Armchair generals, take note: tactical games are making a comeback. This top-down micromanaging genre was once dominated by the likes of Shining Force, Tactics Ogre, and Final Fantasy Tactics (and just recently by XCOM: Enemy Unknown) but it's surprisingly perfect for touchscreen devices; see the Great Little War Game series. The ARMA series is known for painstakingly realistic shooters, but it's stepping back for Arma Tactics THD to give the player a bird's eye view of the battlefield.

You control four commandos whose mission plays out on an impressive 3D grid, strategically moving and utilizing their weapons in turn-based combat. (If you're wondering what that's like, Call of Duty players, imagine chess with guns.) Each soldier specializes in a different tactical role, with unique weapons and abilities assigned to him. Missions come in both story and randomly-generated versions, ensuring a good amount of replay. All levels are open-ended, so the path to victory includes finding the best approach angles and utilizing your soldiers' upgradeable gear and skills to best suit the situation.

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As with all THD titles, this one is only for hardware powered by NVIDIA's Tegra chipsets. At least Arma Tactics takes advantage of the graphics-first nature of Tegra 2 and Tegra 3, with a 3D engine that might tax older, less-capable hardware. The game is available on the Play Store for $4.99, and according to the description, will be updated with more missions and campaigns in the future.

Arma Tactics THD
Arma Tactics THD
Price: $3.99