Best 2023 iOS & Android Strategies: Northgard, XCOM 2 Collection

Hello mobile game lovers! AppTime Media is with you and we are preparing another release of the best projects for the outgoing year. You can vote for nominees in 20 categories on a special page of our website. Closer to the New Year, we will summarize the results, so now you have the opportunity to influence the situation. And in this video I will tell you about the top strategies for smartphones. Among them there are both free and premium projects. If you don’t like it, you can always leave your list in the comments. Deal? Go!


I’ll start with Northgard. In addition to being a solid strategy, it is also a great mobile port. The game resembles Civilization in some moments, only instead of rulers and nuclear strikes from Gandhi we get Viking clans. They have their own strengths and skeletons in their closets. For example, someone bargains better, while others generally sacrifice slaves to the gods. Conveniently, the Vikings are divided into roles: peasants, warriors, sailors, sages, and so on.

The most important thing is to get through the winter, so spend your resources wisely. Even at night, monsters and ghosts come out, which on the first playthrough are very annoying. In total, the developers offer 11 campaign chapters, free DLC and rated PvP battles. You just need to take care of a good smartphone, and it’s better to get a tablet off the shelf at all. Verdict: if you are not afraid to pay up front and love RTS, then take it.

XCOM 2 Collection

The aliens conquered the Earth and now the XCOM organization must constantly move from one place to another, just not to be found. Yes, this is what happens in the second part of the sensational strategy. And although there are many changes, more on them later, the fundamental things are in place – misses when shooting at close range, critical hits from the enemy and the development of the base. Sectoids now have much more health and opportunities. For example, they can panic your squad, lure soldiers over to their side, or raise the dead. The missions also have a timer, which adds adrenaline and makes you behave aggressively. If this is not enough, then get randomly generated locations and special events. It also became possible to customize the fighters right down to the scars on the face, and the camera replaces Hollywood during the battles.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

The Lord of the Rings has never been so close – NetEase Games has written down a cool geo-strategy The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, in which you have to choose a faction and lead it in search of the Ring of Omnipotence. The scheme is as follows – we rebuild the kingdom, hire an army, pump it over and go with the governors to seize the nearest territories. They are divided by difficulty levels, so not all are available at the start. Also, some pieces of the map are already under the control of a guildmate, faction ally or enemy. Many people complain about donation, but if you read our guides on Rise to War, it will become clear that there is plenty of room for strategic maneuvers. Yes, the main content ends in about a month, but then mind games begin, which include chatting and cooperation against other guilds.

The Walking Dead: Survivors

Now let’s talk about the strategy for the universe of The Walking Dead – The Walking Dead: Survivors. It offers an original storyline with over 80 familiar characters. At the start we have a small settlement full of the fog of war around it. To get rid of it, you need to send expeditions, plus capture the nearest territories. Already at the start, you need to choose a strategy: defend yourself from the dead or behave more aggressively. Depending on this, you will select a clan with which you can close high-level content. In general, at first glance, it is difficult to understand who should be trusted, but with clan members it will be possible to build special buildings in order to control territories and prepare for a large-scale war.

Warhammer 40,000: Lost Crusade

And finally, I have Warhammer 40,000: Lost Crusade. This is another geo-strategy, only this time in space. According to the plot, we are ambushed and we are hiding in one of the sectors of intergalactic space. At first, they give out a shield that saves enemy players from raiding. Gradually, we are pumping over the base, improving the army and discovering new abilities and technologies. All this is done in the course of intense battles, both PvE and PvP. The battles take place in real time, the main thing is to choose the desired type of troops and rare heroes. You can also study the star map, where the increased complexity of the sector means bOthe greatest reward. As for the general setting, the music and units are made according to the canon, and the plot is told through cool CGI videos.

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