Update, : Dune: Spice Wars added at rank #13.
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Element (2018)

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Xbox 360 Xbox One PC Windows Android Linux Mac OS IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch

Element is a realtime strategy space game for people who don't have time to play realtime strategy space games. Generate energy, mine element, build attack and defence units, and destroy the enemy while maintaining a balance between earth, air and water.


  • strategy
  • 4x
  • real-time
  • wargame
  • destruction
  • post-apocalyptic
  • grand-strategy
  • base-building
  • resource
  • space
  • tactical
  • sci-fi
  • building
  • fantasy
  • war

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV (2005)

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Mac OS PC Windows

With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new...


  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • military
  • 4x
  • empire
  • war
  • historical
  • economy
  • resource
  • buildings
  • tile
  • sci-fi

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Slipways (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS

Weave isolated planets into a vast trade empire. Hatch plans. Research game-breaking technologies. Still be done in time for lunch. Enjoy the endless possibilities of a space grand strategy game in 60 minutes flat.


  • science
  • economy
  • sandbox
  • procedural
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • resource-management
  • building
  • relaxing
  • turn-based
  • space
  • futuristic
  • grand-strategy
  • sci-fi
  • management

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Humankind (2021)

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stadia PC Windows Mac OS

HUMANKIND™ is Amplitude Studios' magnum opus, a Historical Strategy game where YOU will re-write the entire narrative of humankind – a convergence of culture, history, and values that allows you to create a civilization that is as unique as you are. HOW FAR WILL YOU PUSH HUMANKIND?


  • 4x
  • historical
  • empire
  • strategy
  • grand-strategy

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StarDrive 2 (2015)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

StarDrive 2 is an exciting and evolutionary step forward for the StarDrive franchise. In this eagerly anticipated sequel, the core mechanics have evolved to incorporate a turn-based strategic layer, featuring spectacular realtime battles.


  • 4x
  • strategy
  • space
  • real-time

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Hero's Hour (2022)

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PC Windows

A fast turn-based strategy RPG with real-time combat. Develop your cities and armies, level up your heroes to gain new, powerful spells and skills, and explore the wonders and dangers of the procedurally generated maps as you aim to conquer your enemies before they do the same to you.


  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • auto
  • battler
  • editor
  • pixel
  • level
  • grand-strategy
  • 4x
  • procedural
  • real-time
  • pvp
  • cooperative
  • rpg

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Demise of Nations (2017)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Demise of Nations is a 4X turn-based grand strategy wargame covering the rise of Rome till the fall of modern civilization.

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  • 4x
  • turn-based
  • hex
  • strategy
  • grand
  • rome
  • grid
  • historical
  • multiplayer
  • war
  • managing

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Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2017)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux PC Windows

Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time. Play as one of 20 historical leaders including Roosevelt (America) and Victoria (England).


  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • empire
  • city-building
  • military
  • tactical
  • 4x
  • tile
  • war
  • economy
  • resource
  • hex
  • combat
  • historical
  • card

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Star Traders: 4X Empires (2014)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows Android

Take command of humanity’s last survivors and rebuild an empire among the stars. In this immersive turn-based strategy game, you must lead the refugees of the great Exodus to a new home in hostile space and build a new galaxy-spanning civilization.


  • turn-based
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • sci-fi
  • empire
  • economy
  • politics
  • civilization
  • political
  • rpg
  • simulation
  • aliens

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Distant Worlds 2 (2022)

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PC Windows

Distant Worlds 2 is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game.


  • 4x
  • grand-strategy
  • strategy
  • space
  • empire
  • pirates
  • real-time

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