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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Classic gets futuristic face-lift, smartphone-friendly play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Classic time-management game serves up frenzied food fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Terrific strategy game does a lot with very little.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Incredibly engaging RPG about battling fantasy creatures.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Great strategy game with comic but slightly scary violence.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Tweens learn a bit about business management in frothy app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Updated classic urban-building sim shines as an app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Space-themed strategy game is difficult but rewarding.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Plants vs. Zombies 2 App Poster Image
Clever update to popular app, but now with in-app purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Monkeys pop balloons in tower defense game; needs tutorial.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Excellent translation of board game, but one player only.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Civilization Revolution App Poster Image
A deeply immersive history sim with some war play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
(2010)
(2009)
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Tower defense game entertains with bloodless combat.
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Tower defense game breaks mold with heavy focus on strategy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Shoot-'em-up game not afraid to embrace its ridiculousness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Slow & steady kills the (human) race in disease-design app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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