Total Nerd 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 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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279 154
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Deniz added XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012

2
489 205
Heroes of Might and Magic III:... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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530 281
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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345 156
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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138 35
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Carlos Benavides added XCOM 2

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310 130
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

7
248 138
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

8
242 120
Heroes of Might and Magic II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

9
339 181
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sw... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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75 17
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
JaakkoToivanen added Jagged Alliance 2 1999

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187 109
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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77 21
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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176 90
Master of Orion II: Battle at ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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82 26
XCOM: Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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139 83
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Total War: Shogun 2 2011

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254 133
Heroes of Might and Magic III:... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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215 109
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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215 139
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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112 85
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
AndrewLull added Final Fantasy Tactics 1997

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62 22
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Fallout 2 1998

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54 17
FallOut 1 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
FallOut 1 1997

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141 88
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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55 20
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Johnson Chong added Europa Universalis IV

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108 88
The Battle for Wesnoth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
samiboles added The Battle for Wesnoth 2005

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191 136
Civilization V: Gods & Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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158 111
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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118 77
Civilization II: Test of Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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125 84
Sid Meier's Colonization is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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159 94
Master of Orion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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163 98
Master of Magic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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142 82
Panzer General II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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122 87
Lords of the Realm II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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125 90
Heroes of Might and Magic V is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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37 20
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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83 66
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Total War: Rome II 2013

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88 71
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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40 17
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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107 80
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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40 26
Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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99 74
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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46 24
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
meta-lagger added Crusader Kings II

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122 83
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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42 34
Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Shining Force II 1993

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28 13
Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
david-estes-mcknight added Advance Wars 2001

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28 14
Age of Wonders III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
fondfoat added Age of Wonders III

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95 83
Galactic Civilizations II: Dre... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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82 55
King's Bounty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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27 16
Shadowrun Returns is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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44 34
Axis & Allies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
gunthrix-maximillian added Axis & Allies 1998

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25 14
Medieval II: Total War: Kingdo... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time