What are the best turn-based strategy PC games?

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    #1XCOM 2

    XCOM 2

     XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game developed by Firaxis Games. It serves as the sequel to the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012. This aliened-themed game features guerrilla combat where players get to decide on how to strike their enemies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Linux

    $59.99

    Jacob Perry
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "XCOM 2 isn't really a free-to-play turn-based strategy game but, if I may say, this is a console-friendly game. I remember that when this was launched, it had some technical issues but after some patches, it was fine-tuned. The best tip I can give you is to avoid combat fatigue. Do this by rotating your soldiers. Thank me later! "
  2. 56

    #2Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI also known as Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Firaxis Games and Aspyr. It was released on October 21, 2016, and is available on Windows, Mac, and iOS users.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

    Free

    Anthony Williamson
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "This is the best turn-based strategy game at the moment. I don't mind paying 60 bucks for Civilization 6 since it already has a good track record. The first few games were very good and the developers have done it again. I personally didn't think that they can top the last title as it seemed perfect in every way, but then again, here's this game. I would truly, honestly, recommend this to people who love turn-based strategy games."
  3. 52

    #3Disciples 2 Gold

    Disciples 2 Gold

    Disciples 2 Gold is a turn-based fantasy game. Set in the magical realm of the Sacred Lands, four races --the Empire, the Mountain Clans, the Legions of the Damned and the Undead Hordes--battle for the destiny of their gods. 

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "For a paid-strategy game, this seems a good option. I haven't played it yet and I am still doing research about the game. Reading comments from users made me believe that it could be a good game. It doesn't cost as much as the top-rated games from other websites (which coincidentally are also the ones that are top-rated here) so I think this could be legit."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know Sid Meier's groundbreaking innovation game Civilization inspired turn-based strategy games? The game was released in 1991 as a pioneer in the 4x and turn-based strategy genre. It became the basis of many similar turn-based games until today. Because of that, Meier received many awards and attribution for his creation of the game. It was also given the Best Military or Strategy Computer Game of 1001. Moreover, the Computer Gaming World in 1996 recognized it as the Best Game of All Time. The New York Times has also included Civilization on its 2007 Game Canon list. The list includes nine other games, which NYT's readers deemed as the most influential games in the world of gaming.

Many of today's best turn-based strategy games are like Civilization with their science fiction theme. Alien-invasion themed XCOM 2, intergalactic-themed Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, and Galactic Civilizations III. But, a big part of this genre is based on history, like the fifth installment of Sega's Total War series Empire. It has storylines from the Napoleonic Wars to the colonization and eventual freedom of America from Great Britain. Koei's Nobunaga's Ambition series is also based on history, particularly during Japan's feudal era. 

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    #4Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER is both a turn-based and real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features a world of ceaseless battles that is being led by different races in the quest for dominance and peace.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $59.99

    Bruce Fernandez
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "I am a Warhammer fan so your mileage may varies, however this game is based on the very popular Total War series so you can expect a certain degree of quality. I think even a non-Warhammer can pick this game up quickly due to how intuitive the control is. Once I got the hang of it, all the micromanagement aspect of the game didn't seem so bad, I actually grew to enjoy the challenge. SEGA and Creative Assembly did an excellent job on this game and I highly recommend this if you are a turn-based strategy game fan."
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    #5Duelyst

    Duelyst

    Duelyst is a turn-based strategy game developed by Counterplay Games Inc., released on August 23, 2016. This game features tactical battlefield that requires players to position their units and manage their resources efficiently.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Beverly Stewart
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "For a free game, this is definitely one of the best turn-based strategy titles out there. It is perfect for killing time while sharpening your mind as you try to develop tactics and strategies that would allow you to defeat your opponents. The thing here is that you also have to study the game and the cards to allow you to win. "
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    #6Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

    Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
    Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Hammerfall Publishing, released on September 9, 2015. It has various gameplay modes to choose from namely: single player, multi-player, local multiplayer, and many more. 



    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Ashley Lee
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "I love a good strategy so I'm always on the lookout for really great turn-based strategy PC games. When I recently ran across Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, I really, really wanted to love it. But I just can't get into it. It's SO brutal, it made me cringe more than once and seriously outweighed the enjoyment factor. If you like gross, violent games, this might be for you. If not, steer clear!"
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    #7Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. 

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PS4, Linux

    $16.99

    Divya Rangarajan
    Written on June 6, 2017
    "A game was recommended to me when I was looking for the best turn-based strategy PC game. It was Battle Worlds: Kronos and once I started playing I couldn't stop. It has been one of the best games ever for me."
  5. 38

    #8Warbands: Bushido

    Warbands: Bushido
    Warbands: Bushido is a tactical, turn-based, tabletop-style wargame series developed and published by Red Unit Studios. This game is designed for mobile devices and PC with complex and smooth gameplay.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Android

    Free

    Socorro Rocha
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Bushido can be a little complicated, at first, but the graphics are beautiful and the gameplay functions smoothly. It's actually a very complex and interesting game in which you can develop a lot of skill. An added bonus is the Samurai warrior culture and availability in multiple languages."
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    #9Space Hulk Ascension

    Space Hulk Ascension

    Space Hulk Ascension is a turn-based strategy game developed by Full Control Studios, released on November 12, 2014. This game is inspired by the classic board game of the same name with the addition of new RPG mechanics, weapons, and missions.


    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $29.99

    Teresa Jensen
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I have nothing but good things to say about this game. It really incorporates everything I love about the board game, and combines it with beautiful graphics. The expansion packs are very valuable and really give me full range of all of the weaponry from the board game too."
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    #10King's Bounty: The Legend

    King's Bounty: The Legend

    King's Bounty: The Legend is a 2008 adventure game with tactical turn-based battles and role-playing elements. It is based on the King's Bounty property that was developed 18 years earlier by New World Computing.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $6.99

    Eduardo Quiroz
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I have always enjoyed turn based games so I decided to give King's Bounty a try. It was exactly what I was looking for."
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    #11A Game of Thrones - Genesis

    A Game of Thrones - Genesis

    A Game of Thrones - Genesis is inspired by "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George RR Martin. This turn-based strategy game takes you through Westeros' founding events and largest battles to keep your spot on the Iron Throne. 

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Jason Brooks
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "I love GOT. So when it came out, I decided to get this game. It has become my daily GOT fix since the last season ended. And with over 300 days to go before the final season, I think this will be my companion until the day that episode one goes live."
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    #12Empire: Total War

    Empire: Total War
    Empire: Total War is a real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features Elizabethan-era settings of war in the oceans of Europe. It gives the player the thrill of commanding entire fleets.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $24.99

    Judith Stevens
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I love war games! This didn't quiet add up to what I thought it would be. The graphics were great. But some of the game would take forever to load. Good strategy game. Just moves slower than I would like."
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    #13Divinity: Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin is an isometric fantasy role-playing game developed and published by Larian Studios. It also features tactical turn-based combat, a highly interactive world, and lots of choices and consequences.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $39.99

    Marilyn Munoz
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "In looking for a turn-based strategy games for PC I stumbled upon Divinity-Original Sin. This game allows me to play with my friends from all over the world online. The scope of the game is epic, and ever-changing. This is a great game, and I have enjoyed every day of it!"
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    #14Conquest of Elysium 3

    Conquest of Elysium 3
    Conquest of Elysium 3 is an old-school turn-based fantasy strategy game. With 18 different factions that alone is enough to keep your play dynamic as you vie for control of the map to conquer Elysium. 
    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.9

    Frank Jordan
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "Want a refreshing turn based strategy game? Interested in a conquest with enough levels to keep you occupied? Conquest of Elysium 3 is a PC game that will have you in control of your chosen race and how you can fight with the enemies. With an easy to use interface, you will be on top of the world in no time in this strategy game."
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    #15XCOM: Enemy Within

    XCOM: Enemy Within

    XCOM: Enemy Within is an action game that allows you to play in a 3rd person point of view. In this game, you have to win against alien invaders using weapons and abilities while carrying powerful and dangerous fighting tools.

    Games

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Tom Tan
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Well, the upgrades and the storyline around the characters are perhaps the major changes shown by XCOM: Enemy Within. Especially the addition of a tactical map which is the Meld. If you are looking for more interesting fight scenes, expect it when you reach the Covert Operations missions. Recommended TB strategy game!"
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    #16The Banner Saga 2

    The Banner Saga 2
    The Banner Saga 2 is an epic, story-based and tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic and published by Versus Evil. It is the sequel to The Banner Saga, which took the indie gaming world by storm. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $24.99

    Phillip Lee
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "For a strategy game, The Banner Saga 2 is one of those that definitely hits the right spots. I love the storyline and the gameplay. There isn't a dull moment within the game, just like the original Banner Saga I must add. I just wish they could lower the price though. "
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    #17XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based tactical video game created by Firaxis Games and Feral Interactive. It is a reboot of the 1994 classic video game, UFO: Enemy Unknown. It was released in 2012 for different platforms.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Xbox 360

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Roger Kelley
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "If you are a fan of the classic strategy game UFO: Enemy Unknown, then you are definitely going to enjoy this game. This is a reinvention of the game I just mentioned. Recommending this turn-based strategy game for people who like to run a base, fun research, crafting new weapons and fighter crafts."
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    #18The Banner Saga

    The Banner Saga
    The Banner Saga is a viking-themed tactical RPG in which every choice matters. Start your journey in a beautiful 2D immersive animation with more than 25 playable characters with unique personalities.
    Games

    iOS, Android, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $9.99

    Juan Griffin
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "Gaming has always been a fun hobby for me, but it had been a long time since I played a good turn-based strategy game on my PC. I looked on Steam and found The Banner Saga. It definitely has drawn me in the way any good turn-based strategy should. I've been playing it pretty much every day."
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    #19Valkyria Chronicles

    Valkyria Chronicles

    Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game in which the player uses a unique turn-based battle system called Blitz (Battle of Live Tactical Zones). The game is set in Europa, a fictional region loosely based on Europe.

    Games

    Amazon, Windows

    Check price

    Alexander Curtis
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "I love playing Valkyria Chronicles. Besides excellent gameplay, the atmosphere is fun, the world is engaging, and the graphics are excellent. There's not much more fun to be had than riding around in a tank blowing stuff up,. Fun for RPG fans, turn based fans, or history buffs."
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    #20Endless Legend

    Endless Legend

    Endless Legend is a 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game by the creators of Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. Control every aspect of your civilization as you struggle to save your homeworld Auriga. Create your own Legend! 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Manuel Madrigal
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "If you want to get into a 4x strategy game for PC, then I can't think of a better title to let yourself be immerse in the genre with. Endless Legend is a wonderful game that has a lot of replay-ability. "
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    #21Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is a strategy and simulation video game developed by Northway Games, released on May 30, 2015. This survival game is set in a post-apocalyptic theme where survivors scavenge for food and resources.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Evelyn Cole
    Written on June 6, 2017
    "The Rebuild 3 is very realistic and makes me feel like I have the power to make the world a better place just the way I want. I love the adventure of fighting with rivals and finding the food at the right time and the strategies to making it all a better place to live."
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    #22Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

    Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

    Eclipse is a digital version of a board game of the same name. This features customizable star systems that can be played by up to 6 players. The players get to control an interstellar civilization. No worries because it has in-game tutorials.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Ann Pierce
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "Eclipse actually was a fun game. I said WAS because somehow, other games are overtaking it in terms of popularity. The only plus side it has is that it is free to play. But then again, if it is a free game and other games are still getting mentioned, it says a lot about this game. I personally don't like the gameplay since it is kinda slow. The graphics are good, but not better than other games out there. The plot is very thin. "
  20. 10

    #23Hero Academy

    Hero Academy

    Hero Academy is a turn-based strategy and indie game that was developed and published by Robot Entertainment. It was released on August 11, 2012, and can also be played in different platforms such as iOS and more. 

    Games

    iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free- with in-app purchases

    James Fields
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "This is stupid. The game was pretty good when I played it over a year ago and it still shows up on these best lists. Granted the game was pretty good back then. But it sucked ever since they removed the single-player mode. For those guys trying to find good turn-based game, ignore this game. Or you can try it and then I will tell you face-to-face I told you so."
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    #24Valkyria Chronicles 4

    Valkyria Chronicles 4

    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactic-based RPG game by Sega. It is a game which serves as a parallel and alternate to the original Valkyria Chronicles and follows a different set of characters. It will be released worldwide in Fall 2018.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

    Check price

    Russell Davis
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "The Valkyria games were, don't get me wrong. But this one costs 60 bucks!!! WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS WOULD WANT TO PAY THAT KIND OF MONEY FOR AN UNTESTED GAME??? I would rather wait for the price to drop down before I purchase one. "
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    #25Worms Armageddon

    Worms Armageddon

    Worms Armageddon is a 2-dimensional strategy video game for Windows computers. It was developed and published by Team 17 Digital Ltd and was released on May 31, 1999. This game can be played in Single and Multiplayer modes.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 1, Nintendo 64, Game Boy

    $14.99

    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "You have to shell out 15 bucks for a very simple game. Is it worth it? HELL NO. You can get better games for 15 bucks than this 2D game. Thanks but no thanks!"
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    #26Tales of Symphonia

    Tales of Symphonia

    Tales of Symphonia is an Action RPG developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and the fifth in the Tales series. An epic adventure with a 3D battle system and a cel-shaded art style.

    Games

    Amazon, Windows, PlayStation 3

    Check price

    Stephanie Griffin
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "Well, this is RPG and I don't understand why it is on this list at all. I give this game 1.5 stars for the good gameplay and excellent graphics. But if you are looking for turn-based PC games, then the top-ten on this list is excellent. Just ignore this one and then it becomes a fine list."
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    #27Battle for Wesnoth

    Battle for Wesnoth

    The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme. Form a mighty army, train recruits, make them hardened veterans, recall your fiercest warriors to form deadly hosts against your enemies, and more.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Ai Feng
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Okay, this is among the few free-to-play turn-based strategy games. It reminds of Heroes of Might & Magic, which is another tactical game. This is a light game for pc that doesn't consume that many resources so it is playable even on older versions of PCs."
  25. 0

    #28Frozen Synapse 2

    Frozen Synapse 2

    Frozen Synapse 2 is an indie, strategy tactical game which features single player and multiplayer modes. Developed by Mode 7 Limited, this game requires a 64-bit processor and OS and 8 GB RAM.

    Games

    Windows

    Price Upon Request

    Johnny Davis
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "This game's biggest offering is its grand-strategy later. I could describe the first Frozen Synapse (1) as a series of turn-based breakdown of counterstrike by its nature. The second install which is this game remains to be a great FPS (first person shooter) game, including the movement, stance, speed, and vectors) "
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    #29Alpha Centauri

    Alpha Centauri

    Alpha Centauri is a 4X, turn-based and strategy sci-fi game created by Sid Meier and Firaxis Games. It is the spiritual sequel of Civilization series. The player controls one of the seven leaders and competes against one another.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $5.99

    George Wagner
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "I have no doubts with Sid Meier's Civilization because I know everybody who experienced it can attest to its time-wrapping powers. Okay, so this is a sequel to the Civilizations II and just like Civilizations II, it is a world-building game except that it is now set in the Alpha Centauri system. They both have almost the same technicalities."
  27. -5

    #30Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a free-to-play squad-based turn-based strategy with upgradable characters and perks. Plus collectible cards representing the arsenal of weapons and abilities. 
    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Kyle Gardner
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "I don't understand why it can be a turn-based game when other players can attack your team even if it is not their turn! I would say that it is a glitch but it happened to me numerous times that I started thinking that my opponents are cheating. But heck no. I heard from other guys that it happened to them too. Warhammer used to be a good title and if this continues to happen, the fan-base would be gone in less than a year. Remember, it's not only me who experienced this. I could have given it a zero star but I rated this one-star though. Why? As I said, the other Warhammer titles are pretty good. Just avoid this one at all cost."

Summary

Best What are the best turn-based strategy PC games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1XCOM 2Games 63 Paid
2Sid Meier's Civilization VIGames 56 Free
3Disciples 2 GoldGames 52 Paid
4Total War: WARHAMMERGames 50 Paid
5DuelystGames 48 Free
6Warhammer 40,000: RegicideGames 47 Paid
7Battle Worlds: KronosGames 41 Paid
8Warbands: BushidoGames 38 Free
9Space Hulk AscensionGames 37 Paid
10King's Bounty: The LegendGames 36 Paid
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