Elegant Strategy Games for Discerning Gamers

Feb 6, 2010
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I’m not a hardcore gamer; I’m a discerning gamer. I like games that are challenging, nuanced, well-constructed and elegant. I dislike games that are over-designed or under-developed. The games on this list are simple, but far from simplistic.

geoDefense

Hands down the most smart, elegant and well-conceived game in the Tower Defense genre.

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geoDefense Swarm

A wonderful companion to my favorite game, geoDefense. Each app is distinct, challenging and perfectly balanced.

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Strategery

The best Risk-style strategy game. The concept of war is abstracted beautifully, and the game is just incredibly fun. Great for solo or multi-player.

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Flood-It! PRO

This is my favorite puzzle game. Simple, challenging, addicting. The free version is good as well, but the added features are worth the cost on the pro edition.

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LightBike Online

This Tronesque action game is simple and fun. Single player is not quite as challenging as it should be, but multi-player is excellent.

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