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Best Strategy Games like Clash of Clans & Forge of Empires 2021

Just because it's 2021 doesn't mean you can't live out all your medieval fantasies. We tested all the top kingdom strategy games, and here are the best that we found.

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Best Strategy Games like Clash of Clans & Forge of Empires 2021

Do you love a good strategy challenge like Clash of Clans & Forge of Empires? So do we. That’s why we tested the best apps on the market to see which ones offered the best mobile gaming experience. After our extensive research, Kingdom Rush came out on top. It’s a free-to-play game, and although there are in-app purchases, they aren’t necessary. Read on to find out why we picked Kingdom Rush and discover which other games made our top 3.

Our Pick

Best app for defense strategy

  • Jump to action and play the most legendary Tower Defense game ever created!
    4.7 Ratings 705K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


This is a fantastic game that allows you to set the strategy for your army and fight the battles yourself.

Why we chose Kingdom Rush:

  • Free to play and has over 18 levels for hours of gameplay
  • Dynamic strategy game that gives you a new challenge throughout each level
  • Easy-to-use controls and very straightforward
  • Over 70 in-game achievements to keep you motivated
  • This game is not pay-to-win, but you can buy heroes for $5 to help you out

Unlike many of the other strategy games that we tested, this game actually relies on your strategy and tactics for you to be successful. It’s a fantastically engaging game that you will fall in love with.

Read Kingdom Rush's Full Review
Runner Up

Best app for casual players

  • Epic combat strategy game. Build your village, train your troops & go to battle!
    4.5 Ratings 61M+ Reviews 500M+ Downloads
    Free In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Clash of Clans is a fun, engaging, enjoyable game that we think just about anyone will love. 

Why we chose Clash of Clans:

  • Free to play without being pay to win
  • Great game for casual gamers that don’t want to be tied to a game every day
  • Fun animations and engaging graphics
  • User-friendly gameplay, it’s very beginner-friendly and easy to play this game
  • Great use of strategy while still allowing for fast-paced gameplay

It doesn’t require you to be stuck to your phone like some of the other games we tested, and it doesn’t make you spend all of your money to succeed, which is a win in our book.

Read Clash of Clans's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best pay-to-win option

  • The King of Mobile Strategy Games! Take Command, Grow an Army & Rule the Throne!
    4.0 Ratings 361K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you will love this game as you create a player, build your house, and join others to take control of Westeros. 

Why we chose Game of Thrones:

  • Free to play, but you can advance quicker with purchases. If you're going to spend any money on a game, this is the one!
  • Great community element for those that like more social gaming
  • Solid graphics and engaging gameplay that you can play for months without getting bored
  • Super easy controls and very simple to figure out
  • Fantastic for Game of Thrones fans as it features all your favorite characters
  • Amazing use of Game of Thrones storylines for the events. 

This is a fun game that has done a great job of capturing some of the most enjoyable features from other strategy games and has successfully integrated them into this game.

Read Game of Thrones- Conquest's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Charge into the action of the best Tower Defense game ever created!
    Use your strategy to defend the kingdom and crush the forces of evil with a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command! Command the mightiest heroes and lead the greatest army in Linirea to victory in this unique TD game that will keep you hooked for hours!

    Fight on forests, mountains, and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower test and specializations! Rain fire upon your enemies, summon reinforcements, command your troops, recruit elven warriors and face legendary monsters on a quest to save the Kingdom from the forces of darkness!


    ★PLAN YOUR STRATEGY! Choose among very different tower styles.
    ★MAXIMIZE YOUR ARMY'S POWER with 18 tower unique abilities.


    ★ 12 MIGHTY HEROES to who will help lead your troops to victory!
    ★COMMAND YOUR ARMY into action and watch them engage in hand-to-hand cartoon combat!


    ★ OVER 50 UNIQUE ENEMIES from Goblins to Demons each with their own unique attributes! fantasy TD at its best!
    ★ MORE THAN 60 ACHIEVEMENTS with easter eggs to discover and challenges to overcome!
    ★ EXTRA GAME MODES that will push your strategies to the limit!
    ★ INTENSE BOSS FIGHTS with the Kingdom’s greatest threats, going head to head with your allies!
    ★ IN-GAME ENCYCLOPEDIA with useful information from your towers and enemies alike! Use this to plan your best strategy and defeat them all!
    ★ PLAY OFFLINE! Test your skills even offline as the action does not stop even if the internet does! Enjoy hours of gameplay anytime and anywhere!


    89/100 Metacritic score!

    "Probably the best true tower defense game. It's funny, it's polished, and it's hard as balls."
    - IGN (Editor's choice 9/10 "Amazing")

    "One of the most engaging TD games we've played..."
    -Slidetoplay.com (STP Score of 4 out of 4 "Must Have")

    "Kingdom Rush can be filed in the thin folder marked "games that are pretty much perfect"

    "This is one kingdom you'll be in no rush to escape from"
    -PocketGamer (Gold Award - Score 9)


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  • Runner Up
    Join millions of players worldwide as you build your village, raise a clan, and compete in epic Clan Wars!

    Mustachioed Barbarians, fire wielding Wizards, and other unique troops are waiting for you! Enter the world of Clash!

    New Features:
    ● Take to the skies and demolish enemy defences with a brand-new Air unit: Dragon Rider!
    ● Is it a Rocket? Is it a Balloon? It is both! Introducing Rocket Balloon, the latest Super Troop!
    ● New building and troop levels for Town Hall 14, and the highly-anticipated army sharing feature!

    Classic Features:
    ● Join a Clan of fellow players or start your own and invite friends.
    ● Fight in Clan Wars as a team against millions of active players across the globe.
    ● Test your skills in the competitive Clan War Leagues and prove you’re the best.
    ● Forge alliances, work together with your Clan in Clan Games to earn valuable Magic items.
    ● Plan your unique battle strategy with countless combinations of Spells, Troops, and Heroes!
    ● Compete with the best players from around the world and rise to the top of the Leaderboard in Legend League.
    ● Collect resources and steal loot from other players to upgrade your own Village and turn it into a stronghold.
    ● Defend against enemy attacks with a multitude of Towers, Cannons, Bombs, Traps, Mortars, and Walls.
    ● Unlock epic Heroes like the Barbarian King, Archer Queen, Grand Warden, Royal Champion, and Battle Machine.
    ● Research upgrades in your Laboratory to make your Troops, Spells, and Siege Machines even more powerful.
    ● Create your own custom PVP experiences through Friendly Challenges, Friendly Wars, and special live events.
    ● Watch Clanmates attack and defend in real-time as a spectator or check out the video replays.
    ● Fight against the Goblin King in a single player campaign mode through the realm.
    ● Learn new tactics and experiment with your army and Clan Castle troops in Practice Mode.
    ● Journey to the Builder Base and discover new buildings and characters in a mysterious world.
    ● Turn your Builder Base into an unbeatable fortress and defeat rival players in Versus Battles.
    ● Collect exclusive Hero Skins and Sceneries to customize your Village.

    What are you waiting for, Chief? Join the action today.

    PLEASE NOTE! Clash of Clans is free to download and play, however, some game items can also be purchased for real money. If you don't want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device's settings. Also, under our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you must be at least 13 years of age to play or download Clash of Clans.

    A network connection is also required.

    If you have fun playing Clash of Clans, you may also enjoy other Supercell games like Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, Boom Beach, and Hay Day. Make sure to check those out!

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    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $100.00 per item
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    The fight for the Iron Throne still rages on in Game of Thrones: Conquest.

    Westeros is at war. Great houses clash, dragons rule the sky, and the army of the dead threatens the realm. Build your kingdom and forge alliances! Power up your best dragon, command your army, and go to war to conquer new territories. Collect your favorite characters, live out your GoT MMORPG fantasy and rule the Seven Kingdoms! If you like immersive, free strategy games, this could be the one for you!


    Collect Heroes - NEW!
    ● Collect all your favorite GoT characters, with a range of signature and star skills!
    ● Summon new Heroes at the Tower of the Hand - free Standard Summon every day!
    ● Use Noble and Royal Summons to acquire higher rarity Heroes and items
    ● 30 Heroes available to collect, from the Mother of Dragons to the Bastard of Winterfell!
    ● Unlock new Heroes with Relics - earn Relics through Summoning, Events and Offers!

    Build Your City & Army
    ● Become a Lord of Westeros: Build a great house and create your sigil. Gather resources to grow your army and build up your city!

    Form An Alliance
    ● Game of Thrones: Conquest features an innovative alliance structure, unlike anything you've ever seen before in a real-time Strategy RPG game. Recruit your friends as bannermen as you rise in a war to take The Iron Throne!

    Raise Dragons
    ● Dragons have arrived in Westeros and each kingdom has its own dragon egg. Hatch eggs and grow your own dragons! Will you use your great dragon to best your enemies or protect your castle? You decide!

    Master Your Strategy
    ● Master the strategy of an innovative pledge system, recruit bannermen, fight battles with your allies and live out the GoT RPG fantasy of claiming The Iron Throne and winning The Great War.

    Conquer Seats of Power
    ● Conquer 120+ iconic Seats of Power like Winterfell and King's Landing. Defend your strongholds, as each Seat of Power endows you with military and economic upgrades for your kingdom.

    Kingdom Vs. Kingdom
    ● Plan, execute and win against your foes in PVP events, featuring a series of rewards as players compete and defeat each other in battle.


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    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
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