Human Resistance is a military strategy game that features tower-defense elements. The player, via an army captain avatar, fights aliens. They must defend a fort area that features low concrete walls that surround a vital piece of equipment.
The player uses real-world military strategies to stop the enemy forces from reaching the equipment. That said, this isn't a fully customizable battlefield scenario. Similar to casual, career-simulation games, the game forces the player to perform installation of flame and bullet gun turrets, fences and other defenses and upgrades in very specific spots on the battlefield that are marked with icons. The player must direct the captain to physically approach an icon. The game then automatically reduces a coin balance and offers one or more defense options or offers upgrade and payment options.
The game also supplies soldiers at a dock behind the fort. While the captain typically shoots a rifle, the soldiers either man the gun turrets or participate in hand-to-hand combat against the clawed alien monsters. Yet, these soldiers don't act on their own. The player must physically drop them off at guns or run into a battle to make them follow.
As in a real-world battle, the player must replace destroyed turrets and dead soldiers with fresh weaponry and troops, respectively. Yet, they don't have to pay again. They only pay for new turret installation spots and upgrades that make the weapons, troops and captain perform better or handle damage longer. They can also watch advertisements to perform free upgrades.