Top 10 Best iOS Strategy Games
10. Opening our list of Top 10 iOS Strategy is BardBarian Tired of his barbaric ways, Brian picks up his axe-lute to defend the town with the power of music. There’s no fighting for this barbarian, but he lets out glorious riffs to inspire his allies to battle. It’s a unique game that blends mind-bending tower-defence with action-packed RPG. Use your summoned followers to attack the ferocious beasts terrorizing your town, and maneuver them away from damaging hits. Collect loot from your fallen enemies to upgrade your town and unlock new allies. If that’s too easy for you, you can test your skills against players around the world in Endless and Survival mode. With it’s banging soundtrack and balanced gameplay, Brian’s bardic battle is brimming with bliss. It has a PlayScore of 8.76.
9. D&D Lords of Waterdeep The award-winning tabletop eurogame gets an entry to the mobile hemisphere. An online strategy from Wizards of the Coast, it’s settings and characters are based on the popular dungeons and dragons campaign. You will play as the masked Lords of the fictional Waterdeep, spreading around your influence using your loyal agents. The mobile app plays much like the tabletop game, except you don’t have to invite your friends over. Work around your given Lord’s features, and make sure your nosy opponents don’t block your path to victory. Collect resources, create buildings, and choose your moves wisely. There’s much in store for you with the addition of new expansions that add more depth to its layered gameplay. It has a PlayScore of 8.78.
8. Castle Doombad A 180 spin from the traditional tower-defence, your goal is to kick the do-gooders trying to foil your evil plan. After kidnapping a beloved princess, your lair has been overrun by annoying heroes who are out to save the day. Fortunately, you have homecourt advantage. Stop knights, archers, and ninjas from reaching the princess using a horde of minions and an arsenal of traps. Combine both to unleash hell on your unwitting foes. Use treadmills to trap them on floors, shave off their lives with arrows, and hope they don’t make it out alive. Watch out for more daring challengers as you complete its 75 increasingly tough levels. Keep the princess for yourself with a PlayScore of 8.79.
7. Warbits Here’s an adorable game to scratch your tactical turn-based itch. Dive into the eponymous war simulator and fight to save the galaxy. This cheeky game might have you arguing over breakfast with its oddball humor, but it’s good enough to make you stay. Just like most turn-based strategies, you’ll have to employ your tactical wits to defeat the enemy. Position your units well to maximize your turns and ensure your victory. Despite its charming looks, it’s a highly stimulating game. Conquer over 50 missions in campaign and challenge mode, or compete against galactic opponents in multiplayer. For fans of the genre, it’s a perfect fix that you can bring around everywhere. It receives a PlayScore of 8.85.
6. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links An iconic trading card game takes the form of a mobile playground. Show off your latent duelling skills and battle with and against the anime’s greatest heroes and villains. It’s a journey to the top, squaring off with regular joes and high skilled players around the world. Begin your adventure as Seto Kaiba and Yami Yugi. You probably won’t win tournaments with their basic cards though. Earn various rewards from completing stages, buy packs from the store, and create the ultimate deck–with spell cards, fusion cards, and the anime’s beloved monsters. Step into its digital world, and get wrapped in futuristic dudududuels, complete with its original voice acting. It’s the great game for anime and strategy fans alike and It has a PlayScore of 8.86.
5. Banner Saga Following its kickstarter success, Banner Saga artfully executes turn-based mechanics, carefully fusing it with the element of choice. In its perpetually melancholic world, you have to decide the fate of your people in a captivating story of survival, inspired by Nordic mythology. Explore its beautifully animated and breathtaking 2D landscapes, along with your caravan of viking families. Every choice you make leads to tangible outcomes in the overarching narrative. Carefully choose your battles, strategize well, or risk the death of a beloved character. And in this god-forsaken land, every death is permanent. It’s a deeply poignant adventure with gorgeous visuals and compelling battles. And their sequels are just as great. It has a PlayScore of 8.92.
4. SteamWorld Heist Journey across the seven galaxies along with the nebula’s greatest mechanical pirates. In this turn-based strategy game, enter a steampunk world populated by sentient automatons. As a band of do-gooding buccaneers, invade a collection of randomly generated ships filled with conniving villains and their clueless minions. Running off with their treasure’s won’t be easy though. Enter the sidescrolling battlefield and shoot it out in dynamic turn-based combat. Get into position, take aim, and let your bullets ricochet off walls and unsuspecting foes. Luck isn’t a winner’s weapon, so use your skills to take them down…or upgrade your weapon to make life easier. Despite its simplicity, it’s ingenious concept has won the hearts of critics and gamers alike, receiving a PlayScore. 9.01.
3. Galaxy Trucker Think you can handle the risks of galactic troubleshooting? Then this czech tabletop-turned-mobile app is a fitting test of skill. A hotly-awaited adaptation of Vlaada Chvatil’s boardgame, it’s packed with all your trucking needs. Fly around the cosmos with your makeshift spacecraft, and make sure to deliver the goods safely. Gameplay is divided into two parts: Building and Flying. Combine icky sewer pipes and spare parts in its tile-laying building phase to create your very own spaceship. Use a blend of offense and defense to withstand the various obstacles ahead. Prepare to fend off pirates, dodge asteroids, and fight with other ships in the minefield that is space navigation. Just like its talented crew of truckers, this game definitely delivers. It has a PlayScore of 9.11.
2. Plants vs. Zombies Our old desktop diversion makes its way to the iOS, and it’s only made better for it. Call it a casual game if you want, but this game packs quite a challenge. Play as a green-thumbed homeowner, defending his fortress from a horde of zombies with the aid of his fighting flowers. Plant the seeds of victory by placing them in strategic locations. Use a collection of peashooters, wall-nuts, and cherry bombs to eliminate your ghoulish trespassers in various locations. Progress might be slowed down by the increasingly durable foes, but you can always count on Crazy Dave to sell you upgrades for your plants. With its friendly visuals and intuitive gameplay, it’s a tower-defence game for all ages with a PlayScore of Here are the runners-up before we reveal the number one: 15. Hoplite. Play as a brave roman sold ier and engage in thrilling tactical combat. It has a PlayScore of 8.7.
14. Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy. Build, research, and explore with your interstellar civilization. It has a PlayScore of 8.71.
13. Invisible Inc. A turn-based strategy where Stealth is the name of the game. It has a PlayScore of 8.71. 12. Vainglory. Super Evil Megacorp’s multiplayer battle arena with a PlayScore of 8.73. 11. Imbroglio. A deck-building strategy that will have you surviving the dizzying mazes and collecting gemstones. It has a PlayScore 8.76.
1. And the number one iOS strategy is Kingdom Rush You can never beat the classics, huh? From the depths of Kongregate’s flash archives, is a tower-defense game that started it all. It’s recent entry to the the iOS comes with a variety of upgrades to the original that made it suitable for modern audiences. Ironhide Studios cements their place in the genre’s Hall of Fame with this gorgeously designed strategy. Place towers in specific strategy points and kill enemies with archers, mages, barracks and artilleries. One of the game’s crowning glories is their diverse array of upgrades that battle well against their perfectly balanced foes. It’s the kind of quality we’ve come to expect from the series, and they’ve delivered consistently all across their titles. That’s why it’s the best iOS strategy with a PlayScore of 9.33.
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