 2021, Genshin Impact added an event called Theater Mechanicus as part of its big Lantern Rite festivities. This mode was a sort of tower defense game that challenged players to build death traps of elemental towers against waves and waves of Hilichurls, Ruin Guards, Abyss Mages, and other common Genshin Impact foes.

The major twist with the event was that your character's power completely didn't matter. Whether you were a whale with a full bench of maxed out, S-tier, five-star adventurers or a free player with nothing of the sort, Theater Mechanics was an accessible, challenging, and super-satisfying event to take on in single-player or co-op. The only bummer about the whole thing was that Theater Mechanicus was a time-limited event and it disappeared after just a couple of weeks.

Kingdom Rush Vengeance Update Guide 3 - What you need to know about the Halloween Update

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 24th, 2019

Kingdom Rush: Vengeance now has gotten three updates. It started with the Subaquatic Menace back in February, followed by The Frozen Nightmare in May. And just yesterday, a Halloween update went live featuring three new stages, four new enemies, a premium hero, and a premium tower.

After playing through this latest update, I can safely say it’s the most satisfying content addition to the game so far. Read on for why that is.

Kingdom Rush Vengeance guide - Is the Subaquatic Menace Update Worth It?

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 28th, 2019

Kingdom Rush Vengeance recently added more content to its already pretty packed tower defense game. This update, called Subaquatic Menace, promises more levels, heroes and towers for you to play with.

For fans of Kingdom Rush Vengeance, this is much welcome news, but this update might not exactly be all it’s cracked up to be. After playing through all of the content that Subaquatic Menace has to offer, I can confidently say it won’t sell you on the game if you haven’t already picked it up, and its additions will only make a big difference to diehard completionists.

Kingdom Rush Vengeance review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 22nd, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VENGEANCE AND VILLAINY
Kingdom Rush is back, and badder than ever.
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Defend the Cake guide: Everything you need to build the ultimate fortification

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 5th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Defend the Cake is a new spin on tower defense games that sees you protecting a sugary paradise from pesky ants and other pests. You’ll be building towers and using special abilities to save the cakes Eggperor Shellemane and his helpful Eggbirds have carefully created.

A sugary indie delicacy from former Blizzard and Riot alums, Defend the Cake is getting its biggest update yet in version 2.0, so now’s the perfect time to dive back into the game, or start fresh. Here are some helpful tips to beat every level in Defend the Cake.

Place your cake strategically

In Defend the Cake, you can choose where you put your cake on the battlefield, ultimately determining the path the bugs will take through your defenses. Put some thought into how you can best protect your cake from the buggy masses. If you have second thoughts, no problem - you can always move your cake elsewhere before the battle begins.

Original Journey review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 18th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO ORIGINAL
The originality of this shooter is overshadowed by an all too familiar problem.
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Fend off the undead hordes in Dead 2048, the world’s first 2048 Tower Defense game

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 19th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We’ve all imagined how we’d handle the difficult scenarios that come with a zombie apocalypse. Go for the gun, barricade yourself in, and just generally keep as high as possible. Dead 2048 is the new tower-defence/puzzle combo that gives players the means to do all these things, available now for both iOS and Android players.

Tower building is the name of the game in Dead 2048, being your best chance at surviving the forthcoming undead hordes that remain intent on chewing flesh and taking over the town. You’ll need to start off small, connecting blocks together with traditional 2048 mechanics and getting yourself as high as possible. The higher your towers, the better your chances at popping off successful shots.

Aiding your survival is the ability to construct specific towers, each being ideal for specific purposes. Would you rather land a critical, have better range, or do more damage? The zombie waves will never stop coming, so it’s up to you to survive them using the correct tactics.

Handily capable of being played with just one hand thanks to a portrait perspective, Dead 2048 aims to enthral players as the first game to mash tower defence with 2048 puzzle-solving. The more you play, the more evolved your towers can become, so undead enthusiast will always have plenty to return to when craving a bite of the action. And you have to clear as many missions as possible in order to build a Laboratory, so needed in order to save the mankind.

Take your best shot at surviving the apocalypse in Dead 2048, free to download now from both Google Play and the App Store.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Naval Storm TD sails onto Android today

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 5th, 2017

Naval Storm TD is ready to take the world of naval strategy games by storm. GameSpire’s latest game is the first and only naval tower defense game you’ll find anywhere, and Naval Storm TD is all set to become the next big thing in strategy games with its deep strategy and stunning graphics.

Set on an island in the midst of war, you’ll need to buff up your defenses to protect yourself from the enemy armies heading your way. Naval Storm TD features a huge variety of enemy units. You’ll be facing off against anything from submarines to helicopters to hulking armored cruisers.

In order to build up your defenses, Naval Storm TD gives you access to a free construction mode, which allows you to place turrets and other platforms around your tower any way you like. You’re free to build whichever sort of defense you manage to dream up, especially with a wide array of upgrade paths for your units. Naval Storm TD leaves the player with loads of options for customizing each and every battle. Plus, you can aid your defenses with an exciting array of weapons featuring anything from machine guns to torpedoes.

Play through 32 levels jam-packed with action and gorgeous 3D environments -- over the course of the game you’ll travel to flooded mountain vistas, freezing Antarctic islands, to name but a few.

Are you ready to head to war? Naval Storm TD is free-to-play, and you can grab it right now on Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Gunhouse review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 16th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MATCH-DEFENSE
If you combine a bizarre take on match-three with tower defense, you end up with a pretty delightful and challenging game.
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Battleship Lonewolf: Space Shooter review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 29th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLOW WOLF
This space shooter blends a shmup with tower defense.
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Tiny Archers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 25th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIGHTLY OFF TARGET
This arcade archery game offers up some casual fun, though some of its design cheapens the experience.
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Alien Robot Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 16th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOLID MARCH
Dependable if not exceptional works well for Alien Robot Monsters
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Chrono Space Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 8th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DRAG-AND-POP
Chrono Space takes an interesting approach to the tower defense formula.
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Age of Defenders Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 18th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: COMPELLING PLAY
Age of Defenders is a well designed tower defense and offense game.
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