What's better than being able to play the games that we love? Taking them on the go. Of course, some mobile experiences are more rewarding than others, but thankfully there are tons of challenging and rewarding strategy games for Android and iOS out there. Whether you're looking to test your wit on daily commute, at the coffee shop, or in between classes, these are some of the most popular mobile strategy games, ranked by gamers everywhere.
Regardless of where you play, there will be plenty of opportunities to build cities, defend your tower, or conquer the world. From classic historical strategy games like Civilization VI (which works surprisingly well on mobile) and Rome: Total War to epic tournament games like Clash Royale, vote up all the best mobile strategy games you think are worth downloading.
Clash of ClansPhoto: Supercell
For those who are fans of persistent world games, meaning the game world continues to exist and progress internally without anyone interacting with it, Clash of Clans is a great option. In this fantasy game, players are the chief of their own village and must raid other players' villages in an attempt to gain resources. Much of Clash of Clans's appeal comes from the fact that players can create clans of up to fifty people that they can then use to enact epic battles.
Price: Free (includes optional premium paid content)
Release: 2012174Worth strategizing over?
- Photo: Supercell
When it was released in 2016, Clash Royale took the app store by storm, quickly becoming one of the most-played games on the Apple and Android market. It's a tower rush game that can be played either 1v1 or 2v2, and killing the opposing team's tower gets you an instantaneous win. While the base game is incredibly fun, Clash Royale's staying power comes from its plethora of content, including but not limited to Clans, Tournaments, Leagues, and Quests, all of which add a new dynamic and keep players coming back for more.
Price: Free (includes optional paid premium content)
175Worth strategizing over?
- Release: 2016
- Developer: Supercell
- Genres (Video game): Real-time strategy
Plague Inc.Photo: Ndemic Creations
Perhaps it's poor timing, but Plague Inc. had to be included on this list simply because it's to be something of considered a mobile-gaming classic. The goal of the game is to spread a virus so that it infects everyone in the world, and the game is won when the entire human race is eradicated. As bleak and untimely as it sounds, there's actually a great deal of strategy involved, making Plague Inc. a favorite of strategy gamers everywhere.
102Worth strategizing over?
- Release: 2012
- Genres (Video game): Strategy video game
- Photo: PopCap Games
Plants vs. Zombies is one of the most well-loved mobile games of all time, and it's not very hard to see why — a bright and fun art style, simple yet engaging mechanics, and a unique premise for a tower defense game. Players must defend their home from an oncoming hoard of zombies by placing plants (each of which has a special attack) in their front yard. That simplicity goes a long way because while it may seem simple on the surface, players must use their own ingenuity to clear each increasingly difficult level. There have also been plenty of sequels over the years that improve on the series' tried and true formula.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
71Worth strategizing over?
- Release: 2009
- Developer: PopCap Games
- Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Tower defense, Strategy video game