The 15 best strategy games available for Android

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Anyone who thinks that the best strategy games are on PC or consoles is wrong. Smartphones with Android operating system also have quality titles in this genre. Some are paid, but most are available for free on Google Play. It's download, install and have fun.

If you don't know what these games are and are looking for mobile strategy game tips, you're in the right place. Below you will know which are the 15 best strategy games for Android. There are famous names, like Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls Legends, as well as others that are less popular, but just as good.



1. Clash of Clans

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Among the strategy games available for Android, Clash of Clans is one of the most loved by players. In our country it is very successful because it is a simple gameplay title and because it has an unbeatable formula: you must build a village, prepare armies and defend your clan from the attacks of other players.

Actions like collecting resources, removing obstacles and building buildings are the basis of the game. It is necessary to protect your village with defensive buildings, such as towers and walls. In addition, preparing your offensive units is imperative. Only in this way is he able to survive his opponents, in addition to being able to attack them to evolve his clan.

Clash of Clans allows clans to go to war against each other, as in all games of the genre. But the most fun point is that members of the same clan can engage in combat. This attempt to explore internal rivalries is a very positive point of the game.

Various battle units are available, such as giants, goblins, archers and barbarians. There are also the heroes, who are those more powerful characters. They cannot be killed, however they are rendered unconscious in battle if they take too much damage. Each of these special units also has unique abilities, which help other allied units in the field.



You should play this game if:

  • I want an experience that is very similar to Command & Conquer and other games in this vein.
  • Desiring the possibility of going to war with allies

See tips for doing well in Clash of Clans.

2. Lords Mobile: Battle of Empires

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Lords Mobile is among the most downloaded games on Google Play. It is considered a strategy game, however it is essentially a mix of various mechanics. There are RPG elements, as well as real-time strategy and building construction. It has several game modes, most of which are focused on Player vs. Player, or PvP.

The most common mode is something similar to what Clash of Clans proposes. It's building a base, collecting resources, setting up your defenses and preparing your attacks. Usually only players in your kingdom can be attacked. At specific events, however, all servers are released, which creates a massive online war.

Like every good strategy game with RPG elements, Lords Mobile also has its heroes. There are more than 45 characters that can be acquired. The rarer heroes can be purchased in packs or bundles in-game. The simplest ones, on the other hand, are obtained by playing the Hero Stages, which are stages in which you have to defeat creatures controlled by the game.

Another interesting mode, also Player vs. Environment, is Labyrinth. In it you face special and powerful monsters, with the help of the Holy Stars. With great luck it is possible to get a millionaire jackpot of gems in this mode.


You should play this game if:

  • Wanting a mobile strategy game with strong RPG elements
  • You are looking for a game that is also geared towards good offline experiences.

Learn how to be a pro in Lords Mobile.


3. Last Shelter: Survival

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Last Shelter: Survival says it all in the name alone: ‚Äč‚Äčthe goal is to build a shelter and survive. Your mission, therefore, is to take control of a military hero who needs to build a camp or base. Your enemies are not only other players, but also zombies, who rule a post-apocalyptic Earth.

But make no mistake: Last Shelter: Survival is not about zombies. Your real enemies are the other players, who will do anything to destroy your base and steal your resources. So you need to prepare your defenses, train your troops, plant food and recruit heroes. This game also encourages teamwork, as it is possible to make alliances with players on your server to ask for help within your territory.

A very interesting point of the game is that the strategy here is not just about defending and attacking. The way you organize your base, how you distribute the buildings in it is very important. You will see that this can facilitate or hinder your evolution in the game. We can say that it is one of the most realistic games on the list, since even the care with the fuel consumption of construction trucks is necessary.


You should play this game if:

  • Desire a realistic strategy game
  • Taking an interest in survival elements

Discover the best ways to survive in Last Shelter: Survival.

4. Game of Thrones: Conquest

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One of the most famous television series could not fail to have a game inspired by it. Even more than Game of Thrones: Conquest tries to reproduce the atmosphere of intrigue and political strategies of the TV show. The idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthe game is that you become a Lord of Westeros, creating and developing your city, your troops and even a dragon to take the Iron Throne.


At first the game seems a bit confusing and truncated. It takes a few minutes for you to get used to the various information on the screen and the various menus. The initial tutorial allows you to understand how the building construction system works and how you can assemble your troops. Likewise, you learn to understand the map and how to attack enemies.

Game of Thrones: Conquest is basically about running your city and evolving it along with your heroes and combat units. The game dynamics are the same as in other strategy games, as PvP combats are the highlight of the game. All internal missions lead to preparing for combat and creating alliances with other players.

This is a very interesting game for those who like to create strategies and especially for those who want RPG elements. Being able to create the name of your House and also your coat of arms is one of the most fun parts of the game. Seeing the map expand and your family's influence in Westeros growing is one of the coolest rewards Game of Thrones: Conquest can offer.

You should play this game if:

  • Watch the TV series or read the Game of Thrones books
  • Want a mobile strategy game that is more complex

5.Clash Royale

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It's not because Clash Royale differs in terms of proposal and gameplay from the other games on the list that it doesn't deserve to be here. It was and still is one of the most revolutionary games for smartphones. Combining elements of MOBA, card and Tower Defense games, this game brings another take on the word strategy.

But let's get to the gameplay first. As you can see in the photo above, there are two sides of an arena. The objective is to destroy enemy towers within the match time. If it is not possible to destroy them all, you must have at least one more tower than your opponent. In case of a tie, more time is given for the match to be defined.

The strategy here is in charge of the cards used. There are a few dozen options for attack, defense and magic cards. Assembling your deck requires attention, so that there is a balance between the cards you will choose.

Within the battle it is also necessary to use your head to decide what is the best way to act. Simply attacking, attacking and attacking is not always the best solution. Leaving your own towers unprotected is a mistake that can cost a lot and lead to immediate defeat.

You should play this game if:

  • Want to experience a Battle Royale different from what this genre is today
  • Enjoying the mix of card game with real-time strategy

Find out how to break everything in Clash Royale.

6. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

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Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade is a game closer to what Age of Empires would be. Mainly because it brings the possibility for players to choose from around 11 real civilizations. We can mention the Romans, the Chinese, the Spanish and the French, for example. Among all these peoples, there are more than 30 heroes that can be used in battle.

The proposal of Rise of Kingdoms is Real Time Strategy. You can clash with any other player on the map anytime you want. Just as you can abandon battles if you feel you are in a losing situation. You can send aids to allies or send troops to attack whoever is attacking your alliance members.

The map is relatively wide and has several points of interest to be explored. At first, much of it is covered in fog, as you haven't explored these regions yet. You need to send out scouts, therefore, to discover new places to interact with.

It is possible, for example, to send a group of soldiers to collect wood outside your base. On the way, if you want, you can make a detour in order to attack groups of barbarians or other players. If you have more than one commander, you can create more troops, spreading them across the map.

Of the good dozen heroes in the game, many are historical figures important to their civilizations, such as Julius Caesar. These heroes level up as they win battles. Its evolution system brings an RPG element, which is the skill tree.

You should play this game if:

  • Enjoy more historical games
  • Be interested in games with game mechanics closer to Age of Empires

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7. Plants vs. Zombies 2

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plants vs. Zombies 2 managed to be an even better sequel compared to the first title. It brings a mechanic very similar to that of Clash Royale, since the base of the game is the Tower Defense system. You can build your defense with different types of plants, so you don't lose your territory to zombies.

In this game, the plot has been modified and is even more interesting. You will now travel through time to various locations or eras of humanity. There's Ancient Egypt, the Caribbean seas and their pirates, the Middle Ages and others. Within each stage there are a number of quests and Bosses that you need to defeat.

Each era or phase allows the player to gain access to a new type of plant. Let's say they work like Clash Royale cards, having you build your defense using the unique abilities of these plants. The zombies also vary a lot from level to level, which makes the game not monotonous and quite fun.

You should play this game if:

  • Played the first title in the series and liked it
  • Want a strategy game with a very different theme

8. Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire

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Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a slightly different version of the original game. It is focused on building cities, with elements of strategy. The premise is the same as many other games of the genre: build a base and evolve it to the maximum, always mining and collecting resources, as well as preparing troops to defend your property.

The differential of Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is the presence of characters and references to the FF franchise. But this is very discreet. Most of the criticisms regarding the game are precisely that this game and the one on which it was based don't have much in common besides the name.

The idea of ‚Äč‚ÄčA New Empire is to bring new players to the franchise, focusing on mobile gamers. Unlike Game of Thrones: Conquest, this game does not take advantage of the world it is based on. But it's not a waste of time. It features good gameplay, with a lot of focus on guilds and the missions carried out within them.

You should play this game if:

  • Don't be a fan of Final Fantasy XV, because if you are, you'll be frustrated
  • You want a simple, generic, strategy game without too many details

9. Narcos: Cartel Wars

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This game is directly inspired by the Netflix series Narcos, and faithfully portrays the world of crime, intrigue and politics that the show shows. In a strategy game, all this is very welcome. Narcos: Cartel Wars transforms the player into a drug and drug lord, with access to everything this type of criminal has.

Therefore, your role is to start a cartel from scratch. The way to lead is in your hands: you can be more aggressive and vindictive or you can be more patient and diplomatic. He must build his Hacienda, controlling the laboratories where the drugs are prepared. Then he must send them in remittances to receive money.

In the midst of all this, of course, you will have to face enemies. The main ones are the other players, also owners of cartels scattered around the map. You must attack them to obtain more resources, but you must also defend against them so as not to be harmed. Getting rid of the police and other opponents is also a problem you will have to deal with.

The game also lets you hire hitmen, henchmen and mercenaries. Some of the high tier ones appear in the Narcos series, which makes the goal of buying them even more exciting to achieve.

You should play this game if:

  • Did you like the TV series Narcos
  • Want to experience the gangster life of a cartel owner

10. Call of Duty: Global Operations

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Call of Duty: Global Operations gives its players the opportunity to participate in a nuclear war. For that, you already know: it's setting up your base, erecting your buildings, setting up your defenses and preparing your armies. With all that done, you can go into online battles against players from all over the world.

This game is super interesting because it brings to the world of mobile strategy games almost everything in the Call of Duty franchise. Iconic characters, powerful weapons and fast vehicles can be used to invade other people's bases. You can recruit special war commanders and heroes. Names like Ghost, Price and Soap are present in the game.

Since the map is a map that holds all the events of the game at the same time, you can visualize all the enemy's movements. The ability to zoom in makes it easy for you to access all points of interest quickly.

Base construction is free, just like in Last Shelter: Survival. In addition, there is a research and evolution system for your buildings that allows you to choose different upgrade paths. It is therefore necessary to think about how you want your base to serve your purposes. The strategy in Call of Duty: Global Operations is present in the first choices.

You should play this game if:

  • Likes the Call of Duty franchise
  • Want a more Command & Conquer style game with modern warfare

11. The Elder Scrolls: Legends

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The development of The Elder Scrolls: Legends has a lot to do with bringing the famous Bethesda series into an increasingly vainly explored segment: card games. The idea is quite simple: there are two opponents, each with a deck, who face each other turn by turn for victory.

The game's cards are obviously inspired by memorable creatures, spells and characters from the most varied games in the TES franchise. The rule system is easy to understand. At the beginning of a game, each player has three cards and a magicka. This magicka is used to activate other cards. Those who do not start playing have the advantage of receiving a potion that activates the receipt of these special cards for three turns.

The ultimate goal of the game is to get your opponent's life points to zero. For that, you have creatures of the most diverse levels of attack, defense and types. In addition to creature cards, there are support cards and action cards. Putting them all together in the best possible way is not easy, which takes practice and a lot of acumen to build a quality deck.

The only downside to this game is that its free version only goes so far. Unfortunately, to unlock full access to all game modes, missions and stages, you have to pay. Still, you can have a lot of fun with just the free version.

You should play this game if:

  • Familiar with games and the context of The Elder Scrolls franchise
  • Do you like card games?

12. Command & Conquer: Rivals

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We've already mentioned the franchise on our list, so it's only fair that Command & Conquer: Rivals is on it. For an entirely free and mobile game, it brings exemplary graphics and fluid gameplay that is easy to master. Once again we have a franchise title focused on a futuristic war, with weapons and vehicles of high destruction capacity.

There are three factions in this game: GDI, Brotherhood of Nod and Rivals. Each one features a set of skills, action units, buildings, and base evolution lines. Incidentally, each base is around a missile launch pad. If in a certain amount of time you control more platforms than your opponents, you will destroy enemy bases immediately.

Command & Conquer: Rivals is a much simpler game than those in the franchise released for PC. It brings a lot less features and game mode options, which is not a problem. For mobile is a fast, light and free way to have fun with a game of the series.

You should play this game if:

  • Command & Conquer is your strategy game style
  • Want a fast and easy mobile game with quick matches

13. TerraGenesis

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Want to be an Outer Space colonist? So download TerraGenesis now and start exploring the Universe. The idea is precisely to use NASA technology to explore solar systems and find planets that can be populated by humans. It's a very different game in the strategy genre, which is initially quite complex, but quite interesting.

The creators put real planets from our solar system in TerraGenesis, but most were invented. Each planet is therefore a surprise. Right from the start you need to decide which faction you will join, paying attention to the unique abilities of each one.

Once you've set that up, you should look for empty planets and explore them. There are several factors to consider and several actions to take. First, you need to create a habitable habitat. Modify the planet's atmosphere, as well as elements such as the amount of water, oxygen level and atmospheric pressure. Only then will it be able to lead humans to colonize this star. Then you can follow the evolution of your colonists through statistical reports.

TerraGenesis lets you build your own ecosystem, with interactive living organisms. You can create phyla, genes and mix everything so that other living beings start to be born in your colony. It's like playing at being a creator god.

You should play this game if:

  • Want to venture out as a space colonist
  • Enjoying games of creation and manipulation of objects, things and living beings

14. War Planet Online: Global Conquest

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This is one of the most played strategy games on Android. One of the main reasons for this is that he really tries to give players a war on a global scale. The map, at least, faithfully reproduces regions around the world. Your goal in War Planet Online is therefore to own the world.

For this, the objective is the same as other games of the genre: to build a strong and structured base. From there you will develop attack and defense buildings, allowing the creation of large armies. With these armies you can open the world map and advance, territory by territory, in search of epic conquests.

There is the possibility of making alliances with other players, which is always welcome. Combat units are varied, but all with great attack capacity. They can be used both in invading enemy territories and in defending your own territory.

You should play this game if:

  • Desire a real-time combat game set on a map that simulates planet Earth
  • Want to communicate via voice and text with players around the world

15. Plague Inc.

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Finally, Plague Inc., the most different game on the list. Here you take control of a pest. That's right: you can be a virus, a bacterium, a disease whose ultimate goal is to spread throughout the world. The only way to win is to contaminate and kill every human being on Earth before they find a cure for the plague you created.

At the beginning of the game you must name your pest and define its characteristics. Afterwards, choose in which country it will be released. Taking into account the climate of that country or continent is very important. Colder places and warmer places react differently to your illness.

But nothing that matters much with the passage of time. That's because you can acquire points of evolution of the plague as you infect people. It is possible to improve points such as cold resistance, heat resistance and antibiotic resistance. It should also develop improvements in order to increase the ways in which this problem is transmitted.

All this requires analysis, patience and a lot of care. If your disease spreads very quickly around the world, but is not very resistant to drugs, the tendency is that it will be noticed and the search to cure it will begin soon. Likewise, it's no use infecting everyone in the world if your plague isn't deadly enough.

So, as you can see, it's not an easy game, despite being very simple in its gameplay. It requires a lot of strategy on the part of the player to contaminate and eliminate all humanity.

You should play this game if:

  • Liking the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčeliminating all human beings from the world
  • Getting interested in simpler games

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