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Published on May 19th, 2020 | by Jack Brassell


The Most Hardcore Android Strategy Games of All Time

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The Best Android Strategy Games of 2020

Strategy games have always appealed to those of us who crave a tactical challenge. There are quite a few gems on Google Play hidden between the masses of mediocrity. But how to find the most hardcore Android strategy games? Rather than spend hours sifting through all the strategy titles Android has on offer, simply scan our list of the most hardcore strategy games on Android.

10. The Battle of Polytopia – An Epic Civilization War


The Battle of Polytopia is an engaging strategy game that is all about expanding your empire. The game manages to be both simplistic and challenging. Start by choosing a tribe. Starting out, you will only be able to choose between three tribes, but more tribes can be unlocked for $1.99 on Google Play. Each tribe starts out with a particular technology unlocked. The Xin-xi tribe begins each game with the climbing ability unlocked while the Bardur tribe starts out with the hunting ability. Unlock technologies, build stronger soldiers, and expand your empire in this charming turn-based title.

Domination mode allows the player an infinite number of turns and is great for new players. If you are looking for more of a challenge, try Perfection mode. Perfection mode only lasts thirty turns, so make each one count. The Battle of Polytopia has an online multiplayer mode, as well as a local play mode in which players pass around the device. While the tech tree is rather simple, the game is well balanced and challenging. You will undoubtedly be on the edge of your seat as you fight to keep your empire thriving. Not only is this game seriously fun, but it also boasts adorable graphics.

9. Kingdom Two Crowns


Build a kingdom from scratch in Raw Fury’s masterpiece, Kingdom Two Crowns. Take on the role of a monarch atop their loyal steed who must recruit loyal subjects, build their empire, and protect their crown. Players can only directly control their monarch, so every click must be well thought out. Evil creatures called the greed attack your kingdom nightly. If they nab your crown, it’s game over. This game also offers engaging gameplay and breathtaking 2D graphics. It also boasts a split-screen mode, allowing coop play, where two monarchs build a kingdom together. Whether you choose to go it alone or team up with a friend Kingdom Two Crowns is an epic strategy game you shouldn’t overlook.

8. The Escapists 2


Excited by the idea of busting out of prison but not too keen on ending up there in the first place? Then live out your prison escape dreams in The Escapists 2 by Team 17 Digital Limited. To escape, you will need to be inconspicuous. This means learning your prison routine and showing up for meals, roll call, and exercise time as your absence will be noticed.

The Escapist 2, like its predecessor, is an open-world game. You’ll build your reputation with prisoners by completing side quests. Craft makeshift weapons, disguises, and tools to aid in your escape. Escaping takes strategy and precision. If you are caught trying to escape, security heightens, which makes escaping even more of a challenge. Though primarily a strategy game, The Escapist 2 offers RPG elements, including character stats. Working out upgrades your characters’ strength, for example, which is useful in a brawl. Study to level up intellect, which allows you to craft more durable items. The Escapist 2 is a prison life simulator that is as brutally challenging as it is fun.

7. Door Kickers


Ever wanted to be part of a swat team? With Door Kickers, you will get your chance. Developed by KillHouse Games, Door Kickers is a real-time strategy game that puts in you control of a group of troopers. The game’s top-down aesthetic makes each level feel like an architectural blueprint. Pause the game to tactically plan out your trooper’s movements. Some levels even have hostages that you need to save. You will need to take the lay of the land into account as narrow halls, and large open spaces each have their own challenges.

Real-time tactical combat may throw off some armchair tacticians. However,Door Kickers offers a detailed way point system, so that each encounter can be elaborately planned. Some of the missions can prove rather challenging but not to the point of absurdity. What’s more, there is a bona fide rush when you overcome them via superior tactics. If you’re looking to throw flash bombs, take down tangos, and you guessed it kick down doors or if you just love tactical games, pick this one up.

6. Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville


The zombie apocalypse has left the world’s cities in ruins. Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville lets players rebuild cities building by building. Created by solo-developer Sara Northway, Rebuild 3 is a city-builder with heart. You will recruit compelling survivors, each with their own backstory. Send survivors to scavenge for supplies in zombie-infested buildings. After clearing out a building, you can reclaim it.

You will come across other groups of survivors, and it’s up to you to decide whether to form an alliance or take hostile action. Rebuild 3 offers players the option of turn-based or real-time gameplay. The game also features hundreds of random events that you will need to deal with as they pop up. Is an epidemic spreading through your city? It is up to you to decide whether to treat the patients yourself, let your doctor handle it or do nothing. With interesting characters, fun yet challenging gameplay and zombies, Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is one hardcore game.

5. Rebel Inc



Many strategy games have you commanding soldiers on the battlefield. But what happens when the dust settles, and the soldiers go home? In Rebel Inc by Ndemic Creations, players must stabilize their country and stop insurgents from taking over. Balancing the needs of your citizens and the needs of your military is no simple task. To win civilian support, you will need to put money into civilian initiatives such as providing electricity and vocational training.

However, the more money you put into initiatives, the greater the risk of corruption within your government. There are also government and military initiatives. It is important to have soldiers at the ready when insurgents make a move. However, enacting military initiatives can upset civilians and lower your support rating. If insurgents are left unchecked, they can take over a sector which effects your support. With its unique premise and strategic gameplay, is an easy pick for any best of Android list.

4. Kingdom Rush: Origins


Kingdom Rush Origins is the king of tower defense games. Command an elven army and build defenses to defeat your enemies. Unlike most games in the tower defense genre, Kingdom Rush: Origins offers some sweet boss battle action. Bosses will have special abilities such a Bram, The Beheader’s instant kill attack, or The Spider Goddess’s ability to create a web that temporarily traps your soldiers. A tower defense game is nothing without its towers and Kingdome Rush: Origins has some cool ones. The Mystic Dias tower provides magical attacks while the defender barracks provide the player with elven soldiers. There are also special towers that are limited to certain levels, such as the Faery Dragon Aerie tower, which appears in the Crystal Lake level. You’ll come for the beautiful 2D graphics and fun storyline and you’ll stick around for the smartly designed missions, well-balanced units, and challenging gameplay.

3. The Banner Saga 1 & 2


Take the Oregon Trail, stir in a compelling narrative, stellar graphics, and a dash of fantasy, and you have got The Banner Saga franchise. In these hardcore strategy games, players lead caravans through unforgiving terrain while managing scarce resources and fighting off the dredge, humanoid beings made of stone. The games take place in a Viking inspired fantasy world with beautifully hand-drawn graphics.

The Banner Saga 1 & 2 are story-based RPGs that do not disappoint. As leader of the caravan, you will constantly be making tough decisions that impact the outcome of the game. The Banner Saga series offers an elegant turn-based tactical grid style combat system that requires you to think before you click and is sure to get your blood pumping. It takes strategic leadership to lead your caravan successfully. With a compelling storyline and challenging gameplay, The Banner Saga 1 & 2 are epic Android titles that you will not soon forget.

2. This War of MineMost-Hardcore-Strategy-This-War-Of-Mine

Unlike many strategy games in which you control soldiers, 11 bit studios’ This War of Mine places you in control of a group of survivors stranded in fictional war-torn Graznavia. The game utilizes a grey color scheme to emphasize the desperate situation theses survivors find themselves in. Sniper fire makes it too dangerous to leave your hideout during the day, so you spend your daylight hours trading, improving your hideout, and tending to the refugees’ emotional and physical needs. At night you can choose to send a survivor to scavenge for supplies at different locations.

This War of Mine will tug at your heartstrings as it forces you to make life or death decisions. Low on food? It is up to the player to decide who gets to eat and who goes hungry. This War of Mine’s expansion pack, The Little Ones, brings parenthood into the mix. How do you protect your child in a war-torn country? You often will not have enough supplies to craft everything you need. Gameplay that carries emotional impact is rare thing and This War of Mine delivers poignant gameplay in spades. Every decision is heart-wrenching as a simple choice can have detrimental effects in terms of both gameplay and the title’s emergent storyline.

1. Xcom Enemy Within


Hostile aliens have attacked earth, and it is up to you to stop them. In Xcom Enemy Within, you take on the role of commander of an elite military group. Command your troops and defeat aliens in squad-based tactical battles. When not out battling aliens, you will need to strategically manage your base and resources. Xcom Enemy Within, an expansion of Xcom Enemy Unknown which subsumes the original game, introduces a new alien material known as meld, which can be used in genetic and mechanical research. Not only can you enhance your soldiers with psionic abilities, but players can also upgrade their genetics. The Secondary Heart genetic upgrade, for instance, causes a soldier to be critically wounded when his health reaches zero rather than dying. Xcom Enemy Within is an utterly engaging strategy game that will keep you glued to your Android device.

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Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. An aspiring author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge watching Parks and Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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