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The 25 best strategy games for Android

Line them up
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated September 18, 2018: New entries added

If you think that strategy games are for PC and not for mobile, then you've just made a very costly tactical blunder. Not only are you wrong, but you're missing out on some genuinely excellent games.

They come in all shapes and sizes too, from casual experiences to the kind of in-depth hardcore strategy that will have seasoned strategy game vets frowning.

We're not even including members of the tower defence sub-genre in this list either. We just don't have the space, so it gets its very own top 25 list.

So, sit back, engage the strategic part of your brain, and start planning which of these games you're going to buy next.

#1 XCOM: Enemy Within

Product: XCOM: Enemy WithinFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: 2K GamesGenres: Strategy

XCOM: Enemy Within
Part base-builder, part international diplomacy 'em up, part tactical battler. XCOM's got it all, and this updated version adds psyonic powers, crazy mech suits, and a stack more content.

#2 Banner Saga 2

Product: Banner Saga 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Stoic StudioGenres: RPG, Strategy

Banner Saga 2
This beautiful Norse fantasy game, along with its predecessor, pitches you into tactical turn-based battles, but it also asks you to make tough decisions about the make-up of your travelling party and whether to intervene in key events.

#3 Iron Marines

Product: Iron MarinesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Ironhide Game StudioGenres: Strategy

Iron Marines
The maker of the peerless Kingdom Rush series proves that it can do classic RTS as well as its does tower defence. Iron Marines is brilliantly balanced, great to look at, and generally quite special.

#4 Chaos Reborn: Adventures

Product: Chaos Reborn: AdventuresFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Big Blue BubbleGenres: Strategy

Chaos Reborn: Adventures
We don't often praise a game for not being particularly mobile-centric, but in Chaos Reborn's case that's a virtue. This is a deep and involving strategy game that's going to punish your mistakes and reward you for smart thinking.

#5 Templar Battleforce

Product: Templar BattleforceFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Cory TreseGenres: Card/board game, RPG, Strategy

Templar Battleforce
If XCOM somehow failed to sate your strategy list, Templar Battleforce should be your next stop. Build up a team of armour-clad bad-asses, before sending them off into glorious grid-based battles.

#6 Hero Academy 2

Product: Hero Academy 2Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Robot Entertainment

Hero Academy 2
Hero Academy 2 starts slow, but blossoms into a brilliantly tactical turn-based experience. It's also an extremely polished, layered affair.

#7 The Lords of Midnight

Product: The Lords of MidnightFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Chilli Hugger SoftwarePublisher: Chilli Hugger SoftwareGenres: Adventure, RPG, Strategy

The Lords of Midnight
You might argue that The Lords of Midnight is an RPG, but it has a hefty strategic element as you work to amass a fantasy army.

#8 Crush Your Enemies

Product: Crush Your EnemiesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: GambitiousGenres: Strategy

Crush Your Enemies
A retro-style adventure, but with feisty minutes-long battles. It's just not a sharply-made RTS, but a funny game filled with foul-mouthed, half-drunk barbarians.

#9 Plague Inc.

Product: Plague Inc.Formats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Ndemic CreationsGenres: Simulation, Strategy

Plague Inc.
We're all used to defending life in our strategy games - Plague Inc. tasks you with destroying as much of it as possible by spreading and mutating a horrible virus. It's dark, man.

#10 Out There

Product: Out ThereFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Mi-Clos StudioPublisher: Mi-Clos StudioGenres: Strategy

Out There
There's no FTL on Android as yet, but Out There is a fine alternative. It's a succession of tough strategic choices as you hop from star system to star system, scavenging for materials and engaging hostile aliens.

#11 Clash of Clans

Product: Clash of ClansFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: SupercellGenres: Strategy, Tower defence

Clash of Clans
Oooh, controversial pick. But there's no denying that Clash has done something super interesting with the strategy genre, making it truly social and making defence as important as all-out attack.

#12 Frozen Synapse Prime

Product: Frozen Synapse PrimeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: Double ElevenPublisher: Double ElevenGenres: Shooter, Strategy

Frozen Synapse Prime
Frozen Synapse Prime is a turn-based strategy game with a twist - both you and the other player move at the same time. As such, it's as much about predicting what your opponent is going to do as responding to their moves.

#13 Hoplite

Product: HopliteFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Magma FortressPublisher: Magma FortressGenres: RPG, Strategy

A brilliantly lean roguelike strategy game that sees your ancient warrior engaged in a turn-based dance with a succession of mythical beasts. Much more tactical than it looks.

#14 Clash Royale

Product: Clash RoyaleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Supercell

Clash Royale
It's got elements of tower defence, MOBA, and even card battling. But at heart Clash Royale is just a really enjoyable, supremely slick mobile strategy game.

#15 Strikefleet Omega

Product: Strikefleet OmegaFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Harebrained SchemesPublisher: 6wavesGenres: Strategy, Tower defence

Strikefleet Omega
Like Flight Control mixed with the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Strikefleet Omega has you drawing flight paths for your fighter ships in defence of a dwindling space fleet.

#16 Kingdom: New Lands

Product: Kingdom: New LandsFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure, Strategy

Kingdom: New Lands
One of the gentlest, most calming strategy games on this list, Kingdom: New Lands has your royal trotting from left to right on a horse, gathering subjects and steadily building a medieval kingdom.

#17 Battleplans

Product: BattleplansFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: C4M ProductionsGenres: Strategy

Battleplans blends elements of RTS, MOBA and base defence together with an appealing cartoon art style. The result is an appealingly accessible strategy game that remains just the right side of casual.

#18 Greed Corp HD

Product: Greed Corp HDFormats: iPad, SteamDeveloper: Vanguard GamesPublisher: InvictusGenres: Strategy

Greed Corp HD
Greed Corp HD might have started life on Xbox Live Arcade, but it finds a more natural home on Android. Mixing strategic play with a deep boardgame aesthetic and a meaty single player campaign, there's loads to be getting on with.

#19 Motorsport Manager 3

Product: Motorsport Manager 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Sports, Strategy

Motorsport Manager 3
Strategy games don't have to be about war and violence. Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 has you planning out an elite racing team's path to victory, and it's every bit as enthralling as the other games on this list.

#20 Total War Battles: Kingdom

Product: Total War Battles: KingdomFormats: Android, iPadPublisher: The Creative AssemblyGenres: Strategy

Total War Battles: Kingdom
The Total War series is a strategy heavyweight on PC, and it's proven to be a strategy heavyweight on mobile too. Total War Battles: Kingdom has city building, tense battles, and superb presentation.

#21 First Strike

Product: First StrikeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Blindflug StudiosPublisher: Blindflug StudiosGenres: Strategy

First Strike
Strategy games don't need to be ponderous and small scale. First Strike concerns a global nuclear conflict, and each battle can be swept through in frighteningly quick time.

#22 Stormbound: Kingdom Wars

Product: Stormbound: Kingdom WarsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Kongregate

Stormbound: Kingdom Wars
Here's another game that does something meaningful with the blueprint set out by Clash Royale. Stormbound: Kingdom Wars adds a little boardgame magic to make for an intriguing pocket strategy experience.

#23 Autumn Dynasty Warlords

Product: Autumn Dynasty WarlordsFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Touch DimensionsPublisher: Touch DimensionsGenres: Simulation, Strategy

Autumn Dynasty Warlords
Here's a deep, epic historical RTS that works - really genuinely works - on mobile. A sweeping victory for developer Touch Dimensions.

#24 Dawn of Titans

Product: Dawn of TitansFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NaturalMotion Games

Dawn of Titans
An accessible midcore strategy game that's packed full of visually striking skirmishes, with hulking titans fighting alongside teeny-tiny armies. Dawn of Titans isn't the full-on RTS it might look like, but it's still fun.

#25 Little Lords of Twilight

Product: Little Lords of TwilightFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Multiplayer, Strategy, MOBA

Little Lords of Twilight
Turn-based battles get mixed in with MOBA elements in Little Lords of Twilight, resulting in a deceptively beefy strategy game that still plays great on mobile.


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Jon Mundy 19 September 2018
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