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The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time 

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List Rules Your favorite turn-based strategy games, on any system.

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

This list features popular turn-based strategy PC games like Civilization V, Rome: Total War, and many more. This list answers the questions, "What are the best turn-based strategy games?" and "What is the greatest turn-based strategy game of all time?"

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Medieval II: Total War ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2006 (The Creative Assembly)
Medieval II: Total War, the indirect sequel to 2002's Medieval: Total War and the fourth game in the Total War series from The Creative Assembly, is a game of turn-based strategic rounds and ...more
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Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Feral Interactive)
Rome: Total War is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and released on 12 April 2004 by Activision. The Mac OS X version of the game was released on 5 February 2010 by Feral ...more
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Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Firaxis Games)
Sid Meier's Civilization V is a 4X video game in the Civilization series developed by Firaxis Games, released on Microsoft Windows in September 2010, OS X on November 23, 2010, and Linux/SteamOS ...more

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Civilization IV: Beyond ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Firaxis Games)
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second official expansion pack of the turn-based strategy video game Civilization IV. The expansion focuses on adding content to the in-game time periods ...more
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Sid Meier's Alpha Centau... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Firaxis Games)
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is a video game in the 4X genre which is considered a spiritual sequel to the Civilization series. Set in a science fiction depiction of the 22nd century, the game ...more
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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Deniz added Released: 2012 (Firaxis Games)
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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Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2001 (Aspyr)
Sid Meier's Civilization III, commonly shortened to Civ III or Civ 3, is the third installment of the Sid Meier's Civilization turn-based strategy video game series. It was preceded by ...more
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Heroes of Might and Magi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (New World Computing)
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia is a turn-based strategy game developed by Jon Van Caneghem through New World Computing originally released for Microsoft Windows by the ...more
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Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (MicroProse)
Sid Meier's Civilization II is a turn-based strategy video game developed and published by MicroProse. It was first released in 1996 for the PC and later ported to the Sony PlayStation. In 2002, ...more
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Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (Feral Interactive)
Empire: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics computer game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. The fifth installment in the Total War series, the game ...more
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Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (The Creative Assembly)
Medieval: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics computer game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Activision. Set in the Middle Ages, it is the second game in ...more
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Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Released: 2011 (The Creative Assembly)
Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is part of the Total War series and returns to the 16th-century Japan setting of the ...more

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Civilization V: Gods &am... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Firaxis Games)
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings is the first official expansion pack for the turn-based strategy video game Civilization V. It was released on June 19, 2012 in North America, and on ...more
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XCOM: Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
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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Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Black Isle Studios)
Fallout 2 is a role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay in 1998. While featuring a considerably larger game world and a far more extensive ...more

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Sid Meier's Colonization... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (MicroProse)
Sid Meier's Colonization is a computer game by Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier released by MicroProse in 1994. It is a turn-based strategy game themed on the early European colonization of the New ...more
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Lords of the Realm II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Impressions Games)
Lords of the Realm II is a computer game published by Sierra Entertainment and developed by Impressions Games. It was first released for the PC on October 31, 1996, and is the second game in the ...more
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FallOut 1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
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Civilization II: Test of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (MicroProse)
Civilization II: Test of Time, released in 1999, is a turn-based strategy game remake of the best selling game Civilization II that was released to compete with Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. Test ...more
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Heroes of Might and Magi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2006 (Freeverse)
Heroes of Might and Magic V is the fifth installment of the Heroes of Might and Magic fantasy turn-based strategy video game series. Like the other games in the series, players control ...more
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Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Released: 2013 (The Creative Assembly)
Total War: Rome II is a strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega, released on 3 September 2013 for Microsoft Windows. The eighth standalone game in the Total War ...more

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The Battle for Wesnoth ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
samiboles added Released: 2005 (David White)
The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy video game with a fantasy setting, designed by David White and first released in June 2003. In Wesnoth, the player attempts to build a powerful ...more
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Age of Wonders II: The W... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (Triumph Studios)
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne is a turn-based strategy video game in a fantasy setting. The first sequel to Age of Wonders, it was developed by Triumph Studios, a Dutch game developer.

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Age of Wonders: Shadow M... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Triumph Studios)
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is a turn-based strategy video game in a fantasy setting. Shadow Magic is the third incarnation of the Age of Wonders series, and is a direct sequel to Age of ...more
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Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Triumph Studios)
Age of Wonders is a turn-based strategy video game often likened to Master of Magic. Originally titled World of Wonders, the game incorporated several role-playing video game elements that were ...more

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