10 best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android! (Updated 2019)

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Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs are an admittedly niche market. The game play tends to be slower because it focuses more on strategy than it does on sheer action. They operate with a turn-based style of combat and feature a chessboard style map where you move units into tactically advantageous positions to gain the upper hand. There aren’t many available on Android, but some of them are truly excellent. Here are the best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android!


Banner Saga 1 and 2

Price: $9.99 each
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The Banner Saga 1 and 2 are two strategy RPGs. They each feature a variety of playable characters, interesting story lines, and solid combat mechanics. Each title has branching story lines and permanent character death. Thus, your decisions matter in both combat and in the story. The second game adds a little bit from the first game, including a new character race. It’s one of the few mobile games that employs a deep narrative and strategy without freemium elements. They are a bit older and may not display 100% correctly on newer devices with notches and such, but they should otherwise play fine.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a newer strategy RPG. It also Japanese RPG elements, animations, gacha elements, and story style. The game boasts over 300 mercenaries to collect, upgrade, and fight with. In addition, the grid-based fighting system is traditional strategy RPG. We liked this game for its massive story, the 1,200 stages to complete along with all of the weekly and monthly stuff to do. You will have something to do in this game for a very long time. However, it is a freemium game and it has a lot of those freemium elements, especially with the gacha stuff. Beware of that, but otherwise it’s a good RPG.
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Dotomchi Games Collection

Price: Free / $0.99 with in-app purchases
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Dotomchi Games has several strategy RPGs worth playing. They include Rebirth of Fortune, Sorceress of Fortune, Mystery of Fortune, Defense of Fortune 2, and Mystery of Fortune 2. They are the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth games in the series. We’re not sure where the first three games are. They all play more or less the same way except Defense of Fortune 2. That one plays a bit more like a tower defense game. They’re inexpensive tactical RPGs. They do have in-app purchases, though. Just a heads up.
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Final Fantasy Tactics: WOTL

Price: $11.99
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Final Fantasy Tactics is definitely among the best strategy RPGs. It first came out in 1997. It features a long, story-driven campaign complete with video cut scenes. Square Enix added characters along with additional cut scenes for more options and enjoyment. There are also additional jobs and missions to play. The only caveat is that players on budget devices seem to be having some crashing issues on certain missions, so make sure to read through the customer reviews before dropping $11.99 on the game.
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Fire Emblem Heroes

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Fire Emblem Heroes is one of the newer strategy RPGs. It’s a freemium version of Nintendo’s popular series. It features a bunch of characters and music from the series. There’s a new story line for you to play through. There are also a few play modes to keep things fresh. The main game maintains the classic tactical RPG mechanics of the original franchise. The game is also very clean compared to other mobile RPGs. There is also a lot more content now than on release day. It does have a character collecting mechanic. That’s popular in current freemium RPGs. Otherwise, everything in the game is surprisingly good. This is Nintendo’s most profitable game for a reason.
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Heroes of Steel

Price: $3.99 / Up to $1.99
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Heroes of Steel is a four episode tactical RPG. All four stories add up to about 120 hours of game play. That’s fairly impressive. The game also includes character customization, retro style graphics, tons of loot to find, and a lot more. The combat mechanics are classic tactical RPG, but still pretty simple. It definitely focuses a little more on the narrative. The base game is $3.99. The in-app purchases are for the other four episodes. It is definitely one of the better strategy RPGs.
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Kingturn series and Tactics Maiden

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Kingturn is a series of strategy RPGs that have made a good name for themselves. They feature retro graphics that aren’t the best, but the developers more than make up for it with lengthy, story-driven campaigns. The two main games in the series have more than 130 missions combined. They also include a ton of character classes, abilities, items, gear, and more. It’s not the most complex series of games out there. They do maintain a faster pace than typical tactical RPGs. There is also a newer game in the series. Tactics Maiden is a lot like its predecessors and costs about the same.
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Shining Force Classics

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Shining Force Classics is a remake of the popular strategy RPGs from the SEGA Genesis days. This title includes all three Shining Force games. I played the first two quite a bit when I was younger, but I never gave the third one a real shot. In any case, these are really traditional strategy RPG style games. You recruit characters, save the world, and engage in grid-based combat. Characters can upgrade their class after so many level gains and SEGA left the games relatively untouched from their previous releases. The controls are a bit clunky, but the games play well enough. Each title runs for $1.99 as an in-app purchase or you can buy all three in a single $4.99 bundle.
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Shining Force Classics

Terra Battle

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Terra Battle is a unique tactical RPG that does things a little bit differently. The core mechanics are the same as other strategy RPGs, but with scaled back graphics and faster battle mechanics. There are also things like bonus items on the map to give you an advantage over your opponent. Like most, you’ll still have various characters and classes that you can collect, upgrade, and customize. Terra Battle boasts hundreds of game maps and hundreds of characters to collect. The composure is Nobuo Uematsu, popular for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise. It’s a freemium game with frustrating freemium elements, but everything else about it is good.
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Ticket to Earth

Price: $4.99
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Ticket to Earth is a bit of a wild card in this space. It has all of the core mechanics of a tactical or strategy RPG. However, the game also includes board game elements, match-three elements, and more. For instance, your character walks along a path of the same symbols and colors. The longer the path, the more damage the character does. It’s quite neat, actually. This may even end up on our best match three games list one day. In any case, the game runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
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If we missed any of the best tactical RPGs or Strategy RPGs for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists.

10 best new Android games from March 2019!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a bit more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Some months are better than others, but there is usually at least one great new game on mobile every month. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from previous months by clicking here! You can also check out our picks for the best new Android games for 2018 in the video above!


AxE: Alliance vs Empire

Price: Freemium
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AxE: Alliance vs Empie is an MMORPG with some decent graphics and a fun premise. You choose between two factions. Those two factions battle it out for domination. The game features various types of online PvP, co-op raid battles, a bunch of missions and quests, a large world to explore, and six total character classes. The game plays like a typical MMORPG. You learn a bunch of skills and go on a bunch of quests. The competitive nature and the freemium price tag leads to some mismatches in the PvP and that’s not cool. However, those who enjoy MMORPG mechanics may enjoy this one for a while. There is a lot of stuff to do.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a strategy RPG with anime styling. The game features over 300 characters, each with their own skills. In addition, the game features the usual assortment of PvP and co-op game play opportunities. The co-op stuff is mostly social, though. The game has a staggering 1,200 levels so you won’t finish this one over a long weekend. In addition, there are various ways to upgrade all of your various mercenaries. It’s not the best SRPG on the Play Store. However, those who like long games will certainly get a kick out of this one. It’s a freemium game with gacha elements. Those who don’t like those types of mobile RPGs should steer clear.
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Era of Legends

Price: Freemium
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Era of Legends is another newer MMORPG. It has the usual fantasy setting with dragons and such. The game also features an absolute ton of missions and quests along with online PvP, an open world to explore, tons of loot to collect, and a variety of social elements like clans. You can explore various dungeons or participate with other players in raid bosses. There is an auto battle and auto movement (auto path) system that sucks a bit of the joy out of the game early on. However, players praise the game’s story line and that’s a rarity for an MMORPG. It has freemium elements but you probably already guessed that.
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LifeAfter

Price: Freemium
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LifeAfter is the latest game from Netease. It’s a post-apocalyptic style game with survival, simulation, and adventure elements. A virus wiped out most of humankind. You have to survive on whatever you can find. Players can encounter other survivors, build homes, and fend off the hordes of infected zombies. Some players criticize the controls and the game’s difficulty. However, a survival game should be pretty hard. Regardless, this is a surprisingly engaging game and it played well during our testing. The freemium elements also don’t get too much in the way of having a good time.
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RBI Baseball 19

Price: $6.99
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RBI Baseball 19 is the MLB’s official baseball game of 2019. It launches almost every year in March these days. The game features updated rosters, weekly roster updates, a franchise mode with simulation elements, and all 30 baseball parks. The graphics are decent and the controls are better than previous years, although they still take some time to get used to. In addition, players can collect over 165 MLB legends. The price is fairly reasonable at $6.99. However, those who enjoy a simpler, more arcade experience may balk at the more difficult, more granular controls and mechanics. The game has no additional in-app purchases or ads.
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RBI Baseball 19


RuneScape

Price: Free
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RuneScape is a mobile port of the actual RuneScape game. It features cross-platform play with the PC version along with basically all of the game play elements of the actual game. The graphics are definitely on par with the PC version and there exists no major differences aside from the touch screen controls. The game is in beta and it’s only available to current RuneScape players. Thus, we didn’t get to test the game ourselves. However, the developers keep a list of known bugs in the Google Play description and players have been posting about how good the port is for a beta release. You probably can’t get this right now, but keep it on your radar for when it officially launches. It’ll be one of the best MMORPGs on Android when it does along with OSRS.
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RuneScape

Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North

Price: $5.99
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Shieldwall Chronicles is a tactical RPG similar in scope to games like The Banner Saga, although we think The Banner Saga has better storytelling. Anyway, this game has you leading a group of heroes against a bunch of enemies. Your party is customizable with up to 16 different character classes. The combat is your standard turn-by-turn strategy RPG combat, but this one includes a morale system for a bit of extra complexity. The developers boast over 40 hours of total game play. It’s not bad for a $5.99 game with no freemium elements to get in the way.
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes

Price: Freemium
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is the latest game from Com2uS, developers of the popular Summoners War. We mention that because this is a very similar game. You can collect over 80 different characters across ten different elements. The elements all have weaknesses and strengths to help out in certain battles. The game has a story mode, a PvP arena, and a fairly complex character development system. We’re not big fans of the energy. You can run through it very quickly and it takes forever to fill up again. It’s good for quick plays over a long period of time, but those who like to spend time with their games will be annoyed at how little you can actually play this game per session.
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Stardew Valley

Price: $7.99
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Stardew Valley is a farming simulator. It had a very successful launch on PC some time ago and the mobile version hopes to continue that trend. There is a metric ton of things to do. That includes grow crops, go fishing, engage in social events with the NPCs, and there are even some exploration and adventure elements. This feels like a full gaming experience. Plus, the developers added multiple control schemes for some customization there along with auto-saving. There is even external controller support. It’s easily one of the best games of 2019 so far and it’s not a freemium game. We like that. Of course, those who don’t like sims or farming probably won’t like this one either.
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World of Legends

Price: Freemium
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March 2019 had a lot of MMORPG releases and we finish off our list with one more. World of Legends is an open world MMORPG with a non-linear story line. That means you can do basically whatever you want whenever you want. The game lets you recruit various sidekicks to help with various missions. You can also play with friends and join guilds. Of course, you get mainstays in the genre like PvP combat as well. It’s definitely something a little bit different. The graphics and controls give it a more arcade feel and that’s not a bad thing. The developers even have a dedicated Discord server for players to chat, deliver feedback, and play the game together. We like that kind of forward thinking in a video game.
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If we missed any great new Android games, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android apps and games lists!