The Best 4X strategy Games for Mac OS

Update : Nitro Nation Drag & Drift added at rank #7.
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The Battle of Polytopia (2016)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Linux Mac OS Android Nintendo Switch

The Battle of Polytopia is a simplified 4X game that allows players to experience the Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate aspects of the genre in under an hour. Available for mobile devices, it's the pocket-sized 4X that anyone can play anywhere.

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What we like:
  • Distillation of the 4X genre in a great turn-based action game
  • Mechanism for competitive play
  • Addresses limitations of chess
What could be improved:
  • Limited multiplayer and co-op options
  • Not ideal for players who want a longer game

  • turn-based
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • civilization
  • diplomacy
  • empire
  • multiplayer
  • building
  • economy
  • tactical
  • real-time

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Humankind (2022)

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Android Playstation 4 Xbox Series X/s Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 5 stadia Xbox Series X

Experience the thrill of rewriting history in HUMANKIND™, a strategy game that lets you build unique civilizations, make critical decisions, and create scientific breakthroughs. With customizable leaders, complex diplomacy options, and flexible winning conditions, you can leave your mark on the world in a way that's uniquely you.


What we like:
  • Fresh take on empire-building
  • Personalized leaders and cultures
  • In-depth diplomacy options
  • Streamlined gameplay
  • Constant shifting of strategies
What could be improved:
  • Clunky mechanics
  • Unbalanced DLC
  • Confusing combat

  • 4x
  • historical
  • strategy
  • empire
  • turn-based

3

Airships: Conquer the Skies (2018)

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Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Construct mighty steampunk airships and fly them into battle, waging war and conquering the skies!


  • grand-strategy
  • real-time
  • naval
  • steampunk
  • strategy
  • i
  • wargame
  • 4x
  • authentic
  • pvp
  • data-driven
  • cooperative
  • mech
  • combat
  • tanks

4

Scythe (2018)

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100
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Android Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Scythe transports you to an alternate reality in 1920s Europa, one ravaged by the First World War. Take up the role of leader by assuming command of one of 5 factions, and set out to conquer the coveted "Factory". Lead your mechs to war and your people to victory!


  • board-game
  • 4x
  • mech
  • historical
  • i
  • hex
  • turn-based
  • steampunk
  • visual-novel
  • tabletop
  • alternate
  • eroge
  • strategy
  • beautiful
  • grid

5

Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2016)

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90
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PC Windows Android Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux

Lead your civilization to greatness in Sid Meier's Civilization® VI by expanding your cities and engaging in espionage. With endless customization options and challenging diplomatic relationships, you will enjoy an engaging and rewarding experience. The game is packed with content, has brilliant visuals and a fantastic musical score, making it an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying experience for players of all ages.


What we like:
  • Attention-grabbing gameplay
  • Endless possibilities and variables to account for, including many DLCs
  • Fun to play with friends
  • Good for all ages
What could be improved:
  • Aesthetic choices may not appeal to all
  • Agenda system can be annoying
  • Workers expire after improvements
  • Might be a letdown for fans of Civ V

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

6

Northgard (2018)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

Join the Viking explorers in Northgard, a new land filled with danger, riches, and mystery. Assemble your settlement, assign your vikings to various jobs, and manage your resources carefully to survive harsh winters and fend off vicious beasts. Expand, conquer, trade or become a God in a game that offers unique strategies and victory conditions. With multi-level AI and dedicated servers, you can play against your friends and grind your way up to the final Norse God rank.


What we like:
  • Fun and addicting RTS game
  • Focuses on core mechanics of building and expanding settlement with minimal micromanagement
  • Offers a less time-consuming experience compared to other RTS games
  • Immersive atmosphere with breathtaking landscapes
  • Challenges players to think strategically and make tough decisions
What could be improved:
  • Slow-paced gameplay for RTS games
  • Inconsistent balancing with some clans being overpowered
  • Low playerbase

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • city-building
  • trading
  • resource-management
  • military
  • mythology
  • tile
  • vikings
  • simulation
  • management
  • 4x
  • base-building
  • multiplayer
  • war

7

Nitro Nation Drag & Drift (2024)

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95
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Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

Explore in 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization. Copy enemies’ abilities like the new Drill and Ranger and use them to attack and explore your surroundings. Save the kidnapped Waddle Dees from the ferocious Beast Pack alongside the mysterious Elfilin.

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  • turn-based
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • strategy
  • racing
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • wargame
  • cooperative
  • immersive
  • real-time
  • 4x
  • military

8

Element (2018)

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

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.

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

9

Homescapes (2017)

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98
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Mac OS Android PC Windows IOS iPhone

Please update the game to the latest version. Bug fixes and improvements. What's new:. The Floral MaKEOVER, the Magical Story, and the Mystery of ATLANTIS.

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  • turn-based
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • strategy
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • wargame
  • immersive
  • match-three
  • cooperative
  • 4x
  • tactical
  • simulation

10

Hitman Sniper (2015)

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97
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Android Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Strike with strategic shooting skills, fulfilling your duty to orchestrate the perfect assassination kill shot. Improve your strike skills on mobile for the perfect assassination as you uncover secrets and subterfuges in this fun game.

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  • turn-based
  • card
  • strategy
  • diplomacy
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • wargame
  • japanese
  • immersive
  • cooperative
  • 4x
  • gallery
  • military
  • tactical

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