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12 Sweet Mobile Strategy Games You Can Download And Play Right Now

Updated October 19, 2020 80 votes 24 voters12 items

List RulesVote up the best strategy games for Android & iOS.

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 Royale
    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)

    • Release: 2016
    • Developer: Supercell
    • Genres (Video game): Real-time strategy
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    Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans
    Photo: 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: 2012

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      Plague Inc.

      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.

      Price: $0.99

      • Release: 2012
      • Genres (Video game): Strategy video game
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    • If you're looking for another great historically-inspired strategy game, look no further than Rome: Total War. The gameplay is split between both real-time and turn-based strategy tactics, and takes place at the end of the Republican period in ancient Rome. In the real-time strategy portion, players manage the economy, diplomacy, government, and military of their faction, and the turn-based elements come in on the battlefield. Not only has Rome: Total War been known as one of the greatest strategy games, but many critics have called it one of the best games of all time.

      Price: $9.99

      • Release: 2004
      • Developer: Feral Interactive, The Creative Assembly
      • Genres (Video game): Real-time tactics, Historical real-time strategy, Turn-based strategy, Real-time strategy, Strategy video game
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