What are the best strategy games for iPhone?

Action games are a lot of fun to play when you just want to sit back and beat up baddies. Sometimes though, you want some more serious, something more involved to play. Here are some of the best strategy games for your iPhone.

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    #1Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc. is an iPhone strategy game that requires strategic skills and revolves around the idea of survival of the fittest. Put an end to human history by infecting a disease and eventually make it a plague.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    David Peters
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "This is really one of the best strategy games for the iPhone that I have ever played. The graphics look nice and while the gameplay might seem simple, there are so many ways and combinations that you could try to reach your goal faster or slower. A must-play strategy game for mobile."
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    #2Plants vs Zombies 2

    Plants vs Zombies 2

    Plants vs Zombies 2 is the sequel of the award-winning action-strategy game for iOS. Amass an army of powerful plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and discover amazing ways to protect your brain.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Anna Hernandez
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "It's been out for a while now but it is still one of the best strategy games for iOS out there. It's simple enough that anyone can pick up and play it but challenging enough that some level of strategy to win."
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    #3Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans is one of the best multiplayer strategy game for iOS and Android devices developed by Supercell. The game allows you to build your tower, play with other player and declare war to destroy their camp.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Nicholas Obrien
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "It is a good game that has addictive properties. However, it has a toxic community around it, and there are some elements that make it a "pay to win." It is a good game hampered by the model that is marketed by."


The root of strategy games traces back to table and board games such as Risk? They transitioned over to other platforms such as computers and consoles before long. With this transition though, they felt somehow familiar despite the change. This is because early games were ports, and sometimes, exact copies of the same games. One example of this is the game, Invasion, released for the Magvanox Odyssey. It was like Risk that features Pong-like battles. With the advent of microprocessors and computers allowed for further development of games. By the 1980s, strategy games covered a wider set of themes and topics. From war-based games to sci-fi themed games. Reach for the Stars was a prime example of the latter at the time. This game exemplified the concept of 4X-style games before it was even coined.

That basic concept has persisted and remained the main basis for strategy games. Throughout the years all the way to today. Strategy games have had a sort of slump in recent years. Then came heavy-hitters that would revitalize the ailing genre. Games like Sid Meier's Civilization, Command & Conquer, and Warcraft. All these games played a major role in the reviving popularity of strategy games. The same happened in the mobile space. There are plenty of great strategy game titles on smartphones like the iPhone. There are plenty of strategy games for the iPhone that you can play for free. Most of them are of high-quality as well.

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    Hoplite is a turn-based rogue-like strategy game for iOS that focuses on tactical grid-based movement, all on small single screen-sized maps. This game aims to make you think before you act.


    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases.

    Roy Patterson
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "The graphics aren't the best. They look like an 80s arcade game. But that's not the point. This is a great strategy game that forces one to think before making moves. I always feel more alert and energized after playing. It is challenging and can be played over and over, making it worth the price of admission. "
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    #5Tentacle Wars

    Tentacle Wars

    Tentacle Wars is a singleplayer strategy game based on the popular flash game. Enter a microscopic world with DNA tentacles and save the entire species from extinction. Includes 80 missions and a random level generator. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Adriana Cisneros
    Written on October 23, 2017
    "This game looks like it is definitely good fro this category. The game play requires making moves that are beneficial and very much strategy needed. There are a great number of downloads and also a good number of favorable reviews on this game. Unfortunately, this game is on the Android platform, not iphone."
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    #6Rush Wars

    Rush Wars

    Rush Wars is a mobile strategy game which is the sixth game release of the developers Supercell, the creator of games such as Hay Day and Clash of Clans. The casual game lets players raid gold mines, unlock troops, team up, and battle.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Justin West
    Written on August 29, 2019
    "I can't say my full thought about this game yet because it's really new but so far, I've been playing it for hours and it's pretty neat!"
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    #7Universal Paperclips

    Universal Paperclips

    Universal Paperclips is an addictive idle/management/simulator game where you must use your unstoppable intelligence to create a massive paperclip empire.


    Web, iOS, Android

    Diana Wheeler
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "This is a fun and interesting little game for the iPhone. Your goal is to create a paperclip empire. It's fun, smart, intriguing, and makes you think. If you're looking for a strategy game, give this a shot - I don't think you'll regret it!"
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    #8Invisible, Inc.

    Invisible, Inc.

    Invisible, Inc. is a turn-based stealth strategy game for iOS incorporating elements of roguelike gameplay. Take control of Invisible's agents in the field and infiltrate the world's most dangerous corporations.


    Windows, iOS


    Tony Dai
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "This game was a nice surprise and melds stealth gameplay and strategy into one and it works great. The graphics look nice and the fast pace really pushes you to think on your feet. This is an iPhone strategy game that's worth checking out."
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    #9Kingdom Rush

    Kingdom Rush

    Kingdom Rush is a real-time single-player tower defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio. Published by Armor Games and originally released on July 28, 2011, it is the first of third games in the Kingdom Rush game series.


    Web, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS


    Linda Zheng
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "A nice little game to pass the time. It's a tower defense game with some strategy mixed in. It's more of a casual game so anyone could try this out and have fun."
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    #10Breach & Clear

    Breach & Clear

    Breach & Clear is a strategy game in which you have to choose your squad and take on a variety of foes with different skill-sets abilities. Build your arsenal and plan your missions step by step.


    Mac, Windows


    Daniel Lewis
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "I like Breach & Clear for strategy games on the iphone. I get to choose my own squad and fight all kinds of battles with varied skill sets. I am a sequence player so it benefits me."
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    #11EMPIRE: Deck Building Strategy

    EMPIRE: Deck Building Strategy
    EMPIRE is a quick, easy-to-learn yet difficult to master strategy/tactics game. You can found a new empire and explore a dying land. Develop and expand your Empire till the end, where every battle is a unique tactical challenge. 



    Margaret Watson
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "This was a fun gaming app to stumble upon. It is not very difficult to play, and I did have to make some important decisions regarding strategy. It was entertaining and a fun way to pass time on my phone. I find it's an easy game to start and stop versus having to spend large amounts of time getting totally immerse into a plot. This was fun and not complicated."
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    #12First Strike

    First Strike
    First Strike is a strategy game located in a nuclear armageddon that combines a snappy gameplay with an intuitive interface. Choose one of the big nuclear players and plan your strategy wisely.

    Android, iOS


    Patrick Jimenez
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "First Strike is a great game to play if you're looking to kill some time or just want a fun distraction. The game is gorgeous on any device, and the gameplay is intuitive and responsive. Once you've mastered the gameplay, however, it can get a bit boring and repetitive. I think it could use an update to address this."
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    #13Star Traders 4X Empires Elite

    Star Traders 4X Empires Elite
    Star Traders 4X Empires Elite is a 4x strategy game. Players take control through the strategic use of spies, economics, politics, technology and advanced weaponry in the most engaging, expansive and intense turn-based sci-fi title. 

    Android, iOS

    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Bobby Butler
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "A friend was asking for one of the best strategy games that I've played on iphone. I told him about Star Traders 4X Empires Elite and he really loved it. He said he played it for hours and hours."
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    #14Tactics Maiden RPG

    Tactics Maiden RPG

    Tactics Maiden is medieval fantasy game which story connects 85 scenarios and 36 character classes. The players are carried from scenario to scenario and each battle represents new challenges for them. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Austin Cunningham
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This is an advanced strategy game revolving around medieval times. If that's your kind of thing, it's probably perfect"


Best What are the best strategy games for iPhone
1Plague Inc.Games 3 Free
2Plants vs Zombies 2Games 2 Free
3Clash of ClansGames 1 Free
4HopliteGames 1 Free
5Tentacle WarsGames 1 Free
6Rush WarsGames 1 Free
7Universal PaperclipsGames 0 Paid
8Invisible, Inc.Games 0 Paid
9Kingdom RushGames 0 Free
10Breach & ClearGames 0 Paid

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