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. 

Browse Great Games That Teach Strategy

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4
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Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
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Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, Leapster Explorer
(2011)
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5
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Early math game uses earning aquarium fish as incentive.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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6
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Theme park sim mixes in logic and memory games.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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7
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Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.
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URL: http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov
(2011)
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8
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Toy-and-cartoon spinoff provides surprisingly brainy fun.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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8
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Fun version of the iconic board game -- with extra modes.
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2014)
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8
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Pokemon-like battle game is funnier, with less violence.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2009)
AGE
9
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Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
AGE
9
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The focus is on looks, but business strategy makes the game.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Accessible building sim both challenging and fun.
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Platforms: Windows
(2008)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
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Terrific strategic tower defense game has mild violence.
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
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10
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LEARNING
Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
AGE
10
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Compelling mix of popular online world and card gameplay.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone
(2014)
AGE
10
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Puzzles meet strategy in fun fantasy for older kids.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
AGE
10
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LEARNING
Fun and colorful strategy/puzzle game is a Wii U must-have.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
AGE
11
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LEARNING
Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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11
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Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.
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Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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11
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Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
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Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2012)
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11
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This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
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11
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LEARNING
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
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Platforms: Windows
(2012)
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12
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Cross-genre tactics game has Dungeons & Dragons charm.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
AGE
13
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Great strategy game with rich fantasy mythology.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
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13
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LEARNING
Excellent strategy RPG skews older because characters die.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
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13
QUALITY
 
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World War II simulation focuses on history, strategy.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
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13
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LEARNING
Campy zombie game adds new twists, more waiting.
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Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
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13
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Cute and compelling mix of Risk and Battleship on Facebook.
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Platforms: Facebook
(2011)
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14
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Strategy game with some profanity, violence, & open chat.
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Platforms: Windows
(2010)
AGE
14
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"Stellar" sci-fi strategy expansion wows fans of the series.
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Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2013)
AGE
14
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LEARNING
Compelling war strategy game combines brains with brawn.
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Platforms: Windows
(2013)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
City building game offers tyrannical options.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)