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4 Brain-Bending Strategy Games on Android

Work out your gray matter with these brain busters.

Strategy games for Android on Samsung

Mobile games have a reputation for being simple, repetitive cash grabs, but there’s a wide selection of surprisingly robust strategy games on Android. Here’s a few to bookmark on a games app like Samsung Game Launcher for the next time you’re looking for new Android games.

The Battle of Polytopia
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is great for Android strategy games
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Polytopia gets crowded late in the game, so keep an eye on the whole map with Tab S4’s 10.5” screen.

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The Battle of Polytopia

Epic conquests are best when mixed with adorable characters and crisp visuals, and The Battle of Polytopia from indie studio Midjiwan delivers in spades. You start out as the leader of a primitive tribe and slowly grow your territory by exploring, battling and learning new technologies to grow your abilities.

Do you believe any good empire needs ample infrastructure to maintain itself? You’ll want to start as the Roman-inspired Imperius. Or, if you think a tribe is only as good as the tribes it conquers, the ruthless Vengir may be for you. With four tribes offered for free and new tribes frequently added for purchase, there’s definitely something in this military strategy game for every mobile conqueror.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is great for Android strategy games
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Polytopia gets crowded late in the game, so keep an eye on the whole map with Tab S4’s 10.5” screen.

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Threes
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Threes

If you like sliding games and Sudoku, then you’re going to love Threes. The gameplay is simple: you’re presented with a 4x4 grid and tiles numbered 1 and 2. By sliding tiles into each other as new ones appear, you can add, double, and quadruple your way up to a high score—or until you run out of moves.

As you reach new high scores, tiles start to take on personalities, like number 96, Traven! Mix and match to meet more math-y friends.

Tower Madness 2
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Tower Madness 2

There are a ton of worthwhile entries in the tower defense genre, so rather than try to pick the best, here’s one of the most basic yet gripping games the pack: Tower Madness 2 from Limbic Software.

Released in 2014, it’s one of the older games on this list, but it really holds up. You’re a farmer with some sheep, there are aliens who want your sheep, and you have to stop them from getting to your sheep. Naturally, as a farmer, you also have turrets that shoot missiles, spray bullets and belch fire. You can set up along the aliens’ path to stop them from getting to your sheep.

With 16 enemy types, 10 different turrets and 40 distinct levels of unique challenges and paths, it’s a game that knows its strengths and doesn’t let anything else get in the way.

The Sequence
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The S Pen’s fine tip can help you navigate intricate modules in The Sequence.

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The Sequence

While more logic-focused than other mobile strategy games, the Sequence from [OneManBand] Mobile Games still requires patience, forward-thinking, and a deftness for managing a limited toolset.

You make your way through the various nodes of a computer terminal, each containing a unique set of obstacles between a binary cell and its goal. You have access to a set of modules that twist, turn, and move the cell across the board, and it’s up to you to put together the right pieces in the right order to get to the goal.

It’s simple to pick up and play, but the later levels are guaranteed to turn your brain to mush with logic puzzles that defy logic itself. And with its own sandbox mode full of more challenges and no limits on modules, you can create puzzle solutions the creators never even dreamed of.

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S Pen

The S Pen’s fine tip can help you navigate intricate modules in The Sequence.

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