The Best Tactical Games

Update : Capes added at rank #31.
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Wildermyth (2019)

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Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Wildermyth is a wonderful homage to classic tabletop games that combines witty writing, evocative art and engrossing battles. You will lead a band of peasants against otherworldly horrors, move them around a swirling parchment map and watch them grow in abilities and traits as they battle monsters. Enjoy the story beat vignettes set to string music that tell tales of personal history and emotions.


What we like:
  • Witty writing
  • Evocative art
  • Engrossing battles
  • Characters grow in abilities & traits as they battle monsters
  • Story beats with vignettes set to string music
  • Cooperative multiplayer option
What could be improved:
  • Straightforward battle system may not be complex enough for experienced players

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • tabletop
  • turn-based
  • procedural
  • story
  • fantasy
  • combat
  • battle
  • rogue-like

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Unicorn Overlord (2024)

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

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

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022)

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Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is an innovative turn-based tactical RPG. You play as Mario and his Rabbid allies as they battle a space monster named Cursa and her Darkmess. The game captures the energy of the Rabbids, and provides supercharged weapons, flinging allies into the air, and Sparks to power up your team.

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What we like:
  • Innovative gameplay
  • Vibrant and lively atmosphere
  • Strategic maps without grids
  • Lots of fun characters with unique abilities
  • Smooth controls
What could be improved:
  • Not for those who don't like turn-based tactical RPGs
  • Some jokes may be too dumb for some players

  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • grid
  • strategy
  • cover
  • combat
  • crossover
  • puzzle
  • rpg
  • exploration
  • fight

4

Tactics Ogre: Reborn (2022)

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85
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Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a must-play for fans of strategy RPGs. This game features slow-paced gameplay that will make you think carefully about your moves. The story is full of political intrigue and compelling characters that are sure to keep you engaged from start to finish. With a permadeath system that makes each life matter, the stakes are high, and there's never a dull moment. This game may not be the easiest to get into, but once you do, you'll find yourself hooked.


What we like:
  • Slow-paced gameplay
  • Compelling story
  • Permadeath system
  • Engaging characters
  • High stakes
What could be improved:
  • Not very accessible for beginners
  • Can be challenging
  • UI may be frustrating for some players
  • Difficulty increase unbalanced sometimes

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • remake
  • battle
  • strategy
  • card
  • turn-based
  • isometric
  • war
  • classic
  • political

5

Jagged Alliance 3 (2023)

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Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X l Playstation 5 Playstation 4

In Jagged Alliance 3, you're a skilled mercenary on a thrilling adventure in the chaotic nation of Grand Chien. Recruit unique characters, engage in strategic turn-based combat, and make decisions that shape the future. Explore the open world, defend against enemies, and join forces with friends in online co-op mode in this immersive RPG.

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What we like:
  • Deep and engaging turn-based strategy
  • Hilarious dialogue and engaging gameplay
  • Precise obstacle and terrain consideration in combat
  • Diverse cast of characters with unique abilities
  • Rich and immersive open-world exploration
What could be improved:
  • Clunky movement and pathfinding
  • Humor may not appeal to all
  • Map design could be improved

  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • squad
  • rpg
  • combat
  • cover

6

Triangle Strategy (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Triangle Strategy is a tactical RPG that takes place in the middle of a trade war between three countries on the continent of Norzelia. Featuring strong tactics gameplay and striking retro visuals, players control a traveling band of troops led by the generically stoic Serenoa as they look to untangle the political conflict.


What we like:
  • Tight tactics battles
  • Emphasis on careful troop placement
  • Special currency for special actions
  • Choice-driven story with tense decisions
What could be improved:
  • Long swaths of monotonous dialogue with minimal interactivity
  • Thin customization options
  • Hardly any side-content

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • battle
  • strategy
  • japanese
  • political
  • turn-based
  • war
  • narrative
  • jrpg
  • politics
  • grid
  • combat

7

Fire Emblem Engage (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem Engage is a tactical JRPG series that brings together classic elements of Fire Emblem and adds modern touches. You will take part in strategic battles, build relationships with your team, and find magical rings to defeat a dark dragon.

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What we like:
  • Challenging difficulty levels
  • Rewind feature to turn back turns
  • Variety of customisation options
  • Engaging storyline and characters
  • Beautiful level design
What could be improved:
  • Unpredictable luck system in some parts of the game
  • Limited activities outside of combat
  • Traditional narrative structure might not appeal to all players

  • tactical
  • battle
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • grid
  • combat
  • narrative
  • fight
  • japanese
  • anime
  • war
  • skill
  • remake

8

Expeditions: Rome (2022)

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PC Windows

Expeditions: Rome is a tactical RPG with a scope just as sweeping as its alternative historical setup. You get to create your own character and lead an entire legion in battles, explore the map, and make difficult decisions. The graphics are a combination of incredibly bright, colourful, vivid landscapes with minutely detailed character portraits during conversations.


What we like:
  • Rich narrative
  • Complex characters
  • All-encompassing character creation process
  • Satisfying tactical scope for skilled planning
  • Complex decisions and consequences
  • Intuitive use of resources
  • Varied random encounters
What could be improved:
  • Limited explanation of certain mechanics
  • Static battle animations with disconnect from choices made
  • Lengthy animations during combats can be tedious at times
  • Steep learning curve

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • historical
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • combat
  • strategy
  • old-school
  • classic

9

Desperados III (2020)

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90
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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Mac OS Linux

Get ready to lead a gang of unique characters through a gripping story-driven tactical adventure in the Wild West. With stunning environments and countless ways to overcome obstacles, Desperados III offers a clean and satisfying stealth-strategy gameplay that rewards experimentation and strategic thinking. Explore the liberty to choose multiple paths and approaches to each situation while you plan your moves carefully.


What we like:
  • Clean and satisfying stealth-strategy gameplay
  • Multiple ways to approach each situation
  • Good level design
  • Fun characters with unique abilities
  • Wild West setting adds a unique twist to the genre
What could be improved:
  • Frequent need for quick saving and loading( if you are like me )
  • Limited enemy types
  • Some characters are less enjoyable to play as

  • stealth
  • tactical
  • real-time
  • western
  • isometric
  • strategy

10

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X

Lead the Grey Knights in a turn-based RPG against chaos in Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters. With precision targeting, customised warriors, and evolving environments, engage in cinematic slaughter against mutated monstrosities and their minions. Follow the journey of elite warriors in a narrative penned by acclaimed author, Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

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What we like:
  • Cover system is well-designed
  • Environmental damage adds more fun
  • Warhammer 40K fans will enjoy storyline, callbacks and lore
  • Mechanics are fine-tuned and better than other turn-based games.
What could be improved:
  • Randomized events generation can ruin a game
  • Difficulty slopes with the early game being hardest
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Lack of basic info regarding enemies.

  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • squad
  • xcom
  • battle
  • combat
  • warhammer-40k
  • cover

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