Strategy games were once the sole preserve of the hardest of the hardcore. You know, grizzled gaming vets with the tactical nous to take over a small country if they could just stop playing Civilization on their PCs for long enough.
Nowadays, everyone can get in on the strategy gig. The rise of the smartphone has forced RTS developers to make games that are more streamlined and more intuitive.
Of course, the very best strategy game designers on Android do this without compromising on depth or challenge.
That's why we thought we'd round up our ten favourite Android strategy games for you to muse over. We've carefully selected from across the strategy spectrum. So, you expect everything from instantly playable tower defence games to turn-based tactical epics.
Don't agree with my choices? Tell us your favourites in the comments section below this article.
By Touch Dimensions - buy on Android
Most attempts at real-time strategy on touchscreen devices have been disastrous. Too many things going on at once and not enough controls or screen space to cope with it all.
In Autumn Dynasty, Touch Dimensions nails it with a simplified - but nonetheless beautifully painterly - art style and a supremely well-thought-out interface.
By 11 bit studios - buy on Android
Take the established tower defence genre and flip it around, and you have Anomaly Korea. Let's call it a 'tower offence game'. Yes.
Here, you have to run the gauntlet of a heavily stacked static defence with your crawling convoy of offensive units. Pick your route, send out diversions, and even return fire in this intense and unique action-strategy masterpiece.
Total War Battles: Shogun
By The Creative Assembly - buy on Android
The Creative Assembly makes stunningly epic ocean-deep 3D strategy games for PC. So, what on earth can it do within the tight boundaries of your Android phone or tablet?
Quite a lot, as it happens. With Total War Battles: Shogun, the Sega studio wisely distils the Total War experience down to its essence, with a simplified boardgame-like movement system and snappy missions.
By Ndemic Creations - buy on Android
Plague Inc. is such an odd and casually gratifying game that it's easy to miss the fact that it's also a very clever strategy game. Instead of controlling armies, here you control a deadly virus.
The goal is nothing less than the complete eradication of life on earth, which you can achieve by hopping to adjacent countries and mutating to add new symptoms and defences against a cure.
By Pieces Interactive - buy on Android
Remember when we said you couldn't hope to squeeze a full-featured strategy game onto a smart device? Yeah. We might have spoken too soon.
Leviathan: Warships is a beast of a turn-based strategy game, with a clever menu system just about 'keeping' its sprawling tactical options in check. There's even an online multiplayer mode.
By Grapefrukt - buy on Android
Without question, Rymdkapsel is the most abstract and unusual game on this list. In it, you build a spaceship from Tetris-like block components, striving to add sufficient crew members to fend off waves of enemy attacks.
It's all about spatial awareness, resource collection, and appropriate timing. But above all, Rymdkapsel is about strategy.
By Mode 7 - buy on Android
In this brilliantly tense turn-based strategy game, you zoom right into a close quarters tactical situation, as you command a squad of elite soldiers from above.
Frozen Synapse's key selling point, though, is the brilliantly executed online multiplayer mode. Here, it's all about second-guessing your opponent, weighing up your options, then making a decisive move. It's nail-biting stuff.
By Ironhide Game Studio - buy on Android
Tower defence has virtually become a separate genre of its own. Such is its popularity among the casual masses, in fact, that it's easy for strategy fans to become dismissive of its virtues.
Kingdom Rush, though, is an outstanding strategy game regardless of your view. It contains carefully balanced gameplay, a perfectly realised cartoon universe, and brilliantly varied levels.
We've picked the original game because it's cheaper and more challenging than the sequel. Saying that, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is equally great.
Great Big War Game
By Rubicon Development - buy on Android
Rubicon Development's chunky, assured 3D strategy sequel is living proof of a developer completely in command of its tools. With a generous spread of units across land, sea, and air, Great Big War Game is also surprisingly full featured.
That generous spirit extends to a decent online multiplayer mode and a hefty dose of humour. What more could you want?
By Harebrained Schemes - buy on Android
With Strikefleet Omega, Harebrained Schemes melds a Flight Control-like line-drawing control system with RTS and tower defence elements. As your small fleet of capital ships warps through space, you have to command your fighter squadrons to fend off repeated enemy attacks.
The form your fleet takes and the moment to warp in reinforcements are just two considerations in this intense and attractive strategy game.
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