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Best Strategy Free Games

While many video games have a strategic element, some use this as the central point of the play. This can be organising armies before heading in for an offensive, planting a farm to generate the best crops, planning a network of roads or laying out an amusement park.

Strategy games have in common the focus on making premeditated decisions to gain the outcome you need. Some games like Civilization do this by providing the player with all the information they need. Other games, like Kingdom Two Crowns force the player to make a strategic decision on limited knowledge.

These games are further divided between those that are turn-based and allow the player as much time as they need to make decisions, or real-time where you have to make decisions with limited delay. Some strategy games, like Disintegration put you right in the action, so you are fighting in the ranks of your forces as well as commanding oversight.

Finally, you find strategy gameplay in a lesser way in competitive games like Fortnite. This is strategy on the go, so you have to make snap decisions about whether to go on the offensive or retreat.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2006 - 2022
Total Games: 47
Total Likes: 693
 

 

Roblox (Series)

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Phantom Forces (Roblox)

Release Date: 31/08/2015

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Phantom Forces Roblox is a popular shooting game on Roblox. Phantom Forces isn’t available on iOS or Android. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high skill challenge similar to [link to...

War Thunder

Release Date: 21/12/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

War Thunder is a shooting game where you drive a range of vehicles in warfare combat. Similar to Wargaming's World of Warplanes it creates realistic battles on air, land, and sea. The attraction of the combat is that each vehicle or craft’s...

Triple Town

Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...

Ghostopia (Roblox)

Release Date: 13/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Ghostopia is a multiplayer role play game where you own a haunted mansion. The aim is to develop, build and decorate your grand residence to attract a collection of powerful ghosts. It's a more ambitious game than others on Roblox, because the company...

Scavengers

Release Date: 01/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Scavengers is a strategy survival game with an emphasis on team work and shooting. Squads of three compete to survive in open worlds with harsh environments, computer enemies and periodic missions. Different characters must use their unique abilities...

Unturned

Release Date: 08/07/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. You might go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...

A Dark Room

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a...

Build A Boat for Treasure (Roblox)

Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Build A Boat for Treasure (Roblox) is a strategy game where build your ship (or anything else) from different materials and set sail for adventure. Doing this successfully earns new items and materials for your next build. Although this churn does...

Everdale

Release Date: 18/08/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Everdale is an online strategy game where you build a village. With the help of friends you develop a society that survives on the basis of savvy cooperation. Unlike other civilisation games though, there is no fighting or combat. The focus is on...

Balance - Power Grid

Release Date: 05/08/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Balance - Power Grid is a puzzle game about power grids. You place cables, pylons and power generators to make sure there are no blackouts. Through a series of challenges you build power grids that are functional, and that produce the right amount of...

Dwarf Fortress

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Platforms: Mac and PC

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Legends of Runeterra

Release Date: 24/01/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Pieces: Cards

Legends of Runeterra is a collectible card game that takes place in the League of Legends universe. You battle other players using the cards you've collected that bring in champions, creatures, weapons, and powers.

Pokémon Unite

Release Date: 21/07/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pokémon Unite is an online fighting game where you battle Pokémon in an arena and try and score points against an opposing team. Its short, frenetic matches are similar to DotA or [link to game/League+Of+Legends League of...

Babble Royale

Release Date: 15/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Babble Royale is a puzzle word game played against 16 other players online. You simultaneously race to make words as in Scrabble. Here though, you do this to inch across the board and stay out of the encroaching storm.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...

Trove

Release Date: 09/07/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Trove is an online adventure game that looks like Minecraft but with more role-play elements. This means you choose a class of character with specific attacks and abilities. You work through different worlds to progress different aspects of your...

Stormbound Kingdom Wars

Release Date: 18/09/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Pieces: Cards

Stormbound is a strategic battle game combining Chess and Clash Of Clans gameplay. You build an army by earning cards for different units, defences and abilities. These have to be carefully chosen to do well in the battles...

Rescue: Mayday

Release Date: 15/09/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Rescue: Mayday is a helicopter adventure where you are putting out fires and rescuing civilians. You play the game in a team of two, each on your own device. The Pilot player flies the helicopter but has no visibility and must use information from the...

Rivengard

Release Date: 18/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Rivengard is a strategy battle game where you fight creatures with fantasy superheroes. You upgrade your team to make them as powerful as possible then use them in turn-based encounters requiring tactical prowess. Progress can be sped up by spending...

Work At A Pizza Place (Roblox)

Release Date: 28/03/2008, updated in 2021

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Work At A Pizza Place is a strategy game where you take on the role of a team member in a pizza restaurant. When you start you choose a role and work with other online players to fulfil orders, cook pizzas, manage stock and other aspects of the business.

Dish Life: The Game

Release Date: 24/02/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Dish Life: The Game is a puzzle narrative game where you play a stem cell researcher, managing a laboratory and growing stem cells.

DotA 2

Release Date: 09/06/2013, updated in 2013

Platforms: Mac and PC

DotA 2 (Defence of the Ancients) is a series of fighting and shooting games where you battle enemies and human-controlled characters in online matches. The aim is to destroy the other team's Ancient artefact using one of the many characters. Similar to...

Rescue: Under Pressure

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Rescue: Under Pressure is an adventure exploration game. Your task is to explore the sea and find treasure in the dark. But to do this you need the help of another player on the sonar to guide you. It's a game designed to work for players with mixed...

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team (Captain Tsubasa Flash Kicker Dream Team on Android) is a game set in the world of a Japanese cartoon about football. It's a tactical rather than action game. You play as the manager rather than players, but then at key...

Do I Have A Right?

Release Date: 28/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Do I Have A Right? is a puzzle game where you run a law firm that takes pro-bono cases where client's rights have been infringed. It's like Diner Dash, with a stream of customers whose needs must be met. Only here each client needs legal advice on...

Words With Friends

Release Date: 01/01/2009

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.

Blackbird

Release Date: 21/04/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Blackbird is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).

Claustrofactory (Dreams)

Release Date: 30/11/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Claustrofactory is a time management factory simulation. You build factories on a grid to connect their processes and make products using conveyors and assemblers and pickers. It's an unusual efficiency challenge where the best system will score the...

Koala Boutique

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: Android and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Koala Boutique is a strategy game about running a shop on the brink of bankruptcy. Unusually, it's a game designed for two players to play distinct roles. You don't have to play at the same time, but work together to progress as a team. The Adventurer...

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, also called Lord of the Rings: War, is an online strategy game where you play against other players in factions and try and conquer land. It includes all of Tolkien's world, from Hobbiton to Rivendell and Isengard to...

World of Tanks

Release Date: 12/08/2010, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

World of Tanks is a multiplayer tank simulation shooting game. You control a tank in a war zone and try and destroy enemy tanks in online matches in a race for supremacy and points. The scale and strategy of the battles recreates a realistic theatre of...

Auto Chess

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS

Auto Chess is a strategy game where you set-up automated actions to gain a competitive advantage. As you play you purchase units that will battle for you, each unit has different attributes that can collaborate with other units. The goal ultimately is...

Karawan

Release Date: 04/10/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Karawan is a meditative puzzle game where you journey to escape a desolate, crumbling world. It requires significant route-planning strategy, as you work to find optimum path to gather resources without running out of food. The novelty is extended by...

MP For A Week

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Platforms: Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

MP For A Week is a puzzle game where you play an MP for a week. That might sound sedate and a little boring, but things soon kick off as you try and survive a week in politics. Like Reigns, you need to balance keeping your party, your voters and the...

The Cycle: Frontier

Release Date: 08/06/2022

Platforms: PC

The Cycle: Frontier is a shooting game where your team takes on other players and computer controlled enemies. You mine for resources on a mineral-rich alien world inhabited by monsters and ravaged by storms.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Release Date: 29/02/2012, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a city-building game based on the popular and long-running cartoon. After Homer causes the destruction of Springfield, you complete quests to earn money, unlock buildings and characters, and rebuild the town. The free to...

BotWorld

Release Date: 09/06/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Botworld is a role-play battling game where you play a small creature in a huge explorable world. It's a bit like Pokemon. You discover new bots, collect scrap to craft items and work through a series of environments. It's an auto-battle game which...

Gridland

Release Date: 25/08/2014

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Gridland (also Super Gridland on mobile) is a puzzle strategy game where you build a town by day and defend zombie attackers at night. Unusually, resources are gathered by completing match-three puzzles. This puzzle switches from building to defending...

Hearthstone: Battlegrounds

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Pieces: Cards

Battlegrounds is a strategic fighting game mode in Hearthstone, where you collect and upgrade cards and pit your deck against 7 other players. Buy and sell the best cards, upgrade their abilities and more as you uncover winning strategies in this highly...

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