iPad Quality Index

Top 5 Tower Defence Games on iPad

Best of the real-time tower defence titles.

It's all fun and games when you're on your iPad, mowing down waves of troops as they march single file down a right-angled corrider.

Try that tactic on a real-life battlefield, however, and you'll find yourself conquered by the first army whose attack plans aren't drawn up on graph paper.

So, to hasten the downfall of our armed forces (and give Apple users some quality titles to play while it's happening), here are the best tower defence games for iPad.

DISCLAIMER: The tactics of military commanders have been in no way compromised by tower defence games. They're all too busy playing World of Goo HD.

Taking a nicely slanted look at the genre, Plants vs Zombies sees you wielding a whole barrow load of offensive flora to defend your home from the undead. It’s a near-perfect piece of strategy gaming: cerebral and accessible at the same time.
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In an interesting twist on the standard genre formula, this sci-fi entry from Chillingo puts you in the aggressor's military boots. In effect, then you are in charge of a human army that's bearing mercilessly down on alien defences. This turning of the tables makes for one of the most unique - and enjoyable - titles in the genre.
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8.9
Customisation is the key to surviving enemy onslaughts in Origin8's challenging sci-fi favourite. Weaving RPG fibres into the tower defence tapestry, this game forces you to manage experience and power-ups on and off the battlefield. A must-play for genre fans.
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8.8
This isn't so much 'tower defence' as it is 'big-wobbly-jelly-thing defence', but that doesn't make this delicious offering from Infinite Dreams any less entertaining. Initially tricky, but ultimately rewarding, there's a lot of fun to be had when you play with your food - whatever your mother said.
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7.8
IUGO's frantic classic deserves a mention for being the first to combine everybody’s favourite two things: tower defence and zombies. Watch endless hordes of dead people wander into mechanical traps, as you shelter from the coming apocalypse in your shed. Warning: if you relate to this game, seek help.
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7.0
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