The Best Strategy turn-based Games for Mac OS

Update : Nitro Nation Drag & Drift added at rank #9.
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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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The Battle of Polytopia (2016)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Linux Mac OS Android Nintendo Switch

The Battle of Polytopia is a simplified 4X game that allows players to experience the Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate aspects of the genre in under an hour. Available for mobile devices, it's the pocket-sized 4X that anyone can play anywhere.

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What we like:
  • Distillation of the 4X genre in a great turn-based action game
  • Mechanism for competitive play
  • Addresses limitations of chess
What could be improved:
  • Limited multiplayer and co-op options
  • Not ideal for players who want a longer game

  • turn-based
  • 4x
  • strategy
  • civilization
  • diplomacy
  • empire
  • multiplayer
  • building
  • economy
  • tactical
  • real-time

3

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Mac OS Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Dive into the grim darkness of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, where your decisions forge an empire or doom worlds. Command voidships, battle Chaos, and ally with unique crew in a universe brimming with peril and glory. Tactical combat and deep customization await in this epic RPG saga!


What we like:
  • Engaging story and well-developed characters
  • Rich, atmospheric Warhammer 40K setting
  • Extensive character customization
What could be improved:
  • Occasional bugs and technical issues
  • Some combat encounters may feel prolonged

  • turn-based
  • warhammer-40k
  • rpg
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • tabletop
  • cooperative
  • workshop
  • combat
  • battle
  • shooter
  • fantasy
  • action
  • war
  • cover

4

Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out (2023)

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Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Survive an apocalyptic world in Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out, where every decision you make shapes your clan's fate. Engage with gods, manage resources, and navigate a rich lore-filled saga. With stunning hand-drawn artwork and immersive storytelling, this game offers a unique blend of strategy and narrative gameplay.


What we like:
  • Engrossing lore
  • Unique resource management gameplay
  • Beautiful hand-drawn artwork
  • Immersive survival element
  • Excellent storytelling
What could be improved:
  • Limited access to rituals
  • Consequences of actions not always clear
  • Repetitive tasks

  • turn-based
  • choices
  • lore
  • survival
  • survival-storybook
  • strategy
  • system-driven
  • procedural
  • grand-strategy
  • socio-economy
  • stand-alone
  • narrative
  • old-school
  • simulation
  • combining

5

SteamWorld Heist (2015)

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IOS iPhone Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Experience the adventure of a lifetime as a steam-driven pirate crew in SteamWorld Heist. With its insane skill shots and turn-based strategy gameplay, this game lets you manually aim the guns of your robots and upgrade your recruits' unique abilities, weapons, and stylish hats. With a well-written story, engaging characters, and a challenging battle system, it combines the best of XCOM and Worms gameplay in a beautifully designed world of robot pirates. And with a soundtrack by Steam Powered Giraffe, this is a game you won't want to miss!


What we like:
  • Fun and challenging battle system
  • Numerous items, weapons, and equipment to collect
  • Engaging characters and well-written story
  • Mixes XCOM and Worms gameplay perfectly
  • Packed with content and replayability
What could be improved:
  • Lack of ability trees for customization
  • Inability to customize preferred characters
  • Linear progression with no choice in bonuses

  • turn-based
  • robots
  • strategy
  • steampunk
  • tactical
  • cover
  • pirates

6

The Banner Saga 2 (2016)

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PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Android Nintendo Switch

The Banner Saga 2 is a gripping Norse-inspired fantasy adventure that engages you with its exceptional narrative and captivating art direction. The game features a turn-based combat system that challenges your strategic thinking, new creatures and obstacles, and battles resolved through primary objectives rather than max-murdering the other side. Make difficult decisions that can lead to starvation, mutiny or death, while defying traditional conventions and rejecting typical rules of morality. The sequel is a must-play, with vastly improved combat, deep and rewarding narrative, and an immersive visual and sound design.

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What we like:
  • Engaging narrative
  • Captivating art direction
  • Improved combat system
  • New creatures and obstacles
  • Battles resolved through primary objectives
What could be improved:
  • Difficult for new players who did not play the first game
  • Console controls are awkward and obtuse
  • Environmental art can make combat harder to navigate
  • Not very action-packed
  • Characters can die without notice

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • battle
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • combat
  • narrative
  • story
  • grid
  • fantasy
  • hand-drawn

7

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

8

Let's! Revolution (2023)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS j Xbox Series X/s

Let’s! Revolution! is a colorful roguelite puzzle mashup about stopping a narcissistic King from ruining your world. Flip tiles to uncover the hidden path to the King. Use deductive reasoning to avoid his cronies or take them all down in strategic turn-based combat.

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  • turn-based
  • rogue-like
  • tactical
  • grid
  • strategy
  • movement
  • dungeon-crawler
  • logic
  • tile
  • perma-death
  • class
  • hand-drawn
  • procedural
  • puzzle
  • colourful

9

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.

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

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Homescapes (2017)

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Mac OS Android PC Windows IOS iPhone

Please update the game to the latest version. Bug fixes and improvements. What's new:. The Floral MaKEOVER, the Magical Story, and the Mystery of ATLANTIS.

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  • turn-based
  • card
  • diplomacy
  • strategy
  • grand-strategy
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • wargame
  • immersive
  • match-three
  • cooperative
  • 4x
  • tactical
  • simulation

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