1. “Bloons Tower Defense”
An oldie considering how Flash games age, created in 2007, but still a goodie. The “Bloons” series of games have always been quite popular on Ninja Kiwi, and “Bloons Tower Defense”, sometimes called monkey tower defense by players, is no exception. It’s been so popular since its release that it’s spawned 4 sequels, an expansion pack to tide players over and a deluxe edition of “Bloons Tower Defense 5” available for $15.
The first “Bloons Tower Defense” features only one track which has progressively harder levels and requires you to strategically remove old towers to replace them with more powerful towers, such as replacing Dart Monkey with a Super Monkey.
The games have only progressed from there, adding additional tracks, difficulty levels, new bloons to ‘attack’ your track and new upgrades for old towers.
“Bloons Tower Defense 4” and “Bloons Tower Defense 5” are even available for download on an Android device. These mobile versions of the game have new towers and new tracks.
2. “GemCraft” chapters
The three “GemCraft” chapters by Game in a Bottle are among the most popular games on ArmorGames. “Gemcraft”, “GemCraft Chapter 0” and “GemCraft Labyrinth”
The “GemCraft” tower defense games introduced a new spin on the overcrowded tower defense genre by allowing you to mix together two towers to create something even more powerful. Skills that can be leveled up throughout the game even make these dual and triple gems more powerful and faster than individual gem towers would be.
The game also has an overarching story. You are a wizard in training, and in this world wizards create gems to do magic. In the beginning you are training your skills by defending your village and searching for the Gem of Eternity. As the story progresses through the games, you encounter a mysterious labyrinth that contains a dark evil. The future game, which is currently under development with no release date listed, will have you continuing to chase this evil and perhaps even facing off against it.
3. “Kingdom Rush”
“Kingdom Rush”, by Ironhide Game Studio, is currently not only the most popular tower defense game on ArmorGames, with a 9.7/10 rating, but is the most played game on the entire site at over 40 million plays. “Kingdom Rush” was released in July 2011.
“Kingdom Rush” is also available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
The sequel, “Kingdom Rush: Frontiers” is slated for releases Spring 2013.
4. “Bubble Tanks Tower Defense”
“Bubble Tanks Tower Defense”, sometimes called only bubble tower defense by players, is another popular tower defense game on ArmorGames and was created by Hero Interactive. It’s in the top 50 of most played games on the site and has a strong 8.9/10 rating.
“Bubble Tanks Tower Defense” was later updated into “Bubble Tanks Tower Defense 1.5”. All of the original levels can be played in the 1.5 version, but are updated to include 4 new towers, 4 new enemy types and now include a ‘dark mode’ – which is exactly what it says on the tin, turn the lights off and try to win the game. There are also 15 new levels utilizing all these changes. Both bubble tower defense games feature a mega cheat mode – which gives unlimited amounts of bubbles to spend – and FML mode – which is basically a nightmare mode and should only be attempted once you‘ve wiped the floor with the rest of the game.
“Bubble Tanks Tower Defense 2” is the sequel and, while it removes the unlimited bubbles mega cheat, it does add an unlock screen where you can power up range, damage, experience boost from starting waves early and allows you to unlock modes such as making all of the enemy bubble splitters or one life mode. Both dark mode and FML mode are found in this unlock screen.
5. “Defend Your Castle”
“Defend Your Castle” by Xgen Studios is not quite like other tower defense games. In this game your primary weapon against the invaders attacking your castle gates is your own hand. You use the mouse to pick up invaders, lift them high into the air and then drop them to smash them upon the ground. As the game progresses you can upgrade the temple skill which allows you to drop enemy units – gently, lest you smash them – into your castle where they can be trained to help defend your castle as archers, wizards, craftsmen and kamikaze warriors.