Best Strategy Game Apps

We think the best games are the ones that make you think. And this collection of awesome strategy games definitely requires the thinking cap. Kids as young as 8 can enjoy fairly tricky games that require planning ahead, learning from past mistakes, and having fun all at the same time.

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The Captain Is Dead

age 8+

Quick thinking and strategy are needed to save the ship.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off

age 8+

Kids fill fun food orders, but get frequent in-app buy ads.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Tsuro - The Game of the Path

age 8+

Pursue the path in relaxing play-together strategy game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Bloons TD 5

age 9+

Monkeys pop balloons in tower defense game; needs tutorial.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Diner Dash

age 9+

Classic time-management game serves up frenzied food fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Pandemic: The Board Game

age 9+

Save-the-world co-play strategy game challenging but fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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rymdkapsel

age 9+

Terrific strategy game does a lot with very little.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Battleheart

age 10+

Incredibly engaging RPG about battling fantasy creatures.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Disney Sorcerer's Arena

age 10+

Disney fun packed with fan service, but shackled with ads.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2020)
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Dragon Quest Tact

age 10+

Tactical battles, slow pace aid players' strategy in battle.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2021)
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Magic: ManaStrike

age 10+

Strategy, action, and fantasy collide in amazing card game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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Plants vs. Zombies FREE

age 10+

Great strategy game with comic but slightly scary violence.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Sally's Spa

age 10+

Tweens learn a bit about business management in frothy app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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SimCity Deluxe

age 10+

Updated classic urban-building sim shines as an app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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FTL: Faster Than Light

age 11+

Space-themed strategy game is difficult but rewarding.

Devices: iPad (2014)
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G.I. Joe: War on Cobra

age 11+

Classic cartoon goes mobile in new action-packed battles.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2020)
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Catan

age 12+

Excellent translation of board game, but one player only.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2011)
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Civilization Revolution

age 12+

A deeply immersive history sim with some war play.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch (2009)
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Fieldrunners HD

age 12+

Tower defense game entertains with bloodless combat.

Devices: Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Gears POP!

age 12+

Fun strategy game plays with characters in unexpected ways.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2019)
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