The Best Strategy turn-based Games for IOS iPhone

Update : Big Farm: Mobile Harvest added at rank #46.
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Cooking Fever (2014)

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Various minor changes and balance improvements to make your gaming experience better. Travel back in time to the Middle Ages and discover dishes fit for kings and queens in a new, exciting restaurant.


  • card
  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • battler
  • time-management
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • historical
  • pvp
  • grand-strategy
  • wargame
  • stylized
  • tactical
  • cooperative

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The Battle of Polytopia (2016)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Linux Mac OS Android Nintendo Switch

The Battle of Polytopia is a simplified 4X game that allows players to experience the Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate aspects of the genre in under an hour. Available for mobile devices, it's the pocket-sized 4X that anyone can play anywhere.


What we like:
  • Distillation of the 4X genre in a great turn-based action game
  • Mechanism for competitive play
  • Addresses limitations of chess
What could be improved:
  • Limited multiplayer and co-op options
  • Not ideal for players who want a longer game

  • turn-based
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • civilization
  • diplomacy
  • empire
  • multiplayer
  • building
  • economy
  • tactical
  • real-time

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Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out (2023)

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Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Survive an apocalyptic world in Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out, where every decision you make shapes your clan's fate. Engage with gods, manage resources, and navigate a rich lore-filled saga. With stunning hand-drawn artwork and immersive storytelling, this game offers a unique blend of strategy and narrative gameplay.


What we like:
  • Engrossing lore
  • Unique resource management gameplay
  • Beautiful hand-drawn artwork
  • Immersive survival element
  • Excellent storytelling
What could be improved:
  • Limited access to rituals
  • Consequences of actions not always clear
  • Repetitive tasks

  • turn-based
  • choices
  • lore
  • survival
  • survival-storybook
  • strategy
  • system-driven
  • procedural
  • grand-strategy
  • socio-economy
  • stand-alone
  • narrative
  • old-school
  • simulation
  • combining

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SteamWorld Heist (2015)

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IOS iPhone Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Experience the adventure of a lifetime as a steam-driven pirate crew in SteamWorld Heist. With its insane skill shots and turn-based strategy gameplay, this game lets you manually aim the guns of your robots and upgrade your recruits' unique abilities, weapons, and stylish hats. With a well-written story, engaging characters, and a challenging battle system, it combines the best of XCOM and Worms gameplay in a beautifully designed world of robot pirates. And with a soundtrack by Steam Powered Giraffe, this is a game you won't want to miss!


What we like:
  • Fun and challenging battle system
  • Numerous items, weapons, and equipment to collect
  • Engaging characters and well-written story
  • Mixes XCOM and Worms gameplay perfectly
  • Packed with content and replayability
What could be improved:
  • Lack of ability trees for customization
  • Inability to customize preferred characters
  • Linear progression with no choice in bonuses

  • turn-based
  • robots
  • strategy
  • steampunk
  • tactical
  • cover
  • pirates

5

The Banner Saga 2 (2016)

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PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Android Nintendo Switch

The Banner Saga 2 is a gripping Norse-inspired fantasy adventure that engages you with its exceptional narrative and captivating art direction. The game features a turn-based combat system that challenges your strategic thinking, new creatures and obstacles, and battles resolved through primary objectives rather than max-murdering the other side. Make difficult decisions that can lead to starvation, mutiny or death, while defying traditional conventions and rejecting typical rules of morality. The sequel is a must-play, with vastly improved combat, deep and rewarding narrative, and an immersive visual and sound design.


What we like:
  • Engaging narrative
  • Captivating art direction
  • Improved combat system
  • New creatures and obstacles
  • Battles resolved through primary objectives
What could be improved:
  • Difficult for new players who did not play the first game
  • Console controls are awkward and obtuse
  • Environmental art can make combat harder to navigate
  • Not very action-packed
  • Characters can die without notice

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • battle
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • combat
  • narrative
  • story
  • grid
  • fantasy
  • hand-drawn

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Panzer Corps 2 (2020)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone

Experience World War II from the Axis perspective in Panzer Corps 2's massive branching campaign with over a thousand unique units, challenging you to use strategy and tactics to outsmart your enemies, not just outclick them. With a comprehensive modding system, the game will offer endless replayability. Whether you want to challenge your friends online, or enjoy user-created content, Panzer Corps 2 is the ultimate wargame experience.


What we like:
  • Fun turn-based wargame with great attention to detail and awesome visuals
  • Random Scenario generator adds tons of replayability and variety
  • Combination of all the good parts of previous Panzer General/Corps games combined into one
  • Lovely visuals and solid engine
  • Some interesting (albeit somewhat half-baked) mechanisms, such as splitting your unit to facilitate encirclements.
What could be improved:
  • No grand map
  • Mission tree cut down to total victory or game over, no interesting mission paths
  • Little infantry variation
  • Potential for more alt history campaigns and areas to explore

  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • world-war-2
  • tactical
  • historical
  • artillery
  • tanks
  • wargame
  • war
  • hex
  • battle
  • card

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Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2016)

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PC Windows Android Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux

Lead your civilization to greatness in Sid Meier's Civilization® VI by expanding your cities and engaging in espionage. With endless customization options and challenging diplomatic relationships, you will enjoy an engaging and rewarding experience. The game is packed with content, has brilliant visuals and a fantastic musical score, making it an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying experience for players of all ages.

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What we like:
  • Attention-grabbing gameplay
  • Endless possibilities and variables to account for, including many DLCs
  • Fun to play with friends
  • Good for all ages
What could be improved:
  • Aesthetic choices may not appeal to all
  • Agenda system can be annoying
  • Workers expire after improvements
  • Might be a letdown for fans of Civ V

  • strategy
  • empire
  • turn-based
  • military
  • 4x
  • tile
  • war
  • tactical
  • city-building
  • historical
  • economy
  • resource
  • card

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FarmVille 2: Country Escape (2014)

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IOS iPhone Mac OS Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile PC Windows Android

Ahoy Farmers, now you can sail your boat faster by skipping the wait time for the bonus task and win extra points for your co-op. Happy Racing!


  • card
  • rpg
  • turn-based
  • battler
  • strategy
  • farming
  • japanese
  • truck
  • 2-rpg
  • agriculture-simulation
  • multiplayer
  • simulation2018
  • war
  • historical

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Candy Crush Soda Saga (2014)

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Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile Mac OS Android PC Windows IOS iPhone

Get ready for a Sodalicious update. Explore the world of Soda in our fizzy new episodes. Play stickylicious NEW LEVELS. Meet our sweet new characters.


  • puzzle
  • turn-based
  • card
  • strategy
  • battler
  • challenging
  • historical
  • board-clearing
  • match-three
  • grand-strategy
  • alternate
  • wargame
  • stylized
  • subscription

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The Banner Saga (2014)

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Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization.


  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • battle
  • combat
  • mythology
  • grid
  • narrative
  • fantasy

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