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Gaming 101: Strategy Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Strategy games.

Strategy games may include other aspects but the main focus is on collecting materials and making careful decisions about how you use to generate and deploy resources. Build 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. 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.

This list includes 19 games from the last 12 years, with 287 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play your first strategy game.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 287
 

 

Mini Metro

Release Date: 06/01/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Mini Metro is a game where you create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy...

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Release Date: 29/08/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.

Slime Rancher (Series)

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...

Hundred Days, Winemaking Simulator

Release Date: 13/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Stadia, Switch and iOS

Pieces: Cards

Hundred Days is a strategy game about making wine. You control every aspect of a new Winery, choose vines, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. You make decisions about the process with a simple interface that takes you through each day. It's a...

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...

Bad North

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...

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...

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...

Reigns (Series)

Release Date: 11/08/2016

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...

Sons of Valhalla

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Sons of Valhalla is a strategy base building game. You play the son of a Viking Jarl aiming to conquer England and save the love of your life. Like Kingdom, you incrementally upgrade your fortifications, farming and armies to defend...

Home Quest

Release Date: 05/09/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Home Quest is a strategy game where you incrementally build a town, recruit an army and manage your economy. Like other idle games, it's a familiar set-up where you tap buttons to assign resources and then wait for the results. However, the unusual...

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Release Date: 20/10/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is a strategy game where you control Ubisoft's Rabbids (cartoon rabbits) and Nintendo's Mario team in turn-based battles. It expands upon the previous game by adding a wider...

Isle of Arrows

Release Date: 08/09/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Placeables

Isle of Arrows is a strategy game where you defend a magical crystal from waves of enemies. Using randomly assigned pieces and cards that grant you bonus abilities, you construct the invader's path and then fortify it to travel on with weapons, traps,...

Swordy Quest

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: iOS

Swordy Quest is a role-play game where you craft, gather and hunt your way through a fantasy world that gradually unlocks over time. What's unusual is the simple interface that creates an accessible way for anyone to experience the surprisingly deep...

Wargroove

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.

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...

Ground Divers!

Release Date: 30/06/2022

Platforms: PS Vita and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Ground Divers! is a strategy game where you guide a sleepy robot as he mines through the crust of a distant alien world in search of its hidden secrets. You must ensure you don't run out of energy, otherwise you fall asleep and have to start over. While...

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...

Warpips

Release Date: 21/04/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Warpips is a quick-to-learn strategy war game where you deploy units to beat enemies in a surprisingly deep tug-of-war battle. You work to pick the right mix of soldiers, tanks, helicopters and planes to beat the enemy forces. Unlike other war games...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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