Playing games which require you to act fast might sometimes be difficult for Android users. For example, shooters or real-time strategy games. After all, you don’t have a mouse and a keyboard.
On the other hand, with turn-based games, you have all the time of this world to think about your next move. Although turn-based games are the oldest form of games (card games, chess), they are definitely NOT outdated. There are many great turn-based games released for Android (and even PC and consoles), that are very popular among players.
Turn-based games can cover various genres, including shooters, card games, strategies, role-playing games and many more.
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8 Best Turn Based Android Games
We have listed all the games that satisfy our needs, in terms of gameplay and the quality of gaming experience they provide. Now, let’s do a quick review!
The Battle of Polytopia
If you ever played Civilizations series, you will definitely like this one, because it’s pretty similar. The game map is split into tiles, and each tile is important in some way. A tile might be a forest, a sea, a mountain, or contain fish, iron, gold or some other resource. Because of that, it’s very important where you choose to build your cities since tiles will affect their growth rate.
After you choose 1 of 4 available tribes, the game starts. Besides having to completely destroy the enemy, you can also win by developing a powerful economic force. As you play, you will unlock various technologies and advance to higher technology tiers.
Every tribe has different soldiers and different pros and cons. Therefore, you should choose a tribe that fits your way of playing and your strategy. The game offers 4 tribes that you can choose from, but if you pay, you can also unlock more interesting tribes.
Similar to the previous one, UniWar lets you explore the world at your own pace, build a powerful army and conquer the world. Besides multiplayer, the game offers a solo campaign with 30 missions.
If you, however, decide to play in multiplayer mode, you can play in 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 player battles. Depending on your choice, a turn can last between 3 mins and 3 days!
There are also many exciting tournaments worldwide, and daily missions that will keep you entertained for a long time. If the game becomes boring, you can download some of the 50,000+ user-created maps.
Hades’ Star lets you explore deep space, colonize planets and encounter alien races and other players. You can create combat, mining, and trade ships, and upgrade them as you play.
The game offers a lot of content to keep you entertained for a very long time. You can always play at your own pace, without having to worry that other players will steal your resources while you are offline.
Hades’ Star is not turn-based in a way the previous 2 games are, but every action and movement will require time in order to be done. For example, once you start colonizing the planet or order the ship to move, the action will start and be done in a certain amount of time. You can always speed up the process by buying in-app-purchases.
If you are a fan of strategy games, this one is a must.
Pirates Outlaws – $1.99
Although not very popular, Pirates Outlaws is a pretty decent card game. When the game starts, you pick a character with a unique, pre-made deck of cards. Of course, as you play, you will collect more cards and manage your deck.
The map is procedurally generated and you will be able to enter battles, specific events, market, and a tavern. Pirate Outlaws offers 50 different enemies and 20 unique bosses to defeat and become a wealthy and respected pirate.
Graphics are done in a low-poly style, which makes it look nice and cute.
Farabel – $2.99
Chances are that, probably, you have never played a game like Farabel. The fact is that you start the game at the end of the story. But that’s not all – as you play, you will have to choose which skills you want to dimish from the hero.
As your hero weakens, the game becomes more and more difficult. You will have to try out various strategies in order to survive.
Besides the story mode, Farabel offers a challenge mode in which you can fight a different battle every day. Also, in classic mode, you can build your army by purchasing units and war machines and try to destroy your enemy as quickly as possible.
The game offers 40 different units, 18 spells and abilities, and 13 epic and challenging battles. Definitely worth a try!
XCOM: Enemy Within – $5.99
In XCOM: Enemy Within, you fight against aliens, in a turn-based battle system. As you progress through the game, you will unlock new soldiers, equipment and be able to upgrade.
You will have to carefully plan every move since the aliens are very powerful. Squad members can die pretty easily if you put them in a bad position.
Besides an amazing single-player campaign, the game also offers a multi-player mode. After you create a custom squad from a wide variety of options, you can battle against many players all around the world.
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide – $0.99
If you are a fan of chess and also a fan of brutal action, you will LOVE this game. The game offers 2 modes: Regicide and Classic mode.
Classic mode is basically a chess game. However, all the figures are presented as soldiers from the original Warhammer. Now, when you capture the opponent’s “figure”, it’s shown as a brutal shooting in which one soldier kills another and takes his place.
Regicide mode is also played on a tiled table, however, it has nothing to do with chess. It’s much more like a classic strategy game, but still very interesting.
The game offers single-player with 50 amazing missions, and multiplayer, which can be played online or locally. You can choose between 2 races, Space Marines, and blood-thirsty Orks. However, we hope that more races will be added in some of the upcoming updates.
Also, before starting a match, you can customize your army’s loadout. The game really looks great!
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The Banner Saga – $10
The Banner Saga is an indie role-playing game funded on Kickstarter. With its unique design and gameplay, it attracted numerous players soon after it was released.
As a fearless Viking, after leaving home, your goal is to lead a caravan across stunning environments and save your people. Every decision you make, whether it’s in combat or in a conversation, has a direct impact on the story. That’s why the story will unfold differently every time you start the game all over again.
You can choose between 25 characters with unique personalities and skills. As you play, you will be able to upgrade them according to your playing style.
Graphics are pretty nice and unique. The game is completely hand-drawn which brings some specific feeling while playing the game. If you are a fan of Vikings and Nordic mythology, you should definitely buy Banner Saga.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
If you are a passionate gamer, you might consider buying a gaming tablet. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is a great gaming tablet, and still, not too expensive.
The gaming experience is definitely better on a gaming device. This tablet has a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM memory, which is enough to smoothly run most of the games.
Final Words on Turn-Based Android Games
The games we listed cover various genres. Whether you like strategy, role-playing or card games, you can find our favorite on the list. However, not all games are free. For example, The Banner Saga is $10! On the other hand, if you are a fan of that genre, it’s definitely worth the money.
In the end, if you are a chess fan, be sure to check out Warhammer 40,000: Regicide. It’s still a chess game, but great theme and animations are what makes this game pretty cool.
Have you played any game from the list? Which one is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments below…