15 best strategy games for Android

by: Joe HindyApril 21, 2016
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Strategy is among the oldest game types in human history. Whether it’s chess, board games, or even some card games, we’ve been playing strategy games since long before there was ever a computer. Strategy games have come a long way, but the basic premise of using your brain to beat your opponents remains true even to this day. Here are the best strategy games on Android!


Age of Civilization best strategy games for androidAge of Civilizations

[Price: $2.14]
Age of Civilizations is a mix between a strategy game and a board game. It has a lot of the same qualities as Risk, where your job is to obtain territories from other civilizations. You’ll have access to a variety of scenarios, such as World War I and II as well as a modern world scenario. You can also create your own scenarios to challenge yourself. It also contains 193 civilizations, two planets, and some interesting mechanics. It’s complex, difficult, and highly addictive. Best of all, there are no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!

age of civilization best strategy games for android


Boom Beach best strategy games for androidBoom Beach or Clash of Clans

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Boom Beach and Clash of Clans are the flagship strategy games from Supercell. In Boom Beach, your job is to build a fort and attack others. It contains a decent single player along with multiplayer battles. Instead of taking a full base, you’ll be enacting beach raids which feel like they’re quicker. In Clash of Clans, you build a village, defend it against attackers, and attack other players online. Both games have a ton of content and a ton of people playing which makes them equally great for those who want to engage with online multiplayer strategy. They’re also both free with in-app purchses. Click the button below to pick up Boom Beach and click the name above to get Clash of Clans.

Get it now on Google Play!


call of champions best strategy games for androidCall of Champions

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Call of Champions is a MOBA where you and two other players battle against three opponents online. You play in an arena and your job is to the Orb of Death to your opponents’ towers to destroy them. Each game is only five minutes long which makes it great for quick plays but it still has all of the elements and intensity that a good MOBA should have. You can play an unlimited number of games for free and there are 15 champions to choose from (you may have to buy some of them with real money). It’s a solid MOBA and one of the best strategy games on mobile.

Get it now on Google Play!


chess best strategy games on AndroidChess Free

[Price: Free]
Chess is one of the world’s oldest strategy games and it’s still a challenging game to play today. Chess Free is an entirely free chess game with no in-app purchases. The graphics aren’t a lot to look at, but you’ll have 12 difficulty levels across two game modes, ELO Ratings, save and load games, local multiplayer, a chess tutor, and a bunch of other cool stuff. It’s about as complete of a chess game as you can find and it utilizes the Treebeard Chess Engine, the same one used in Microsoft’s MSN Chess

Get it now on Google Play!

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clash royale best strategy games for androidClash Royale

[Price: Free]
Clash Royale is one of two card dueling strategy games on this list. With Clash Royale, your job is to build a deck and then duel other people online. The strategy is to use your cards more intelligently than the other person. You’ll get some basic cards to start with and you’ll unlock more as you play. Winners win trophies which improves their ranking and you can join clans so you can play with friends. It also includes a feature called TV Royale where you can watch duels to see how the masters do it. It’s free to play with in-app purchases, but so is every other card dueling game.

Get it now on Google Play!


great big war game best strategy games for androidGreat Big War Game

[Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases]
Great Big War Game is a strategy game where you must deploy your troops in various situations and come out victorious. It features a 50 mission campaign, online multiplayer, and even a pass-and-play local multiplayer so there are a bunch of ways you can play. The story is littered with goofy dialogue and it’s clear that this is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is a lot of content here and the game is really good. Don’t worry about those in-app purchases, this isn’t a pay to win game.

Get it now on Google Play!


hearthstone best strategy games for androidHearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Hearthstone is currently the most popular card dueling strategy game on mobile. With this title, you build decks of cards and then use them to duel other players online. You unlock cards as you go and gradually get better and stronger. This game has cross-platform support if you use a Battle.net account so you can play on PC as well as mobile which is a nice touch. Blizzard has done a decent job of adding in new content to keep the game fresh and it remains probably the best card duel option available right now.

Get it now on Google Play!


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kairosoft best strategy games for androidKairosoft Co

[Price: Varies]
Kairosoft is a game development studio that has a ton of interesting games. Whether it’s Game Dev Story or Ninja Village, you’ll have a variety of games to choose from that allow you to employ various strategies to win the game. Currently, their collection spans dozens of games with free and paid versions of most of them. The games are challenging, but not too difficult, and it’s easy to sink several hours into pretty much any of them. We recommend giving Game Dev Story and Ninja Village a try first. Click the button below to view their entire collection!

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Kingdom Rush Origins best strategy games for androidKingdom Rush Origins

[Price: $2.99 with in-app purchases]
Kingdom Rush Origins is the latest in the Kingdom Rush franchise, which is among the highest rated and most popular tower defense games on Android. In this game, you’ll have a selection of towers you can build and heroes to control. The ultimate goal is to make through every wave of bad guys in order to win. It’s easy enough to get into and accessible for beginners which makes it a great choice for virtually everyone. If you want to see our selections of the best tower defense games, we have that list linked at the end of this article.

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out there best strategy games for androidOut There

[Price: $4.99]
Out There is a strategy survival game that’s been around for a while. The objective in this game is to survive in the vastness of space after your character wakes up from a cryo-chamber. You’ll have to manage things like your oxygen levels and other resources as you travel, encounter various forms of alien life, and slowly repair your ship. This game is quite difficult which is great if you want a challenge. It also has Google Play Games achievements, four alternate endings, and each new game is freshly created so no two plays will be the same.

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plague inc best strategy games for androidPlague, Inc

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Plague, Inc has been around for a while, but it’s one of the most popular strategy games of all time. The premise is that you’re supposed to infect the entire world with a disease so you must evolve the illness so that it can affect everyone. You’ll have 12 disease types to play around with along with full save/load functionality so you can keep going between play sessions. It’s quite a complex game and it should keep you busy for dozens of hours.

Get it now on Google Play!


republique best strategy games for androidRépublique

[Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases]
République is an episodic adventure game where you must lead a girl through all kinds of stuff in order to reach the climax of the story line. The idea is that you have control of all of the security cameras and you’re to use them to help a girl named Hope avoid capture. The game gets increasingly difficult the further you go and the story contains five total chapters. You’ll have to purchase all five chapters (the first comes when you buy the game), but it’s one of the more unique games on mobile.

Get it now on Google Play!


rymdkapsel best strategy games for androidrymdkapsel

[Price: $4.00]
One of the more unique games on this list is rymdkapsel. This game has you building up a base and defending it from attackers. It foregoes graphics and instead utilizes colored tiles that represent various pieces of your base. It has a slight Tetris quality to it as you’ll have to make sure all of your pieces fit together to create the most efficient base possible. It’s a bit more relaxed than most games, but it’s still quite challenging.

Get it now on Google Play!


vainglory icon best strategy games for AndroidVainglory

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Vainglory is another MOBA and, arguably, the most popular on mobile right now. It features three-on-three online battles that last up to 20 minutes each and you can play as many of them as you desire. The game boasts 60fps and a sub-30ms control response which caters to the hardcore fans of the genre. There are quite a few heroes available with the developers adding more all the time. You can also customize them with skins if you prefer. It’s definitely challenging and fun.

Get it now on Google Play!


XCOM Enemy Within best strategy games for androidXCOM: Enemy Within

[Price: $9.99]
Last and certainly not least on our list is XCOM: Enemy Within. This is a tactical strategy game where you move your characters on a chessboard style map layout and kill off the bad guys. On top of that, you’ll be able to recruit new characters, upgrade a variety of things including your gear and abilities, and engage with a campaign mode that gives you hours of game play. It also has online multiplayer in case you feel like doing a little social gaming. It’s a bit expensive, but there are no in-app purchases and the graphics are pretty fantastic.

Get it now on Google Play!


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