Strategy games allow you to control entire worlds. Build cities, spread infections and dominate countries with these free games perfect for anyone with a God complex. Some of these games let you build forts and defend them while others teach you how a city works. Either way, there is something for anyone that loves a good puzzle and a little action, all free, all for iPhone.
1. SimCity BuildIt
Just like old computer game, SimCity lets you build and become mayor of your own city. Lay down roads, houses and industrial buildings. The fun doesn’t just end there, you actually have to take care of your citizens. Trade resources with friends on Facebook and pass bills on how things should run. You have to do everything like turn on power and water and make sure there isn’t too much pollution. It’s impossible to keep everyone happy, so you’ll have to make some hard compromises. Become a well-loved and gracious leader or save money and make the people hate you. The choice is yours.
- Get control of entire city
- Build but also make decisions
- Play against friends
- Certain tasks take a long time without using real money
- Sometimes hard to tell what the residents want without clicking on each home
- Can’t turn tutorial off
2. TowerMadness Zero
Aliens have come to your farm to steal your sheep, but you’re not going to let that happen in this tower defense game. Set up guns that can fight on the ground and in the air to keep your flock safe. The aliens will walk through the field, ride bugs and even fly so unlock some other tower defense games, you can add guns during game play. Finish levels with all your sheep and you will get more points and bigger weapons, which you’ll need because the aliens get smarter and bring more of their friends to the raid. A menu at the bottom of the screen shows you how many are still coming so you can prepare, and the game also shows you the paths the aliens are using to get to through your field.The graphics aren’t incredible but this fun, silly game is addictive.
- Challenging gameplay
- Good variety of weapons for land and sky
- Cute cartoon graphics
- Ads between each game
- Takes awhile to get enough points to level up
- Sometimes skips a bit
3. Dictator: Outbreak
If you have always dreamed about having ultimate power, but care about the welfare of other people, download Dictator: Outbreak for free and flex your leadership muscles. Learn how to pit the police, oligarchs, people, opposition and army against each other to keep yourself in favor. Squash revolution and make money for your family. During each turn listen to requests from the six different factions of your country and decide to grant those or put them in their place. You can work to keep everyone happy or just do what is best for you and keep yourself happy. If you’re stumped on what to do, ask for advice from your counsel, but you only get two free suggestions. Build oil fields to earn more money and get more turns. Each turn is one month of your regime. Don’t let your favor with any faction drop less than three stars or you could have an uprising on your hands.
- Make deals with six different factions
- Make more money to make more decisions
- Deal with conspiracies
- Ads are difficult to opt out of
- Only get two suggestions from advisors
- Have to wait through turns to play
4. Infection 2: Bio War
A worldwide disease that kills millions would be devastating, but that’s exactly what you want in this game. You are the disease and your aim is to kill everyone in the world. Begin by naming your disease and choosing the country in which to being your evil sickness. Evolve your disease by using DNA that you gain by infecting people. Change how it is spread, the symptoms and build up resistances. The more people you infect, the more DNA you’ll have to change your disease. Remember humans are resilient and they won’t just let you take down the world, so different countries will work to create a cure and beat you. You must infect everyone before scientists develop a cure.
- Can speed up game time
- Get news updates on how well your disease is doing
- Presents an interesting puzzle
- Gameplay is very difficult
- Involves a bit of waiting
- Can take awhile to play
5. King of Thieves
This game is the perfect combination of a running game with a tower defense game. You’re a little creature who is trapped in a castle. Escape and explore the castle to get gold and gems. Soon you find a home in the dungeon where you have a lucky totem that makes you money when you add a gem. You’re not the only one running around the castle and demons will break into your home and steal your gems. Build up your defenses to fend off these thieves and attack them to get back what is yours. Learn how to bounce around and avoid spikes and traps so you can get more gold and eventually become the King of Thieves.
- Break into your friends’ dungeons
- Combines action with strategy
- Gameplay is easy to master
- Some dungeons are impossible to break into
- Totems take time to bring luck
- Other people can steal your gems