The Best Grand strategy Games for Linux

Update : Fritz&Chesster - lern to play chess - Vol. 1 - Edition 2023 added at rank #6.
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Crusader Kings III (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Linux Mac OS

Crusader Kings III immerses you in the world of medieval politics and dynasties, letting you choose a noble house and lead them to greatness. With a vast and beautifully detailed medieval map to explore, you will encounter a host of historical characters, make life-altering decisions, and forge your dynasty's legacy. The game's unique and colorful characters, wide range of playstyles, and limitless paths to follow make it an exciting and rewarding experience for those who love grand strategy games.

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What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay and world-building
  • Wide range of options for playstyle and objectives
  • Beautiful graphics and top-notch soundtrack
  • Unique and colorful characters with varied abilities and traits
  • Legacy system adds depth and longevity to gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Overpriced DLCs that do not add much to gameplay
  • Slow pace of gameplay and battles
  • Uncanny 3D models
  • Lack of region differentiation

  • strategy
  • grand-strategy
  • medieval
  • simulation
  • rpg
  • historical
  • war
  • empire
  • grand
  • politics
  • military
  • political

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Europa Universalis IV (2013)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Europa Universalis IV is a grand strategy game that allows you to lead any significant nation on Earth from 1444 to 1821. Experience war, politics, scientific advances, and the discovery of the New World in a visually stunning world map. The game is accessible to newcomers without sacrificing depth and breadth that existing fans of the series love, and there is a lot going on, but the interface is excellent and easy to use. With different paths to glory, the game also offers a new Trade system, and an improved AI, making grand strategy accessible to all.


What we like:
  • Deep and accessible gameplay
  • Visually stunning
  • Different paths to glory
  • New Trade system
  • Improved AI.
What could be improved:
  • Complexe
  • Rough edges
  • Lack of multiplayer options.

  • strategy
  • grand-strategy
  • historical
  • military
  • empire
  • simulation
  • economy
  • political
  • war
  • grand
  • real-time
  • naval
  • politics
  • trading

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Hearts of Iron IV (2016)

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Control your own nation during World War II and dominate the planet in Hearts of Iron IV. With intricate military simulations, choose any nation and build your industrial and technological power to achieve glory, either playing solo or competing online. The game is both immersive and challenging, with engaging visuals that bring the experience to life.


What we like:
  • Historical accuracy
  • Mod community
  • Rewarding strategic gameplay
What could be improved:
  • DLC locks parts of the game
  • Overly complicated mechanics
  • Limited AI orders

  • grand-strategy
  • strategy
  • historical
  • war
  • military
  • world-war-2
  • naval
  • real-time
  • economy
  • tactical
  • political
  • grand
  • tanks
  • simulation
  • alternate

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Total War: WARHAMMER II (2017)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Total War: WARHAMMER II is an epic strategy game where you choose from 4 unique factions to save or destroy a fantasy world. With turn-based open-world campaign and tactical real-time battles, you can immerse yourself in a deep campaign or challenge players worldwide in multiplayer. With hundreds of hours of gameplay and each playthrough being different, you can level up Legendary Lords and Heroes, build alliances or declare total war, and control thousands-strong legions of soldiers with great military strategies, magic, and ferocious creatures.


What we like:
  • Expansive map and factions
  • Addition of new heroes and abilities
  • Introduces magic and abilities to the battles
  • Exciting to play and win
What could be improved:
  • No economy, diplomacy, religion, spies, trading or dynastic marriages
  • Battles are simpler than in Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms

  • battle
  • strategy
  • real-time
  • tactical
  • fantasy
  • turn-based
  • naval
  • resource
  • war
  • dinosaurs
  • empire
  • economy
  • historical
  • grand
  • military

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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

6

Fritz&Chesster - lern to play chess - Vol. 1 - Edition 2023 (2023)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Strategic thinking, tricky brain-training, exciting competitive situations, lots of fun and a good serving of chess knowledge - all this and more in this unique, international award-winning chess adventure game.

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  • board-game
  • chess
  • education
  • family-friendly
  • 2d
  • strategy
  • adventure
  • in-depth
  • grand
  • arena
  • fast-paced
  • interactive
  • single-player

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One More Night (2016)

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Grab up to 3 friends to fortify a graveyard camp and hold off hordes of undead using tons of weapons and buildings!

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  • strategy
  • top-down
  • shooter
  • zombies
  • tower-defense
  • survival
  • grand
  • cooperative
  • relaxing
  • action

8

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...


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

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Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization Collection (2017)

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Commerce, Faith and Firepower The fertile valleys and trade routes of the Middle East have attracted ambitious conquerors since the beginning of recorded history. Now, Europa Universalis IV adds greater depth and more varied possibilities to this crossroads of empires in the new expansion Cradle of Civilization. With new decisions and opportunities tied to the historical development of the region in the early modern era, Cradle of Civilization further enhances the award-winning grand strategy of Europa Universalis IV.


  • strategy
  • grand
  • historical
  • simulation
  • empire
  • political
  • military
  • economy
  • war
  • naval

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