Opinion 10 Best Android Strategy Games

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Patrick Garde


10 Best Android Strategy Games

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Here is a rundown of what we think are the best Android strategy games you can download on your device. These are not your ordinary titles as it will require some well-thought-out plans on your part to come out on top. We have thoroughly picked from corner to corner of the strategy genre. Expect to see games with tower defense, tactic-based, and turn-based kind of gameplay.

Best Android Strategy Games

10. Plague, Inc.

Best Android Strategy Game No. 10 - Plague, Inc.

Ndemic Creations has developed a fun – in a dark humor – way where you can destroy civilization. It enhanced the epidemic formula with a perfect marriage of strategy and biological warfare. Published on Android by Miniclip, you start out with a bacterium until you progress into man-made bioweapons.  It may not be groundbreaking but it has that well-polished features like stunning visuals, extremely detailed and realistic world, thorough in-game help and tutorial, a dozen of various diseases, 50-plus countries to spread the virus, and thousands of world events to adjust to. If you are looking for an apocalypse game to get, Plague, Inc. is a no-brainer. Good luck putting this engaging strategy game down.

9. Frozen Synapse

Best Android Strategy Game No. 9 - Frozen Synapse

Mode 7 Games created a turn-based strategy game that is spot-on for your Android tablets. The port from PC is seamless and those who are in search of deep strategy for mobile should look no further, Frozen Synapse will fulfill your tactical fix. Not many developers can claim their game has a deep gameplay with refined gameplay experience. Your mission is to give out orders to your squad. Plan your moves properly and test them out. As soon as you hit the “prime” button, both you and your opponent’s turn will be executed at the same time.  The game offers a multiplayer and single player campaign which will give you plenty of hours of content to delve into.

8. Triple Town

Best Android Strategy Game No. 8 - Triple Town

Spry Fox’s freemium strategy puzzler is quite addictive. Your goal is to build the greatest city. To do that, you need to match three or more game pieces. First, combine grasses to make a flower, bring together flowers to create a bush, merge buses to produce a tree… until you fill the game board with homes, churches, and palaces. It’s not going to be easy as bears will attempt to block your development – so, strategic planning is required. The developer has a unique take on the familiar match three gameplay, and it could command a premium assuming they go the paid app route (instead of free to play).

7. rymdkapsel

Best Android Strategy Game No. 7 - rymdkapsel

Martin Jonasson of grapefrukt games has made a minimalistic and meditative strategy game in a space setting. Your objective is to put up the best possible station with the help of your little minions and by discovering the galaxy you are in. This Android game is super addictive, intricately designed and well-detailed. Rymdkapsel may be short but it’s an ideal brain twister that will mesmerize you right from the get go. This engaging title will consume a lot of hours on your part as you get immersed on a deep gameplay. I applaud the developer for its fresh take on the RTS genre. I would highly recommend this to strategy enthusiasts.

6. Anomaly 2

Best Android Strategy Game No. 6 - Anomaly 2

11 Bit Studios’ post-apocalyptic tower offense game will let you guide a convoy through a wasteland with the intention of saving mankind against alien machineries. With over a million tactical arrangements, substantial campaign, striking visuals, and a new gameplay mechanic (morphing), Anomaly 2 is a great sequel. The developer has a masterpiece thanks to its exciting gameplay and refreshing take on the genre. Though morphing vehicles isn’t exactly ground-breaking, you should watch out for the game’s tactical twists. It is a must-buy if you’re looking for a unique and engaging strategy game.

5. Out There

Best Android Strategy Game No. 5 - Out There

Mi-Clos Studio’s dark and melancholic adventure is easy to play yet hard to master. You wake up as an astronaut away from the familiar solar system. Instead, you are out there, in an unknown location, with only one mission – to survive. This Android game will challenge how well you could manage resources. There’s no question that this game is well-crafted. It will give you an unforgettable experience as you play on for hours. Out There also has a high replay value with 3 different endings to discover, 50 achievements to capture, and a leaderboard to brag about your skills.

4. Plants vs. Zombies 2

Best Android Strategy Game No. 4 - Plants vs. Zombies 2

Electronic Arts acquired PopCap Games three years ago due to the success of its games like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies. Now, the zombies are back. This sequel to the popular action-strategy is here to stay. Join Crazy Dave on an adventure where you need to overcome wave of zombies. Assemble a legion of strong plants and fortify your defense. Plants vs. Zombies 2 offers something that strategy and casual players will surely love. The throng of undead has a comedic nature while its established and interesting gameplay gives you enough variety. If you’ll compare it to the original, this game has additional content and is more fun to play. Although not everyone will be pleased with the free-to-play element, it still merits a download. The sequel was worth the wait. It’s all you could ever expect or want for a second installment.

3. Skulls of the Shogun

Best Android Strategy Game No. 3 - Skulls of the Shogun

17-BIT’s turn-based tactics game was made available for Android last May 2014 as part of a Humble Bundle. If you missed out on the sale, wait until it becomes available in the Play Store. Skulls of the Shogun is one of the best strategy games you can play on your Android device. It is both charming and terrific even though it did not reinvent the wheel of the genre. It still has that sense of style that makes it stand out. Not to mention, there’s plenty of content to chew on whether you want to play on a single player campaign or battle it out via multiplayer. Gamers need to work out a plan and carry it out perfectly against undead samurai. This Android game has a sense of humor, depth, and creativeness that you will most likely not see in most turn-based strategy titles.

2. Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Best Android Strategy Game No. 2 - Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Ironhide Studio has brought back their addictive tower defense game. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is one of the better – if not the best – tower defense games on the market today. It is a must-buy as it features more of everything that made the original so damn good. This Android game has provided players with fresh new ways to keep peace and order in the kingdom.  It has that deep and varied gameplay that will definitely keep you amused for quite some time. It does not have the sense of repetitiveness, which is usual for tower defense type of games, as it has plenty of variety. For the fans of the genre, enjoy playing this well-polished strategy game.

1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Best Android Strategy Game No. 1 - XCOM Enemy Unknown

This turn-based tactical game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games is critically acclaimed and often considered as one of the best in its genre. Thanks to its varying levels of difficulty, high replay value, and sheer addictiveness, it made them notch the coveted Game of the Year award on several publications. In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the world’s governments come together to establish a confidential paramilitary group known as XCOM, to fight against an impending extra-terrestrial strike. Since you are the commanding officer of XCOM, you will manage a team, pool of resources, operational base, research department for alien technologies, combat missions, and soldier movement, to halt the invasion. It looks nearly good as the console version and plays way even better. The touch screen controls are responsive which is perfect for a turn-based action. It is an incredible strategy/sci-fi game that’s ported well to mobile. Even though it does not have a multiplayer mode, it is still an absolute must-buy.

What do you think of our list of the top Android strategy games? Did we miss one of your favorite titles? If so, suggest your own best strategy games on Android via the comments section below.

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