The land of Estellion is a bit of a mess, but perhaps you can bring it under control in Ravenmark: Mercenaries. It's going to take careful planning and tactical knowhow, but you didn't expect it to be easy, did you? Ravenmark: Mercenaries is a turn-based strategy game with some interesting surprises along the way. Think you have the keen tactical mind for it?

The turn-based element of Ravenmark: Mercenaries is based around two phases – command and battle. Both sides submit and execute moves at the same time, which is a bit unusual for a turn-based game. Your armies are made up of mercenaries you hire and improve through experience, but there's also a monetary angle. This is a free-to-play game, though the developers insist on calling it "free-to-win." Apparently it's not balanced to force you into in-app purchases and relies mainly on ads (which you can disable with an IAP).

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This game has a ton of options and really emphasizes strategic mechanics – you can't just move units around and start swinging swords at anything that moves. Some units are better for certain tasks than others, and there are even different ways to issue orders to your troops. There is some server side component to the combat, though it's not entirely clear what that is. The end result is the same – you have to be connected to play Ravenmark: Mercenaries.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Witching Hour

    Hey Ryan, thanks for the feature! Just to clarify your last paragraph, all commands sent in by players are processed on our servers and then returned back to the client. This is for us to monitor and prevent cheating in the game! :)

    • Mother Cheatah

      You can't cheat? :((((