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Top 5 Best Android Strategy Games of August 2014

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The only thing hotter than the scorching heat of August are these hot strategy titles. Our top picks for the best Android strategy games include tower defense and turn-based combat titles, all of which have been recently updated. Read on to see which games made the cut.


1. Game of Thrones Ascent

Get a behind-the-scenes look at this awesome game in the video above.

Game of Thrones Ascent offers a great blend of story events inspired by the main storyline in the books, plus new and compelling stories related to your character’s new house. This awesome strategy game will appeal to strategy fans of all stripes. There are opportunities to combine regular items to make super items, save up your cash to buy amazing armor, build alliances, or just enjoy the story. Every Game of Thrones fan should play this game.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Great story
  • World events like the Iron Bank of Braavos cycle keep things fresh
  • A deep library of quests ensures you won’t burn through the story quickly
  • Just as much fun to play solo as to play with friends
  • Features awesome music from the TV show

  • Cons:

  • Some of the best items require either IAP to buy or immense patience to save up for
  • Interface feels a little cramped on a phone
  • Would be nice to take on a higher number of quests at once
  • Contents of the shops change daily, which can be frustrating if you’ve saved up for an item that’s disappeared
  • Knowing the events in the book might overly influence some of your choices

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    2. Star Wars: Assault Team

    Check out a walkthrough for this game in the video above.

    If your tastes in strategy run more towards turn-based combat, Star Wars: Assault Team is worth checking out. Featuring your favorite Star Wars characters, this game offers you the chance to build teams that can take on enemy ships, ambushes, or provide aid to the Wookie Resistance. At the tail end of July, this game got an update to deal with some bugs and optimize performance, making August the perfect time to try this game for the first time.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Nice graphics
  • Good array of characters from the franchise
  • Tests your strategy skills
  • Original story set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back
  • Tons of action

  • Cons:

  • Not likely to appeal to people who aren’t already Star Wars fans
  • Bad news for people with older devices: Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • Some users find game balance to be skewed towards reliance on IAP
  • Some new players feel like they are being “penalized” because character drop rates have been changed since the initial release
  • Arena is less fun than it used to be

  • 3. Castle Doombad Free-to-Slay

    Get a look at this game in the video above.

    Castle Doombad is one of the most addictive titles Adult Swim has ever put out. Until recently, the game was only available as a premium title, but that all changed with the recent release of Castle Doombad Free-to-Slay. What sets Castle Doombad apart from the competition is the sheer number of ways the enemy can attack your fortress. While many tower defense titles feel linear and repetitive, this game is frantic and fast-paced.

    Castle Doombad scored a 5-star review on TouchArcade, where reviewer Eric Ford said that Doombad “nails everything I could want in a ‘defense’ title.” If you’ve been waiting for a free version of this game to come out, your wait is finally over.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Finally, a free way to enjoy this game
  • Huge array of weapons and enemies
  • Fun character and level design
  • Great replay value
  • Works on older devices: only requires Android 2.3.3 and up

  • Cons:

  • Inexperienced strategy players may get stuck on some levels
  • Collecting enough in-game currency to level up can be time-consuming
  • May feel cramped on Android devices with smaller screens
  • Some users have reported lag
  • On Version 1.0 as of this writing, may have some bugs

  • 4. Empire: Rome Rising

    Get a closer look at this game by watching the video above.

    Empire: Rome Rising will appeal to history buffs or military enthusiasts. As you build Rome into a mighty empire, you can research new ways of killing your enemies. While this is a very traditional sort of warfare strategy title, this game is still very satisfying. It also seems like the developers are on top of any bug issues, which is always good to see.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • English, Chinese, German and Russian language settings (Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Turkish versions coming soon)
  • Nice blend of battles and diplomacy
  • Special in-game activities and events
  • Watch battles play out in real time
  • Noob friendly, with an in-depth tutorial

  • Cons:

  • Game can feel cramped on small screens
  • Some users feel game gives unfair advantage to those with IAP
  • Some users report game is laggy after late July update
  • Drains your battery quickly
  • Controls are numerous, may confuse some

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    5. Rebuild

    Rebuild is a game set after the zombie apocalypse. You’ll need to band together with other survivors, kill zombies, and scavenge for supplies. It runs great on older Android devices, which makes this game appealing for zombie fans with a lower-spec Android phone. If you dig the whole zombie genre, this is a must play…despite some flaws.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Turn-based strategy gameplay
  • Solid customization options
  • Seven different endings to unlock
  • Randomly generated cities increases replay value
  • A must-play for zombie fans

  • Cons:

  • Early missions feel like a grind
  • Story isn’t as engaging as in other zombie games
  • Tap accuracy isn’t top-notch
  • Graphics are more cartoony than ghoulish
  • Not free

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    3 comments

    1. August has been a fantastic month for the strategy genre and luckily, the Android market was not the only one to showcase these gems. Those listed on this chart have had a great entry on the markets and Games of Thrones Ascent has been my ever favourite. Keep it up!

    2. This listing is indeed pretty cool! Some of the best strategy games are indeed there and it’s indeed amazing to see most of my favourite apps listed. However, there surely is more than five out there and a longer chart would have definitely been appreciated more! Keep it coming!

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