50 Best 4X Strategy games

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The best 50 4X Strategy games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Android, IOS (iPhone / iPad), 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 Pax Nova released the 9 May 2019 and ranked #49, Jon Shafer's At the Gates released the 23 January 2019 and ranked #25, Fading released the 22 December 2017 and ranked #31.

1# Sid Meier's Civilization VI - 2017

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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).

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Price > $40

2# Stellaris - 2016

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Explore and discover a spectacular and ever-changing universe! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings series, and publishers of the best-selling Cities: Skylines, presents Stellaris, advancing the genre of grand strategy to the very edges of the universe.

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Price > $40

3# Galactic Civilizations III - 2015

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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.

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Price > $40

4# Endless Legend - 2014

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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!

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Price: $25-$40

5# Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension - 2013

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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.

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Price: $25-$40

6# Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy - 2016

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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.

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Price: $15-$25

7# Distant Worlds: Universe - 2014

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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.

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Price > $40

9# Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars - 2016

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The ascendant spacefaring 4X strategy game returns! A new chapter in the epic Master of Orion saga is poised to once again capture the imaginations of millions of gamers.

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Price: $25-$40

10# Legends of Callasia - 2016

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Choose your faction. Choose your heroes. Choose your troops. Conquer lands, create kingdoms, and destroy your enemies. All the lands of Callasia are yours to dominate in this original simultaneous multiplayer strategy game.

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Price: Free

12# Sins of a Solar Empire - 2008

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Command a space-faring empire in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, the new stand-alone expansion that combines 4X depth with real-time strategy gameplay.

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Price > $40

13# Conquest of Elysium 4 - 2015

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Conquest of Elysium 4 is a quick turn based fantasy strategy game with a touch of rogue-like. The game might appear simple at first, but it is full of depth, details and of course monsters.

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Price: $25-$40

14# Thea: The Awakening - 2015

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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.

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Price: $5-$15

15# A Planet of Mine - 2017

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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?

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Price: Free

17# Warlock 2: The Exiled - 2014

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Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic and faith as your weapons.

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Price: $15-$25

18# Star Ruler 2 - 2015

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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.

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Price: $25-$40

19# Sorcerer King - 2015

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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.

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Price: $15-$25

20# AI War: Fleet Command - 2009

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"You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win." These are your orders. Humanity has already fought its war against the machines -- and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their...

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Price: $5-$15

21# Spaceward Ho! - 2012

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Travel between planets is via hyperspace (ships cannot encounter each other except at planets), and the time it takes depends on the distance between the origin and the destination on the map, as well as on the speed of the ship in question. Each ship has a ranking in each of five technologies: range (determining how far a ship can fly before refueling), speed (determining how quickly ships reach their destinations and who shoots first in a battle), weapons, shields, and "miniaturization". Higher-tech ships cost more money and metal, with the exception of ships with high "miniaturization" which take far more money but less metal. In addition to spending on supporting colonies, terraforming planets, mining planets, and building ships, players can spend money on technological research.

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Price < $5

22# Hero Generations - 2015

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The original roguelike/4X strategy game where every turn is one year of your life. Explore, find a mate, build a home, and raise a child before you die to keep your legacy going. Praised as "the offspring of Sid Meier's Civilization, Jason Rohrer's Passage, and The Legend of Zelda." 2011 IndieCade Finalist.

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Price: $5-$15

23# Starbase Orion - 2011

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com "Starbase Orion is here, and it's glorious. " Starbase Orion is an old-school 4X space strategy game that draws inspiration from titles such as Master of Orion and Galactic Civilizations.

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Price: $5-$15

24# Endless Space - 2012

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Endless Space is a turn-based 4X strategy game, covering the space colonization age in the Endless universe, where you can control every aspect of your civilization as you strive for galactic dominion.

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Price: $25-$40

25# Jon Shafer's At the Gates - 2019

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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.

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Price: Free

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