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Top 5 iPad Tower Defence Games

Best ways to hold off the hoards on iPad

The tower defence genre is one of the most popular and well-established genres on mobile, and it's easy to see why.

This off-shoot of the real time strategy genre feels perfectly at home with touchscreen controls, and its (generally) fixed, zoomed-out perspective is great for smaller screens. Yet the tower defence genre also allows for plenty of gameplay depth and a stiff challenge.

It's also moved on quite a lot from the early days of the App Store, which is why we've come up with a bang up to date top 5 iPad tower defence games list.

Get ready. Here they come!

The first Fieldrunners really set the template for the tower defence genre on iPad, and this long-gestating sequel is a significant step forward. It's bigger, better looking, and much more varied, with open and locked-path levels both making a showing alongside the usual beautifully balanced tower-placing action.
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Castle Doombad is the only side-viewed tower defence game on this list, and it also puts you in the shoes of an arch villain. It's up to you to set a number of ingenious traps to protect your castle from invading heroes.
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8.9
Like Fieldrunners, the first Kingdom Rush took mobile tower defence to a new level when it arrived on iOS - this time with a tongue-in-cheek fantasy twist. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is more of a refinement than a full-on advancement, but it provides all-new towers, even more enemies on screen, and another beautifully detailed cartoon-fantasy world go to war in.
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8.4
Some would have it that the first Plants vs Zombies is the purer game of the two, and it's certainly true that Plants vs. Zombies 2's freemium set-up won't be for everyone. But it looks great, it takes the lane-based tower defence action to new times and places, and it offers a lot of content for free.
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8.4
Sentinel 4 is for hardcore tower defence players - those who have mastered all of the above with relative ease and who now hunger for something meatier and more involved. It's tricky to get into, but Sentinel 4 is packed full of multilayered systems for those prepared to dive in.
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7.6
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