Top 15 Best Turn Based Strategy Games That Are Amazing

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Turn based strategy games are the sophisticated method of playing video games while also enjoying a cup of tea.

What Are The Best Turn Based Games?

Here is a handy list for you.

15. Breach & Clear

Breach & Clear Gameplay

Breach & Clear is a tactical battle simulator. Learn to adapt and overcome in difficult, simulated scenarios. This type of simulator has been used around the globe for better tactics in warfare. Take on tasks, earn experience, and train to take on tougher missions.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • It has multiple game types with dozens of fun missions.
  • Includes plenty of weapons and several different Soldier types.
  • The maps are varied and also has a good amount of replayability.

Send in your squad to annihilate terrorists.

Use stealth or brute force to clear the streets with your team.


14. Age of Gladiators II: Rome

Age of Gladiators II: Rome Gameplay

Age of Gladiators allows you to go back in time to ancient Rome. Hire veterans or slaves and hand them a pugio to fight in arenas in Rome. Manage your housing for your troops along with their equipment and your money. Send your Gladiators to the Colosseum for them to become the most feared gladiator in the Roman Empire.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Recruit all your staff from your gladiators to your trainers, doctors, scouts, and smiths.
  • Build and run your own businesses so that you can afford your gladiators.
  • Train your gladiators to hone their skills to make them even better fighters.

Either take on the enemies yourself and use different abilities or simulate the battles.

Improve your gladiator to make your people killing machines.


13. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Gameplay

You play as a mutant duck and boar on the road to save their colony and civilization itself. Humans have destroyed the planet and, in the aftermath, mutated animals have risen to be the better fighters. Dux, the protagonist, is always in search of supplies for his colony while trying to be as stealthy as possible.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Slight improvements from the combat system of XCOM with a higher focus on stealth.
  • Gather supplies while outside of your colony to increase your chances of survival.
  • Play as a mutant duck; how often does that happen in a game?

Explore maps full of ancient rubble left over from before the apocalypse.

Utilize cover and your abilities to get your squad to safety.


12. Gorky 17

Gorky 17 Gameplay

While the game has been out for a long time, a classic is still a classic. Take control of a team leader and discover what happened to the city of Gorky 17. As you explore this world of mutants, be prepared to see 1990’s monster scares and dialogue in this instant classic.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • The complexity of the resource management is fairly simple and easy to understand.
  • Gorky has a thrilling story to keep you interested throughput the game.
  • It includes a combat system that is more casual and focuses more on tactics.

Fight mutated monster with your soldiers.

Play on maps with attention to details.


11. MTG Arena

MTG Arena Gameplay

MTG Arena is a throwback game to Magic the Gathering lovers. It gives people a lot of nostalgia while they are playing. It is a free-to-play game that has a lot of cards you can buy in the store. MTG will make you strategize: you have to take more overpowered players and use all your abilities to win.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Plays like a classic Magic the Gathering installment.
  • It is a good game for experience MTG players and beginners alike.
  • MTG, as always, provides a huge amount of strategy and tactics needed to master in order to win.

Utilize your cards in the best way to destroy your opponent.

Animations make the combat feel more engaging.


10. XCOM 2 + War of the Chosen

XCOM 2 + War of the Chosen Gameplay

You are the only hope humans have for their survival. After the aliens took over the planet, it is now your mission to destroy them and rid the world of their plague. XCOM is the mother of RNG turn-based games. Fight different types of enemies and be prepared to see your party die, or be a weakling and reload your save until you get the outcome you desire.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Learn to choose your battles and level up your soldiers fast so you can excel under pressure because you are humanity's only hope.
  • Plan out your defenses and technology weeks in advance to prepare for the alien threat.
  • Manage resources and prioritize building certain upgrades just to keep your force fighting one more day.

Assemble a diverse team of psych-soldiers, heavy gunners, or tech-specialists.

Sometimes you will have to look danger right into the face to be able to shoot your enemy.


9. Dominions 5 - Warriors of the Faith

Dominions 5 - Warriors of the Faith Gameplay

In Dominion, you play as a god. You can choose hundreds of gods with their own special abilities and powers. Defeat all the pretenders and fake gods so that you can finally ascend to become Pantokrator. Lead an army of loyalists to fight against the cults that stand in your way.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Dominions 5 uses gods from old Norse myths along with other mythologies - including Lovecraft.
  • It also is a lot of fun when played multiplayer with friends or strangers.
  • Sometimes random scenarios pop up that provides a layer of unpredictability.

Fight the oncoming armies but be prepared for the different special attacks from gods.

Stretch out your forces and secure your border to not get taken over by your opponents.


8. Endless Legend™

Endless Legend™ Gameplay

Endless Legends brings a fresh new look to turn-based strategy games like Civilization. Take on the role of leading different, unique factions and their commanders. Amplitude Studios has a history of making great games, and this will definitely not disappoint.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Several factions - all completely unique from each other.
  • You are able to assimilate other smaller factions by taking them over and adding them to your army.
  • Your level of customization with the different factions, heroes, and units allows you to form your own playstyle.

Order your units to attack certain enemies but always be aware of your surroundings.

Sometimes you might have to take on overpowered units in order to secure your survival.



Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Gameplay

China's History is largely overlooked in our school education system. A lot of people don't even know half of the history. Fight along Cao Cao, Lu Bu, Lui Wei, and other famous heroes from ancient times instead of your usual generals. Utilize the unique abilities of those fighters while trying to take over the lands and cities of China with your army.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • The types of units have been modeled as the real people in ancient China.
  • Reenact historic battles or change the course of history to be the god emperor China needs.
  • Outside of the battles, you will face political intrigues and have to overcome all the forces set against you when you win.

Let your general fight and break the will of the common fighters.

Try to take over cities with your - hopefully - more advanced force.


6. Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon Gameplay

You will love and hate this game. The story and combat system are unique and draw you in, but even the best player will have to deal with the RNG of the game. Once accepting this fact, Darkest Dungeon gives you a great look at how to overcome even the greatest of challenges.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • You will learn to adapt and be prepared for the worst possible outcome.
  • The Voice of the Ancestor is smoother than peanut butter.
  • The Backstory behind the monsters makes them feel not like paper cut-outs, but real enemies.

If you aren’t careful, the game will not be kind to you.

Learn to accept defeat even when you did all you could to prepare.


5. Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville Gameplay

The point of Rebuild 3 is to, well, rebuild. Rebuild a small town from complete infestation to a new world of order. Find survivors in a zombie-infested town and find supplies to live off the land. Handle the dilemmas and dramas faced to you when having to manage the different survivors and their personalities.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • It is a very, very addictive game
  • Great blend of zombie survival and turn-based strategy.
  • Incorporates new surviving factions in a post-apocalyptic world that you will either need to get rid of or ally with.

Send survivors on various missions and tasks to find other survivors, supplies, or run into zombies.

Equip your survivors with weapons and equipment to boost their stats and efficacy.


4. Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut Gameplay

Wasteland 2 is a blend between Xcom and the early Fallout games. Take charge of a squad in a post-nuclear apocalypse. Explore the wasteland (pun intended) to find and gather supplies for your own survival. Also, with every mission, you are able to complete it as you want - it isn’t a linear game.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Includes a challenging and intriguing story.
  • Contains open-world exploration in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Has an extensive customization for the different playable characters.

Send your group out to explore the ruins of the world.

Attack different enemies for your own survival.


3. Total War: ATTILA

Total War: ATTILA Gameplay

Total War: Attila was a great addition to the Total War franchise. Now taking you to the time after Total War: Rome 2 when the Romans started to fall in 395 AD. As the Mongolians venture forward, a new superpower has entered the game of Total War - fight with them or fight against them.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Improved combat system with better AI.
  • The campaign added an extra layer of management with making all provinces contain 3 regions.
  • Wide range of factions you can play as with their own strategy and tactics.

Strategize the siege of castles with battering rams and towers.

Revel in the carnage.


2. Endless Space® 2

Endless Space® 2 Gameplay

Take the role of leading a space civilization to exploration and glory. Meet different species and cultures who can lead you to advancement or war. Venture out into unknown space and explore the unexplored.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Good amount of playability if you take on different factions with their own unique traits.
  • In-depth politics between factions creates a complex but enjoyable experience.
  • Innovative and fantastic combat system

Travel along the Universe to expand your intergalactic empire.

Engage in space battles against alien fleets.


1. Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings 2 Gameplay

While you might need a textbook to get into the layout of this game, you can be anything you like after you understand it. Make your own incestuous bloodline of Kings and Queens, elect a horse as your leader, watch your son become schizophrenic, or have 6 Wives. You are the ruler of your kingdom so you decide.

Top 3 Things That Make This Game Great:

  • Crusader Kings is a game where you tell the tale of your family and bloodline.
  • Incredible attention to detail on both Feudalism and Medieval Politics.
  • The uniqueness of all the Lords and Ladies in the game will make you constantly adapt when combating nations or when taking control of heirs.

Send your troops to either defend your homeland or expand your empire.

Choose from a wide range of nations to begin your kingdom.

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