The Best Real-time Games

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Rusted Warfare - RTS (2017)

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Android IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS Linux

{{An RTS inspired by the classics of the past!}} Making up for it's subpar retro graphics with fun gameplay and modern multi-threaded tech enabling huge battles to run smooth... Featuring singleplayer challenges, skirmish, sandbox, 10-player multiplayer & workshop modding.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • base-building
  • moddable
  • 10-player
  • sandbox
  • multiplayer

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Battle Realms: Zen Edition (2019)

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early access PC Windows

Return of the Classic, now remastered! Battle Realms is a fantasy RTS inspired by the stories told in martial- arts movies and oriental mythology. Develop your peasants into a highly trained and deadly efficient clan of warriors who are ready to die with your name on their lips.

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  • strategy
  • real-time
  • horses
  • resource

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Cats & Soup (2021)

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Android IOS iPhone

Each cat’s features are so distinct in cartoonish illustration, including Ragdoll, Norwegian forest cat, Birman, Himalayan, Maine Coon, Siberian, British Shorthair and more! All the sounds from the animal restaurant can be heard~ Swish swish~ Blurp Blurp~ Set the BGM to the playlist you want. Easy and Fast Animal Tycoon Cats cook and collect resources once you go idle!

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  • relaxing
  • fairytale
  • mech
  • resource
  • waves
  • real-time
  • endless
  • bite-sized
  • cute
  • buildings
  • experimental
  • sandbox
  • classic
  • cover
  • difficult

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Age of Empires II (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One

Step into the ultimate strategy game, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Command civilizations through 1,000 years of history, experience stunning remastered graphics and sound, and engage in epic battles. With over 200 hours of gameplay, this beloved strategy game offers endless excitement and challenges. Will you rise to greatness?


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with over 200 hours of content
  • Stunning remastered graphics and sound
  • Variety of civilizations offering unique gameplay experiences
  • Intuitive interface and automation of tasks
  • Engaging multiplayer mode with dedicated servers
What could be improved:
  • Performance issues on lower-end hardware
  • Logic and pathfinding issues
  • Repetitive background music
  • Lack of scenario or campaign editor

  • real-time
  • strategy
  • historical
  • battle
  • economy
  • military

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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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Retro Commander (2023)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows Android

Retro Commander is a post-apocalyptic real-time strategy wargame (RTS).


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • cross-platform
  • wargame
  • base-building
  • 2.5d
  • multiplayer
  • naval
  • thrilling
  • isometric
  • submarine
  • mech
  • team
  • tutorial
  • tanks

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Halo Wars 2 (2017)

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Xbox One Xbox 360 PC Windows

After decades adrift and declared “lost with all hands,” the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire are mysteriously awoken above an ancient Forerunner haven known as the Ark. In Halo Wars 2, Captain Cutter and his crew will face one of humanity’s most formidable threats yet: The Banished – a fierce and powerful Brute faction led by a cunning and lethal warrior known as Atriox. Halo Wars 2 delivers real-time strategy at the speed of Halo combat. Get ready to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield yet.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • card
  • multiplayer
  • battle

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Tower of Time (2018)

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PC Windows Linux Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Tower of Time is a story-rich dungeon crawler with innovative real time combat. Set in the world of Artaria, you play as an anonymous character who has no name and seemingly little history. Explore the Tower with your party, discover various narrative threads that tie back to the present and foreshadow the future. With RPG tropes such as upgrading buildings to level up your heroes, finding blueprints and crafting special equipment also included, Tower of Time offers an incredibly varied gaming experience.


What we like:
  • Innovative real time combat system
  • Story-rich narrative
  • Varied team members with unique skills
  • Deep exploration encourages full discovery
  • RPG tropes included
What could be improved:
  • Occasional graphical hitches
  • No shortcut to select all heroes at once

  • rpg
  • real-time
  • pause
  • combat
  • dungeon-crawler
  • tactical
  • story
  • old-school
  • classic
  • strategy
  • battle
  • exploration
  • fight

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Planet S (2023)

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PC Windows Android

Planet S is a real-time strategy game where your goal is to colonize multiple planets in a solar system to advance your civilization, build a city and supply it to grow your faction.


  • real-time
  • city-building
  • strategy
  • space
  • building
  • procedural
  • futuristic
  • 3d
  • hex
  • sci-fi
  • atmospheric
  • resource-management
  • management
  • multiplayer
  • grid

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City of Crime: Gang Wars (2022)

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IOS iPhone Android

Gameplay optimizations. Various bug fixes that greatly enhance the game experience.

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  • real-time
  • brawler
  • empire
  • boss
  • grand
  • innovative
  • zombies
  • survival
  • sport
  • realistic
  • war
  • fight
  • challenging
  • difficult
  • strategy

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