Great Games That Teach Strategy

Teach kids to think ahead to the long-term goal with these outstanding apps and games. They'll see that the smart moves they make along the way will help them reach their goal faster and easier. 

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Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2011)
Early math game uses earning aquarium fish as incentive.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Theme park sim mixes in logic and memory games.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.
URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov
(2011)
Toy-and-cartoon spinoff provides surprisingly brainy fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
Fun version of the iconic board game -- with extra modes.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2014)
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Pokemon-like battle game is funnier, with less violence.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2009)
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Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
The focus is on looks, but business strategy makes the game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Accessible building sim both challenging and fun.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)
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Terrific strategic tower defense game has mild violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
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Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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Compelling mix of popular online world and card gameplay.
Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone
(2014)
Puzzles meet strategy in fun fantasy for older kids.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
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Fun and colorful strategy/puzzle game is a Wii U must-have.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2012)
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This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
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Great strategy game with rich fantasy mythology.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
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Cross-genre tactics game has Dungeons & Dragons charm.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
Excellent strategy RPG skews older because characters die.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
World War II simulation focuses on history, strategy.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
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Campy zombie game adds new twists, more waiting.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
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Cute and compelling mix of Risk and Battleship on Facebook.
Platforms: Facebook
(2011)
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Strategic game with compelling story, memorable characters.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
(2015)
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Epic game of tactics that spans (and spawns) generations.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2015)
Strategy game with some profanity, violence, & open chat.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
"Stellar" sci-fi strategy expansion wows fans of the series.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2013)
Compelling war strategy game combines brains with brawn.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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City building game offers tyrannical options.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)