With the surprise release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, it was already a big week for strategy gamers — but that was just the start. Of the 12 games worth mentioning this week, five are clearly designed for players with a love of strategy.
And if that’s not you? There’s still plenty of fun to be had, from puzzles, cards and birds to Demi Lovato.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
This isn’t some watered-down, IAP-powered version of a PC classic — this is the real deal, and it fits in your pocket. Fans of simulation games and loop-de-loops wanted.
Need a peaceful alternative to the standard gaming fare? This hour-long interactive journey has players guiding a flock of birds across the sky why enjoying a beautiful original score by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Crossy Road meets Indiana Jones. Normally a description like that would be met with a big yawn — but Blocky Raider this one is made by Full Fat, aka the studio behind great games like Agent Dash and Flick Golf. Anything they release is always worth a closer look.
Gameloft’s latest strategy game looks like one for the Game of War crowd — but it has a few unique twists up its sleeve too. The combat is all about troop formation, and looks like it should provide plenty of opportunity to strategize.
It looks like Paris Hilton isn’t the only celebrity to hit the mobile world this week. Demi Lovato released an interactive story through Pocket Gems Episode platform. If you like gamebooks and celebrity shenanigans, this should be right up your alley.
If you like a little bit of story to go with your strategy, Sentinel Command might just be the game for you this week. As the heir to a neoplatinum-rich asteroid field family, you’ll need to develop officers, customize your fleet, and protect your wealth from your rivals.
We’ve had tower defense, and we’ve had tower offense — but we’ve never had a multiplayer game that mixed elements of both before (well… other than Clash of Clans and its ilk, I suppose). Square off against other players worldwide as you partake in proper real-time strategy gameplay.