As someone who has spent his childhood playing every single version of Age of Empires, I’m usually on the hunt for real-time strategy games for Android. While there is no shortage of arcade games such as Amazing Alex and Pebble Universe on Android, finding strategy games on the Play Store is a little tough job. After trying out all the strategy games I’ve ever discovered for Android, here’s a hand-picked list of four best real time strategy games for Android that feature rich game-play and graphics.
For those who’ve played Age of Empires, World of Warcraft, etc., Townsmen will be a lovely game for them. Its story that is set in the medieval age, where you’ve to gather food, wood, rock, gold and iron to build up your town. The game focuses on building a peaceful city from scratch while completing various quests such as holding a tournament, reviving the kingdom from an economy crisis, etc. The game features different buildings for different purposes such as wheat farm for collecting wheat, bakery for making bread, tavern for providing grape juice to townies, churches, tax collector’s office and much more.
Townsmen has three different scenario levels and several sandbox levels that can last for several hours. As far as I remember, completing the first scenario level took me no less than an hour. It’s long, but being a strategy game lover, I found the game very addictive.
What really impressed me about Townsmen is that the developers of this game do not abuse the freemium model as most of the others (cough cough, Gameloft) have been doing on Android. The game has two variants, free and premium. The free version is ad-supported and has only one in-app purchase product — ‘Prestige points’, required for instantly building production buildings and speeding up things, whose use is completely optional in the game and you can complete the game without paying a dime. And not only this, you can even remove ads or earn prestige points in exchange of completing free offers such as downloading other apps or games. Kudos to Handygames for not bugging me anywhere in the gameplay to buy stuff from them and still delivering a very polished game.
The gameplay is remarkably well designed — long and addictive. However, the game seems to always run in background (as a real city) and you’ll have to keep checking it every few hours so as to ensure you’ve got food supply, etcetera going well.
The free version is ad-supported while the paid version does not contain any ads and starts with 250 prestige points.
2. Tropical Stormfront
Tropical Stormfront is another amazing real-time strategy game for Android that focuses on war between good versus evil. It’s storyline is completely opposite to that of townsmen and is completely a war-focused game. There’s no city, no citizens, no resources — just military bases that build war-vehicles, war-planes and war-ships.
Tropical Stormfront also includes a campaign mode where the story is set in a world where the third world war has started between two superpowers – China and USA. Your job is to help USA and its allies (Russia, England and Brazil) stop China in its evil plans of taking over the world, along with allies that includes Japan, Germany and India (what? As an Indian, I find this really disturbing).
This RTS game for Android features different missions such as survival mode, capture the flag, defend the flag, defend the base, sea battles and much more. And the best part? Multiplayer gaming! Tropical Stormfront supports multiplayer gaming over LAN or internet and even includes co-op multiplayer. Sweet!
Tropical Stormfront also comes in two versions, lite and paid. The lite version is limited to just four missions.
The third game in this list is Equilibrium — a real time strategy game for Android that is a combination of tower defense and strategy styles. The game features two nations — Nation of Order (the good) and the Nation of Chaos (the evil) who’re constantly at war with each other. You can control either of the sides against the other and lead them to victory. Equilibrium has a very interesting way of erecting buildings or towers by dragging their respective icons from a horizontally sliding list located at the bottom on to the field.
Equilibrium’s gameplay is very well optimized for playing on a touch screen. Managing the troops in Tropical Stormfront or the city Townsmen using fingers becomes a mess sometimes, especially when the number of army-troops become large or when the city grows into a big one, in the case of Townsmen. Strategy games that requires lots of clicking are usually played best with a mouse and the makers of Equilibrium probably knew this problem. The number of buildings and warriors are limited to avoid any mess and the map isn’t very large either.
The graphics of this RTS game is just outstanding and the level of detail is incredible. And for this reason, it only supports high-end Android 2.2 Froyo or newer phones that have at-least a Gigahertz of processor and a big screen with a resolution of 800X480 or higher.
Equilibrium is a free to play game, but requires a small fee of $3 if you wish to play as the leader of the evil side, Nation of Chaos.
Play Store: Equilibrium (Free)
What do you get when you mix a strategy, a tower defense, an RPG and a crafting game? Krafteers! It’s not actually a complete RTS game, but I couldn’t resist myself sharing it in this list. Krafteers features a man/woman on a lonely island, filled with wild animals and evil monsters. As the character, you play a role of exploring the island to collect resources, food, crafting tools and even weapons to defend yourself from the monsters.
Despite the lack of high-definition graphics, the gameplay is quite addictive. The game size is very miniscule and yet it packs in a huge game where you can literally do anything you wish to — swim, mine ores, craft tools & weapons, build towers & houses, cook food, hunt animals, tame animals and much more.
There are various different scenario levels available, with the free version only limited to the first three. Further levels can be unlocked by an in-app purchase for a small fee. It also supports multiplayer gaming over WiFi or internet.
Play Store: Krafteers (Free)
Know Any Other Real Time Strategy Game for Android?
If there is any game that you believe should have been included in this list, let me know by dropping a comment below!