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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447 187
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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326 143
Rome: Total War is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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496 264
Civilization V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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296 123
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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233 130
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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95 28
XCOM 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Carlos Benavides added XCOM 2

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323 173
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sw... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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226 114
Heroes of Might and Magic II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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171 103
Civilization II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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160 85
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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128 75
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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55 12
Jagged Alliance 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
JaakkoToivanen added Jagged Alliance 2 1999

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64 21
XCOM: Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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239 128
Heroes of Might and Magic III:... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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200 104
Panzer General is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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53 16
Heroes of Might and Magic III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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202 131
Civilization III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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133 82
Medieval: Total War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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46 13
Europa Universalis IV is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Johnson Chong added Europa Universalis IV

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188 131
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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100 81
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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152 106
Empire: Total War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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93 77
Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
AndrewLull added Final Fantasy Tactics 1997

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44 17
Fallout 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
Fallout 2 1998

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116 78
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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119 81
Lords of the Realm II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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109 74
Civilization II: Test of Time is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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134 79
Panzer General II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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148 90
Master of Orion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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151 93
Master of Magic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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39 15
FallOut 1 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
FallOut 1 1997

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118 85
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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104 74
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard'... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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83 65
Age of Wonders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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95 68
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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76 62
Total War: Rome II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
ian.teig added Total War: Rome II 2013

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120 79
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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32 15
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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38 21
Crusader Kings II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
meta-lagger added Crusader Kings II

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31 22
Fire Emblem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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23 9
Age of Wonders III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
fondfoat added Age of Wonders III

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79 51
King's Bounty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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Galactic Civilizations II: Dre... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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29 16
Ageod's American Civil War 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 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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23 10
Medieval II: Total War: Kingdo... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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26 19
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood o... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time

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40 30
Axis & Allies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
gunthrix-maximillian added Axis & Allies Sep 01 1998

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20 9
Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
david-estes-mcknight added Advance Wars 2001

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33 30
Shining Force II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Turn-Based Strategy Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Shining Force II 1993