It may look and play and feel a lot like Pokemon, but this iOS RPG adventure is surprisingly engaging on its own despite annoying currency and multiplayer issues. Sent to a digital world to find out why a village was wiped off the map and pursued by strange militia, you'll capture and train up to 127 different elemental monsters in this gorgeous, silly adventure.
Roguelike strategy meets Dance Dance Revolution? This gorgeous, addictive indie game proves it can be done, and done amazingly well! When a young woman's heart is stolen by an evil necromancer, she must descend deep into his crypt, moving and slaying unique beasts to the beat. Play with your keyboard, controller... or USB dance mat!
Gain the rank of Star Admiral in this excellent new strategy card-collecting game for iOS from Hardscore Games. In a game that takes free-to-play mobile gaming to new heights, you won't be sorry when you join the Empire to take on the Shadow and Moxxu - and maybe become one of them as well - on your rise to the highest rank.
Get by with a little help from your friends in this tower-defense game of apocalyptic proportions. Find other survivors with unique abilities as you try to cross town, holding off zombies in each level and capturing command points to place down new defensive units.
Tense, realistic, and gorgeously rendered, this tower defense/strategy hybrid puts you in command of a defensive force in several real world battle zones. Upgrade your units and deploy choppers and planes for maximum strategic effect.
Looking for an addictive and incredibly strategic yet easy to pick up multiplayer card game? This turn-based title knows how to do free-to-play right. Available as a free download or on your iPad, it's packed with content and rewarding multiplayer that will keep you coming back for a long time.
You are just one human in a race against eight aliens for monetary dominance. The Ferengi game, Tongo? Or just RokSoft's mobile game of turn-based strategy in the trading of goods (and services)? In Space Trading Profiteer, it's your job to trade and transport your way to the number one spot as you fight to earn 1 million Chings. Only the best can survive with the losers forever in debt to the nasty loan sharks.
A young, acolyte named Corbin, who is training to be a Pictomancer, is called in to restore a very historical painting. But, it's not the paint cracking or fading on this piece that's causing its destruction. Pestilence, a strange mysterious monster, is actively destroying the grand image and Corbin must stop it before the prominent picture is lost forever. Fight the minions of the Pestilence and recover the painting before it claims Corbin himself.
Larian's massive RPG adventure makes a comeback in a huge way. With an enormous world, challenging and uniquely strategic combat where the elements come into play, and all the humour, sidequests, treasure and surprises you've come to expect, this is one rare game worth its hefty price tag.
It's good to be bad in this gorgeous and funny little tower defense game for iOS or Android where you must place traps to fend off the heroes trying to rescue the Princess... after all, you're trying to harvest her screams! Pay for it outright, or go "free-to-slay", but the most surprising thing might be how UNobnoxious Castle Doombad's free version actually is.
A space-based real-time strategy title harkening back to the heyday of the genre, this game offers a simple interface and difficult execution. Combine, divide, and flank your way to victory across 25 levels of sci-fi combat.
The fun is catching, it's Mousecraft! A zany puzzling mix of Lemmings and Tetris by Crunching Koalas, Mousecraft's whimsical presentation masks surprisingly technical gameplay in its levels. Still, it's quite addictive in that "Okay, one more try!" kind of way.
Mutants! Zombies! Lumpy faces galore! Despite some bumps in its execution, this turn-based strategy game inspired by Zombotron, Xenosquad, and even Fallout is still a solid little title good for casual fans and newcomers.
Go forth, brave heroes, and destroy the great evil... one floor and one enemy at a time in this simple but clever turn-based puzzle game. Use each character's unique attack pattern to take out enemies one by one in the best possible order, but make sure you have enough levels to tackle any superpowered foes!
SimCity meets Scribblenauts in the unique strategy building sim Lexicopolis: A-B-City! From "apartment" to "zoo," design your perfect town while literally earning points for originality. With over 300 words programmed into the game, there's plenty of fun to be had!
Place and upgrade towers of all types to defend against the incoming monster horde in this cute tower defense game that will appeal to fans of Kingdom Rush and Demons vs Fairyland! With multiple difficulty levels and even the option to let a stage randomly select and place your towers for you, it's a solid and satisfying addition to the genre.
It's good to be bad in this silly, snarky, and addictively simple sim from Chickadee Games. Buy low and sell hell in black markets over the world, building up your secret base to unlock more content, but beware... someone's always out to get you! Also available for iOS and Android.
In this clever HTML5 tower defense game, your turrets can be programmed with AI using IF/THEN conditions that allows you to tweak your strategy to handle seemingly overwhelming odds. Program your rockets to only target slow, heavy enemies, or your lasers to pick off the fastest fliers.
Manage the battle front as you play either as the humans, who are trying to save their princess, or as the demons, who are racing back home with their prize. Gather gold to buy your army and send them down the screen to crush the enemy's camp while enjoying a zany two-sided story.
Now that you have settlers placed on your map, what are you going to do with them? Why, save them from monsters, of course! Lumarama's new mobile tile-based strategy game takes a popular card-mapping board game style to a new level in Damn Little Town.
Looking for a free addictive dungeon-crawler with strategic elements for your iOS? Look no further than Big Blue Bubble's beautifully designed and detailed turn-based RPG as you climb through a never-ending tower in search of loot!
Rovio's Angry Birds go turn-based in this casual strategic RPG as you journey across islands trying to recover your eggs against challenging foes while finding new party members and classes, and crafting equipment. Though free-to-play for Android and iOS, a few frustrating mechanic choices and always-on requirements hamper the experience.
A tower defense game without the tower. Plant your units on the field of battle, upgrade them, and watch them do battle with wave after wave of tiny, adorable monsters, all to get a series of trinkets for some princesses who have rather unique desires.
If you thought saving your city from zombies had been accomplished in Rebuild or Rebuild 2, you were wrong. While still in early release, the new game from Sarah Northway, Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville takes you back to the trenches with new characters, more story, and a great-looking new overlay. And with so much more yet to come, you'll look forward to many hours of survival simulation and zombie madness yet to come.
Transported into the past, young Kiev must unite the Egg Knights to stand against the Dark Army in this grindy but silly strategic RPG. With great pixel artwork and a pun-tastic story, it's a solid fit for a relaxed afternoon of casual gameplay.
Tales of the Adventure Company is a casual RPG that works like a puzzle game. The tile-tapping exploration mechanic will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played Dungelot (or had an advent calendar), while the enemy grid formations will feel similar to the animal rescuing sections of Disco Zoo. Put it all together with quick combat sessions and a little bit of party-based strategy and you've got your next roguelike obsession!
Get ready to be fear the creeper once more in Creeper World 3: Abraxis, the newest browser installment of the real time-strategy series that mixes Zerg Rushing with Conway's Game of Life into a primordial soup of fun. While clearly a teaser for the larger Steam-released version, these 12 missions will have fans of tactical, methodical gameplay oozing with pleasure.
Our favorite mustachioed laborers are back in the next installment of the Royal Envoy series. In this popular time management sim, expand your empire by sailing to new islands, helping the natives build houses, and collecting treasure. Because if there's one thing we know that gets the king's attention, it's treasure.
Berzerk Studios' big strategic fantasy game gets even bigger with this meaty update. Create and command your army from the ground up, with soldiers and formations designed and outfitted by you alone, and then duke it out through the new solo campaigns and take advantage of over 75 new items and substantial rebalancing!
Tower defense games on mobile devices are about as common as ice in an igloo. That's why SMG Studio decided to go all-out with OTTTD. And by "all-out" we mean they crammed in everything they could think of to create a defense game that really is over the top. You'll like it, though, because all of those elements work together to add excitement and depth to a genre that desperately needs a rousing punch in the gut.
Fearless Fantasy is a combat-centric role playing game created by Enter Skies. It ditches all the in-between stuff found in RPGs, such as overworld map traversing and endless dialogue trees, in favor of stats, skills, items and pure, smooth, delicious combat. Layered on top of that is a simple but enjoyable story that's got a runaway princess, a sarcastic hero, and at least one enemy who lost the battle because he has a hole in his sock.
As black paint tries to ruin the colorful landscape of Paint Land, your job is to move your blue droplets to safety. It's a new take on the virus genre that will have you racing the clock to move your blue paint to the rescue tube.
The adorable and addictive strategic tower defense hit is now available in delicious iOS flavour! You've kidnapped the kids of Fairyland, and now you must defend them until you can get them to your boss. With all new upgrades, abilities, levels, and an improved balance and UI, this is one mobile game that shines.
Ever dream of making your fortune in California during the gold rush? Try it out in this excellent simulation game. Grow your fortune by populating cities with workers and putting them to work mining, farming, or making wine. Mange the town resources and set up profitable trading routes to earn your way to a life of luxury.
Feel the need to be a little bit villainous? Sabotage the stores to close down the mall you were carelessly fired from. Watch out for security guards and use your limited number of vandalizers wisely to pass off all the goals.
You've gotta start somewhere, and in this cute and casual simulation game, if you want to make it to the top of the company, that means with a single stand in a park. You'll need to advertise, tinker with stock and prices, figure out what people want, and more, as you unlock new items and locations on your way to making the big bucks!
Simple or simply insane? As easy as this new hexagon-based puzzle board game may seem at first glance, it can be infuriatingly challenging to master. Learn against the computer AI or challenge other players to a match as you carve out your space on the board and mark the dots.
The first thing every general needs to know to defend their planet is strategy. Also, a good grasp of physics, mathematics, and... pool! Pick your angle and take a shot to defend the world against evil space invaders in this clever game!
San Fransico has a new shipment company and you're the head of it. Your trucks don't stop so build your warehouses quick along the road to send your workers running to fill them full of cargo and earn you big bucks.
Ready to die just a little bit more? Then you're ready for Cardinal Quest 2, the turn-based roguelike sequel to 2012's Cardinal Quest, brought to you by randomnine (maker of Fear is Vigilance and a consultant on the original Cardinal Quest game). You'll recognize the great pixel art and the procedurally generated maps of the first game, and appreciate the new complexity.
It advertises itself as a mix between Minesweeper and a roguelike dungeon crawler, but Quikding's Cavesweeper isn't quite either... it's something all its own. In it, you're tasked with exploring a single, linear cave, equipping weapons and armor you find within, collecting gold to spend on various goodies, completing various quests, and slaying all sorts of monsters.
"Words & Cards," you ask, "could it be a game about dinosaurs and Swiss watches?" Alas, no. In Words & Cards, you've got to make a word from a pool of letters you share with your opponent. Each consonant in the word you play turns into a playing card, with which you can score extra points by making poker hands. It sounds simple (and it is), but there's more strategy involved than you might think.
You've always known you were the biggest and baddest around, and now it's time to prove it in the latest installment of Ben Olding's popular strategy game that will have you duking it out for strategic supremacy against the computer... or other players!
Sail the skies and duke it out for supremacy in this colourful and engaging turn-based strategy RPG. With a fantastic steampunk vibe and easy to pick up combat, it's a fine addition to the genre you can even play on your mobile device.
While he may not lead the Evil League of Evil, he is the titular star of this procedurally-generated, chess-based puzzle game by RatoLibre1, a semi-sequel to his well-received Horse Jump. It'll take a practice run to get used to the rules, but fans of spatial logic puzzles should make an L-shaped bee-line to try it out.
Not freaked out by bugs? These creepy crawlies are bigger than normal, and they're out to destroy your base in this gorgeous, challenging tower-defense. Place and upgrade elemental towers and hold out against massive waves of enemies!
Get set to make tiny pixel civilizations thrive again! You'll not only be growing flourishing civilizations, you'll also be fending off wave upon wave of natural disasters that only seem to become more frequent the more progress you make — because creating a utopia wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the challenge of warding off a string of atrocities, now would it?
Think you can make the trains run on time? Well, Mini Metro, a strategy simulation from Dino Polo Club gives you the chance to do just that! While missing most of the features promised for the eventual complete version, one gets the feeling that they're getting in on the ground floor of something special as they play through a round of this hectic but relaxing title.
Created for MiniLD 49, this clever puzzle game asks you to play with your letters, swapping through the alphabet to try to find the proper shape to fit through obstacles. Short and simple yet unique, it's one we hope to see more of.
Put your strategy cap on and dive into this simple to learn, highly enjoyable puzzle game. Drag your one to three eyed creatures around the board to multipy and capture your opponent. Player with the most of their color on the board at the end of the game wins!
Protect the data center from, glitches and bugs in this computer themed tower defense game. Earn data to place towers, and expand your memory to upgrade them with better programs. Put towers anywhere on the board to create a maze for the threats, and choose your programs strategically to win.
Life is slow in Banished, the civilization-building simulation from one-man indie studio Shining Rock Software, but it's anything but easy. It's up to you to take your tiny settlement of cast-out villagers and slowly build up their home in the wilderness into a sprawling civilization. Just watch out for winter. And typhoons. And famine. And cholera. And your own impatience and lack of planning.
When earth is invaded, it's military maths to the rescue! Calculords is a mathe-tactical game where you've got to add, subtract, and multiply digits to reach the summoning costs of your units. Collect the cards of your fallen enemies to build an army of numerical warriors and destroy your opponent's base for the victory!
You've just moved to a unique town that's got one thing on its mind... card games! In this engaging blend of strategic collectible card battling and quirky adventuring, the great Card King is finally accepting battles, but you'll need to find eight legendary cards to even get a chance at him... and build a deck of 180 different cards in the process!
Dungelot, the casual dungeon exploration tap-fest from Red Winter Software, has finally spawned a sequel! Dungelot 2 bumps up the intensity, the complexity, the quality of the artwork and the number of attacks at your disposal, turning your simple romp through the dungeon into a more full-featured RPG experience.
A unique massively multiplayer strategy game by Jason Rohrer. Build an elaborate system of in-home defense to protect your valuables and loved ones. Then break into other houses to get the cash you need to upgrade your system!
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
To stop an evil deity, you'll have to empower your own and hold off swarms of increasingly powerful enemies in this real-time strategy defense from Little Giant World. Scores of upgrades and abilities plus some clever ideas make for fun and help smooth out the rougher of the rough edges.
Louissi's latest real-time strategy sim strikes a balance between casual and complex. As the last of a powerful nation, it's up to you to ensure you bloodline and build an empire to stand against the dark force. Gather resources, hire and train soldiers, and build a sprawling territory of farms, houses, and more.
The night is dark and full of terrors. You are one of them. You cannot see, but you can hear, and though they may hear you coming, they will not be able to stop you. Because he deserves it. Jord Farrell presents The Hunter, an intense, challenging, and intensely challenging, unique top-down stealth-based horror adventure, originally developed as part of the "you only get one" Ludum Dare 28 competition, now expanded and refined for a final release.
You might already know about the great Tesla/Edison conflict, but you'll want to forget all the technicalities since this reverse-tower-defense game, um, takes some liberties. As Tesla, guide your robotic army through a deadly maze of Edison's constructs, rescuing puppies, contacting Martians, and more, just like in real life!
The sun hangs unmoving in the sky, and the threat of the creatures known as the dredge puts even more strain on an uneasy truce between the humans and the giants known as varl. In this stunning and challenging turn-based strategic RPG/visual novel, the choices you make determines who lives and dies as you take an epic journey that will change the face of the world and the people who live in it.
Beethro Budkin has been going down, down, down, for a while now, clearing out all the critters and baddies in King Dugan's dungeon, and he's finally reached floors unlucky thirteen through sixteen.
Holed up in the subway system, you must fight off the zombies until a cure can be found. This strategy game will have you running from one station to the next, picking up items and survivors, while fending off the rabid hordes. Can you survive long enough to research a cure?
Roll into outer space with CUBICSPACE, a strategy-based dice game by Adam Atomic where you've got to survive six levels of barrages from fearsome foe dice. You'll pick up extra laser charges and shields along the way, but knowing when to use them or reroll them could mean the difference between cruising by and a bruising cry. Do you have the perfect combination of luck and tactics to get a high score?
Ever wanted a strategy game that was just complex enough to be interesting but straightforward enough to play on a coffee break? Hoplite has you covered. The casual strategy/roguelike game from Magma Fortress is built around turn-based movement on a hexagonal grid. Using just a few basic pieces of equipment, you'll venture through randomly generated worlds as you quest for epic loot ripped from the pages of Greek mythology. All without having to memorize an instruction manual beforehand!
War is a game of numbers, and in this real-time strategy game, we mean that literally! Conquer the world one level at a time as you generate soldiers from captured towers and swamp your foes with magic, tigers, giant axes, and more.
Small is Beautiful makes a comeback of their cutesy graphics with the match-3 strategy title, Animals - Home Free! Save a long line of captures creatures against an evil, entrepreneurial wolf as he slowly destroys the forest for his construction efforts. It'll take some thoughtful strategy, all under the watchful eye of the clock to take him down and restore the peace. You can't let the environment down!
Help a ragtag group survive the holidays in their zombie apocalypse world in Infectonator Survivors: Christmas, a special build of the upcoming real time strategy spin-off of Toge Productions' popular series. A fun, if unpolished stocking stuffer that will get gamers ready for the big-ticket gift on the way.
Designed to be played whenever you have a spare minute, this casual simulation tasks you with building and expanding your own kingdom from the ground up in real time. Though it does have optional microtransactions, piles of bonuses, special events, things to create, and more, it offers a ton of things to do without spending a dime and boasts a gorgeous design to boot.
Kingdom Rush has returned! Ironhide Game Studio has released an official sequel to the tower defense game that stole our free time (and social lives) back in 2011. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is built on the same basic defense skeleton that made the first game so spectacular, only now there's more of it! It's Kingdom Rush, and you know it's going to be amazing, so get to playing!
Think you can handle a roguelike easy? You haven't tried this challenging, funny, strategic indie gem. You'll need more than brawn to conquer the quests thrown at you as you struggle to build your kingdom in this turn-based strategy game. Unlock powerful new classes and races, make deals with demons, discover new equipment, and much more with almost endless replayability. Highly recommended.
Fight your way to the orc city to defeat the army of evil lurking there. In this turn-based strategy game, slide rows and columns to position yours and your enemy's troops to prepare for battle. While you start with just two characters, you'll eventually end up with eight, each with different abilities and strategies to bring to the playing field. The king needs your help--don't fail him!
You'll either love it or hate it, but Ice-Pick Lodge's unique indie horror game is one of the most surreal and striking games the genre has seen in a long time. As a mysterious Lodger who's been having trouble sleeping, dawn seems to be taking forever... and it might never come if you can't figure out the rules to the chilling game of hide and seek you're playing with some uninvited guests, and unravel the mystery of your own past.
The way to turn the tide of any war is always more dudes and explosives. I don't know who said that. Probably Sun Tzu. But this simple yet addictive defense game piles on the action with basic, engaging gameplay and a retro style to keep you occupied for a while.
Ooga-booga? No, the Neanderthals of BonusXP's mobile match-3/strategy hybrid have a bit more than that stereotype going for them in Cavemania. Like hunting and gathering, and wrangling prehistoric beasts... Okay, maybe not. But the fun graphics and clever level design will certainly have you scratching your head and grunting. No, this game's not so easy a caveman... well, you know.
The rebellion needs a hero... not to save the day, but to go beat the pants out of the other kingdoms until THEY respect you enough to come save the day. It's complicated, alright? Though some characters and a "new game +" mode are only available in a premium edition, this turn-based strategic RPG offers a who lot of quirks and combat and is a clear labour of love.
Ironclad Tactics is a turn-based strategy game created by Zachtronics, the studio behind The Codex of Alchemical Engineering and SpaceChem. Set in an alternate-history post-U.S. Civil War era, the game pits you against the Confederates as you march your way across the country, one town and one battle at a time. There's a twist, however: steampunk technology is a thing, meaning your infantry units will have to take on ironclad contraptions and well-equipped automatons in addition to gunslingers and musket wielders. It makes for a really entertaining setting, but you'll feel bad for those squishy human soldiers.
Kitty Island was a haven for cats, until the Aquarium Alliance stole its catnip supply. Match tiles to organize the kitties' effort to take back their precious catnip in Combat Cats, whose quirky sense of humor and adorable artwork are second only to the engaging gameplay and balanced challenge. Where else can you play as Grumpy Cat flying a cardboard plane?
Addictive and satisfyingly strategic, Card Hunter is a free turn-based strategy game that combines the cheek and charm of a tabletop RPG setting with well-designed card-based gameplay mechanics. Play the single-player campaign and embark on adventures as you grow a party full of powerful heroes, or go up against other players in multiplayer and earn rare treasure! If only the free-to-play problems didn't start creeping in...
Zombies and Cheepies and Succubbi, oh my! It's so tough being a landlord in the mythical 21st century. You have to contend with groups of creatures who can't stand each other, and everyone has constant demands. On top of that you have groups of adventurers who want only to steal your hard-earned money. This storyline is the genius behind Petit Depotto's simulation/defense hybrid, Unholy Heights. Be you a hard-nosed landlord or a more gentle, giving one doesn't matter as long as they fight your enemies at your every beck and call.
The power to control the elements... sounds like a sweet deal, huh? Well, the dark lord invading the island where they're kept thinks so too... but unluckily for him you're no ordinary old guy with a stick! In this familiar but very well made and challenging defense game, craft towers with unique abilities and rain down spells on an ever evolving variety of enemies.
Welcome back to the hapless kingdom with the snooty king in Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown, the third in Playrix Entertainment's wildly popular time management simulation games. For fans of the genre, this is unique and challenging entertainment and the answer to the eternal question: what do you do with a drunken sailor? In this game, you pay him. Lots.
Here's something you don't see every day: a mobile real-time strategy game that looks fantastic, isn't impossible to wrap your head around, and can provide instant entertainment. Robotic Planet from FearlessBits manages to squeeze all of the complexity and strategy of a full-blown RTS game into a surprisingly playable touch screen game that has the ability to hook even casual players.
Sometimes you want emotional depth and gameplay complexity, and sometimes you just want to be dazzled by high scores and flashy effects as you swap and match candies across a bizarre landscape while it's all being narrated by the world's most unsettling announcer. And if that's the itch you've got, Candy Crush Saga, it turns out, will oblige.
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time has finally arrived. After a brief limited launch in Australia and New Zealand, PopCap and EA have unleashed the game in North America, closing the four year gap opened by the original Plants vs. Zombies. The sequel has some enormous expectations to live up to. Its predecessor won dozens of awards and has been praised as one of the most original and creative games in recent years. How do you follow something like that? By adding more plants, more zombies, and more levels. Oh, and by introducing tons of in-app purchases!
The heroes of this turn-based strategy RPG are surly, drunken, rude, violent, and more than a little bit potty-mouthed... but then, so is everyone else in this crumbling society. Though it does take a while to get the ball rolling, however, World's End Chapter 1 eventually reveals itself to be an extremely ambitious piece of storytelling and gaming in general.
Teacher Story is a gorgeous, fun, funny game with glimpses of serious cleverness. As the name suggests, you play a teacher who's trying to stuff his classes full of knowledge, but first needs to literally beat the stupidity out of them to get through. Though hampered by an aggressive and restrictive free-to-play model, genuinely strategic combat and a gorgeous presentation still make this one worth checking out.
You play a cute virus trying to take over the board in this simple to learn turn based strategy game. Click which color you'd like to expand to, and you'll automatically fill all adjacent spots of that color. Try to occupy more spaces than the computer in vs mode. Can you spread your plague enough to rule the board?
rymdkapsel is a mesmerizing defense game from Martin Jonasson (grapefrukt) that is as elegant as it is intriguing. It combines elements of spatial awareness, strategic planning, Civilization-like expansion, and a touch of zen-like exploration as you work your way further into outer space, discovering ability upgrades while defending yourself from attack. It's a beautifully balanced game that has the ability to hold your attention for hours on end.
In the world of Shadowrun, magic and the digital age collide in a dangerous age where dealing with backstabbing dragons running drug cartels is every bit as likely as corporate espionage carried out by cybernetically enhanced trolls. Harebrained Schemes puts a fresh spin on the cult classic tabletop game and brings it into the digital era with this engrossing turn-based strategy RPG, including the tools to make and share your own campaigns for free.
The evil purple alien crystals are trying to take over the world again, this time starting in Greenland. In this enjoyable tower defense game, seed your plants strategically on the board and link them for more power. Can you use your symbiosis to eradicate the crystals for good this time?
Break out your inner tactician to rumble in Berzerk Studio's latest strategy game! Though your army battles automatically, behind the scenes you have an enormous amount to do, since everything from equipment to formation and character race can turn the tide of battle for better or worse. Play in single-player campaigns, or create an army to participate in ranked multiplayer battles, making it the perfect choice for a few skirmishes each day.
Gotta train em all! Toy Chest Games' strategic turn-based strategy game may be heavily inspired by Pokemon, but a gorgeous design and a focus on simple yet satisfying combat with a whopping 101 monsters to train makes it a casual treat.
On the surface, this puzzle game is simple. Easy, even. You move in turns through small, carefully designed levels trying to avoid or eliminate enemies on your way to the exit. But before long, the new varieties of obstacles and tight level design will force you to think ahead in strategic fashion, making this one elegantly simple game that can challenge you with the best of them.
You've probably already spotted the icon next to this blurb and thought, "Xs and Os in a grid? Must be Tic Tac Toe... But why haven't they played in the middle square? That's an easy win for both players!" That's true, however it might not be the best strategy in Tic-Tac-Toe-Ception, where the square you make your move in on one grid determines the grid your opponent plays in on a larger meta-grid. A simple game of three-in-a-row just got a whole lot harder!
Whether you're a die-hard sports fan or not, Kairosoft's latest free mobile simulation deserves its chance to charm you, and will probably do so with ease. Create and micro-manage your own soccer team both on and off the field, and compete against the game, or even other players world-wide... and hire team members from them! Easily accessible and yet packed with a ton of details for unexpectedly deep strategy, it's a fantastic game that's satisfying to play and hard to keep your hands off of.
Fed up with the current crop of farming games and their incessant cheeriness? Agricola brings you back to reality like stepping in a pile of fresh manure. Playdek's mobile conversion of Uwe Rosenberg's classic strategy board game has the same pleasant exterior as numerous Facebook farm-'em-ups, but its cuddly graphics and music will do little to soothe your aching brain as you struggle to keep your peasants from starvation. Fun? It sure is.
Somebody let the zombies out, and they're on a serious rampage to get rid of the survivors! Shelter is a post-apocalyptic strategy game from Survivalist Games that distills all the running, shooting and getting your brains eaten action from surviving a zombie raid into a card game. It's surprisingly challenging and calls on more skill than just being able to place a few cards on the table. And just because zombies busting down the doors happens with cards doesn't mean it's any less thrilling.
Two childhood friends would never expect their destinies would grow to be so great... or to pull them in opposite directions. This iOS port of the beloved turn-based tactical RPG classic may suffer from some user interface problems, but with the challenging battles and deep narrative intact, it still remains a formidable, engrossing experience that deserves a place in any fan's library.