Best Tower Defense Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,035 Tower Defense games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Tower Defense game rankings were last updated on 5/27/2024.

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1. Bloons TD 6

The Bloons are back and better than ever! Get ready for a massive 3D tower defense game designed to give you hours and hours of the best strategy gaming available.

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Bloons TD 6 holds the #1 spot for "best Tower Defense game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 308,716 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 300,563 positive reviews and 8,153 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Bloons TD 6 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 12/18/2018
Franchise Ninja Kiwi Games
Developer Ninja Kiwi
Publisher Ninja Kiwi
Steam App Id 960090

2. Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition

Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks.

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Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 125,748 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 122,663 positive reviews and 3,085 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 5/5/2009
Franchise PopCap EA
Developer PopCap Games, Inc.
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Steam App Id 3590

3. Kingdom Rush - Tower Defense

Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command!Fight on forests, mountains and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations!

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Kingdom Rush - Tower Defense has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,949 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,595 positive reviews and 354 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kingdom Rush - Tower Defense on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 1/6/2014
Franchise Ironhide Game Studio
Developer Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher Ironhide Game Studio
Steam App Id 246420

4. Thronefall

A minimalist game about building and defending your little kingdom.

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Thronefall has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,257 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,850 positive reviews and 407 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Thronefall on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/2/2023
Developer GrizzlyGames
Publisher GrizzlyGames
Steam App Id 2239150

5. Kingdom Rush Frontiers - Tower Defense

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, heroes, and more goodies to help you crush your foes in this Fantasy Action Tower Defense game!

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Kingdom Rush Frontiers - Tower Defense has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,133 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,870 positive reviews and 263 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kingdom Rush Frontiers - Tower Defense on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/25/2016
Franchise Ironhide Game Studio
Developer Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher Ironhide Game Studio
Steam App Id 458710

6. Mindustry

An open-ended factory management game with RTS and tower defense elements.

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Mindustry has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 18,319 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,552 positive reviews and 767 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Mindustry on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/26/2019
Developer AnukenDev
Publisher AnukenDev
Steam App Id 1127400

7. Rusted Warfare - RTS

{{An RTS inspired by the classics of the past!}} Making up for it's subpar retro graphics with fun gameplay and modern multi-threaded tech enabling huge battles to run smooth... Featuring singleplayer challenges, skirmish, sandbox, 10-player multiplayer & workshop modding.

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Rusted Warfare - RTS has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,840 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,699 positive reviews and 141 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rusted Warfare - RTS on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 7/14/2017
Developer Corroding Games
Publisher Corroding Games
Steam App Id 647960

8. Orcs Must Die!

Slice them, burn them, skewer them, and launch them - no matter how you get it done, orcs must die in this fantasy action-strategy game from Robot Entertainment. As a powerful War Mage with dozens of deadly weapons, spells, and traps at your fingertips, defend twenty-four fortresses from a rampaging mob of beastly enemies, including...

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Orcs Must Die! has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 7,730 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,442 positive reviews and 288 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Orcs Must Die! on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 10/11/2011
Franchise Robot Entertainment
Developer Robot Entertainment
Publisher Robot Entertainment
Steam App Id 102600

9. Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal

Creeper World 3 is what happens when cellular automata takes over a strategy simulation. Instead of discrete units that attack your base, a fluid-like substance spreads over the terraformable terrain. Your base, your weapons, your strategy... you must adapt them all.

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Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,465 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,314 positive reviews and 151 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 3/27/2014
Developer Knuckle Cracker
Publisher Knuckle Cracker
Steam App Id 280220

10. Kingdom Rush Origins - Tower Defense

Command your elven army and defend mystical lands from sea serpents, evil sorcerers, and wave after wave of gnoll tribesman, all with the help of brand-spankin’ new towers, heroes, and spells to fend off every last baddie.

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Kingdom Rush Origins - Tower Defense has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Tower Defense games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,132 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,894 positive reviews and 238 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kingdom Rush Origins - Tower Defense on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 10/17/2018
Franchise Ironhide Game Studio
Developer Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher Ironhide Game Studio
Steam App Id 816340

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