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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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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Ris... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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X-COM: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 11 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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26 14
The Temple of Elemental Evil is listed (or ranked) 12 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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23 12
Bandit Kings of Ancient China is listed (or ranked) 13 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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21 11
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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Game Boy Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Silent Storm is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Laser Squad Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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) 19 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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XCOM: Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Turn-based Tactics Games of All Time
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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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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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Panzer Tactics DS is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Metal Gear Acid 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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) 25 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