Published on March 1st, 2016 | by Patrick Garde0
10 Best iPhone, iPad & Android Strategy Games in 2015
Here are 10 of the best iPhone, iPad & Android strategy games in 2015. Each and every one of these games which were released last year will be sure to make you delve into the back of your mind to formulate your most strategic plans and ideas, all to put them to practice and see just how wise your brain really is.
We chose from the top 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate), artillery game, real-time strategy (RTS), MMORTS, real-time tactics, tower defense, turn-based strategy, turn-based tactics and wargames. Although not every sub-genre is represented. Nevertheless, here’s our top 10 list:
10 Best iPhone, iPad & Android Strategy Games in 2015
10. Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter from Bethesda was released on the same day that Fallout 4 was officially announced at E3 to help tide gamers over while they wait for the release of the next installment of the much loved franchise. What players didn’t expect is for Fallout Shelter to be such a well-designed, well thought out free-to-play title, one that more than likely would have stood out on its own, whether it had the Fallout license backing it anyway. Players were tasked with setting up their own Vault-tec vault, which they were appointed as the Overseer. You could have characters assigned to different jobs, making sure that the vault was running at maximum capacity or send them out into the wasteland to find useful items, weapons, and armor. On top of all this, you had to defend your vault against raiders that just couldn’t leave you alone. Fallout Shelter did so much right from both a gameplay and free-to-play perspective, where players never had to be online to make any kind of progress. These were just a couple of reasons this game deserves to be on this list.
9. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
It should come as no surprise that Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, developed by Capital Games and published by Electronic Arts, is based on the Star Wars franchise. Gameplay has you pit a team of your favorite heroes and villains from a universe we all know and love. If you’re looking to set up a team of Han Solo with Darth Maul, then you’ve found just the game for that. The combat is turn-based, where you choose your attacks and proceed to have your character apply their lightsaber to another individual’s face with gusto. On top of that, and the lovely looking graphics on mobile devices, there is PVP arena within the game, all to test just how well you would fare against the rest of the world’s player base. Not to mention, the game is free.
8. Pike and Shot
Pike and Shot ($19.99), an interestingly named title at that, is a strategy game from Slitherine, developed by Byzantine Games and The Lordz Games Studio, that focuses on some lesser covered wars in history. For instance, the Thirty Years War, the English Civil War, and the Great Turkish War. This interesting twist for strategy games leads you down great conflicts that you might not have heard of before, and yet you’re given the task of shaping how the war turns out, all depending on how well you play. Graphically, the game may not have the best visuals, but strategy fans, both beginner and veteran, can have a fun time with this one, no matter how much time they put into it. Despite the game being on mobile devices now, the controls are still just as solid as ever, with little to no conversion issues over from PC.
7. Devouring Stars
Devouring Stars, a game developed by François Alliot, Ryan Ike & Antonio La Barbera, and published by BulkyPix, is not your typical RTS title. For one, the game is set in space, where your resource harvesting colonies tend to cover vast amount of room, all conveyed within a number of pixels and shapes. Graphically, the game is beautifully colored and makes sure to differentiate one player from the other with bright colors that are easy to tell apart from one another. The developer made sure that the game is easily accessible for almost anyone to just jump in and play, which is just one reason on why the game works practically flawlessly on mobile devices for only $4.99. There is only so much tapping you have to do before your army starts to become a force to be reckoned with.
6. Dungeon of the Endless
Dungeon of the Endless ($4.99) from Amplitude Studios is a mix of a roguelike and a tower defense strategy game. You start by picking two potential characters from a number of unlockable individuals. From there, you have to spend your time converting your resources into tower-defense like traps, leveling up your heroes, and purchasing new equipment for them. With your party of two, you’re tasked with defending a crystal that your group is required to haul to an elevator to escape the level and move onto the next one once you’re ready to make a move. Gameplay in the game is simple and doesn’t tend to overextend much, with you tapping the room you wish to move your chosen character to. It may be simple gameplay, but it is still fun and satisfying to watch as well as play. All that on top of the beautiful pixel-art graphics style in the game, it makes this a hard game to put down.
5. Five Card Quest – Tactical RPG Battles
Five Card Quest from Rocketcat Games is an interesting strategy game, as it tends to deviate from the norm, both in graphics, as well as gameplay. Combat in the game comes in the form of 3 VS 3 fights between you and the enemy, with each one of you being placed on a lane against the other. Where the five cards come in is down to your attacks. These attacks can be used to help give you an edge in battle, or to just straight up murder your opposition. Tactics come in when you have to pick the ideal cards for the job. If you don’t pick the right cards for the current situation, then you may put your party in a worse position. For $2.99, the game has a colorful, polygon-esque design to them that gives the game its own unique style.
4. This War of Mine
This War of Mine ($14.99), developed by 11 bit studios, is the type of game you can play over and over again, and yet still get a new, immersive experience with each and every save. The game is in a 2D style, with a color pallet focusing on grayscale; black and white for the most part. Set in an apocalypse setting where the world isn’t such a nice place, you’re tasked to survive. Keep yourself, along with those staying with you, alive by going out to scavenge, trade, possibly even steal to survive for just one more night. This War of Mine is both stressful and satisfying. Just because the game may not be easy on you 100% of the time, doesn’t mean it isn’t a solid game. The whole bundle with This War of Mine is well put together.
3. Lara Croft GO
After the success of the original Hitman GO, Square Enix thought it would be best to try and achieve what they did with Hitman, but replicate it with the Lara Croft franchise. The game has you navigate puzzles by swiping where your character goes through obstacles and environments that pose a threat to you. You see, it is your task as the player to avoid everything the game has to throw at you, in order to make it to the next level. If you can manage to avoid all the hurdles and manage to get the least amount of moves, you will be rewarded for doing so. That right there keeps the game interesting, as puzzles require a certain amount of strategy to do perfectly, so it doesn’t hurt to take your time every now and again. Aesthetically, everything plays as if it’s on a game board, with an isometric style of view to give you full view of the level in front of you. Just like Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO is a great game for $4.99 that only expands on a well-designed system.
2. Door Kickers
Door Kickers ($4.99) from KillHouse Games is absolutely filled to the brim with content. Inside the game, there are many missions for you to tackle, along with over 70+ weapons and gear for you to equip and use on your team. Door Kickers is set as a breach and clear type of strategy, tactics game. On each level, you’ll be needing to make good use of your tactical and strategic mind to get past each and every level you come up to with flying colors. You don’t necessarily need to clear every level perfectly as you can always come back with some new weapons and gear and see just how well you do against your adversaries from that point on. If tactics is your thing, then definitely look into this game.
1. Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
Rebuild 3 from Sarah Northway of Northway Games is the type of game that gives away what you’ll be doing, all from the glance at the title. You’re a survivor in a zombie-apocalypse, the leader of a group of individuals who are all trying to make it in this video game equivalent of hell on earth. It should come as no surprise that you’re tasked with “rebuilding” the surrounding area that you’re located in as a group. Not only will you need to pick and choose what buildings you need the most to help out your survival, you will also be tasked with sending out individuals to scavenge, clear out the undead from nearby buildings, and even defend against potential attacks from the zombie hordes. From start to finish, you’re going to need to take into consideration your resources for rebuilding the city from a disheveled mess, to a bustling, defended town. No matter how much time you put into Rebuild 3, it is definitely worth more than its price tag ($4.99).
What do you think of our list of the best iPhone, iPad & Android strategy games in 2015? Do you have any games in your top 10 list that we left out? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below.