The Best Real-time strategy Games for Linux

Update : Men of War II added at rank #44.
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Tooth and Tail (2017)

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Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Lead the revolution with an army of flamethrowing Boars, mustard gas-lobbing Skunks, and paratrooper-puking Owls. Tooth and Tail is a Real-Time-Strategy game featuring Single Player, Online Competitive Play, Split Screen, Replays, and more. Build a base, lead your army, eat your enemies!


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • multiplayer
  • pixel
  • war
  • resource
  • battle
  • political
  • controller-support

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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

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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

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Total War: Pharaoh (2023)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

In Total War: PHARAOH, the newest entry in the award-winning grand strategy series, immerse yourself in ancient Egypt at the zenith of its power and experience the dramatic events that threaten its destruction.

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

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Total War: Attila (2015)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Against a darkening background of famine, disease and war, a new power is rising in the great steppes of the East. With a million horsemen at his back, the ultimate warrior king approaches, and his sights are set on Rome… The next instalment in the multi award-winning PC series that combines turn-based strategy with real-time tactics,...


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

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Dungeons 3 (2017)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Playstation 4 Xbox One

In Dungeons 3, you are a Dungeon Lord who has enlisted the help of the dark elf Thalya to defeat the forces of good. Build your own underground dungeon filled with traps and structures, and raise an army with creatures such as orcs and zombies. With randomly generated levels and a new co-op mode, this dungeon sim offers endless hours of fun for any evil conqueror.


What we like:
  • Fun dungeon building mechanics
  • Above-ground combat adds variety
  • Lots of Easter eggs and pop culture references
  • Great narrator
  • Fun to play with a partner or friend
What could be improved:
  • Some cringy jokes
  • Mechanics can feel a bit dumbed down
  • Graphics are decent but not amazing

  • dungeon
  • strategy
  • simulation
  • real-time
  • cooperative
  • management
  • protagonist
  • dark
  • comedy
  • funny

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Hearts of Iron IV (2016)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

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

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Interloper (2015)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Linux Mac OS ps2

Interloper is an online multiplayer real-time strategy game with matches that take only 5 minutes. Instead of destroying your opponent, you win by claiming domain. By predicting your opponent's movements, you corner them to claim the entire map.


  • strategy
  • real-time
  • fast-paced
  • multiplayer
  • minimalist

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Iron Marines (2017)

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Real-time strategy battles in amazing sci-fi worlds! Command brave soldiers, mighty mechas and powerful aliens to face the greatest challenges in hostile alien worlds. The galaxy needs you!


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • cartoony
  • aliens
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • 2d
  • comedy
  • tower-defense
  • military

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DEFCON (2006)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

Inspired by the 1983 cult classic film, Wargames, DEFCON superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion of the Cold War era, playing on the fascinating aspects of psychological gameplay that occur during strategic nuclear warfare. You play a General hidden deep within an underground bunker.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • war
  • multiplayer
  • military
  • submarine
  • online
  • atmospheric
  • naval
  • survival
  • tactical
  • resource
  • cold
  • full-scale
  • real-world

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