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It's Christmas time and the very end of the year, Toucharcade just made the best of Strategy and Defense iPhone and iPad Games of 2012, Toucharcade believe the coolest thing about strategy games is that they can come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Some are contemplative, lean back style experiences. Others are fast and reflex-y. Some strategy games do a little bit of everything as far as pacing goes.

In 2012, we saw a lot of killer strategy games across iPhone and iPad. Some of the best didn't just toe genre lines -- they steamrolled them. Fieldrunners 2, for example, is more than just a competent tower defense game. It's a product of a studio that has a mastery of the art and it used its vast knowledge to inform some of the tightest, most well-balanced action we've ever seen in a TD game.

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Fieldrunners 2

Fieldrunners 2 is the ultimate iterative game. It improves upon the original in a lot of smart ways. The action is crisper and more challenging. The look is more polished, much more refined. And the new world map and turret constructs feel perfectly paired with the tower defense action, which, again, is remarkably good. You can't go wrong with this.

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Get ready to DEFEND THE WORLD! The biggest sequel in tower defense history is finally here: Fieldrunners 2 has arrived! From Subatomic Studios, creators of the award winning classic strategy game, comes an all new adventure that was years in the making. Build epic mazes out of powerful weapons to defend the world from the invading fieldrunners!

The Walking Dead: Assault - Walking Dead: Assault takes the 3D, turn-based strategy action game model to the next level by dropping the over-used arena model and, instead, using compelling scenarios that have you escorting, scavenging, and eliminating things in the Walking Dead universe. Great use of color, solid touch controls, and neat hooks push this over.

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PLAY THE OFFICIAL GAME OF THE RECORD-BREAKING COMIC SERIES based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic series, now a hit TV show from AMC...

Plague Inc.- This game has blown up in a way we didn't think it could, but the attention is deserved. Plague Inc. is all about creating a plague that can wipe out the entire planet. Your job is to GM the plague -- to make it stronger, faster, and deadlier as it travels the globe and scientists scramble to cure it. It's a fascinating game with deep systems with a lot of neat perks that you unlock as you play.

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Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Can you infect the world? Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero'. Now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.

Outwitters - While looking dangerously simple on the surface, Outwitters is one of the most tactical online asynchronous strategy games around. Every move requires careful thought and foresight, and one wrong move can allow your opponent to bury you. Outwitters also does a good job at realizing it's a game designed for mobile, with a clean interface and relatively small maps which make for quick games while on the go.

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A turn-based, multiplayer game from the minds that brought you Tilt to Live, AppAdvice.com’s Game of the Year. It’s a battle of wits against friends or strangers! Take turns maneuvering your troops in a race to destroy the enemy base. Will you side with the seafaring Scallywags, the robotic Feedback legion, or the snuggly-wuggly Adorables?

Bad Hotel, - With a strong look and killer sound, Bad Hotel leaves a powerful first impression. The action is what'll hook you, though. This is a tower defense game where you defend your towers as you frantically build turrets to fend off suicidal birds. Neat grid mechanics keep the action simple enough, but smart scenario design keeps you on your toes.

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Loved by Kotaku, Touch Arcade, 148 Apps, Hookshot, and more! Winner of a Best Game BAFTA! TIGA Award Nominated! 1. BUILD HOTEL 2. MAKE MUSIC 3. STOP TADSTOCK

Hero Academy, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Hero Academy takes the whole "one more turn" thing to the next level. It's a brilliant, 2D strategy game perfectly catered for people who love asynchronous games. The balance between the teams is phenomenal considering the scale of the task, and the strategy is wildly diverse.

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Heroic teams have gathered to engage in friendly contests on the Academy playfields. Will your team emerge triumphant?

Hunters 2 - Hunters 2 is everything the original Hunters was, except bigger, badder, and longer. The game's campaign weaves in a good story on top of the turn-based action, while the mobile feature set -- like buying weapons in a real-time market -- keep you coming back for more and more.

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