50 Best 4X Strategy games

Updated:

The best 50 4X Strategy games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Android, PS4 (Playstation 4), Xbox One, Switch, PC Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are Slipways released the 2 June 2021 and ranked #42, Isle of the Crown released the 10 February 2021 and ranked #30, Endless released the 23 October 2020 and ranked #2.

1# Element - 2012

Review74Score

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.

Tags for Element:
Price: $5-$15

2# Endless - 2020

Review82Score

Endless - is a casual game where you control a dark cube and your main task is to dodge red obstacles. For each obstacle you pass, you get a point, but if you hit with at least one, you will immediately lose and you will have to start over. And how many points can you get?

Tags for Endless:
Price < $5

3# Sid Meier's Civilization VI - 2017

Review90Score

Explore a new land, research technology, conquer your enemies, and go head-to-head with historys most renowned leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known. Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy). Sid Meiers Civilization, Civilization, Civ, 2K, Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive Software and their respective logos are all trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Tags for Sid Meier's Civilization VI:
Price: Free

4# Age of Wonders: Planetfall - 2019

ReviewNDScore

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders series, bringing all the exciting tactical turn-based combat and in-depth empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new, sci-fi setting.

Tags for Age of Wonders: Planetfall:
Price > $40

5# Endless Legend - 2014

Review83Score

Endless Legend is a 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game by the creators of Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. Control every aspect of your civilization as you struggle to save your homeworld Auriga. Create your own Legend!

Tags for Endless Legend:
Price: $25-$40

6# Age of Wonders III - 2014

Review79Score

Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!

Tags for Age of Wonders III:
Price: $15-$25

7# Galactic Civilizations III - 2014

Review82Score

Build a civilization that will stand the test of time in the largest space-based strategy game ever! Choose from dozens of unique races and make a name for yourself across the galaxy through diplomacy, espionage, technological advances, and more.

Tags for Galactic Civilizations III:
Price > $40

8# Jon Shafer's At the Gates - 2019

Review66Score

At the Gates is an indie strategy game from Jon Shafer, designer of Civilization 5. You are a dark age lord building a kingdom to replace the crumbling Roman Empire. Manage your clans, explore the landscape around you, harvest its resources, and build a mighty economic and military machine.

Tags for Jon Shafer's At the Gates:
Price: Free

9# Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War - 2018

Review78Score

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War brings you to a world of terror and violence. Four factions will engage in a brutal war for dominance over the planet’s resources. In the first turn-based 4X strategy game set in Warhammer 40,000 you will lead one of four unique factions.

Tags for Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War:
Price > $40

11# Endless Space 2 - 2016

Review82Score

Endless Space 2 is a strategic space opera, featuring the compelling “just one more turn” gameplay, set in the mysterious Endless universe. As the leader of your civilization, will you impose your vision and build the greatest stellar empire?

Tags for Endless Space 2:
Price > $40

12# Star Ruler 2 - 2015

Review84Score

Massive scale 4X-RTS set in space. Control hundreds of planets, manipulate galactic politics, research numerous advanced technologies, and command thousands of units and hundreds of planets in your quest for galactic dominance.

Tags for Star Ruler 2:
Price: $25-$40

13# Thea: The Awakening - 2015

Review73Score

Thea: The Awakening is a turn-based strategic survival game inspired by the Slavic mythology and set in a procedural dark fantasy world infused with non-linear story and unique combat system.

Tags for Thea: The Awakening:
Price: $5-$15

14# Stellaris - 2016

Review80Score

Explore a galaxy full of wonders in this sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studios. Interact with diverse alien races, discover strange new worlds with unexpected events and expand the reach of your empire. Each new adventure holds almost limitless possibilities.

Tags for Stellaris:
Price > $40

15# Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy - 2016

Review84Score

Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals. But instead of overcomplex set of rules and overall epicness, it offers more accessible choices, more elegant mechanics and much faster gameplay.

Tags for Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy:
Price: $15-$25

16# Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension - 2013

Review86Score

You are a God! You are master and ruler of a loyal nation. You have unimaginable powers at your disposal. You have claimed this world as yours. But there are others who stand in your way. You must defeat and destroy these pretenders. Only then can you ascend to godhood and become the new Pantokrator.

Tags for Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension:
Price: $25-$40

17# Polaris Sector - 2016

Review73Score

Can anyone build an empire in a place like this? Other factions are naturally suspicious of newcomers and may wage war at the first sign of unidentified craft. Here, a natural death is an uncommon luxury.

Tags for Polaris Sector:
Price > $40

18# Distant Worlds: Universe - 2014

Review83Score

Distant Worlds is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.

Tags for Distant Worlds: Universe:
Price > $40

19# Beyond Sol - 2015

Review82Score

Beyond Sol is a unique blend of action combat and grand strategy empire building in a dynamic open world. Collect resources, build your city, upgrade your ships, and cultivate relationships or wage wars with rival cities in your quest to dominate the solar system. Play singleplayer or multiplayer.

Tags for Beyond Sol:
Price: $5-$15

20# Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Star Kings - 2019

Review80Score

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders series, bringing all the exciting tactical turn-based combat and in-depth empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new, sci-fi setting.

Tags for Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Star Kings:
Price > $40

21# A Planet of Mine - 2017

Review82Score

Fully adapted for mobile devices, each game is unique thanks to an innovative "stellar system generator" that distributes resources, recruitable species, spawnable biomes, and buildable planets until a complete playground is yours to command. Diverse species offer different advantages for planet development, challenge completion, and constructing civilizations in the game's "Build" mode*. Will you trade with these factions or fight them for control of the entire system?

Tags for A Planet of Mine:
Price: Free

23# Sorcerer King - 2015

Review73Score

Sorcerer King is a new fantasy strategy game from the makers of Galactic Civilizations. RPG meets 4X strategy as you build your empire and take on the malevolent Sorcerer King.

Tags for Sorcerer King:
Price: $15-$25

25# Star Traders: 4X Empires - 2014

Review74Score

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.

Tags for Star Traders: 4X Empires:
Price: $5-$15

12 sept 2018 - New comment system! Drop us a line