Best Real-Time Strategy Games for Android

From the seminal Age of Empires Series to the massively popular StarCraft, real-time strategy games have always enjoyed a huge fan base. Whether it be prepping your soldiers for a tough battle ahead, or launching a full-blown attack on your enemies, there’s never a dull moment in this genre of gaming. Also, since fans of this genre range from hobbyist amateurs to accomplished world gaming champions, real-time strategy games have made their presence felt on almost all platforms, including mobile.

So, if you’re an Android fan, and are looking for some good real-time strategy (RTS) games to spend your weekend on, read on as we list the best of the lot.

Townsmen 6
The famed Napoleon complex may or may not be real, but the desire to become the King of France still burns wildly in the hearts of many. While that dream cannot be realized in the 21st century, a little Android game does try to bring an experience that is quite close to the real thing.

Townsmen 6 is a free Real-Time Strategy game for Android that lets you play a part in the French Revolution. You start off by constructing buildings, huts, farms and forgeries, which help you strengthen your army. Once you have enough resources, you start capturing various French districts and thus spreading your territories. As your power grows, you slowly ascend towards Paris in a daring attempt to overthrow the king.

The game is completely free (no ads or limited features) and is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 in the Android Marketplace.

Medieval Empires
Medieval Empires is the first full-time strategy game to appear on Android. The free game comes with 50 different types of units and buildings. From knights and archers to catapults and swordsmen, weapons are aplenty in this war. The game is slightly reminiscent of the popular RTS games like Age of Empires wherein you have to build your own army, dig gold mines, build an empire and conquer new territories.

Set in medieval era, the game requires a great amount of strategic thinking if you’re planning for a victory. Every map can be conquered using a new strategy, giving the game a high replay value. Definitely worth a try if you miss the old RTS games like Age of Empires.

Medieval Empires runs well on tablets as well as smartphones, and is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Android marketplace.

Defense Craft Strategy HD Free
Blending the best elements of an RPG and strategy games comes Defense Craft Strategy HD. With multiple maps and some great graphics, the free game pits you against knights, archers, orcs, and even dragons, right from the start.

Drawing from RPGs, Defense Craft Strategy is all about building strong defense towers and strengthening your army. With every fight, your units gain XP and keep on getting stronger. Couple that with strategic placement of towers, and you have a great chance to beat the game. However, as easy as it seems, DCS is pretty hard to beat even if you have a decent strategy at your disposal.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, the game works well across tablets as well as smartphones and is freely available for download from the marketplace.

Art of War 2 Online
Art of War 2 Online is a Massively Multiplayer Real Time Strategy Game for Android. The free game lets you battle it out against other players over the Internet in two different modes: Skirmish and Tournament. Once you start off, you don’t need to mine resources as you get them automatically. In Skirmish mode, you battle against a player of your choice, matching your own skills. In tournament mode however, you don’t get to choose who you battle against, thus making the game much more fun.

Another thing I like about this game is that it allows players to form clans that let them to team up and fight against other clans. The more fights you win, the more points you gain, which in turn take you up the power ladder. Also, if you win tournaments, you get YouCraft credits that you can spend to buy perks not just in this game, but also in all online games that are made by the developer.

With over 50K downloads so far, Art of War 2 is freely available for download from the marketplace.

Best RTS Games
Though not a game per se, this app does include an impressive collection of the best RTS games out there. The developer has handpicked some of the best RTS games out there in the market and bundled them up in this nice free application. -Worth a download for every RTS fanboy.

Written by: Abhishek, a regular TechSource contributor and a long-time FOSS advocate.


  1. What about Starfront: Collision? And Townsmen 6 isn't really an RTS, but more of a city simulation game.

  2. Hi,
    also a cool RTS game is Androwar full&free.

    Try this

  3. Hyper Wars. Very nice real-time space strategy game.

  4. @Anonymous (1) No, you're completely wrong. Townsmen IS a real-time strategy game. Remember Age of Empires? It was one of the greatest real-time strategy games of all time. Gather resources, build buildings, create armies, etc. This is the same thing. Not sure what your definition of "real time strategy is, but your definition is wrong. Cheers.

  5. My current favorite real-time strategy game for Android is Pirates! Showdown. If you haven't already tried it, it's a must-buy for sure!

  6. they should make one like army men rts for android