What are the best turn-based strategy games for Android?

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    #1Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII is a turn-based strategy game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released for the PlayStation and will be included in the upcoming PlayStation Classic release.

    Games

    Web, Android, Windows, iOS

    Jason West
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "This is arguably the greatest turn-based game at the moment. It is only fitting I think because it was based on one of the best games in this genre during the 90s! The graphics are wonderful and it brings me back to my days when I will spend hours playing this game. Also, Cloud headlines this game."
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    #2The Walking Dead No Man's Land

    The Walking Dead No Man's Land
    The Walking Dead No Man's Land is a turn-based strategy game developed by Next Games. It is the official game of AMC's hit TV show The Walking Dead and players get to play the iconic characters from the show.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Crystal Ruiz
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "I love The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. So naturally, when this came out, I immediately got hooked. It's fun playing this game especially since you can role-play and be one of the characters in the show. That being said, I am not really a gamer. But the scenarios in this game are far too real and runs parallel to the show. It really feels like you are there emotionally, with every decision affects your group or your family. Great game, this!"
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    #3Heroes Tactics

    Heroes Tactics
    Heroes Tactics is an interactive turn-based strategy game. Lead your heroes on a journey to save Princess Loralyn and slay the vicious Demon. Gather weapons, armors, and magical equipment to strengthen your attack and conquer new realms.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Henry Ray
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "I am a sucker for PvP. There's just something about beating the hell out of your opponents. This is where I vent all my frustrations and anger. Can't do it in real life so I beat the crap out of anyone I run into. But don't get me wrong. It requires players to use different tactics and strategies! You can't master this game because it has numerous possible outcomes. But you can learn it enough to win about 80 percent of your battles. Come find me, ID: bEatYeRAzs"

DID YOU KNOW

Playing turn-based strategy games stimulates cerebral activities. It is no wonder that the advent of video game technology can be attributed to the growing number of turn-based games available on different platforms such as PCs and smartphones. In fact, in the United States alone, the value of video game market hit 17.69 billion US dollars in 2016 and among all the genres of games, statistics show that fast-paced games seem to be the most popular one among gamers. In consonance with this, major differences of fast-paced real-time games and turn-based strategy games are interesting to take into account. According to Jon Shaper, a game designer and the owner and CEO of Conifer Games, the thin line dividing real-time and turn-based strategy games lies in the matter in which time passes. While this thought-provoking topic has paved the way for intelligent debates in the realm of games, only a few studies have essentially grasped the real differences between the two. One major difference is their approachability. Real-time games offer experiences that resemble everyday life because the players are somewhat put under pressure and are encouraged to act promptly while turn-based games give players the liberty and luxury of time to think and weigh all the possibilities laid in front of them. For the turn-based players, positioning is the key, and prioritization follows. Turn-based games may not have the natural pacing but the “downtime” can be considered as its greatest strength—giving players the full control to decide what is important and what is not.

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    #4Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions

    Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions

    Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a tactical RPG developed by Square Enix. Players control a mercenary named Ramza who finds himself embroiled in a civil war and an ancient demonic evil that has begun to take over the world. 

    Games

    iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita

    $13.99

    Angela Qiao
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This game is very engaging and immersive. The animation is rich and really adds to the game. The main issue with the game is that it is a port and that it crashes a bunch and you can't save to the Cloud which is frustrating. Because it is a port, the animation can be glitchy and slow so there are better games out there for Android."
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    #5Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a free-to-play squad-based turn-based strategy with upgradable characters and perks. Plus collectible cards representing the arsenal of weapons and abilities. 
    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Martha Montgomery
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "Warhammer has been one of my favorite games and Space Wolf is my go-to mobile game when I want to unwind. I just like the medieval settings and the graphics that go with it. The gameplay is smooth and the storyline is solid. Also, we get to collect cards. For a free game, this is one of the better options from this list."
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    #6King's Bounty: Legions

    King's Bounty: Legions
    King's Bounty: Legions is a turn-based fantasy game developed by Nival, Inc. It is part of the King's Bounty game series and features a PvP mode, allows players to take part in tournaments, and has a platform for online chat.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Angela Martin
    Written on January 12, 2018
    "The only good thing about this game are the graphics. The visuals are beautiful for an Android game. But, that doesn't make up for the horrid game play. You can't find friends in game without connecting through Facebook, the pvp system is unbalanced, and if you disconnect while loading a duel, which you WILL, you are fined for fleeing, which means throwing away hard earned game currency. Don;t waste time on this, find a better game."
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    #7The Battle of Polytopia

    The Battle of Polytopia

    The Battle of Polytopia is a turn-based strategic adventure game developed by Midjiwan AB. Users can pick and choose among different tribes and wander and explore the sark cold forests of Barduria.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jesse Hughes
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "I am hooked to this game. Needless to say that I spend hours upon hours playing Polytopia. The game runs perfectly. The user-interface is top-notch. And best of all, it is free and can be played offline!"
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    #8Civilization Revolution 2

    Civilization Revolution 2

    Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 is a 4X turn-based strategy video game for mobile devices. The Declaration of Independence has been signed and the Revolutionary War has just began: liberate America from the British empire. 

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $9.99

    Jacob Walters
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "One of the best known strategy games for Android devices. Civilization Revolution 2 builds on the original game to make building an empire even more addictive. The 3D graphics are stunning, and the game has been optimized for mobile devices so it works great no matter how you play."
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    #9The Banner Saga 2

    The Banner Saga 2
    The Banner Saga 2 is an epic, story-based and tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic and published by Versus Evil. It is the sequel to The Banner Saga, which took the indie gaming world by storm. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $24.99

    Angela Wells
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "I love playing games with sequels. I also like the first Bannar Saga game and so far, I have not regretted getting this game. The cut-scenes are very much improved as well as the graphics. I play it on my Android and on Windows. Trying out different scenarios on my Android before making the opposite decision on the WIndows game. Haha. Cheating? No. Just want a perfect ending to the game."
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    #10Hoplite

    Hoplite
    Hoplite is a turn-based rogue-like strategy game that focuses on tactical grid-based movement, all on small single screen-sized maps. This game aims to make you think before you act. With procedurally generated levels give a new experience every play.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases.

    George Ramirez
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I'm pretty old school when it comes to taste in games. I just want a strategy game that's going to present puzzles to solve through increasingly difficult rounds. Hoplite is pretty perfect for me: it's easy to learn to play but, I've found, very tough to master. It's my favorite strategy game on Android currently. The only downside (to me): ads for in-app purchases. "
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    #11The Banner Saga

    The Banner Saga
    The Banner Saga is a viking-themed tactical RPG in which every choice matters. Start your journey in a beautiful 2D immersive animation with more than 25 playable characters with unique personalities.
    Games

    iOS, Android, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $9.99

    Justin Mason
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "The Banner Saga is a simple-looking but surprisingly-deep strategy RPG for Android and also for PC. Gathering a large host of vikings, players will travel across a wonderful fantasy world battling enemies and monsters and eventually uncovering a great plot. Hand-drawn and painted graphics give this game a beautiful and authentic look to it. A must try!"
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    #12Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is a strategy and simulation video game developed by Northway Games, released on May 30, 2015. This survival game is set in a post-apocalyptic theme where survivors scavenge for food and resources.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Patricia Arnold
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "Available on multiple platforms, this is a huge plus for people like me. The original game was one of my favorite games and it only took me a few seconds to try this. Gangs of Deadsville has the feel of the old game but with better graphics and storyline. I would say this is of the better Rebuild games."
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    #13Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. 

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PS4, Linux

    $16.99

    Jason Peterson
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "I was looking for a good turn based strategy game for my android phone I was tired of playing slots and farm games, I wanted something more challenging. The solution I received was to try Battle Worlds: Kronos. It was ok. I had played Battle ISle before and this was a lot like that. It's not exactly what I'm looking for, so the search continues, but it was still decent."
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    #14EMPIRE: 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. 
    Games

    Android

    $2.99

    Grace Powell
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "There are tons of deck games to choose from for mobile, and EMPIRE is definitely a solid option. There are thousands of different options for your hand, and building your deck to perfection is definitely worth the time."
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    #15Star 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. 
    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Ethan Ryan
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Star Traders 4x Empries Elite is a 4x game built on the style of Civ games. It is available from the google play store for 4.99. It is ad free since it is a purchased game. You have to rebuilt humanity and advance through diplomacy, economics, war and technology. It fits the topic very well. "
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    #16Casual Heroes

    Casual Heroes

    Casual Heroes is a multiplayer strategy game for all range of ages. Create your own island and protect it with a strong army build by yourself. You will be able to compete with other players in tournaments where you will have to show all the power of your army. 

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Saúl González
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "Funny how a rip-off of Heroes of Might and Magic can be successful while the game it was based on is struggling to find its niche that it once dominated. The game allows players to be creative, using different tactics and strategies to outfox their opponents. I would say 60 percent of its players are good and the rest are just bad players that makes me look good! Hahahahaha"
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    #17Metro 2033 Wars

    Metro 2033 Wars
    Metro 2033 Wars is a story-driven turn-based strategy game developed by DSuppaStudios. It is based on the bestselling novel written by D. Glukhovsky, Metro2033. 
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Russell Williamson
    Written on June 28, 2017
    "Metro 2033 Wars very enjoyable! I had a lot of fun playing it on the go and it was surprisingly in-depth and complex for an Android game. I find myself coming back to it very often whenever I am out and waiting in line or sitting around a store waiting for my wife."
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    #18Fire Emblem Heroes

    Fire Emblem Heroes
    Fire Emblem Heroes is a popular free-to-play strategy RPG game. The Nintendo's hit Fire Emblem series is now reimagined for smart devices. Fight battles customized for touch screens and on-the-go gameplay. Summon characters from across the Fire Emblem universe.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Gregory Rodriguez
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "I am a big Fire Emblem fan so I may be appear a bit biased, but I really feel that even as a standalone mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes is terrific. I really enjoy the chess-like strategies that are needed to do well. I would rate the game as having a high production value and completely enjoy the graphics. "
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    #19UniWar

    UniWar

    UniWar HD is an online multiplayer turn-based strategy game that you can play online with friends. Developed by Spooky House Studio, players take turns in building their army and use that army to fight each other.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Ivy Wang
    Written on July 16, 2017
    "I found that this game is a bit addictive and highly fun to play. I enjoy being able to play online and interactive with friends. I think that the game is worth every penny."
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    #20Zombie Rogue

    Zombie Rogue

    Zombie Rogue is a roguelike turn-based survival and strategy game for Android devices. You have to survive in a world infected by a deadly plague virus, full of unkilled zombies. Be careful and trust only yourself.

    Games

    Android

    $1.99

    Ridhi Chattopadhyay
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I don't have an Android and can't provide any knowledge that this is the best strategy game for Android. It sounds like it would be interesting and zombies have a very strong following right now. I will guess this is a good solution."
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    #21Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

    Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

    Eclipse is a digital version of a board game of the same name. This features customizable star systems that can be played by up to 6 players. The players get to control an interstellar civilization. No worries because it has in-game tutorials.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Roger Howard
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "Eclipse is a promising game but fails at what it's supposed to be good for--online play. Playing solo against the computer is acceptable (reasonably) but once you start playing against others the games flaws come to the forefront, mainly synchronizing with others is an exercise in frustration at best. Might be worthy if you want a game against the AI but not recommended otherwise."
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    #22MiniCiv Alpha

    MiniCiv Alpha
    MyCiv is a 4X turn-based strategy trying to bring the feel and deep gameplay of PC 4X games (such as Civilization) to tablets and large screen smartphones.

    Apps

    Rachel Stanley
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Are you tired of games like Clash of Clans and Age of Empire as I am and looking for something new? This game is perfect. There are tons of things you can do, leading to this game providing hours of fun ata time. The best part is that the developers are constantly updating the game and adding new things. It's a blast from the past."
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    #23Smashing Four

    Smashing Four

    Smashing Four is a real-time turn-based strategy mobile game application where you will have to fight real-time battles against players from around the world to earn rewards. You can even create your own clan. 

    Games

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

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    #24Heroes of Might & Magic® III - HD Edition

    Heroes of Might & Magic® III - HD Edition

    Heroes of Might & Magic® III - HD Edition is a turn-based strategy game developed by DotEmu in partnership with New World Computing and Loki Software. Published by Ubisoft, it is the third installment in the Heroes of Might & Magic series.

    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Alexander Williams
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "I was very excited to see Heroes as a search result for Android games. It was always one of my favorite games when I was growing up. But, alas, I was sorely disappointed. My excitement was for naught, as I soon figured out this was only for the PC. Perhaps the search engine admins should make sure the engine is detecting the keywords properly. "

Summary

Best What are the best turn-based strategy games for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Final Fantasy VIIGames 53 Paid
2The Walking Dead No Man's LandGames 44 Free
3Heroes TacticsGames 42 Free
4Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the LionsGames 42 Paid
5Warhammer 40,000: Space WolfGames 41 Free
6King's Bounty: LegionsApps 41 Free
7The Battle of PolytopiaGames 39 Free
8Civilization Revolution 2Games 38 Paid
9The Banner Saga 2Games 35 Paid
10HopliteGames 34 Free
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