You’re watching the movie Troy and you see Achilles send his blade through a giant. Maybe you check out The Hunt For Red October and you can feel the cold steel of a submarine in the ocean depths. How can you challenge your mind like these great characters and feel the tension they go through?
Check out a strategy game of course!
We carefully selected the 10 best Android strategy games to help you sift through the thousands of options. So without further ado let’s see what games made the cut for the best 10 best Android strategy games.
Note: All the games were tested on Samsung Galaxy S3 running on custom ROM based on Android 4.3. Only Plants VS. Zombies 2 was played on Nexus 7 tablet. All the games passed our strict quality tests and ran stable for the whole duration.
1. Breach & Clear – $3.99
Door kicking simulator
For those who like military strategy games, Breach & Clear is a great one. The game takes cues from the legendary SOCOM series on the Play Station but makes the action touch screen friendly. You are in charge of a four man tactical squad and you need to breach and clear objectives. You are given a mission that may involve rescuing a hostage or taking down a high value target. The player has complete control over the squad such as where they stand and what weapon they use. This strong tactical war formula makes Breach & Clear quite unique in the Android Strategy Games list.
- Military action.
- Tightly controlled squad of trained operatives.
- Complete control over the units.
- Makes you think hard.
Notable Feature: Breach & Clear sometimes gives a seemingly impossible situation but figuring out the solution is remarkably rewarding.
2. Plants VS. Zombies 2 – Free
The seeding dead
The fight between life and death continues. By life we mean plants and death refers to the undead. Plants VS. Zombies 2 may seem like a simple game at first but as it progresses, you will be forced to think strategically. Sure you may want to brute force your way out of a level but on harder difficulties, it is an almost impossible task. Plants VS. Zombies 2 is a base defense game in which you have to plant killer plants (pun intended) to fend off waves of zombies who are hell bent on reaching your house.
- Rewarding gameplay.
- Fanatic battles between plants and zombies.
- Hilarious premise and animations.
- Gets harder on higher levels.
Notable feature: The absurdness of Plants VS. Zombies is its selling point. The plants shoot killing seeds and the zombies just keep on coming. You will have a good laugh while playing this quirky title.
3. Star Command – $2.99
Aye aye Captain
Star Command puts the player in charge of their very own space ship. This means that you are the leader of the crew and will have to look over every aspect of owning a fully loaded space ship. From maintaining relationships with the crew members to researching technology, you have to do a lot of stuff to stay afloat in space. That’s not all though, you need to make enhancements to the ship in order to defend against the invading aliens.
- Great atmosphere.
- Multiple facets of command.
- Relations and decisions matter a lot.
- YOUR OWN SPACE SHIP.
Notable Feature: Leveling up your crew members and learning new skills makes Star Command a slow a paced yet excellent Android Strategy Game.
4. Rymdkapsel – $3.99
Rymdkapsel, just like its name, is a very odd strategy game. Imagine a tower defense game in which you don’t have to worry about fighting enemies or collecting resources, but only make the best base ever. This is an odd kind of a game which may put you off in the start but after a while, the game starts to shine. Rymdkapsel shows us that a unique idea when implemented correctly will give beautiful results.
- Great art design.
- Thoroughly unique execution of the concept.
- Intriguing gameplay.
Notable feature: The game has one of the best sound track we have the pleasure of listening. It is hauntingly beautiful, befitting the design and atmosphere of the game.
5. Age of Warring Kingdoms – Free
Not Age of Empires
If you are looking for more traditional kind of Android Strategy Games, Age of Warring Kingdoms just might be your chalice of tea. Clashing heroes, rising empires, building bases, constructing armies and forging alliances is all in this game. It is a very robust android strategy game which requires a lot of time investment. It’s a good thing that the game is addictive because you will want to play it constantly. This free to play title does have in app purchases, which is understandable, but they never get in the way of fun.
- Free to play in a good way.
- Build a strong empire.
- Gathering resources, making and upgrading buildings.
- Customizable armies.
- Invading rival empires to expand your territories.
Notable feature: Those who loved Age of Empires will fall immediately in love with this great game. The more time you invest the more fun and enjoyable the game gets.
6. Anomaly 2 – $4.99
Taking defense to offense
There are standard tower defense games and then there is Anomaly 2. Anomaly 2 is a tower defense game (not technically) but it puts a great twist on the genre. In Anomaly 2 you are the “enemy” and you have to get past towers. This is right, Anomaly 2 is a reverse tower defense game and it is amazing. The game features some of the best graphics we have seen in Android Strategy Games…EVER. The particle effects and the animations are all top notch. Anomaly 2 is not only one of the most important strategy games on Android, but it is also an amazing looking title overall.
- A true tower offense game.
- There are a lot of war mechs in the game.
- RTS never looked so great on mobile devices.
- A lengthy post-apocalyptic single player campaign.
Notable feature: Despite drawing a large number of units on screen, Anomaly 2 never lagged or showed any sign of low frame rates. The game looks amazing and runs smooth, this warrants nod of appreciation towards the developers.
7. Autumn Dynasty – $4.99
Paint the battle
Autumn Dynasty is the game you get when you blend Android Strategy Games with oil paintings. It is a beautiful looking real time strategy game which allows you to take charge of a huge army. The controls are intuitive gesture based which really feel natural. It seems that you are painting orders directly on the screen. There are some really amazing oriental style maps in the game with hundreds of solders fighting at the same time. There is a single player campaign as well as an AI skirmish mode. The best part is that there are no IAPs in the game.
- Amazingly intuitive controls.
- Beautiful oil painting inspired design.
- Great gameplay which requires you to think.
- 4 different enemy AIs to help new players.
Notable Feature: Instant action Blitz Mode puts you directly in the heat of the action. This mode is amazing if you have very little time to play the game.
8. Devil’s Attorney – $2.17
Slick, stylish and selfish
Devil’s Attorney is a turn based strategy game which casts you as Max McMann. Max has a lot of charm but is morally quite loose. The objective of this hilarious 80s based game is to free all the “not guilty” clients. You will earn money to buy accessories and furniture for your apartment which will boost your ego. The larger the ego you have the more court room skills become available to you.
- A hilarious game.
- A charming lead character.
- 58 cases for you to solve.
- Turn base strategy without anime style protagonists.
Notable Feature: This game is a lot of replay value. Ending the game only once barely scratches the surface. Devil’s Attorney is a uniquely funny game in the 10 best Android Strategy Games list.
9. Strikefleet Omega – Free
You are our last hope
In Strikefleet Omega you have a space ship; the last human controlled space ship that is. You are the last hope for humanity and you need to succeed at all costs. The immense pressure on your virtual shoulders is thankfully shared with powerful attack ships which come with the mother-ship. You will defeat hoards of alien space crafts in this amazingly simple yet tact heavy title. There is a campaign mode for you to enjoy the story of fight and survival and then there is an obligatory endless survival mode.
- A lot of ships to choose from.
- Each ship has a unique weapon unloading technique.
- Collecting crystal and upgrading is rewarding.
- A large variety of enemies.
Notable Feature: Strkefleet Omega may seem like a tower defense game but it is much more than that. By giving you direct control of how and when weapons fire, Strikefleet Omega immediately separates itself from the crowd.
10. Plague Inc. – Free
Destroy all humans!
Plague Inc. will capture your imagination like a…plague. This great game tasks you to wipe humanity from the face of earth. You start with simple viruses which gathers mutagens and abilities as it affect more and more people. There are a lot of anti-human “biological things” to choose from, each presents a unique challenge. There are many abilities which your virus can acquire and they will be critical in the destruction of the human race. The game completes when no human remains alive. There are no fancy graphics used in Plague Inc., nor there are any special CGI videos involved. Yet the game is the number on our best 10 Android Strategy Games list.
- Simple interface and view.
- Nothing fancy ever gets in the way.
- A totally brilliant design.
- Killing humans is quite satisfactory.
- 12 different disease types to choose from.
- 50 countries with actual climates to attack and infect.
Notable Feature: Plague Inc. plays good on smartphones but it is truly amazing on a tablet. The game requires you to keep an eye on the whole world map and spread the disease. A tablet’s large screen estate helps you keep tabs.
All of the Android Strategy Games listed above are excellent. Sure you may have a different taste in games but we urge you to at least give the games a look. We were skeptical of Android Strategy Games at first, partially due to the lack of traditional controls (mouse and keyboard) and partially because of technical limitations. But after discovering a game like Plague Inc., it became clear that graphics and controls are never a major factor in having fun. For all your gamers out there, feel free to try all your favorite Android games on your PC. We also have a tutorial on playing classic Java games.
What are your thoughts on the games available on the platform we love? Are they lacking in some department or are they quite sufficient for small bursts of game time? Do tell us in the comments below.