What are the best turn-based strategy games for iPhone or iPad?

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    #1The 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.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Saúl González
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "This is my favorite game among turn-based strategy games. I enjoyed expanding my territory. The visuals are taking me back to my younger days as I play the game. I also played this in open-ended mode and it is more fun with it."
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    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.


    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Cynthia Andrews
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "So much fun! I play this with several friends on a daily basis. Graphics are good, and all the different options you have are awesome and super fun. I spend hours on this game."
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    #3Hitman GO

    Hitman GO

    Hitman GO is a stealth puzzle board game where you will test your killer skills in many different levels: choose how you want to clear that level, using your favorite weapon among many choices, and also choose what's going to be your executioner's style, silent or brutal. 


    Android, iOS

    $0.99- With in-app purchases

    Walter Brewer
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "Bloodless Agent 47 :D This game showed a very brilliant idea and made a strategic game more interesting through puzzles. It is very creative. I am not that good in a strategy game but this game makes me want to be a good one. I am very challenged with this one."


As the name suggests, turn-based strategy games (TBS) are games where the passage of time in the game is marked by the players’ turns. In TBS games, the players take turns while playing. This concept is taken from the board game tradition of turn-taking. The other model of time-keeping in games is called real-time strategy, where players play simultaneously and the game progresses continuously.


Turn-based strategy games are favored by some players because it gives them more time to think and decide. What follows after they take their turn is a period of free time that they can use to analyze the game and strategize for their next turns. Unlike real-time strategy games, where the player is under time pressure to make his moves, turn-based strategy offers the players a moment of respite. Chess is a prime example of this, as it is a predecessor to the turn-based games of today. It allegedly took Viktor Korchnoi, a chess grandmaster, an hour to make a single move because he analyzed every possible result. This is favorable to his opponent, as he also gets an hour to ponder and plan. Playing these kinds of games, games that force you to think, analyze, and strategize, are scientifically proven to improve a person’s cognitive flexibility. 

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    #4Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI also known as Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Firaxis Games and Aspyr. It was released on October 21, 2016, and is available on Windows, Mac, and iOS users.


    Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS


    Anthony Morales
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "Civilization VI is a classic game showing a really authentic historical game. The visual graphics were engaging."
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    #5Autumn 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.



    Sharon Cunningham
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "This game is so much fun I love it because you can do so many things on this game. You can build things and manage the cities around. This app is so worth it."
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    #6XCOM: 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.


    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac


    Alexander Duncan
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "I used to play this on my Xbox but now I use my iPad. This is a good strategy game that would make you feel like a soldier. The awesome part of the game is when I need to rescue civilians. Though its more challenging than searching crashed UFO, I still like it."
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    #7Hero Academy

    Hero Academy

    Hero Academy is a turn-based strategy and indie game that was developed and published by Robot Entertainment. It was released on August 11, 2012, and can also be played in different platforms such as iOS and more. 


    iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Dennis Salazar
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This game is a good deal more fun than I thought it would be. I like the fact that it's a friendly but competitive set of contests, without the trappings of needing a plot and outrageous reason to do this. I've sunk quite a few hours into this, and plan on doing some more."
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    #8Warbands: Bushido

    Warbands: Bushido
    Warbands: Bushido is a tactical, turn-based, tabletop-style wargame series developed and published by Red Unit Studios. This game is designed for mobile devices and PC with complex and smooth gameplay.

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Android


    Rajesh Chavan
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "This is a great game to have on your iOS because it helps promote brain functionality. This game is basically strategy. Can also be played on the PC for smoother gameplay."
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    #9Devil's Attorney

    Devil's Attorney

    Devil's Attorney is a turn-based strategy puzzle game offered by Senri. It is a game for Android and iOS. It's a game in which your role will be to embody a defense attorney from the eighties. 


    Android, iOS


    Deborah Snyder
    Written on January 20, 2018
    "This is so cool! What a neat idea for a game. It's completely different then anything out there right now. It's cool because it doesn't market itself as free, either, so once you pay once, that's it. You get the entire game. This is fun for everyone and the concept is like nothing else out there. "
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    Outwitters is a free multiplayer game turn-based strategy game for iOS and Android devices. It was developed by One Man Left and offered with in-app purchases. 

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Raymond Franklin
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Outwitters is a cartoony, fun, strategy game for the apple products. Definitely something worth giving a try if you're looking into a turn based strategy game on your mobile. Something neat and simple to play but will give you the effort and challenge you need."
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    #11Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans is a great strategic, and multiplayer game for Android and iOS. It was offered 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

    Juan Hernandez
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "Love this game and it all started with a commercial. You would think the app is over hyped or cheesy because of the tv spots but its really a fun game. Like all free-mium games you can pay to advance faster but wheres the fun in that, so if you have the time or want to kill time this is a great play."


Best What are the best turn-based strategy games for iPhone or iPad
1The Battle of PolytopiaGames 8 Free
2UniWarGames 7 Free
3Hitman GOGames 7 Paid
4Sid Meier's Civilization VIGames 7 Free
5Autumn Dynasty WarlordsGames 7 Paid
6XCOM: Enemy WithinGames 7 Paid
7Hero AcademyGames 5 Free
8Warbands: BushidoGames 5 Free
9Devil's AttorneyGames 4 Paid
10OutwittersGames 4 Free

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