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This is a list of the best turn-based tactics games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated turn-based tactics games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest turn-based tactics games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these turn-based tactics games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging turn-based tactics games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new turn-based tactics games.

This list contains games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Advance Wars.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best turn-based tactics games?" and "What is the greatest turn-based tactics game of all time?"
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a military turn-based tactical alien invasion/planetary defense strategy science fiction video game, developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. The game is a ...more

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Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1999 Jagged Alliance 2 is a tactical role-playing game for PC, released in 1999 for Windows, and later ported to Linux by Tribsoft. It is the third game in the Jagged Alliance series, and was ...more

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UFO: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1993 UFO: Enemy Unknown is a science fiction strategy video game developed by Mythos Games and MicroProse. It was published by MicroProse in 1994 for DOS and Amiga computers and the Amiga CD32 ...more

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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2001 Fallout Tactics is a turn-based/real-time tactical role-playing game set in the post-apocalyptic Fallout universe. Developed by Micro Forté and published by 14 Degrees East, Fallout ...more

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Jagged Alliance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1994 Jagged Alliance is a tactical role-playing game released in 1994 for MS-DOS and in 2009 for Nintendo DS. It is the first game in the Jagged Alliance series, and was followed by Jagged Alliance: ...more

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Advance Wars: Dual Strike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Advance Wars: Dual Strike, known in Japan as Famicom Wars DS, is a turn-based tactics video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game ...more

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X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1997 X-COM: Apocalypse is the third game in the X-COM video game series. It was developed by Mythos Games, and published by MicroProse in 1997 for DOS and Microsoft Windows.

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Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2007 A port for the PlayStation Portable named Disgaea Portable was released in Japan on November 30, 2006. It was later released in the United States on October 30, 2007 under the name Disgaea: ...more

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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2003 Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, known in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance 2 is a turn-based tactics video game for the Game Boy Advance. It was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by ...more

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The Temple of Elemental Evil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2003 The Temple of Elemental Evil is a 2003 role-playing video game by Troika Games. It is a remake of the classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure of the same title using the 3.5 edition rules. This ...more

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Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2001 Advance Wars, later released in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance is a turn-based tactics video game developed for the Game Boy Advance by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It was ...more

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X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1995 X-COM: Terror from the Deep is a strategy video game developed and published by MicroProse in 1995 for the PC. It is the sequel to UFO: Enemy Unknown and the second game of the X-COM series.

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Game Boy Wars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1998 Game Boy Wars is a turn-based war simulator produced by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems that was released for the Game Boy in Japan only in 1991. It is a portable follow-up to the 1988 Family ...more

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History Line: 1914-1918 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1992 History Line: 1914-1918 is a turn-based tactics computer game developed in the early 1990s by the German team Blue Byte Software. The storyline takes the player through various battles of the ...more

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Laser Squad Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Laser Squad Nemesis is a 2002 multiplayer turn-based tactics video game developed by Codo Technologies for the PC. Its lead designer, Julian Gollop, previously designed the X-COM series and the ...more

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Incubation: Time Is Running Ou... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1997 Incubation: Time Is Running Out is a turn-based tactics computer game from Blue Byte Software released in 1997. In the game, the player controls a squad of soldiers against an alien threat. The ...more

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Military Madness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1998 Military Madness is sci-fi-themed, hex map turn-based strategy game for the TurboGrafx-16. The first game in the Nectaris series, it was developed by Hudson Soft. The game was remade for ...more

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Bandit Kings of Ancient China is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1989 Bandit Kings of Ancient China, also known as Suikoden: Tenmei no Chikai in Japan, is a turn-based strategy role-playing simulation video game developed and published by Koei, and released in ...more

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Silent Storm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2003 Silent Storm is a tactical role-playing game for Microsoft Windows, developed by Russian developer Nival Interactive and published by JoWood in 2003. The game is set in World War II Europe. An ...more

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Panzer Tactics DS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2007 Panzer Tactics DS is a turn-based tactical video game for the Nintendo DS developed by Sproing Interactive Media. It was released in North America on November 7, 2007. On March 6 2014, ...more

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Dragon Force is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1996 Dragon Force is a real-time strategy and tactics video game from Sega created for the Sega Saturn. It was created in Japan and translated for North American release by Working Designs in 1996, a ...more

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Metal Gear Acid 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2006 Metal Gear Acid 2, stylized as METAL GEAR AC!D², is a turn-based collectible card stealth game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami for the PlayStation Portable in 2005. ...more

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Laser Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1988 Laser Squad is a turn-based tactics video game, originally released for the ZX Spectrum and later for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Amiga and Atari ST and PC computers. It was designed by ...more

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Famicom Wars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1988 Famicom Wars is a turn-based tactics military game. Produced by Nintendo, it was released on August 12, 1988 for the Family Computer in Japan and later re-released on the Wii Virtual Console on ...more

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Chaos: The Battle of Wizards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1985 Chaos: The Battle of Wizards is a turn-based tactics computer game that was released on the ZX Spectrum in 1985. It was written by Julian Gollop and originally published by Games Workshop.

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Combat Mission is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
Combat Mission is the name of a successful series of computer games simulating tactical battles. The series has progressed through two distinct game engines. The original game engine, referred ...more

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Metal Gear Acid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Metal Gear Acid, stylized as METAL GEAR AC!D, is a turn-based collectible card video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan for the PSP handheld game console. The game was first ...more

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Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1980 Battlezone is an arcade game from Atari released in November 1980. It displays a wireframe view on a horizontal black and white vector monitor. Due to its novel gameplay and look, this game was ...more

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Mercenary is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1985 Mercenary is the first in a series of computer games, published on a number of 8-bit and 16-bit platforms from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, by Novagen Software. The second and third games ...more

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Airborne Ranger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1987 Airborne Ranger is a video game developed and released by MicroProse in 1987. The game is a relatively realistic action game in which a sole U.S. Army Ranger is sent to infiltrate the enemy ...more

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Band of Bugs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2007 Band of Bugs is a turn-based tactics video game developed by NinjaBee. The game includes a level editor, leaderboards, Xbox Live Vision camera support, and multiplayer gameplay. It was released ...more

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Commanders: Attack of the Geno... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2008 Commanders: Attack of the Genos is a turn-based strategy Xbox Live Arcade game developed by Southend Interactive and published by Sierra Online for the Xbox 360, featuring strategic troop ...more

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RoboSport is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1991 RoboSport is a 1991 turn-based strategy computer game. It was created by Edward Kilham and developed and published by Maxis Software The player creates teams of robots and maneuvers them around ...more

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Tom Clancy's EndWar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2008 Tom Clancy's EndWar is a real-time tactics game designed by Ubisoft Shanghai for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows platforms. The Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable versions feature ...more

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Panzer Strike is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1987 Panzer Strike is a 1987 tactical level simulation of small unit actions game set in World War II. It was made for Apple II and Commodore 64 and was released by Strategic Simulations, Inc. The ...more

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Pathway to Glory is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2004 Pathway to Glory is a tactical turn-based game for the Nokia N-Gage, by Nokia and RedLynx, released in late 2004.

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Birthright: The Gorgon's Allia... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance is a 1997 strategy computer game developed by Synergistic Software and distributed by Sierra On-Line. The game is based on the Birthright campaign setting for ...more

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Lords of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1990 Lords of Chaos is a turn-based tactics tactical role-playing game published by Blade Software in 1990. It is the sequel to Chaos and an ancestor of the popular X-COM series of games, also ...more

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Shadowfire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1985 Shadowfire is a computer game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. It was developed by British developer Denton Designs and was published by Beyond Software in 1984. Shadowfire is ...more

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Nectaris GB is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time

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Rebelstar Raiders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time

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Rebelstar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
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Rebelstar 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time

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Etherlords is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2001 Etherlords is a fantasy turn-based strategy and card-dueling series for the PC, by Russian developer Nival Interactive. The first game was published November 12, 2001 by Fishtank Interactive. ...more

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XCOM: Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
benjamin-fitch added XCOM: Enemy Within is an expansion pack for the turn-based military alien invasion strategy wargaming simulator XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The Windows and OS X editions require XCOM: Enemy Unknown to ...more

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Fantasy Wars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
Fantasy Wars 2007 Fantasy Wars is a fantasy turn-based tactical video game developed by Ino-Co and published by 1C Company. The game was released through GamersGate on October 2, 2007. Fantasy Wars features four ...more

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CyberStorm 2: Corporate Wars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
1998 CyberStorm 2: Corporate Wars is a turn-based strategy game developed by Dynamix and released in 1998 as a sequel to MissionForce: CyberStorm. It was published by Sierra Entertainment.

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Battles of Prince of Persia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2005 Battles of Prince of Persia is a turn-based tactics video game for the Nintendo DS handheld console in which the player takes the role of different characters from the Prince of Persia world, ...more

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Blobbies Wars is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
Blobbies Wars Blobbies Wars is a self-described "tactical party game", mixing party gameplay such as Wario Ware with turn-based tactical video games, developed by Belgian developer Bull Sheep ...more

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Combat Mission: Shock Force is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
2007 Combat Mission: Shock Force is a computer video game in the Combat Mission series of games that covers a fictional United States invasion of Syria, focusing on US Stryker brigades. It was ...more