Anyone who thinks the best strategy games are on the PC or consoles is wrong. The smartphones with Android operating system also have quality titles in this genre. Some are paid, but most are available for free on Google Play. Download, install and have fun. If you don't know what these games are and are looking for tips on mobile strategy games , you're in the right place. Below you will know the 15 best strategy games for Android. There are famous names like Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls Legends , as well as others less popular , but just as good.

1. Clash of Clans

Among the strategy games available for Android, Clash of Clans is one of the most loved by players. In Brazil it is very successful for being a simple gameplay title and for bringing an unbeatable formula: you must build a village, prepare armies and defend your clan from the attacks of other players. Actions such as collecting resources, removing obstacles and building buildings are the basis of the game. It is necessary to protect your village with defense buildings, such as towers and walls. In addition, preparing your offensive units is essential. Only then is he able to survive opponents, as well as being able to attack them to evolve his clan. Clash of Clans allows clans to go to war with each other, as in all games of the genre. But the most fun point is that members of the same clan can go into combat. This attempt to exploit 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 heroes, who are those most powerful characters. They cannot be killed, however they are unconscious in battles if they take too much damage. Each of these special units also has unique abilities, which assist the other allied units in the field. You should play this game if:
  • You want an experience very similar to Command & Conquer and other games in that footprint.
  • Wish the possibility of going to war with allies
See tips for doing well in Clash of Clans .

2. Lords Mobile: Battle of Empires

Lords Mobile is among the most downloaded games on Google Play. It is considered a strategy game, however it is essentially a mixture of several mechanics. There are elements of RPG, as well as real-time strategy and building construction. It has several game modes, most of which are focused on Player vs. Player battles Player , or PvP . The most common mode consists of something similar to what Clash of Clans proposes. It is building a base, collecting resources, building your defenses and preparing your attacks. Usually only players from your kingdom can be attacked. In specific events, however, all servers are released, which creates a major online war . Like any good strategy game with RPG elements, Lords Mobile also has its heroes. There are more than 45 characters that can be acquired. The rarest heroes can be purchased in packs or bundles within the game. The simplest ones are obtained by playing Hero Stages , which are phases in which you must 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 Holy Stars . With a lot of luck it is possible to get a millionaire gem jackpot in this mode. You should play this game if:
  • Want a mobile strategy game with strong RPG elements
  • You are looking for a game geared also for good offline experiences .
Find out how to be a pro on Lords Mobile .

3. Last Shelter: Survival

Last Shelter: Survival says it all by name: the 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 dominate 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, since it is possible to form 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 only about defending and attacking. The way you organize your base, how you distribute buildings there is very important. You will find 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 fuel consumption of construction trucks is necessary. You should play this game if:
  • Wishing for a realistic strategy game
  • Take an interest in elements of survival
Discover the best ways to survive in Last Shelter: Survival .

4. Game of Thrones: Conquest

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 ??the 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 little confused and garbled. It takes a few minutes 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. In the same way, you learn to understand the map and attack enemies. Game of Thrones: Conquest is basically about running your city and evolving it together with your heroes and combat units. The game dynamics are the same as other strategy games, as PvP combat is the highlight of the game. All internal missions lead you to prepare for combat and create 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 the influence of his family in Westeros growing is one of the coolest rewards Game of Thrones: Conquest can offer. You should play this game if:
  • Follow the TV series or read the Game of Thrones books
  • Want a more complex mobile strategy game

5. Clash Royale

It's not because Clash Royale is different 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 from MOBA games , cards and Tower Defense , this game brings another perspective on the word strategy. But let's go to the gameplay first . As you can see in the photo above, they are two sides of an arena. The objective is to destroy enemy towers within the time of the match. If it is not possible to destroy all of them, it is necessary to have at least one more tower than the opponent. In the event of a tie, the game is given more time to be defined. The strategy here is in charge of the cards used. There are dozens of options for attack, defense and magic cards. Building your deck requires attention, so there is a balance between the cards you 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 an immediate defeat. You should play this game if:
  • Want to try a different Battle Royale than that genre is today
  • Enjoy mixing card game with real-time strategy
Find out how to break everything in Clash Royale .

6. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade is a game closer to what would be Age of Empires . Mainly because it brings the possibility for players to choose from about 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 Rise of Kingdoms proposal is Real Time Strategy . You can conflict with any other player on the map anytime you want. Just as you can abandon battles if you think you are in a situation of defeat. You can send aid to allies or send troops to attack whoever is attacking members of your alliance. The map is relatively large and has several points of interest to be explored. In the beginning, much of it is covered by a fog, since you haven't explored these regions yet. You need to send scouts, therefore, to discover new places to interact with. It is possible, for example, to send a group of soldiers to collect wood outside their 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 by spreading them across the map. Of the good dozens of heroes in the game, many are important historical figures for their civilizations, like Julio César. These heroes level up as they win battles. Its evolution system brings an element of RPG, which is a skill tree. You should play this game if:
  • Enjoying more historic games
  • Interest in games with game mechanics closest to Age of Empires
Discover 8 games like Age of Empires .

7. Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 managed to be an even better sequel compared to the first title. It brings a mechanics very similar to that of Clash Royale , since the base of the game is the Tower Defense system . You can build your defense with various types of plants, so you don't lose your territory to the zombies. In that game, the plot has been modified and is even more interesting. Now you will travel back in time to various locations or ages of humanity. There is Ancient Egypt, the Caribbean seas and their pirates, the Middle Ages and others. Within each level there are a lot of missions and bosses that you need to defeat. Each era or phase allows the player to have access to a new type of plant. Let's say it works like Clash Royale cards , having to build your defense using the unique abilities of these plants. Zombies also vary a lot from stage to stage, which makes the game nothing 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

Final Fantasy XV: The 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, in addition to preparing troops to defend your property. The differential of Final Fantasy XV: The New Empire is the presence of characters and references to the FF franchise . But this is very discreet. Most criticisms of the game are that this game and the one it was based on doesn't have much in common besides the name. The idea of A New Empire is to bring new players into the franchise, focusing on mobile gamers. Unlike Game of Thrones: Conquest , this game does not take advantage of the world on which it is based. But it is not a waste of time. It presents good gameplay, with a lot of focus on guilds and the missions carried out within them. You should play this game if:
  • Not a fan of Final Fantasy XV , because if you are, you will be frustrated
  • Want a simple, generic strategy game without much detail

9. Narcos: Cartel Wars

This game is directly inspired by the Netflix series Narcos , and faithfully portrays the world of crime, intrigue and politics that the program shows. In a strategy game, all of this is very welcome. Narcos: Cartel Wars turns the player into a baron of drugs and trafficking, with access to everything that this type of criminal has. So 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. You must build your Hacienda , controlling the laboratories where the drugs are prepared. Then you must send them in remittances to receive money. In the midst of all this, of course you will have to face enemies. The main players are the other players , who also own cartels around the map. You must attack them to obtain more resources, but you must also defend yourself from them so as not to be at a loss. Getting rid of the police and other opponents is also a problem that you will have to deal with. The game also allows you to hire hired men, henchmen and mercenaries. Some of the high profile appear in the Narcos series , which makes the goal of buying them even more exciting to achieve. You should play this game if:
  • Liked the Narcos TV series
  • Want to experience the gangster life of a cartel owner

10. Call of Duty: Global Operations

Call of Duty: Global Operations gives its players the opportunity to participate in a nuclear war. For this, you already know: it is setting up your base, erecting your buildings, setting up your defenses and preparing your armies. With all that done, you can take part in 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 heroes and commanders. 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 view all the movements of the enemies. The ability to zoom makes it easy for you to access all points of interest quickly. Building the base 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 . Therefore, you need 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

The development of The Elder Scrolls: Legends has a lot to do with bringing the famous Bethesda series to an increasingly explored segment: card games. The idea is quite simple: there are two opponents, each with a deck , who face each other for victory. The game cards are obviously inspired by creatures, spells and memorable characters from the most varied games in the TES franchise . The rules system is easy to understand. At the beginning of a game, each player has three cards and a spell . This magick is used to activate other cards. Anyone who does not start playing has the advantage of receiving a potion that activates receiving these special cards for three turns. The ultimate goal of the game is to zero your opponent's hit points. For this, you have creatures of the most diverse levels of attack, defense and types. In addition to the creature cards, there are support cards and action cards. Combining them all in the best possible way is not easy, which takes practice and a lot of insight to build a quality deck . The only thing about this game is that its free version only goes so far. Unfortunately to free full access to all modes, missions and stages of the game, you must pay. Still, you can have a lot of fun just with the free version. You should play this game if:
  • Familiar with games and the context of The Elder Scrolls franchise
  • Likes card games

12. Command & Conquer: Rivals

We had already mentioned the franchise on our list, so it is only fair that Command & Conquer: Rivals is present on it. For an entirely free and mobile game , it features exemplary graphics and fluid gameplay that is easy to master. Again we have a title in the franchise focused on a futuristic war, with weapons and vehicles of high destruction capacity. There are three factions to this game: GDI, Brotherhood of Nod and Rivals. Each brings a set of skills, action units, buildings and lines of evolution from the base. In fact, each base is around a missile launch pad. If in a given period 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 the PC. It brings a lot less features and options for game modes, which is not a problem. For mobile it is a fast, light and free way to have fun with a game in the series. You should play this game if:
  • Command & Conquer is your strategy game style
  • Desire a fast and easy game for mobile , with quick matches

13. TerraGenesis

Do you want to be a colonizer of outer space? 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 placed 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 to join, paying attention to the unique abilities of each. Once you've defined that, you should look for empty planets and explore them. There are several factors to consider and several actions to take. First, it is necessary to create a habitable habitat. Modify the planet's atmosphere, as well as elements such as water quantity, oxygen level and atmospheric pressure. Only then can you take humans to colonize this star. Then you can follow the evolution of its colonizers through statistical reports. TerraGenesis allows you to build your own ecosystem, with interactive living organisms. You can create phyla, genes and mix everything up so that other living things start to be born in your colony. It is like playing at being a creative god. You should play this game if:
  • Want to venture as a space colonizer
  • Enjoying games for creating and manipulating objects, things and living things

14. War Planet Online: Global Conquest

This is one of the most played strategy games on Android. One of the main reasons for this is that it really tries to provide players with 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 will be able to 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. The combat units are varied, but all with great attack capacity. They can be used both in the invasion of enemy territories and in the defense of their 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 by voice and message with players from around the world

15. Plague Inc.

Finally, Plague Inc. , the most different game on the list. Here you take control of a plague. 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 all human beings on Earth before they find a cure for the plague you have created. At the beginning of the game you must name your plague and define its characteristics. Then choose which country it will be launched in. Taking into account the climate of that country or continent is very important. Colder and warmer places react differently to your illness. But nothing that matters much over time. This is because you can acquire points of evolution of the pest as it contaminates people. It is possible to improve points such as cold resistance, heat resistance and antibiotic resistance. Improvements must also be made in order to increase the transmission of this problem. All of this requires analysis, patience and great care. If your disease spreads very fast around the world, but it is not very resistant to drugs, the tendency is to be noticed and soon the search to cure it begins. Likewise, there is no point in infecting everyone in the world if your plague is not deadly enough. So, as you can see, it is not an easy game, although it is 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 ??eliminating all human beings in the world
  • Take an interest in simpler games

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