Subterfuge 4+

Game Shovel LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 523 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



* Multiplayer Game of the Year 2015 by Pocket Tactics *
* Best Mobile Games of 2015 by CNET *
* 10 Best Mobile Games of 2015 by Red Bull *

Subterfuge is a week-long multiplayer game of strategy and diplomacy that plays out in real time. Gather intelligence, coordinate with other players, issue orders, and influence how the game unfolds. Master both strategy and diplomacy to come out on top.

"One of the best strategy games I've played all year. And it's on my iPhone, of all places." -- Polygon

"Subterfuge is the perfect mobile game for someone looking for an in-depth strategy game you can play for 5 minutes at a time or stare at your phone for 45 minutes plotting schemes and executing flawlessly timed maneuvers" -- TouchArcade

"In a world of single-serving iPhone distraction, Subterfuge is a remarkable standout, a booming four-course meal of strategy, diplomacy, and damn fine gameplay." -- The Daily Dot

"A diplomacy system more dynamic and tense than a Middle East peace talk." -- Gamespresso

“The designers, to their credit, have created a truly bottomless puzzle. This app is hypnotizing” -- Quintin Smith (Cool Ghosts)

Features unlocked by buying Level 2 Security Clearance IAP:
* Unlimited scheduled orders
* Create private games
* Play in rated games
* Play multiple games simultaneously
* Keep notes about other players

What’s New

Version 495

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Effects of multiple Kings don't stack anymore.
Fixed rare bug with Saboteur instantly transporting drillers.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
523 Ratings

523 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Being able to strategically outmaneuver a computer-controlled opponent is one thing, but when you bring human cunning into the equation, things get mighty deep. Subterfuge will have you mining resources, dispatching submarine fleets to capture outposts, and recruiting powerful specialists. But watch out for opposing players with their own devious agendas. The game’s most brilliant hook—diplomatic negotiation via a built-in chat feature—lets you forge (and torpedo) alliances over the course of epic matches.

Reyjr77 ,

Great Strategy Game

A very well executed that will make you addicted. The only Con I have for this game is that the times take way too long. Each game is expected to last a week long, they should shorten it to 3-5 days. I gladly payed to support this development team and to play unlimited games at a time.


If the developers ever read guys should introduce an Alliance feature to the game. Mainly everyone who plays to win always join up with another person, whether it's a truce between one person or an alliance between multiple, diplomacy is a very important aspect of the game. That being said, there should be an in-game option/feature that allows players to join/create an alliance that is recognized by the game. The alliance can be a public alliance, which makes it visible to everyone playing, or it can be a secret alliance, which doesn't display the relationship to anyone not included. The plus side of having a public alliance is that you'd be able to see your allies sonar range, which leads to better coordination and effectiveness with your allies. The balance of this feature is that public alliances are now known to everyone and ultimately puts a target on the player's back. Secret alliances wouldn't be displayed, as mentioned above, but they also wouldn't benefit from shared sonar range.

Hopefully this becomes a noticed feature and can be implemented in the future. Feel free to tweak with the idea, but please make this happen!

Rolloff Pentoka ,

Great Game (Highly Recommended)

This game is one of the best strategy games on the mobile platform. Its unique time shifting mechanisms keep you engaged and always guessing what might happen next. The specialist used can be overpowered and some luck is involved in getting the best ones early. There is however different viable strategies that can be used in order to succeed. All of those, however, means nothing without the use of diplomacy. In short this game revolves around talking, lots and lots of talking. You’ll need to communicate with multiple people, making strategic decisions and compromises in order to advance your own gain. The best moments lie inside this chat window. The “Fun” of this game is creating plans and seeing them play out, or backfire. Manipulate is often used and truth early sees play.

TLDR; Game has simple yet effective mechanics. The real game is in talking to other people. If you like mind games this is a Golden example.

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