15 Best turn-based strategy games for Android

It’s always a good idea to play a turn-based strategy when you gather with your friends. It enhances the socialization and helps take your time with benefit. There are thousands of types of physical games, as well as digital ones.

For the latter, it is even unnecessary to be in the same place fora good game. Using your smartphone, you can play together from different parts of the world. Which games are the best in this category? Which would suit you the most? See our rank for 15 turn-based strategies for Android in this article.

Hoplite

At the opening of our list, we would like to present you an app which has already been acknowledged by many online games sources. It’s called Hoplite and it is a captivating game for you and your friends to play.

The game involves tactical movement and positioning, which are supposed to lead you and your team to the victorious ending. The game is styled in old-school 8-bit graphics. You will be playing for little warriors who are able to move across grey squares and fight your enemies.

At the point where you would like to upgrade your abilities, you will have to make wise strategic choices and win scores. The game is divided into several levels with different complicity what makes your gaming experience cool and exciting every single day. While gaming, below on the screen you can see the lives that you have and your power.

Here it will be fair to claim that for those who prefer various locations and beautiful sceneries in the game – this one might seem a little bit unpreferable. However, those who just like the process will definitely appreciate it.

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FINAL FANTASY TACTICS : WotL

It seems like the fans of this game have been waiting for a long time for it to arrive on Google Play. Released as the Final Fantasy series’ first tactical RPG in 1997, Final Fantasy Tactics on Playstation went on to sell over 2.4 million copies worldwide. But since then, actually, it wasn’t that much popular until 2007 when it was re-released as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for the PSP with added features such as new movies, scenarios, and jobs.

Nowadays you can enjoy playing your favorite game in the world of Ivalice, take part in complex battles, develop your bravest strategies and put all the tactical game to the whole new level. The new version of a game includes Intuitive Touch Screen Controls – this is when the complex tactical game can be effortlessly and intuitively controlled by simply tapping units and menus. It involves the advanced level of maps manipulation – now you can rotate it, move it and change the size of the maps, which is, actually, crucial when you are playing a strategy game.

Loading times have been improved to get you into the action quicker than ever. Now it takes much less time to load the whole location and start the game. Plus, you can skip some cutscenes. The whole graphics is worth to be called decent and will be most beloved by those who prefer anime style. Colorful landscapes, bright characters, impressive visual effects – all these things make this game extremely attractive.

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The Battle of Polytopia

Another game the scenario of which is based on adventures. Basically, this is for those players who prefer the very classic plots: ruling the world thing, the battle between good and evil, discovering new lands and mastering new exciting technologies.

The maps of this game are really easy to use and manipulate, they are auto-generated with unlimited replay value. What you have to do here is to choose the tribe for who you will be fighting for. Landscapes are captivating and different: you can wander in the dark cold forests of Barduria, explore the steamy Kickoo jungles or claim the lush field of the Imperius empire.

Here’s the graphics of the game are performed in the cartoon style which looks pretty cool and simple at the same time, not losing the brightness of colors. You can play on squares and recreate the landscape and its world according to your aims and taste. While discovering new worlds, you are crashing the glaciers and open new locations.

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Star Realms

This is also a very popular game of its genre. Now it is available on Android also, where you can experience all the features that have been praised by many authoritative sources. It’s been claimed many times that the game itself is quite good, if not the best one.

Designed by Magic Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty, Star Realms’ amazingly rich yet easy to learn gameplay will provide endless hours of entertainment. Here you will find such interesting addings as Player VS Player Combat, tutorials which will guide you through the world of the game and 6 mission campaign mode. You can play the main character, Al, on 3 level of difficulty settings. For the best players, there are 9 additional campaign missions, so you will not get bored soon.

You can use Pass and Play to battle with your friends. For extra competitive people, there is even a global ranking of best players in this game. So, never miss a chance to challenge your friend online! The visuals here are pretty decent. Those players, who adore all the space theme will be stunned and will love this game for sure. Bright, detailed locations framed in a stylish cover – a good combination for a game.

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Civilization Revolution 2

This app is the sequel to one of the most popular games of its genre and it’s called Civilization Revolution 2. Now you can play and build your own powerful empire which will stand till the end of times. This is the first game in the Civilization catalog to be developed and available exclusively for mobile devices.

All the new complexity of strategical thinking, which it requires is combined with the striking graphics. The main goal of the game is to rule the world, eventually. In this sequel, you will find a new civilization – Korea, new leaders: Lenin the Russian communist, King Sejong king of Joseon, new interesting locations for military battles: Lasers, Modern Medicine and Information Technology.

Like in any game of this type, you will have to develop your kingdom with new buildings and wonders including Nuclear Power Plant, The Red Cross, and Silicon Valley. Another cool thing is that you can reenact different historical battles and events in the Scenario mode.

The graphics of this game is worth the separate talk. It stands out significantly, here you have the real 3D game world, with realistic sceneries and characters. Everything looks quite impressive, especially the battle stages. Those players who prefer HD quality games will definitely appreciate this one.

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The Banner Saga

Do you like both turn-based strategy games and historic games? You can deem you have found your Holy Grail. The Banner Saga is one of the best games on the market. And how could it not be? This is an epic story about the adventurous journey, where your strategic decisions will define the world’s destiny and your own. You will abandon your home and go on the road to save your nation.

You and your friends will be passing magnificent places, take part in battles with the enemy tribes and violent warriors. In order to survive in this hostile world, you will have to make wise and sly decisions to shape the destiny of your nation. The Banner Saga is the unique fantasy universe, created on the basis of Scandinavian mythology: you will face many challenges in the Viking’s marvelous world.

You will discover ancient knowledge and will be fighting until the last drop of blood, creating a new realm on these forgotten lands. Beautiful 2D animation makes the game even more atmospheric, adding the charm to the whole scene. The whole picture is accompanied by Ostin Wintory composer’s music, who is a Grammy nominee. Any decision that you will make reflects on the game’s plot, doesn’t matter if it’s a conversation or a battle.

There are more than 25 characters in the game with different backgrounds and skills, which suit accordingly the evolution of the story. But don’t think that the personal aspect is the main one in here; there are many battles with long echoing consequences, where you will have to gather your soldiers, choose the tactics and strike. You will have to adjust to the dynamic rhythm of the battlefield and only you will decide you will stay alive and who will die. Only your decisions will show is the characters will make it through the tough winter and conquer the mysterious enemies.

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Tank Battle: 1944

In this game, you can join the actions in World War II. You will have to take command of an American battle group in this turn-based strategy wargame and help liberate Europe from the evil Axis power-base. The game has many features, such as 8 Mission Rising Storm campaign where you will have to use your tactical skills.

13 Unique units will make the game process exciting and will keep your attention. The atmosphere of World War is depicted really colorfully so you are more involved in the whole action. There are 12 Pass and Multiplayer Scenarios which will keep you and your friends in the process for many hours.

There is also a possibility to purchase extra campaigns. The whole map of the game is in 3D graphics which makes it convenient for players to project actions and recreate the landscape on different spots. Choose the square where you want to settle and choose the action. All the information about the current situation is displayed in the corners on the screen.

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War Cronies – WW2 Strategy

World War II became a profuse source for millions of plots for movies, books and, of course, video games. So here’s another app which is base on this genre. It differs from the previous game, actually. Here you can play as one of sixteen World War II nations against a friend or be matched against opponents across the globe.

A virtue of this app is that you will be matched with a real human every time you play. In this game you are dealing with the prototypes of the real WW2 locations, losing yourself in the smog and dust of the battles. You will have to create a strategy against your foes.

In order to defeat the rivals, you can build Tanks, Planes, Battleships, Aircraft Carriers, Subs, Motorized Divisions and other machines. Match your troops across open plains and deserts. Lead your aircraft carrier task forces across the seas to invade an airbase on a remote island as you stage a final invasion of the enemy homeland. Submarines are really good to use to get to the enemy transports.

To provide your soldiers with supplies, plan the production in the cities you own. The graphics of this game is rather specific, it’s in cartoon 2D style. However, it’s full of details and abundant with colors, so those who prefer this type will give it a thumb up.

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Casual Heroes

Let’s take a break from all these serious war games and pay our attention to something more fun. Here you will be stuck on an island surrounded by people of different types and professions. You will have to fight for your survival.

Everyone – farmers, musicians, pensioners, military men stepped on the path of staying alive. You will have to create your base on the island, gather an army and defeat your rivals and pepperoni marauders. You can unite into clans with other players, chat with them and help each other to win in this game!

The game provides step-by-step battle tactics with the full control, PvP-fights at the arena with other players in the real-time mode, fighters of different categories with the ability to upgrade them, unique fighters’ abilities, war machines and guard buildings, tools for the battles, interesting challenges and awards, base on the island with the ability to you to change it and upgrade, clans with mutual chats among its members and so on.

The whole game process is funny, because here, instead of swords and guns the characters use slingshots and rolling pins, instead of magic – unique powers and modern things! The graphics of this game is a 2D cartoon, obviously which is the perfect match for the story. Enjoy!

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Templar Battleforce RPG

Another authentic game which will draw your attention. It is an addictive mix of strategic combat and army building with the precision gameplay of RPG games. While piloting the Leviathan battle mechs, your mighty Templars will face hordes of terrifying Xenos, rogue human factions, and the ancient Narvidian threat.

You will have to make it through a deep and deadly sci-fi universe which is filled with cunning Scouts, righteous Soldiers, flamethrowing Hydras, specialized Engineers, deadly Sentry Turrets, and the indomitable Berserks. You have to create your own forces by recruiting an array of Templar specialists – and deploy distinct strategies for your fireteams. Produce the tactical scenarios both novice and veteran alike which will help you to win. Make your mind into the practice and see if you can avoid the deadly jaws of defeat.

The game includes several distinguishing locations with different designs and abilities required. You have to move across the location with the red ray around you, spotting and killing your enemies. The game is performed by developers in noir-graffiti style, the tones are dark and dim. In general, this is a post-apocalyptic world-genre game with zombie and E.T. features.

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World of Empires

The name says it all for itself. For those who obviously haven’t had it enough with all the turn-based strategy games, this is the ultimate world of empires and only empires.

Besides the main features of any game of this genre, as the map seizing, organizing the land, conquering enemies, this one includes: procedural world generation with customization, a multiplayer, map editor, a minimap, 26 civilizations and custom abilities, commercial exchange, 54 troops, 82 buildings, 14 terrain improvements, 81 technologies, diplomacy function, basic happiness function and civilization score.

Another convenient thing here is that the lands you own are marked with the green lines. The game has 3D animation and the whole world looks pretty decent, however, it can be hard to spot some details on the map, since the colors are gloom and collide with each other. At the beginning of the game, you will receive a short explanation about it. Later, you will be receiving information from different characters which will ease the game process.

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XCOM®: Enemy Within

This one is for those who like battles against E.T., zombies and other fantasy monsters. This is actually an addition to the best strategy game “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” with some bonus materials. Meet the new soldiers, enemies, maps. tasks and multi-players mode which will refresh your experience of the game.

You should explore new space technologies to enhance the soldiers’ power. New technologies include gene modifications of soldiers and also the mechanized cybersuits. New weapon and equipment: provide to field investigators new opportunities using new projects for engineers and laboratory. New enemies: change the tactics to fight back the two new types of newcomers and also the deadly organization EXALT.

New strategic resources: the valuable alien resource, called “structure” is found. Get it on the battlefield and get back to the base to open new researches and improvements. New storylines: destroy the opponent in the abandoned fishing village and protect XCOM headquarters from the attacks of aliens in a series of tasks. New multi-user cards, fighters, and skills: create the unique group and win against the opponent troops battle.

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Great Little War Game

This game is made for you not to percept it too seriously even though it’s again, the War genre game. The characters you are going to play for are funny little men with funny heads. However, the fact that this game is made partly for fun doesn’t diminish its decent graphics and gameplay features. While playing, you can choose the campaign mode or multi-player mode.

The game has four difficulty settings so you can adjust it to your convenience. Lush visuals and simple control method make the whole process more interesting. The diversity of levels and tons of humor will make you love this game and forget about your actual problems while playing it.

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Neuroshima Hex

The last one app in our list is another one for those who, once again, prefer dark styled games. You are playing in a post-apocalyptic world, destroyed 30 years ago by War, gathering your own army, marching with the machines of Moloch. Or you can become Borgo and unite the forces of the mutants who spread terror in the wastelands.

The humanity last and only hope to survive is the Outpost, so you can take lead on it and fight against the machines in an uneven guerrilla war. Be the boss of The Hegemony – land of gangers not caring about the fate of others and living only for violence and their mad entertainment. You will get 4 different armies to play for, 3 Al difficulty levels, easy to learn, but hard to master gameplay.

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Fire Emblem Heroes

The whole universe of Fire Emblem heroes has already captured the minds of many people around the world. But in addition to the characters already familiar to fans, the game is completely new and no less interesting! Ready to plunge into the world of exciting battles and strategies?

The whole story – it’s one big quest with many stories and branches. The game has several difficulty modes, and in total there are 800 stories that you have to go through. You are an active participant in the battles, in which you need to think through the strategy and calculate the moves ahead.

Assess the strength of your opponent, the power of your cards and weapons – you may have to do it right in the game. If you’re just getting to know the universe of Fire Emblem Heroes, you can use Auto-Battle mode to help your character fight on his own.

Over time, you can develop the skills of your characters by pumping their abilities and skills. Conquer new heights, play at home, on the road and every minute of your life – the Fire Emblem Heroes strategy drags you on. It can’t be otherwise – the game Nintendo introduces simply can’t be bad.

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