Updated July 13, 2018: New entries added


Strategy games. They're for hardcore PC gamers, with their mice (mouses?) and large screens and permanently furrowed brows.

Making any such claim would be a serious strategic blunder, for on the App Store right now there are dozens of top notch strategy games that play beautifully on mobile devices.

And these big-guns have serious range: we've got epic historical strategy, squad-based sci-fi strategy, stripped-back abstract experiments, and massively multiplayer social city builders.

We haven't even included the compelling tower defence sub-genre, which deserves its very own top 25 list.

So, sit back, engage the strategic part of your brain, and start planning which of these games you're going to buy next.