Just a few years ago, no one could have imagined that a genre synonymous with PC could possibly find so much success on mobile devices. Just take a look at the games from Supercell for proof that any gameplay can be adapted to touchscreens. 2018 has brought us a great selection of strategy games so far. Real time, turn-based, resource management, or more contemplative than anything, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best strategy games on Android released so far this year.

Sky Kindgoms

Castles floating in the sky with fluffy clouds … it’s the perfect way to sweeten up a gameplay that’s overused, yet continues to work perfectly. You know the drill: construct buildings and wait real time for the construction to finish to eventually, create troops to defend your kingdom from enemies controlled by real players. [Download]

Sky Kingdoms

Brew Town

Nowadays, people aren’t flying hot air balloons or writing a book: they’re making craft beer at home. But since not everyone has a garage where they can leave gallons of barley to ferment, Brew Town tries to give us an alternative with a virtual factory. You can adjust several aspects of the production process, choose the different flavors of your beverages, and even design the label for the bottles. [Download]

Brew Town

Warbands: Bushido

Big words. Any title that simulates a traditional tabletop game deserves some respect. Samurais fighting in turn on hexagonal maps, dice rolling, cards with special abilities, and game board pieces with little soldiers on them. You’ve got to be dead inside not to love this game. [Download]

Warbands Bushido

Cookie Wars

Not everything is going to be a heroic fantasy with burly barbarians and sword fighting. This game is about fighting cookies, which at first may disuade some players. But of course, then you look at Cookie Run, the previous game from the company that had millions of downloads and maybe, just MAYBE, you think this game is worth a try. Long story short, you end up playing everyday for a month and begin to wonder if you have a problem. [Download]

Cookie Wars

Westworld

HBO set out to use Westworld as a sort of life insurance policy for when Game of Thrones comes to an end. Although it hasn’t even come close to reaching this goal, the show does have enough pull to become an Android game. Using other management games like Fallout Shelter as a reference, you have to manage a virtual theme park set in the wild west, while just like in the series, making sure things don’t get too out of control. [Download]

Westworld

Command & Conquer: Rivals

During the last E3, we found out that the long-lived saga Command & Conquer would try its luck on Android. What at first seemed to be the umpteenth strategy game involving destroying your rival’s base using cards to summon units, it actually has its own identity, offering fun mini-skirmishes where you have to manage troops and control the center of the settings to destroy the enemy base. [Download]

Command & Conquer: Rivals

Castle Burn

Once again, looks are deceiving. It’s not just another Clash Royale here; it’s a lot deeper. In fact, we could almost be talking about a traditional RTS along the same lines as icons like Warcraft pre-MMO. The objective is to destroy the rival base, but here you have to create units, collect resources, and unlock superior troops though the typical leveling up. That said, everything is fun-sized with short rounds. The best of both worlds. [Download]

Castle Burn

TerraGenesis

For those who prefer something closer to management strategy, TerraGenesis could be a great option. Get ready for menus and more menus to control your expansion throughout the solar system. Exploration of inhospitable planets, genetic research, and terraformation of surfaces make up the daily grind in this title for fans of 4X games. In this case, we may only get 3 x’s but that’s good enough for us. [Download]

Terragenesis

Pocket City

It’s hard to take the baroque management strategy to the same scale that made titles like SimCity so famous, but the fact is that Pocket City comes close. Creating a city from the ground up and controlling the balance between industry, commerce, and housing is an art form. Not to mention looking after the electricity and water supply for the inhabitants, and the allowance of certain services. It’s a tiny gem that will have you going to bed later than usual. [Download]

Pocket City

Mercs of Boom

Another hit from 2018 that’s influenced by icons in the genre. After playing for just a few minutes, you’ll realize that the creators love the X-COM saga, which is a great sign in and of itself. Best of all, it has gorgeous graphics and a control system works like a charm on touchscreens. [Download]

Mercs of Boom

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