What are the best RTS games for iPhone?

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    #1Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc. is a simulation game that requires strategic skills and revolves around the idea of survival of the fittest. Player's aim is to put an end to human history by infecting a disease and eventually make it a plague.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Craig Lewis
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "The solution is for a very good android RTS and I would like to say one of the best. Surprisingly, it is also available in iOS. Cool! "
  2. 18

    #2Machines at War 3

    Machines at War 3
    Machines at War 3 is a paid app for Android and iOS, a real-time strategy game in which you'll face tons of challenges with a great variety of armies in vast maps. It offers online multiplayer mode.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    $6.99

    Rosa Delgado
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "With so many levels and options for building units, you will be hard pressed to keep going until you finish the last round of this game. And that's what makes it challenging for me. "
  3. 17

    #3XCOM: Enemy Within

    XCOM: Enemy Within

    XCOM: Enemy Within is an action game that allows you to play in a 3rd person point of view. In this game, you have to win against alien invaders using weapons and abilities while carrying powerful and dangerous fighting tools.

    Games

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Michael Schmidt
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "The version of Enemy Within is my favorite among all the XCOM games. The multiplayer mode is amazing and the strategic part is thrilling!"

DID YOU KNOW

That the real-time strategy game genre originated way back in 1981? Prior to the mid-1990s, strategy games were almost always turned based while action games were in real time, and the two genres seldom met. Back then, they were considered to be incompatible elements within a game, with strategy games being rooted in the tradition of complicated and drawn-out tabletop war games and the latter being a simple yet consistent test of reflexes and coordination, staying true to video game arcades. Strategy games were slow and well thought-out, rendering the idea of coupling it with real-time elements that would virtually force players into instant, impulsive, and potentially dangerous situations ridiculous. That is, until Don Daglow developed the groundbreaking Intellivision game Utopia, released in 1981, which was seen as the father of the real-time strategy - shortened to RTS - genre. The game brought two warring island nations against each other in a war that required players not only to defeat your opponent, but also to keep other in-game elements like natural disasters, military, infrastructure, and morale, along with all the consequences of every action they make.

The factors and features implemented in Utopia paved the way for modern real-time strategy games that have hit the markets and gained popularity today.

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    #4Autumn Dynasty Warlords

    Autumn Dynasty Warlords
    Autumn Dynasty Warlords is a strategy game that will let players manage their empire turn by turn. This game is offered by Touch Dimensions Interactive PTE. LTD and available to play on iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
    Games

    iOS

    $1.99

    Christian Hicks
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "Sadly, I found out this a game without a future on iPhone as it can not be updated after iOS 11. No great loss in my book, as the thrill of conquering a huge swatch of empire on a tiny phone screen just doesn't make much sense to me."
  2. 13

    #5Amoebattle

    Amoebattle

    Amoebattle is a real-time strategy game for iOS and Android that settles a curious scenario: you're in the focus of a giant biological war but in a microscopic scale, and you lead an army of amoebas.


    Games

    iOS

    $2.99

    Juan Antonio Gálvez
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "This is one of the most fascinating RTS games on ios I've come across. You are in the world of microbes and waging battles and leading a group of amoebas, it's mind blowing."
  3. 11

    #6Iron Marines

    Iron Marines

    Iron Marine is a futuristic real-time strategy game for Android and iOS, from the developers of the Kingdom Rush trilogy. Mix yourself with aliens from all over the galaxy and lead them towards the glory.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Virginia Bates
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "Really like that this works on both iphones and androids, and the features and storyline is pretty cool. It's a phone game so I wouldn't say it's the best ever, but it's pretty fun when you're trying to entertain yourself for a couple hours."
  4. 10

    #7MechCom 2

    MechCom 2
    MechCom 2 is game for Android and iOS, a sequel to the original, the popular real-time strategy game that was based on Warzone2100. It's pretty similar but introduces new mechanics and some major improvements.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    $1

    Sun Su
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "I love playing RTS games anywhere I go. With MecCom2 I was able to do both! This was a perfect game for gamers on the go. Very involving and great visual effects."
  5. 10

    #8Autumn Dynasty

    Autumn Dynasty

    Autumn Dynasty is a premium real-time strategy game for Android and iPhone, with Chinese paintings and classic battles on classy maps. Lead your army in the campaign mode or in the multiplayer mode.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.99

    Mark Richardson
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "Autumn Fantasy impressed me from the very first time that I started to play it. The graphics and game play are excellent and I really like the fact that I can play a strategic game on the go. I also have found the learning curve to be just right in terms of figuring out how to play. "
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    #9Rymdkapsel

    Rymdkapsel
    In this minimalist real-time strategy game you will be in charge of a space station and its minions. Plan your expansion wisely and manage all your resources to explore the universe and all the planets it contains. 
    Games

    Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows

    $7.99

    Amber Owens
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "Rymdkapsel is such a creative entertaining game. Great game to play to practice strategy."
  7. 2

    #10Total Conquest

    Total Conquest
    Total Conquest is a real-time strategy war game, developed by Gameloft for Android and iOS devices, in which you'll have to leader true armies full of heroes (including mythological ones) and defeat your enemies in a lot of battle modes.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Terry Coleman
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "It is a good RTS game and it both works on Android and iOS devices."
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    #11Throne Rush

    Throne Rush
    Throne Rush is a free game for Android and iOS in which you will have to build your own kingdom from zero and protect your people from the foreign attacks. Online multiplayer available always with new campaigns.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sharon Cunningham
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "I enjoy playing Throne Rush from my iPhone. The game is multiplayer which I love. Because I can connect while I play, I find the game play so much more meaningful and immersive. "

Summary

Best What are the best RTS games for iPhone
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Plague Inc.Games 24 Free
2Machines at War 3Games 18 Paid
3XCOM: Enemy WithinGames 17 Paid
4Autumn Dynasty WarlordsGames 15 Paid
5AmoebattleGames 13 Paid
6Iron MarinesGames 11 Paid
7MechCom 2Games 10 Paid
8Autumn DynastyGames 10 Paid
9RymdkapselGames 9 Paid
10Total ConquestGames 2 Free
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