Base building games are a type of strategy game where a player needs to build any kind of base (town, castle, city, etc.) and develop it to provide the resources and safety for the inhabitants.
Base building games for smartphones are extremely popular among the users as they are perfect time killers and at the same time give good training for your brains.
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Like many real-time strategy games, base building games usually contain the multiplayer mode so you can interact with other players and develop real strategic skills. Let’s take a look at the best base building games we can find for Android and iOS devices.
Survival City – Zombie Defence
The current leader of the category, captivating and fun game which is a part of the “Survival City” series. Here you get a location with your city that you have to protect from zombies invasion. Use all the resources, plan ahead, try different strategies to stay safe inside its walls.
Considering the characters, this game deserves special attention. In the process of the game, there will be around 50 new survivors that will join your city and each of them has a unique personality. In order to create the better defense from zombies, don’t forget to place traps and watchtowers near the fortress.
However, daytime is a safe time for your squad of survivors. Send your team on quests for loot, weapons, and recruits before the night comes at a town. Build and upgrade a sizable base for your savvy survivors, and pimp-out your army with super-weapons and stat buffs. Each time the sun falls your setup is put to the ultimate test.
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This is a survival game based on a base-building strategy. Your task is to find and bring together the last survivors after a zombie apocalypse, to build defense bases for them and to do everything to protect your people and to win in the war between the humans and zombies. You can develop your small defense camps into a real anti-zombie army.
- Good gameplay, many strategic elements, you really need to think before making any decision;
- The game is free of charge and doesn’t require any in-app purchases, however, it contains ads;
- Contains multiplayer elements.
Clash of Clans
This is a video game you must have heard about. It is a classic base-building game, a mix of a strategy and a war-stimulator. You should build a village for your clan, develop its economy, and prepare your people for a fight.
You can create your own clan or join any of the clans founded by other players. After developing a clan, you can fight a clan war.
- The game is highly popular so you have a lot of people around the world you can play with;
- Special events will not let you get bored;
- Good strategic opportunity both for base building and fighting;
- Frequent updates.
A game based on the Fallout universe familiar to any gamer. Bethesda can create interesting games for mobile platforms too.
You should build a vault underground for people who survived the apocalypse. The game has a well developed strategic element. You need to design your shelter, care about dwellers, manage their limited resources, and protect the population from post-nuclear life.
- You can design not only the vault but also your dwellers;
- Many special events;
- You can let your people explore the Wasteland, so with all the features, the gameplay is diverse.
You should definitely try this game, especially if you are a Fallout fan.
- A very simple design which some people may find boring but for others it’s adorable;
- A large variety of options on how to builds your colony;
- Offers different achievements.
This game, in my opinion, differs from the others listed, but it is still a nice game you should try.
Empire: Four Kingdoms
- Multiplayer mode, the ability to chat with other players and think through the strategy;
- Medieval atmosphere;
- Regular updates.
The game is quite popular so the creators make everything to make the game interesting. Empire: Four Kingdoms perfect for those who want to combine RTS and MMO games.
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Boom Beach is also a combat simulator which includes different elements of strategy, and base-building as well. As in any similar game, you need to found your base, straighten it, and prepare for an epic fight. The game provides many multiplayer opportunities, you can cooperate and conquer enemy bases together.
- Many opportunities to upgrade your base;
- Game’s world exploration included;
- Many players you can play with;
- Nice graphics.
The game is similar to other combat strategies such as World of Clans, you should try both and find out what you like most.
War and Order
The third war simulator game in a row! Such games are extremely popular with the users, so War and Order still worth trying. This game is good for fantasy characters fans: it has beautifully animated fights with Orcs, Elves, Beasts, and so on.
You should build a castle and raise your army to combat enemies. In order to protect your castle, you can make alliances with other players, trade and cooperate with them, or fight them.
- Perfectly developed war strategy is prepared for you in this game: many opportunities for interaction with other players;
- Wonderful graphics.
Perfect for those who love games for graphics and enjoy combat strategies.
This game offers you to build your own kingdom and make it prosper. The game has a deep plot and good strategy opportunities. You can decide how your realm will develop, you can manage the resources your buildings are giving and build alliances with different factions.
The game provides deep strategy rich content, many events, and various achievements, so the process of playing will not get boring soon.
Realm Grinder is a classic city building game you will find perfect to spend your time on.
Last Shelter: Survival
Last Shelter: Survival is another post-apocalyptic survival game where you need to build a settlement for survivors and prepare them for devastating circumstances of the wasteland life. The game provides absolute freedom in building your base and training your troops to fight against enemies.
You have the ability to join different alliances from different countries, so you can be a part of a world-wide battle. What is more, the game has very realistic graphics.
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City-building games are perfect for those who want to try base-building strategies but don’t like war simulators. And SimCity BuildIt is one of the best of this kind.
You need to build a city with developed infrastructure: from three buildings and a narrow road to a megapolis with an airport and a fancy beach. Your citizens will react to any change you make for your city as a mayor: so, if you don’t provide some facilities, they will leave their homes.
The game has nice graphics and is a really good RTS. You can join other mayors’ clubs, exchange goods, win club wars, and make your cities prosperous places.
A cute game made by Kairosoft Co., Ltd takes you back to the old Japanese village fully inhabited with ninjas. You should become a leader for brave warriors of the 16th century and train them for great fights.
The game successfully combines an RPG combat game and base-building strategy, which is quite simple in this game. And if I haven’t said it yet, the graphics and gameplay are really cool. For this game, some price may be charged, but you can find a lite version as well.
DomiNations is a strategy game which is very similar to Civilization games, however, it has an aspect of base-building.
In this game, you found a village, and then you must conquer the world, having gone through the whole humans’ history and bringing the inhabitants from ancient times to the modern era. The picture is quite realistic, as well as the gameplay. The game is worth trying for everyone who likes strategies.
- Very simple gameplay;
- 10 different modes. You can choose a peaceful mode and focus on your village’s development, or a survival mode where you don’t need to build anything and just fight wars.
- Free, few ads and in-app purchases
- Many types of enemies: other villages, barbarians, pirates etc.
So, this game is for those who love classics.
Battle for the Galaxy War Game
If you feel like you’re tired of all that medieval-period plot-based games and you would like to play in a different atmosphere, then check out the Battle for the Galaxy game – it will probably be appreciated by the fans of space.
Here you are creating your state on another planet – you need to build the whole city from the ground – so you will have to be a good strategist. Build a strong economy, build a strong defense from the invaders from different planets. Create the strongest troops in the galaxy and bring glory to your planet.