The original Age of Booty was a real-time strategy game released on the Xbox Live Arcade and similar download services. It combined a streamlined, console-focused take on strategy with a cartoony pirate nautical theme - there was many an "avast" and "aaargh" to be heard. Developer Certain Affinity gained some decent acclaim from the title, and so released a mobile free-to-play version of the game called Call of Booty: Tactics. It came out for Android this weekend, which is almost exactly two years after the iOS version. That really shivers me timbers.
Turn-based games are perfect for mobile platforms. The fact that they're essentially paused after every move means you can play in bits and pieces throughout the day. That same relatively slow pace means that the disadvantages of touchscreen controls are erased, and in fact the UI can be optimized for taps and swipes. If the rest of the game is designed well (particularly to account for a smaller screen), a turn-based game on a phone has the potential to be more engaging than a console or PC equivalent.
Way back in the bygone days of December 2014, we told you that mega-publisher Ubisoft was teaming up with the nostalgia specialists at DotEmu to bring the turn-based strategy classic Heroes of Might and Magic III to Android. Today they published the revived game in the Play Store, right on schedule (those DotEmu folks are pros, I tell ya). You can buy the game for $9.99 - pricey, but not unreasonable - for tablets and tablets only.
The Heroes of Might and Magic series helped to establish the foundations of the modern tactical genre. The third game was released for the PC in 1999, and is considered by many to be the best of the 6-game collection.
The truth is out there... and you can shoot it. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the best turn-based strategy games in years, which is why we were thrilled to see it get a mobile re-release on Android (even if we did have a hefty wait behind iOS). You can now get the expansion pack to the original, Enemy Within, and surprisingly it's being released as a standalone game - that means that unlike the PC and console versions, you don't have to own the original to play it.
XCOM: Enemy Within is essentially the same game as Enemy Unknown, plus a whole lot of extra content.
In Skulls of the Shogun, developer 17-Bit has brought scores of undead samurai to the field so that they may engage in fierce turn-based battles... to the death. The game has been around since early 2013 when it launched for Xbox Live Arcade, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. Before the year was up, the game moved to PlayStation 4/Vita and iOS. In May of this year, it hit Mac and Linux as part of a Humble Bundle. Now, a couple of months later, it has found its way to Android.
A year and a half since launch, Skulls of the Shogun remains as visually pleasing as ever thanks to its striking hand-drawn graphics.
The heyday of the Roman empire may have passed many, many moons ago, but that doesn't mean the quest for glory ever truly faded away. Soldiers have merely set their eyes towards conquest on a smaller scale. These determined Roman troopers may not be able to conquer the world, but one day they should be able to call this entire room their own. Erm, or something like that.
Romans In My Carpet! puts you in control of legions of mite-sized units ready to engage in turn-based, pixelated warfare, and only the soldiers led by the best tactician will make it out alive.
It's a good thing originality isn't a pre-requisite for a good game, otherwise there would be far less enjoyment to be had on our mobile devices. Heroes: A Grail Quest is yet another clone, this time inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic, but that shouldn't prevent it from being a fun little experience. Game Dev Team, aside from having perhaps the most straightforward and honest name in the industry, has also developed the moderately well-received Sky Aces series and a 3D RTS based on mechs. Now it's ready to apply those skills to a turn-based strategy game.
Look, this story is about 450 words long. But you don't have time for all that. Here's the skinny: if you fancy yourself a fan of strategy games, and if you've got a reasonably powerful Android machine with about 4GB of free space, aaaaand you don't mind paying ten bucks for a mobile version of a game that was fifty bucks when it debuted two years ago, then you should go buy XCOM: Enemy Unknown right now.
Still need convincing? Alrighty then. XCOM: Enemy Unknown first showed up on the major gaming platforms in October of 2012. It's a modern revival of a much-loved series of classic PC strategy games, layering fancy new graphics and a much-improved interfaced over turn-based strategy, where you move soldiers around a grid and face off against a variety of aliens throughout a long campaign.
Square Enix's Deus Ex: The Fall was a major entry in the Deus Ex franchise tailored for touchscreen devices. It may not have the complexity of its console brethren, but it made a very valiant effort. Now the company has announced Hitman Go, but this time, the mobile version of the game is going to be quite a bit different from the AAA one being developed for televisions. You see, Hitman Go is going to be a turn-based strategy game. No, I'm not judging. I'm just surprised.
Don't get me wrong, there's potential here. Stealth-based games have an inherent element of strategy in them.