The Best Strategy Games

Update : AFK Journey added at rank #46.
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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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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

3

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
  • politics
  • grand
  • military
  • political
  • management

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Age of Empires IV (2021)

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Xbox One) PC Windows (Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X/s Xbox One

Age of Empires IV is an immersive real-time strategy game set in the medieval age, featuring 8 diverse civilizations, three ways to win a match, challenge missions and stunning visuals and audio designs. Players can choose their difficulty level and explore documentary-driven campaigns or team up with friends for AI battles or online multiplayer matches.


What we like:
  • Intuitive UI
  • Realistic units & weapons
  • Three ways to win a match
  • Stunning visuals & audio designs
  • Challenge missions
  • Documentary-driven campaigns
  • Team up with friends for AI battles or online multiplayer matches
  • Educational elements
What could be improved:
  • Minor issues with HUD and unpolished animations

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

5

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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Worms W.M.D (2016)

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Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

'Worms W.M.D' is a classic physics-based game featuring teams of pink invertebrates battling it out with an arsenal of ridiculous and comical weapons. This game brings back the original 2D engine and gameplay of the franchise, and introduces new elements such as random vehicle placements, turrets, buildings, and a crafting system.


What we like:
  • Fun gameplay with new features like mechs, tanks, mortars, and stationary machine guns
  • Entertaining and addictive
  • Lots of replay value
What could be improved:
  • Some in-game text and menus are hard to read on larger screens
  • Crafting tutorial is "hidden" in one stage of the campaign mode

  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • team
  • artillery
  • mech
  • crafting
  • online
  • tanks
  • local
  • multiplayer
  • classic
  • battle
  • ninja
  • tactical
  • physics

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Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X

Celebrating its first year of delighting millions of global players, the award-winning and best-selling strategy franchise continues with Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition, putting you at the center of even more epic historical battles that shaped the world.


  • strategy
  • real-time
  • historical
  • rich
  • military
  • battle
  • best-selling
  • driven
  • empire
  • economy
  • documentary
  • innovative

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Go (2022)

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Android

Go is a simple and minimalist game in which you have to position the launch of a ball to eliminate all the existing obstacles. Very good to pass the time, it contains 60 stages.


  • casual
  • clicker
  • strategy
  • building
  • search
  • team
  • point-and-click
  • field
  • drafting
  • programs
  • pen
  • entertainment
  • business
  • chess
  • card

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Total War: WARHAMMER II (2017)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS

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

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

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Undead Horde 2: Necropolis (2022)

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early access Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

As a powerful necromancer you have the ability to raise the dead and command them in battle. With each victory, your army will grow stronger and your city will become more powerful. Undead Horde 2 is an action game with elements from RPG, strategy and hack'n'slash. Rise from the crypt and rebuild!


  • protagonist
  • collector
  • creature
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • dark
  • fantasy
  • hack-and-slash
  • villain
  • building
  • zombies
  • top-down
  • action
  • third-person
  • real-time

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