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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.

Does not Commute

This game is combination of driving + strategy. This game is developed by Mediocre.
Does not Commute is a driving game that tasks you with navigating a car from point A to point B. The car drives forward automatically, and you tap the right side of your screen to turn right, or the left side to turn left.

It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. After you successfully guide your first car across the neighborhood to its exit point, you’ll be asked to do the same with a second car with new starting and ending points.

That’s where the game starts to get tricky. Every time you start a new car, you have to find a path to the exit that keeps you from ramming into your other vehicles as they replay the exact routes you just drove. Things can get hectic pretty quickly. There are 13 cars on the first level alone.

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The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga is one of the most beautifully done strategy RPGs that we’ve seen on mobile. It’s a port of the PC version of the game and features a branching storyline, 25 playable characters, seven different classes, and plenty of ways to upgrade and enhance your characters. What makes this game interesting is that it’s one of only a few tactical RPGs that has real consequences for losing battles. Sometimes, that includes the permanent loss of characters in some situations. At $4.99, it’s less expensive than when it first came out and there are no in-app purchases to get in the way.

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Brave Brigade: Hero Summoner

Brave Brigade is one of an increasing number of strategy RPGs that employ the freemium model. This one happens to be one that isn’t all that bad. It has well-done graphics that do a good job of hiding the chessboard aspect of tactical RPGs. You’ll also get to choose your main hero, collect over 200 other playable characters, engage in PVP tournaments, and you can team up with friends to take on things like raid bosses or other challenging battles. It has a lot of card collecting mechanics and the in-app purchases reflect this, but otherwise it’s a pretty decent little game.

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Clash Royale

Enter the Arena! From the creators of Clash of Clans comes a real-time multiplayer game starring the Royales, your favorite Clash characters and much, much more.

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FINAL FANTASY TACTICS : WotL

Square Enix released Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions and it was instantly one of the best strategy RPGs out there. The game was originally relased on Playstation in 1997 and then again on the Sony PSP in 2007 before being released again on mobile. It features a long, story-driven campaign complete with video cut scenes. There are also a variety of characters that you can play with and Square Enix has added additional cut scenes, scenarios, and jobs for your characters to learn. 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 $13.99 on the game.

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Phantom of the Kill

Phantom of the Kill is another freemium strategy RPG that isn’t half bad. The game features over 50 playable characters which you can collect. There is also a fairly basic, but entertaining storyline for players to play through. The game boasts Playstation 1-era graphics along with anime-style cutscenes, both of which set it apart from other freemium titles. There is also an online PVP mode where you can battle people. It’s not an overly remarkable title, but all of its elements are solid and that makes it worth a try at least.

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Terra Battle

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. Perhaps best of all, the music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu who is best known for doing the compositional work on Final Fantasy (up through Final Fantasy 10). It’s a freemium game with typical freemium elements which seems to be one of the only bad things about the game.

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King of  Thieves

Try your thieving skills in this unique blend of platformer and PVP multiplayer game. Have a mind-blowing experience with the King of Thieves, one of the best Google Play games of 2016. Compete with more than 24 million users around the world and create your own clan of thieves. Break into enemies’ dungeons and steal their treasures. Prove you’re the smartest and the most skillful.

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