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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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

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415 179
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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475 252
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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304 137
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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277 118
Medieval II: Total War is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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216 121
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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313 165
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sw... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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212 110
Heroes of Might and Magic II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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72 21
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Carlos Benavides added XCOM 2

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160 97
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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146 78
Master of Orion II: Battle at ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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117 68
Total War: Shogun 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Total War: Shogun 2 2011

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230 121
Heroes of Might and Magic III:... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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191 99
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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198 124
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Civilization III Oct 30 2001

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43 11
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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126 76
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Medieval: Total War Aug 19 2002

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46 15
XCOM: Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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90 68
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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145 95
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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181 125
Civilization V: Gods & Kings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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93 73
The Battle for Wesnoth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
samiboles added The Battle for Wesnoth Oct 02 2005

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38 10
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
JaakkoToivanen added Jagged Alliance 2 1999

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117 78
Lords of the Realm II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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108 72
Civilization II: Test of Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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112 76
Sid Meier's Colonization is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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130 77
Panzer General II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Panzer General II Sep 30 1997

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142 87
Master of Orion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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147 91
Master of Magic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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34 11
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Johnson Chong added Europa Universalis IV

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102 72
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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80 63
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Age of Wonders Jan 01 1999

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92 66
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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109 83
Heroes of Might and Magic V is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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33 14
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Fallout 2 1998

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118 77
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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31 13
FallOut 1 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
FallOut 1 1997

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28 12
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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69 59
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Total War: Rome II 2013

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28 13
Ageod's American Civil War 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
DrPostman added Ageod's American Civil War 2 17 SEP 2013 - Civil War 2 is the definitive grand strategy game of the period. It is a turn based regional game with an emphasis on playability and historical accuracy. It is built on the renowned AGE game engine, with a modern and intuitive ...

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24 15
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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32 17
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
meta-lagger added Crusader Kings II

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91 77
Galactic Civilizations II: Dre... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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74 51
King's Bounty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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18 9
Medieval II: Total War: Kingdo... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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36 28
Axis & Allies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
gunthrix-maximillian added Axis & Allies Sep 01 1998

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16 8
Age of Wonders III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
fondfoat added Age of Wonders III

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22 20
Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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87 70
Civilization III: Complete Edi... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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55 51
Civilization V: Brave New Worl... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time