Video games are great for giving you a taste of what it’s like to be a hero. While there are plenty of simple puzzles and brain-teasers out there, some of the best mobile gmaes let you take on a more heroic role. Below are three of the best games for those who want to try out their hands at being the heroes of their own stories and of their own little worlds.
Clash of Clans
One of the most popular games on mobile devices, Clash of Clans allows you to become the head of a fairly large army, building up your fortifications and taking on enemies in a well-loved strategy format that’s been copied by hundreds of others. If you’re looking for the ultimate power fantasy as the leader of an army, Clash of Clans is probably the best place to start.
This game really epitomizes living life as a hero in your own little world by giving you a great deal of control over everything that goes on. You’re very much responsible for every aspect of your army and whether you succeed or fail will be on your shoulders. While money certainly plays a role in this game, winning and losing usually comes down to who can make the best use of his or her resources. If you want to live out a medieval military fantasy, this is where you should start.
Final Fantasy XV
The console and PC versions of Final Fantasy XV were largely about taking on the role of a young ruler-to-be of a kingdom. The mobile version of the game really plays up the player’s role as a ruler, allowing you to be the hero in Final Fantasy 15 while still giving you the responsibility of learning how to grow your kingdom, raise an army, and make the strategic decisions that will allow you to become successful or be a failure.
This is one of those rare mobile games that takes something from the main entry in a series and really expands upon it. While you got to do a lot of very cool fighting as Noctis in Final Fantasy XV, it’s the mobile version of the game that makes you remember that he’s really royalty. This is the game in which you’ll make the hard choices of being a ruler.
The Fallout games have always put the player in the position of being an outsider to the system at large. Shelter is the first game of the series that really allows you to become a cog in the great machine, helping to build up part of the post-apocalyptic society as one of the Overseers behind the Vault projects.
At first, this game seems like a usual management sim. You place people in the right places at the right time to generate resources, which lets you expand your game’s world a bit. You become the hero, though, when you realize that you’re making the hard choices of survival. While the role of the Overseer has usually gone to NPCs and sometimes villains in the main game, Fallout Shelter allows the player to make this role far more heroic than in the past.
If you’re looking to step into the role of the hero, you need to look no farther than the games above. They let you manage kingdoms and civilizations while still engaging in fast-paced and meaningful combat. Whether you want to help rebuild the world after the bombs drop or just prove that your kingdom-building skills are the best, these games will let you live out your heroic fantasies.