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Awesome tower defense games for Android tablets

by Larry Sullivan

There are tons of tower defense type games out there today for Android devices. After a while you can get tired of them because they have the same basic premise, “stop the invading enemy.” Enemies can be tanks, people, zombies, aliens, spaceships, you name it. I have played a good number of them, but below are the four that I think are the best and the ones that are awesome when run on the big screen of an Android Tablet.

Myth Defense LF $3.95

This was the first tower defense game I played. It currently is available in two versions, free or paid. Recently, they have released a number of new maps that can be purchased separately for the game: Elfish Goldland, Islands and Christmas Eve.

Myth Defense Light Forces gives you the ability to really customize and expand upon the basic game. While battling, you can earn GP and artifacts. GP is used in the shop to purchase different items such as heavy arrows and improved gunpowder. The artifacts you earn can be used in the Alchemy Lab, where you can create different types of runes. Runes can then be used to increase damage, tower ranges and so on.

With the ability to customize the gameplay and the beautiful and detailed graphics, Myth Defense is a real joy to play and will provide hours of enjoyment

Jelly Defense $2.99

Jelly Defense is probably one of the most unusual tower defense games. Your mission is to save Diploglobe (and the crystals) and Jelly nation from the invading aliens (who also appear to be Jelly). The monochrome background of the environment really makes the jellies, crystals and coins stand out.

Jelly Defense might look simple but has quite a bit of complexity to it. What makes it difficult? Defenses can only be placed in certain locations along the route and defenses are color coordinated with enemy (red only can attack red). To survive you need to upgrade. To upgrade you need coins. When an enemy is killed, coins are released and you need to pick up the coins before they disappear. If you are slow, too bad!

Jelly Defense is a game where you need to be quick on your feet; managing your defenses, upgrading or removing them when appropriate, collecting coins, and saving the crystals. Taking some time between battles to learn about the jellies in the Jellypedia will also help you out.

Fieldrunners HD $2.99

Fieldrunners HD has been out for some time and is one of the most popular tower defense games on the Android Market today. When I think of tower defense, I think of Fieldrunners HD. When you begin a battle, you start off with a certain amount of cash and an open playing field. You can set the defense where you want and as many as you can afford. To survive, you will need a lot!

Fieldrunners HD can be played in three difficulty settings (easy, medium, hard) and three modes (classic, extended, endless). You will need to beat the classic mode to unlock the other modes. There are six different maps or environments to choose from, but you must complete the first map (Glasslands) before the next is unlocked.

There are seven different weapons (towers) you can use and of course they can be upgraded or destroyed. The game has a number of built-in achievements for which you can shoot. You can pause the game to purchase more defenses or save the game for later. Pitch to zoom definitely comes in handy.  Fieldrunners HD is just plain fun and is a great tower defense game. It will test your endurance, since for each battle you have to survive 100 rounds to complete the classic and extended modes. Good luck, commander, stopping those running across the field.

Sentinel 3: Homeworld $2.99

Sentinel 3: Homeworld is our final tower defense game and the only one with an outer space theme. Your mission is to take the battle to the alien home world. One of the unique options in the game is the commander unit, with which you can level-up and gain new abilities. This unit can be very powerful and a great ally in your fight against the alien hordes.

If I had to describe Sentinel 3 in one word, it would be options! There three game modes (campaign, endless, classic), four levels of difficulty (easy, medium, hard, psycho), two styles under classic mode (assault, endurance), two types of weapons in the armory (ground units, sentinel weapons, over 20 types total), tons of maps (five in classic, 14 in endless, 20 in campaign), plus OpenFeint support. I got tired just listing those all!

The graphics and gameplay are excellent in Sentinel 3: Homeworld. I also really enjoy the background music as it adds to the space theme of the game. Finally, make sure you set aside some time as Sentinel 3 is not a fast game.

Which is the best? Which should you choose? That is hard to say. All are awesome games, comparably priced, that look and play fantastic on Android tablets (and phones, too). Each has its own unique style, theme and gameplay. I do not think you would go wrong with any of these tower defense games.

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