How To Win in Bloons Tower Defense 3

By Brian Richards

Made by Ninja Kiwi, Bloons Tower Defense 3 is a standard tower defense game, with the towers replaced with monkeys and the enemies replaced by balloons. You must use your monkeys to pop the balloons as they move along a track. Any balloons that make it to the end of the track cost you points, so you must pop enough of the balloons to win. The strategy of this flash game relies on your choice of monkey, and also the proper positioning of monkeys.

Step 1

Start with a dart monkey. Dart monkeys are the cheapest monkeys available. They can be upgraded to pop more than a single balloon, meaning they scale well to the end of the game. Position your first monkey close to the beginning of the track.

Step 2

Position monkeys so that balloons must pass them multiple times. Each map has several locations around which the path snakes. Your first three dart monkeys should be placed at these intersections so that they have more than one chance to pop passing balloons.

Step 3

Place tack towers at corners. Tack towers will shoot in all directions at once, making them most useful when they are surrounded by balloons. Corners, such as the first turn in Map 1 and the third turn in Map 2, are the ideal location for these towers.

Step 4

Put a cannon tower at the beginning of the track as soon as you can afford it. Cannon towers are the cheapest way to pop lead balloons, and you will need one at the beginning of the map to take care of any lead balloons that appear. Blow these up early so that the rest of your monkeys can pop the other balloons that are contained inside of the lead ones.

Step 5

Defeat the M.O.A.B. (referred to in-game as either the Massive Ornery Air Blimp or Mother Of All Balloons) with pineapple bombs. These balloons take a lot of hits to pop, and you will likely not have the fire power early in the game to defeat them. Pineapple bombs can supplement your monkeys to do some additional damage to the M.O.A.B. before it starts moving through your ranks.

Step 6

Buy super monkeys as soon as you can afford them. Super monkeys are like dart monkeys, but shoot much, much faster. While expensive, super monkeys can pop a lot of balloons very quickly. Upgrade to plasma vision as soon as possible so that your super monkeys can also pop lead balloons.

Tips & Warnings

  • In general, it is better to place a new monkey than to upgrade your existing monkeys in the early parts of the game, but it's better to upgrade existing monkeys than to place new monkeys in the later parts of the game. Once you have about four to five monkeys on the board, begin to upgrade them. The most important upgrades are frag bombs, piercing darts, blade shooters and multi shot. To upgrade a tower, click on it and choose the upgrade from the menu on the right.