10 best Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs on Android

by: Joe HindyFebruary 4, 2015

best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for android
Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs are an admittedly niche market. The game play is slower and focuses more on strategy than action. The game play is almost entirely strategy but unlike pure strategy games there is also a story line. Here are our picks for the best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android.

Note: These are only strategy and tactical RPGs but if you want to see our list of the best all around RPGs, you can find that list by clicking here.

the banner saga best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidThe Banner Saga

[Price: $9.99]
First on our list is The Banner Saga. This strategy RPG is made by former members of BioWare and brings some unique features to the table. The unique, hand-drawn graphics are simply wonderful and help transport you to a realm of fantasy. Unlike most strategy RPGs, which have a fairly linear storyline, The Banner Saga allows players to make decisions that affect the outcome of the game. It’s a tad expensive but there are many hours of game play, solid game play mechanics, and great graphics.
Get it on Google Play

brave brigade best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidBrave Brigade: Hero Summoner

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Brave Brigade takes the strategy RPG genre and employs a unique free to play model. It’s not really that unique but genre as a whole generally doesn’t employ the freemium model. The game features a solid story with decent graphics. Instead of finding a team of adventurers, players create a main character and hire mercs to fill out team slots. The hero and mercs can be leveled up at the discretion of the player. Alongside the main story, you can also take your team online to engage in PvP battles and team up for co-op mode.
Get it on Google Play

chain chronicle best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidChain Chronicle

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Chain Chronicles is a hybrid of a strategy RPG and a tower defense game. Instead of adventuring around the world to defeat the darkness, the darkness saves you the trouble and comes straight for you. You recruit and level up heroes that you then use to defend your borders against bad guys. The graphics are a little bit goofy as they utilize a caricature style but it’s not unpleasant. It’s also worth noting that Sega had a hand in making this.
Get it on Google Play

rebirth of fortune best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidDotomchi Games collection

[Price: $0.99 each with in app purchases]
Dotomchi Games has a trio of strategy RPGs called Rebirth of Fortune, Sorceress of Fortune, and Mystery of Fortune. They are episodes four, five, and six of a six-part Fortune Chronicle series from Dotomchi so if you’re looking for a series to get into, this is a good start. The games have decent graphics and simple game play mechanics. You can create custom move sets for each character and there are thousands of levels between the three games. Some have complained that the games may be too easy but they’re more casual than your standard tactical RPG so that is to be expected.
Get it on Google Play

FPse best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidEmulators

[Price: Varies]
Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs have been around for a long time and have been released on many consoles. Using emulators, you can find and replay some of the greatest ones of all time. Final Fantasy Tactics was released on several platforms and pretty much all of them have an emulator so you can play them again. You can also revisit classics like Shining Force using a Sega Genesis emulator or enjoy more obscure titles like Vanguard Bandits on PlayStation. The world is your oyster but do remember to at least try to purchase a game before grabbing a ROM. It’s the ethical thing to do.
Click here to see our list of the best Android emulators!
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Shadowrun Dragonfall best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidHarebrained Schemes (Shadowrun series)

[Price: Varies]
The Shadowrun series are games that are based on an old tabletop game from the late 1980’s. It’s seen incarnations released on various consoles but you can get two of them on Android. They are Shadowrun: Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall. Shadowrun: Returns is a bit older and Shadowrun: Dragonfall was released in late 2014 so the graphical styles vary between the two games but both manage to look pretty good. However, the game play is fairly similar and the premise of a fantasy world mixed with a steampunk world is a theme that can be found in both titles. They’re very strong strategy RPG offerings and are both graced with high user review ratings.
Get it on Google Play

heroes of steel best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidHeroes of Steel

[Price: $3.99 with in app purchases]
Heroes of Steel is a tactical RPG that utilizes a more classic jRPG style turn-based structure. It features dungeon crawling, four episodes in the main story, and charming old school graphics. There is a free version you can use to demo the game. Along with the basic premise, the game also boasts no permissions and no ads. Those who care about that sort of thing will enjoy the privacy and won’t have their experience wrecked by advertisements.
Get it on Google Play

blazing souls best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidHyperDevBox Studio

[Price: Varies]
HyperDevBox Studio has at least four strategy RPGs available for you to buy and play. They feature decent graphics, good storytelling, and are about as close as you can get to a professional Final Fantasy tactics on Android. The games are fairly expensive which may chase some people away, but underneath are games that have a clear advantage when it comes to depth and story telling. Blazing Souls even boasts a 100-hour story line. To see the entire HyperDevBox Studio collection, click the button below.
Get it on Google Play

kingturn rpg best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidKingturn RPG

[Price: Free / $4.89]
Kingturn RPG is about as old school as it gets. The graphics and game play even look and feel older than Shining Force on the Sega Genesis. Despite that, it manages to have a fairly coherent story line, difficult battles, and simple battle mechanics. There are multiple games in the series so you’ll probably want to check out everything that Mangobile has to offer but Kingturn RPG is as good a place to start as any.
Get it on Google Play

lionheart tactics best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidLionheart Tactics

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Lionheart Tactics is last on our list (for now) and it’s no slouch. It features colorful graphics, 50 battlefields to play through, 16 classes and three races of characters to recruit, and a campaign with over 200 battles. Users have complained about glitches here and there, but updates still come frequently for this title so most glitches will be fixed over time. It’s a solid game considering its price point and enjoyable for those who want to try new stuff for free.
Get it on Google Play
lionheart tactics best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for android

Wrap up

If we missed any great strategy RPGs or tactical RPGs, let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • namesib

    They still haven’t released War of the Lions for Android. *sigh* :/

    • wat

      I’d rather a new game than yet another rehash of the same damn game.

  • dule_lfc

    manga is shit….

    • Sikoreczek

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Lester Bambico

    i think its sad you missed out on Ambition of the Slimes – that one is better than the heavily IAP’d lionheart tactics.

  • McLaren F1P1

    Now that ppsspp reached version 1.0, playing GOW Ghost of Sparta and MK Unchained on tablet is just amazing!

  • LesuK

    I recommended “Age of Ishataria”.

  • Lolio

    Damn addictive but a bit steep learning curve – “battle for wesnoth”. Go to sourceforge.net for the free and complete version. The one at google play is paid and incomplete

  • Qingsong Qiao

    “Mythiventures (Heroes Tactics)” is pretty awesome, it’s a combination of HOMM, FF Tactics, and Heroes Charge. Just recently launched on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.camexgame.heroes

  • Matty77

    If you like 3d space battles with a bit of tactics and strategy thrown in then this one is very pretty to look at: Star Dancer, 3D Space Battles https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lloydm.geosword