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, 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 Isle of the Crown released the 10 February 2021 and ranked #34, Endless released the 23 October 2020 and ranked #3, Age of Wonders: Planetfall released the 6 August 2019 and ranked #21.

26# 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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27# 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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28# 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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29# 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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30# 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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31# Star Traders: 4X Empires - 2014

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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.

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32# Feudalism - 2016

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Conquer Europe, become an Emperor. Build your family’s dynasty through seven centuries, from 800 A.D. to 1492 A.D., up until the inevitable collapse of the feudal system.

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33# Eador: Masters of the Broken World - 2013

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Eador is a universe made of countless shards of land drifting in the Great Nothing. Each of the shards is a little world unto itself, with geography and denizens of its own. The power over the shards is bitterly contested by Masters, the immortal beings mortals believe to be gods.

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34# Isle of the Crown - 2021

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Screenshot of the video game Isle of the Crown
Screenshot of the video game Isle of the Crown
Screenshot of the video game Isle of the Crown

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From a simple home to a mighty kingdom; explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate your opponent in this strategic pixel-art chess-like hex game using cards as your pieces and their abilities as your tools. As many games before it, and as the saying goes; easy to learn, hard to master.

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35# 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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36# 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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37# Polaris Sector - 2016

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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.

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40# StarDrive 2 - 2015

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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.

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41# Imperium Galactica II - 1999

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Reintroducing a classic from the golden era of gaming, the original empire building space RTS, Imperium Galactica 2 is back and looking better than ever with new high-res textures and vivid colors.

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42# 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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43# The Last Federation - 2014

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From the creators of AI War: Fleet Command comes an all-new grand strategy title with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.

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45# Stars in Shadow - 2017

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Stars in Shadow is a turn-based 4X strategy game and a vivid tribute to the genre classics. Compete with alien factions to explore and colonize nearby starsystems, build fleets to defend against rivals, negotiate or conquer them. Win by unifying the galaxy, through diplomacy or force.

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46# Star Traders RPG Elite - 2014

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Act as a pirate against the merchants using the great shipping lanes, join the Solar War as a military captain, or hunt targets across the Quadrant as a fearsome bounty hunter! As a Star Trading captain in this strategy RPG you will: - Explore more than 300 planets - Trade in and manipulate the complex and deep economy in our economic simulator - Buy, sell, and battle over 600 unique starcraft - Customize and design your space craft with more than 60 upgrades - Fully customize your captain (picking from 6 classes), officers and space ships - Read over the comments to see Star Traders is rated as one of the best RPGs by many players Experience the Elite upgrade: the epic new content includes 2,000 new sectors, 200 additional planets, and hundreds of additional ships, more rumors, art board, and officers.

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47# Oriental Empires - 2017

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Turn based 4X strategy game, recreating the civilizations of ancient China. Develop your land, build great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic battles, with hundreds of soldiers fighting right on the game map. Advance your technologies, culture and religion to create one of mankind’s biggest empires.

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49# Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution - 2014

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Experience the journey of a civilization's birth to it's rise of power. Learn new technologies, conquer your foes, meet great people, and build Wonders of the World. Play as 16 different civilizations and explore the randomly generated lands to meet new empires and create new relations with them.

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