The Best Real-time strategy Games

Update : Homeworld 3 added at rank #1.
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Homeworld 3 (2024)

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PC Windows Android

Tactical, beautiful, and wholly unique, the GOTY-winning sci-fi RTS returns with Homeworld 3. Assume control and battle through fleet combat in dazzling, fully 3D space while the award-winning story unfolds on a galactic scale.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • battle
  • sci-fi
  • resource
  • rogue-like
  • space

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Unicorn Overlord (2024)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X j Xbox Series X/s

Unicorn Overlord is mesmerizing blend of strategy and RPG magic by Vanillaware. Command Prince Alain in a high-stakes quest to reclaim his kingdom, mastering intricate battles and forging alliances. With a vast world teeming with secrets, strategic depth, and a cast that grows on you, every decision shapes your legacy. Are you ready to lead?

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What we like:
  • Deep strategic gameplay with real-time and pause mechanics
  • Extensive character customization enhances tactical depth
  • Engaging story with memorable side quests
  • Beautiful hand-drawn artwork and immersive soundtrack
  • Rich world-building through character interactions
What could be improved:
  • Generic main storyline
  • Managing large armies can become tedious

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • battle
  • real-time
  • japanese
  • combat
  • pause
  • narrative
  • empire
  • fight
  • fantasy

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Nitro Nation Drag & Drift (2024)

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Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

Explore in 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization. Copy enemies’ abilities like the new Drill and Ranger and use them to attack and explore your surroundings. Save the kidnapped Waddle Dees from the ferocious Beast Pack alongside the mysterious Elfilin.


  • turn-based
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • strategy
  • racing
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • wargame
  • japanese
  • immersive
  • cooperative
  • real-time
  • 4x
  • military

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Summoners War (2024)

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Android PC Windows IOS iPhone

A global hit RPG that captured the Summoners all around the world! Jump into the Sky Arena, a world under battle over the vital resource: Mana Crystals. Design your own deck and strategy using over 1,500 Monsters to claim victory. Go on an epic adventure with your Monsters!


  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • real-time
  • battle
  • tutorial
  • lore
  • pvp
  • pve
  • multiplayer
  • dungeon

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Last Train Home (2023)

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PC Windows

The Great War is over - the fight continues. Command a legion of soldiers, desperately trying to make their way home amidst the chaos of civil war. Lead them through the unforgiving wilderness onboard an armored train. Manage your crew and resources and try to survive.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • war
  • historical
  • management
  • unforgiving
  • squad
  • survival
  • trains

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Dungeons 4 (2023)

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Xbox One PC Windows

The Absolute Evil and its trusted *cough* servant, the Dark Elf Thalya, return in Dungeons 4 after the events of its fabulous predecessor to bring about their triumph over the forces of good once more.

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  • cooperative
  • strategy
  • dungeon
  • real-time
  • 2-player
  • demons
  • humor
  • narration
  • city-building
  • pve
  • dark
  • simulation
  • funny
  • fantasy
  • multiplayer

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Iron Marines Invasion (2023)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

Iron Marines Invasion is an immersive and thrilling real-time strategy game that will put you in the shoes of a galactic commander battling against an existential threat to space-faring life. You'll have to deploy and command a wide variety of units that attacks all on their own, while also building base defenses that work well in combination. With twice as many levels as the original game, Iron Marines Invasion offers you an expansive campaign to planet hop and fight in new locales.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay
  • Wide variety of units to command
  • Real-time battles
  • Twice as many levels as the original game
  • Thrilling setpiece battles
What could be improved:
  • Confusing level navigation menu
  • Fewer ways to customize progression through the game
  • Fewer base game unit packs available
  • Some unit duplication in roles
  • Attempts to monetize players too heavily with additional purchases

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • tactical
  • space
  • military
  • rogue-like

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Warcraft Rumble (2023)

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Android IOS iPhone

Warcraft Rumble is a mobile action strategy game where collectible Warcraft Minis come to life to clash in epic melee battles. Whether you choose to play in the massive single player campaign or compete head-to-head in epic PvP battles, prepare to experience the true meaning of joyful chaos.

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  • real-time
  • strategy
  • free-to-play-player
  • rogue-like
  • head-to-head
  • card
  • collectible
  • lane
  • space
  • battle
  • economy
  • boss
  • battler
  • skill

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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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Pikmin 4 (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Pikmin 4 is a highly engaging and enjoyable game that focuses on exploration and the feeling of being small in a human world. The addition of Oatchi, a playable character who can jump, swim, and carry the Pikmin army, fundamentally changes the gameplay and adds a new dynamic to the series. Pikmin 4 is a near flawless game that offers a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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What we like:
  • Engaging gameplay with new dynamic
  • Unique abilities and challenges with new Pikmin species
  • Strategic night missions
  • Helpful rewind feature
  • Dandori Battles and Challenges add competition and efficiency
What could be improved:
  • Limited co-op mode
  • Constant mention of Dandori can become tiresome
  • Minor issues with Pikmin getting stuck in the environment

  • strategy
  • real-time
  • cooperative
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • battle
  • plant
  • tower-defense
  • squad
  • dungeon
  • split-screen
  • earth
  • adventure
  • resource
  • competitive

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