Strategy games have been a popular genre of gaming for generations, and they are now invading the mobile market on Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry devices. Here is our list of the top five strategy games for mobile available to play right now.

Age of Civilizations 

We start this list of strategy games with a turn-based strategy game that will have many old-school board game players frothing at the mouth with excitement. Age of Civilizations was developed by Lukasz Jakowski and will trigger memories of Risk and other turn-based board games that defined the childhood of many mobile gamers.

The objective of this game is to dominate the globe. There are two maps in the form of Earth, comprising 342 provinces, and Kepler 22-b, boasting of 404 provinces. Orders are given before each round and then executed on each turn. There are 193 civilizations, offline and online achievements, random games, seven scenarios including modern world, World War I, World War II and custom scenarios. There are also three types of fog of war, and the game is available in 16 different languages.

Clash of Clans 

One of the most highly rated multi-player mobile strategy games to have ever been released on the market, Clash of Clans is the archetypal strategy game to play on the move. Developed by the wizards at Supercell, it requires players to build their own community in the form of a clan with fellow players, train troops and attack other players who belong to other clans. The game has become synonymous with visual art presentation and graphics, along with the high-octane gameplay that has been advertised since the game’s release. It inspired a huge interest in strategy games on the mobile market.

Released in 2012 on iOS and in 2013 on Android, it has gone on to become one of the most popular mobile strategy games of all time. Players can build their forces using barbarians, archers, wizards, hog riders, dragons and a number of other groups. Players can also play single campaigns where they must defeat the Goblin King. The app boasts that it has received over 1 million five-star reviews in the App Store as a symbol of its huge impact on the mobile gaming industry. The game also reached such a level of fame that it released an advert during half time at Super Bowl XLIX starring Liam Neeson.

Zynga Poker – Texas Hold ’em 

Zynga is a developer that literally changed the landscape of mobile gaming, thanks to its social media and mobile game titles. Zynga Poker was first launched in July 2007 as a social media app on Facebook. It is estimated that over 350 million people across the globe have experienced playing Zynga Poker, showing its global reach.

Players have the ability to play the popular Texas Hold ’em card game with sit ‘n’ go tables, tournament play, cash games and VIP tables. A leader board also gives players the chance to compete against friends and random players from all over the world. It is available in 18 languages and continues to be played by millions of users every day. At a time when online poker lost a huge audience after the controversy of Black Friday in 2011 when PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker were indicted on charges of fraud and money laundering, Zynga Poker offered a reliable and secure product to those who wish to continue to play poker and other strategic games like blackjack.

Clash Royale

This real-time multi-player strategy game coming from the brains behind Clash of Clans is a free-to-download title by Supercell. It has the same graphics and characters from Clash of Clans and can be regarded as a spin-off of the popular series. Players can collect and upgrade cards from Clash of Clans such as the Royales, Princes, Knights and baby dragons.

In this game, players can duel against players from across the world, earn chests to trigger rewards, destroy opponents’ towers, construct ultimate Battle Decks, progress through multiple Arenas and challenge clan mates and friends to private duels. There is also the chance to learn new battle tactics by watching TV Royale.

Chess with Friends 

The second game to have been developed by Zynga on this list is a chess-based game. It might not suit everyone’s taste but the game of chess is a vastly underrated strategy game. The developer behind titles such as Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends expanded into chess with huge success.

Initially released in 2008, the game has introduced chess to a whole new audience and generation. The game is a freemium title so players do not have to pay to download it. However, there is the option to purchase add-ons within the app. Its multi-player format has made it a very popular social game, with players being able to track their stats, show replays of winning moves and use the in-game chat to engage in chat and banter with their opponents.