Strategy and word games
Civilization VI (£free + IAP)
No proper games on mobile? Civ VI blasts that notion to smithereens – assuming you’ve researched the relevant tech, of course. Yep, this is the full PC classic on your phone, having you take over the world in a turn-based manner.
As ever, you can opt to build your empire and defeat your foes through sending your people to the stars, or just through giving everyone else a thorough kicking. This is deep stuff, mind, with loads to do, details to dig into, and expansions to splurge on.
You get 60 turns for free, and then must pay to unlock the main game. There are regular sales, note, and so this full-fat strategy classic often costs as little as as tenner.
XCOM 2 Collection (£23.99)
XCOM 2 Collection hammers another nail into the ‘can’t get proper games on mobile’ coffin, as you attempt to help humanity fight back against decidedly unfriendly aliens who’ve swanned in and taken over. If you’ve been living under a rock (or alien domination), this one’s a turn-based tactical job, where you boss around a human squad to complete objectives while (hopefully) not getting them killed. It’s deep – and compelling.
It’s also not cheap and needs powerful hardware to run. Still, if you’ve a supported device (check the list on Google Play) and enough cash, this gets you a full-fat PC classic in your pocket, including four DLC packs ready to go.
Kingdom Two Crowns (£9.49)
Everything’s grand on your little island. You trot about on horseback, lobbing coins at peasants, who then do your bidding. They build castle walls and do a spot of farming. Life is good. Until night falls – because that’s when the Greed come out.
These nasty critters blaze in from portals, relentlessly attacking your fortress and making off with goodies. And if they nab your crown, your reign’s over. Still, you can at then have another crack (as your heir), and gradually work towards defeating the Greed once and for all, in this intoxicating mash-up of real-time strategy and gorgeous pixel art.