Strategy Games

Dicey Dungeons 1.

Dicey Dungeons

Platform: iOS
July 7, 2022
In this new fast-paced deckbuilding roguelike from Terry Cavanagh, Chipzel, and Marlowe Dobbe, you'll fight monsters, find better loot, and level up your heroes as you work together to take down the Goddess of Fortune, Lady Luck herself. Balance your carefully planned strategies against the unknown of a dice roll. Play as six different characters, each with their own unique play styles and abilities. Master each class and figure out which one best fits your style in this charming world filled with a growing array of twists and secrets. Can you make it out alive? Maybe, but luck is definitely not on your side.
Metascore:
98
User Score:
tbd
Meteorfall: Journey 2.

Meteorfall: Journey

Platform: iOS
January 25, 2018
Meteorfall is a deck-building roguelike. You'll choose your class from one of four unique adventurers, and then set out with a deck consisting of some basic attack cards. During the course of your adventure, you'll be presented with the opportunity to add powerful new cards to your deck.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
5.5
Command & Conquer 3.

Command & Conquer

Platform: PC
September 26, 1995
Set in a gritty, high-tech world C&C utilizes electronic intelligence and covert surveillance to determine who reigns supreme. Join the forces of either the Global Defense Initiative (GDI) or the Brotherhood of Nod, and fight for what you feel is right. [Westwood]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.9
Raiders of the North Sea 4.

Raiders of the North Sea

Platform: iOS
July 30, 2019
It's Raiding Season! Assemble a crew and outfit a longboat to raid settlements for gold and fame! Impress your Chieftain in glorious battle and win your place among the legends of the North Sea in this digital adaptation of the award-winning board game! The Official Digital Adaptation of the Award-Winning Board Game! Plunder your way to adventure as Raiders of the North Sea brings the strategy and fun of the hit tabletop game to digital life!
Metascore:
94
User Score:
tbd
Anomaly: Warzone Earth 5.

Anomaly: Warzone Earth

Platform: iOS
August 11, 2011
Winner of the prestigious Apple Design Award, Anomaly Warzone Earth comes to iOS and turns tower defense on its head.This time you take control of the attacking force, pitting your heavily armored squad against the destructive towers of an alien horde. Carefully lead your squad through the invaders' defenses, shattering their towers and turrets with special weapons and power-ups in this groundbreaking new experience of tower offense.Press Quotes"Simply Incredible." — TouchArcade"It's a rare innovator in a genre packed with wannabes and copycats.” — PocketGamer“Anomaly has great visuals with a futuristic feel and outstanding explosions.” —AppAdvice“Forget everything you know about tower defense games, because in Anomaly Warzone Earth you play as the invading army.” — Slide To PlayAnomaly Warzone Earth Highlights• Experience a new type of tower defense formula where you’re the attacking side.• Deploy special weapons to break through alien defenses or use stealth to slip through unscathed.• Think tactically and choose the right squad and route to guarantee success.• Strategically gather resources to buy and upgrade new and more powerful units.• Play for hours on end in three unique and engaging modes of play.• Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge graphics and atmospheric soundtrack.For more information or support, please visit www.chillingo.com
Metascore:
94
User Score:
6.8
Sid Meier's Civilization II 6.

Sid Meier's Civilization II

Platform: PC
February 29, 1996
An empire-building turn-based strategy game. The game starts at the Old Stone Age in 4000 BC. Your tribe begins with a Settlers unit and has no knowledge about the surrounding area. As you found new cities and explore the surroundings, you may find hostile barbarians, villages, and other competing cultures. [Civ Fantatics' Center]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.8
Sid Meier's Civilization IV 7.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV

Platform: PC
October 25, 2005
Faster-Paced Fun - Gameplay has been streamlined for a tighter, faster, and more compelling experience.Greater Accessibility and Ease of Play - An easy-to-use interface will be immediately familiar to RTS and action game players, and newcomers to the series will be able to jump in and play. Tech Tree - Flexible Tech tree allows players more strategic choices for developing their civilizations along unique paths. More Civs, Units, and Improvements to enhance and grow your empire. Multiplayer -LAN, Internet, PBEM, and Persistent Turn-Based Server (PTBS) offer players all-new strategies and ways to play when competing or cooperating with live opponents. Team Play - Whether playing multiplayer or single player, team play offers a new way of setting locked alliances that result in shared wonder effects, visibility, unit trading, and shared territory that delivers a plethora of new strategic and tactical options. Civ IV comes to life! - Beautiful 3D world with dozens of fully animated units (including culturally unique units), and totally customizable armies. Cities and wonders will appear on the map. Wonder movies are back! [2K Games]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.2
Company of Heroes 8.

Company of Heroes

Platform: PC
September 13, 2006
A real-time strategy game set in World War II, Company of Heroes brings to life, in full cinematic detail, the greatest war mankind has ever known. Company of Heroes is built on Relic's next-generation Essence Engine and also utilizes the Havok Physics engine, delivering cinematic visual detail in a world completely driven by realistic physics. Gamers will experience the journey of the brave men of Able Company in a deep single-player campaign that begins with the invasion of Normandy through their fight across Europe, all set against the most dynamic battlefield ever seen in a game. Company of Heroes' completely destructable environment means no two battles ever play out in the same way. Advanced squad AI delivers startling new realism and responsiveness, bringing soldiers to life as they interact with the environment and execute advanced squad tactics to eliminate the opposition forces. [THQ]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.7
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen 9.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Platform: PlayStation 4
August 29, 2017
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds extensive new content in the fight against ADVENT when additional resistance factions form in order to eliminate the alien threat on Earth. In response, a new enemy, known as the “Chosen,” emerges with one goal: recapture the Commander. This expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
6.8
Skulls of the Shogun 10.

Skulls of the Shogun

Platform: iOS
November 26, 2013
Crush your enemies and eat their skulls! Skulls of the Shogun is a fast-paced turn-based strategy game, supercharged with fighting-game flare and double-stuffed with a serious sense of humor! Enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with undead warriors, magical monks, and mighty mustachioed samurai generals!
Metascore:
93
User Score:
6.6
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty 11.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Platform: PC
July 27, 2010
StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival. Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II presents a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard again offers unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company's world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game. Features fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the magic of the original game. New units and gameplay mechanics further distinguish each race. Vibrant new 3D-graphics engine with support for dazzling visual effects and massive unit and army sizes. Full map-making and scripting tools to give players incredible freedom in customizing and personalizing their gameplay experience. [Blizzard]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 12.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Platform: iOS
April 16, 2014
Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game where you can choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
6.0
Homeworld 13.

Homeworld

Platform: PC
August 31, 1999
Deported to a harsh desert world, exiles have struggled for three thousand years to regain the stars. Now it's up to you to guide them home through a brutal empire bent on annihilation. Homeworld boasts amazing ship graphics and gorgeous deep-space vistas, a unique command and navigation interface and white-knuckle real-time strategy. [Sierra]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
Twilight Struggle Mobile 14.

Twilight Struggle Mobile

Platform: iOS
June 24, 2016
Metascore:
93
User Score:
tbd
Plants vs. Zombies HD 15.

Plants vs. Zombies HD

Platform: iOS
March 31, 2010
Get ready to soil your plants! Winner of over 20 Game of the Year awards!* Plants vs. Zombies comes from the fertile minds that created Bejeweled, Peggle, Bookworm, Zuma and many more all-time favorites. Get ready to soil your plants in this high-definition, multi-touch adaptation of the hit PopCap game of the year! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home… don’t be caught without your plants down! Defend your house with an arsenal of plants to slow down, confuse, weaken and mulchify zombies before they reach your front door. Each zombie has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all. But be careful — obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge. Plants vs. Zombies HD for iPad is loaded with four game modes, new rabble-rousing features, and unlimited replayable action… so the fun never dies! Features It’s packed with fun-dead action: - Dig into multi-touch gameplay exclusively on iPad. Play with up to 11 simultaneous touch points and challenge all your fingers! - Marvel at high-definition graphics on the dazzling iPad display. - Harvest fields of fun with 18 Mini-Games, including the exclusive iPad-only game, “Buttered Popcorn!” - Earn exclusive iPad achievements. - Battle 26 types of zombies including pole-vaulters, snorkelers and a Zombie Bobsled Team. - Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night and fog, in a swimming pool and on the rooftop. - Test your home guardin’ skills in the ultra-challenging Survival mode. - Replay your favorite levels in Quick Play mode. - Earn 49 powerful plants like peashooters, wall-nuts, and cherry bombs. - Unlock the Almanac to see all the plants and zombies, unearth amusing “facts” and quotes! *Refers to original PC/Mac downloadable game. ----------------------------------------------------- Also Available from PopCap Games: For iPhone/iPod touch (compatible with iPad): BEJEWELED 2 - the all-time gem-matching classic, now featuring Bejeweled Blitz CHUZZLE - match and pop those adorable Chuzzles! BOOKWORM - the award-winning word game PEGGLE - the peg-busting phenomenon Don't forget to visit us at www.popcap.com! You can also follow us: http://twitter.com/popcap_games And become our friend: http://www.facebook.com/PopCapGames
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.5
Plants vs. Zombies 16.

Plants vs. Zombies

Platform: iOS
February 15, 2010
Plants vs. Zombies™ Stem a zombie attack on your iPhone! Get ready to soil your plants in this brand-new version of the hit PopCap game! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to slow down, confuse, weaken and mulchify 26 types of zombies before they can reach your front door. Each zombie has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all. But be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds… as you battle the fun-dead, obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenging fun. Get ready to soil your plants! - Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night and fog, in a swimming pool and on the rooftop - Battle 26 types of zombies including pole-vaulters, snorkelers and “Zomboni” drivers - Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy upgrades, power-ups and more - Open the Almanac to see all the plants and zombies, plus amusing “facts” and quotes - Collect 13 iPhone-exclusive PvZ achievements - Replay levels in the all-new Quick Play arena - All the fun of the hit PC/Mac game — adapted for fun-dead fun on your iPhone - Hilarious graphics, great soundtrack and a bonus music video
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.5
RimWorld Console Edition 17.

RimWorld Console Edition

Platform: Xbox One
July 29, 2022
It’s designed to co-author tragic, twisted, and triumphant stories about imprisoned pirates, desperate colonists, starvation and survival. It works by controlling the “random” events that the world throws at you. Every thunderstorm, pirate raid, and travelling salesman is a card dealt into your story by the AI Storyteller. There are several storytellers to choose from. Randy Random does crazy stuff, Cassandra Classic goes for rising tension, and Phoebe Chillax likes to relax. BUILD. DEFEND. EXPLORE The game generates a whole planet from pole to equator. You choose whether to land your crash pods in a cold northern tundra, a parched desert flat, a temperate forest, or a steaming equatorial jungle. Different areas have different animals, plants, diseases, temperatures, rainfall, mineral resources, and terrain. The challenges of surviving in a disease-infested, choking jungle are very different from those in a parched desert wasteland or a frozen tundra with a two-month growing season. ENDLESS COLONIST INTERACTION Your colonists are not professional settlers – they’re crash-landed survivors from a passenger liner destroyed in orbit. You can end up with a nobleman, an accountant, and a housewife. You’ll acquire more colonists by capturing them in combat and turning them to your side. So your colony will always be a motley crew.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.9
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 18.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Platform: PC
July 3, 2002
[Metacritic's 2002 PC Game of the Year] It has been nearly fifteen years since the war between the orcs and humans ended. An uneasy peace settled over the land while, for years, the drums of war were silent. Yet the kingdoms of men grew complacent in their victory - and slowly, the defeated orcish clans regrouped under the banner of a new visionary leader. Now a darker shadow has fallen over the world, threatening to extinguish all life - all hope. The drums of war play upon the winds once again - rising urgently towards the inevitable hour when the skies will rain fire - and the world will tremble before the coming of the Burning Legion. The Day of Judgment has come... [Blizzard]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.2
Sid Meier's Gettysburg! 19.

Sid Meier's Gettysburg!

Platform: PC
September 30, 1997
Experience victory in Sid Meier's Gettysburg! It's the most engrossing and sophisticated real-time strategy game ever. In a stunning 3D battlefield, you plan the tactics, lead the troops, and take history into your own hands. Attack from the trees to protect your brigade,rally around a General for a quicker recovery, entrench your troops as your cannons blast the hillside, and much, much more with just a click of the mouse! Complete multiplayer support via internet, LAN, modem and serial link. [Firaxis]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.4
Advance Wars 20.

Advance Wars

Platform: Game Boy Advance
September 9, 2001
The battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak link modes, Advance Wars brings turn-based strategy to a depth never before seen on a handheld!
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
XCOM: Enemy Within 21.

XCOM: Enemy Within

Platform: iOS
November 13, 2014
XCOM: Enemy Within is the expansion to the 2012 Game of the Year award-winning strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Enemy Within adds an incredible array of new abilities, upgrades and weapons to combat new enemy and alien threats. This expansion pack also introduces new maps, new tactical and strategic gameplay, and new multiplayer content providing a fresh new gameplay experience.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.2
Rome: Total War 22.

Rome: Total War

Platform: PC
September 22, 2004
Rome: Total War is the next generation in epic strategy gaming from the critically acclaimed and award winning Total War brand. The aim of the game is to conquer, rule and manipulate the Roman Empire with the ultimate goal of being declared as the "Imperator" of Rome. Set in a time when the mighty Roman Empire emerged to conquer the known world against powerful enemies; when gladiators fought to a bloody death in the Coliseum; when Spartacus defied the might of the empire; when Hannibal led his invincible army and his war elephants across the Alps to strike fear into the very heart of Rome itself; and when Julius Caesar finally smashed the Barbarian Gauls. This was a time of brutal confrontation between civilisation and barbarism, and of civil war as the ancient world's only superpower turned on itself. A completely new Total War engine uses innovative technology and groundbreaking design to bring the world of ancient Rome to life to deliver the biggest and most cinematic battles ever seen in a videogame. So the battles in Rome: Total War maintain the epic scale that fans of Total War are used to, but now use high-detailed 3D polygonal troops and allows huge cities to be displayed on the battlefields. The result is truly spectacular. [Activision]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 23.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Platform: iOS
October 4, 2018
Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against historys greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
5.7
Fire Emblem: Awakening 24.

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Platform: 3DS
February 4, 2013
Lead an army of soldiers in a series of scaled turn-based strategy battles. In the process, develop relationships with your team, utilizing their special abilities on the battlefield to gain victory and advance the story, which features a wide array of characters from a variety of nations and backgrounds. They can be joined by a character of your making, with a unique appearance crafted as you see fit.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 25.

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Platform: PC
September 30, 1999
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 26.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Platform: PC
February 12, 1999
Legendary designer Sid Meier presents the next evolution in strategy games, with the most addictive, compelling gameplay yet. Explore the alien planet that is your new home and uncover its myriad mysteries. Discover over 75 extraordinary technologies. Build over 60 base upgrades and large-scale secret projects for your empire. Conquer your enemies with a war machine that you design from over 32,000 possible unit types. [Firaxis]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor 27.

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor

Platform: PC
April 30, 2008
The galaxy is being consumed by the fires of war as we enter the final act of the Dread Lord saga. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor is the second expansion pack to the award-winning PC strategy game, Galactic Civilizations II. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor expands the gameplay of Galactic Civilizations in all new ways. New campaign detailing the final chapter in the Dread Lords wars. The Terror Star arrives, capable of destroying any star. Unique technology trees for all 12 civilizations. Unique planetary improvements for each civilization. New 3D engine powered map editor. New Scenario Editor for creating highly detailed custom games. New Campaign Editor for players who want to create their own custom epic campaigns for themselves or to share with others. New Metaverse Tournaments: Specific maps & scenarios recorded to the Metaverse with prizes for top players. [Stardock]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.3
Banner Saga 28.

Banner Saga

Platform: iOS
October 2, 2014
Embark on your own epic journey in this tactical RPG, where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story, as well as the outcome of conflicts encountered during your struggle for survival in this Viking inspired tale. **NOTE: The Banner Saga does NOT run on iPhone 4. iPhone 4S and more modern devices recommended.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.0
Myth: The Fallen Lords 29.

Myth: The Fallen Lords

Platform: PC
October 31, 1997
Myth is arguably the first real-time strategy game to put the player in a true 3D landscape, with an emphasis on tactical battlefield action rather than base construction. Myth also happens to be one of Bungie's most successful pre-Halo releases, and shows off the company's range and ability in genres outside of first-person shooters. A single player mode features an engrossing and enjoyable plot, with you battling the evil and eponymous Fallen Lords, their evil leader, Balor and all manner of undead creatures, but Myth's multiplayer is where it really stands out. Bungie.net's game-matching technology has been much-emulated since, and at Myth's release, was something truly special. Multiple game modes including King of the Hill, Steal the Bacon and even co-op added huge variety to what was an outstanding and standard-setting game - and it still is. If ever an older game deserved another visit, it's Myth, with a huge, loyal and highly motivated following. [Bungie]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
Mission: It's Complicated 30.

Mission: It's Complicated

Platform: PC
February 14, 2020
Mission: It’s Complicated is a narrative-based, visual novel where you match super-awesome superheroes to go on missions during the night and dates during the day. The more compatible the pair of superheroes are, the more likely that they will fall in love and save the world.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.0
Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure 31.

Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure

Platform: iOS
February 8, 2015
Established in a unique fantasy universe, lead the brash, spoiled Prince Auro through procedurally-generated dungeons, with only a few tactical spells - and your wits - to protect you.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
6.8
Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar 32.

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

Platform: PC
February 14, 2007
The year is 2226 and the Drengin Empire reigns supreme across the galaxy. But something utterly evil is devouring the Drengin Empire from within. Expand your Galactic Civilizations II experience with espionage agents, player designed opponents, new alien races, new ships, unique planetary environments, asteroid fields, improved graphics and much more. [Stardock]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.9
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 33.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Platform: iOS
June 20, 2013
Threatened by an unknown enemy, the Earth's governments unite to form a secret paramilitary organization, known as XCOM, to combat this extraterrestrial attack. As the commander of XCOM, you control the global defense team and its resources in a battle against the terrifying alien invasion. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a reimagining of X-COM, the classic strategy game from 1993, and developed by the award-winning creators of Civilization. You will control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions, and controlling soldier movement in battle.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.6
Crusader Kings III 34.

Crusader Kings III

Platform: PC
September 1, 2020
Paradox Development Studio brings you the sequel to one of the most popular strategy games ever made. Crusader Kings III is the heir to a long legacy of historical grand strategy experiences and arrives with a host of new ways to ensure the success of your royal house.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.3
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition 35.

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition

Platform: Switch
December 28, 2017
Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats!
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.2
Lords of Waterdeep 36.

Lords of Waterdeep

Platform: iOS
November 21, 2013
Welcome to Waterdeep, the City of Splendors! A city run by a secret society of masked Lords who rule with shady back-door dealings and unmatched political power. In Lords of Waterdeep players will play as one of these masked Lords and will need to recruit adventurers to go out and complete quests for them. The more quests they complete, the more control and influence they have over the city. Players can expand the city by purchasing buildings that will open up new opportunities within the city walls. Intrigue cards can be used to help the player and may also either help or hinder their fellow Lords in their quest to become the supreme ruler of Waterdeep!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.2
SteamWorld Heist 37.

SteamWorld Heist

Platform: PlayStation Vita
June 7, 2016
Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.1
Factorio 38.

Factorio

Platform: PC
August 14, 2020
Factorio is a game about building and creating automated factories to produce items of increasing complexity, within an infinite 2D world. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, and finally protect it from the creatures who don't really like you.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
Black & White 39.

Black & White

Platform: PC
March 26, 2001
Peter Molyneux's highly anticipated "god game," a blend of the genres including strategy, sim, RPG, and puzzle, features the player as a new god in the lands of Eden who must reign with the help of uniquely evolving animals in either a benign or evil fashion.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.8
Advance Wars: Dual Strike 40.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike

Platform: DS
August 22, 2005
Players lead their new Commanding Officers to fend off the Black Hole Army’s latest invasion. With massive battles that sweep across both of the DS screens, Advance Wars: Dual Strike will change the face of war forever. Use the top screen for quick-reference battle intel, or take control in battles that rage across both screens. Command a fleet of fighters high in the skies while troops clash with the enemy on the ground far below. New COs, new Tag-Team battles: Choose from new Commanding Officers, and combine their powers for incredible attacks that can turn the tide of battles. Real-time Combat mode: For a battle with a twist, players lead soldiers into a fast-paced, action-oriented battle against a storm of enemies. Easy-to-use map editor: Just grab a stylus and draw maps right on the touch screen, then send the maps to friends wirelessly. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
Drive on Moscow 41.

Drive on Moscow

Platform: iOS
November 21, 2013
Drive on Moscow, a new strategy game from the award-winning makers of Battle of the Bulge, invites you to take command of the largest battle of World War II. Defend the homeland as the Soviets, or lead a bold push to seize the Russian capital as the Axis.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.5
Ant Raid 42.

Ant Raid

Platform: iOS
July 6, 2011
??? Available for iPad ONLY! ???Ant Raid fills your big screen with fun cartoony HD action! Jump into the hilarious story of an ant colony trying to survive swarms of fellow insects, mutated into mindless monsters!======== Features ========? GORGEOUS GRAPHICS! ?Treat your eyes with high-definition 3D graphics and animations designed for iPad from the get-go.? 100 LEVELS OF PURE FUN AND ACTION! ?Fight your way through 60 Story and 40 Challenge levels against hordes of enemies.? OFF-THE-WALL STORYLINE! ?Experience an epic tale through animated cut-scenes featuring quirky characters and unexpected twists.? EASY-TO-GRASP CONTROLS AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY! ?Enjoy responsive and intuitive touch controls. Taste the fresh blend of action, arcade and strategy.? ENDLESS GAMEPLAY! ?Challenge your friends and the rest of the world in four dynamic Survival modes.? AWESOME SOUNDTRACK! ?Indulge your ears with the original soundtrack and crazy sound effects.? GAME CENTER SUPPORT! ?Strive for numerous Achievements and worldwide Leaderboard rankings through Game Center.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.4
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic 43.

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

Platform: iOS
December 20, 2016
If you think thrill rides aren't thrilling enough, then here's your chance to make your own. RollerCoaster Tycoon lets you build your park from scratch, or you can improve and expand an existing park with new rides and attractions. You'll have an array of roller coaster designs, landscapes, shops, decorations, and theme options to choose from. Accurate coaster-motion dynamics and physics can result in thrilling rides or the ultimate disaster. Be sure to analyze your guests' thoughts and feelings to help manage your park's success.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
This War of Mine 44.

This War of Mine

Platform: iOS
July 15, 2015
In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
SteamWorld Heist 45.

SteamWorld Heist

Platform: iOS
November 9, 2016
Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.1
Sid Meier's Civilization III 46.

Sid Meier's Civilization III

Platform: PC
October 30, 2001
In Civilization III, you'll find new pathways to explore and strategies to employ, greatly expanded diplomacy, more powerful combat, a new trade system, new technologies, more powerful tools to build and manage your empire, and the most detailed and beautiful art, animations and sound ever found in the genre. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
King of Dragon Pass 47.

King of Dragon Pass

Platform: iOS
February 14, 2011
The acclaimed game of magical storytelling is now on iPhone! King of Dragon Pass blends interactive stories and resource management into an epic saga of conflict, magic, and community. The game is set in Glorantha (the world of the games HeroQuest and RuneQuest). It’s immensely replayable, thanks to nearly 500 interactive scenes and two objectives. Short episodes and automatic saving mean you can play even when you only have a minute or two. The built-in saga keeps track of the story for you. And advisors with distinctive personalities help you track your cows.The gorgeous hand-painted artwork won Best Visual Arts at the second annual Independent Games Festival.Early reviews:• It's like they took the best parts of Civilization games and combined them with the best part of Choose Your Own Adventure style game books. [Touch Arcade]Playtesters say:• What an addicting game!• Above all, KoDP on iOS is *fun*. The game is ideally suited to the portable platform… I can pull it up and play a couple seasons when I'm waiting in line or standing on a train platform.• The game is completely brilliant, by the way — it fits the iOS superbly… it's quite a bit deeper (in a good way) then the bulk of the Appstore games out there, while still fitting the 'bite size' play session that you need.• A fantastic game, and so far it feels like it is darn near perfectly designed for the platform. The story and characters are so expertly written that I am actually sad that the content is finite and that at some point, no matter how long I stall, I'll begin retreading ground.• I was absolutely gobsmacked at the level and depth and complexity in the game. I can honestly say I have never seen a game with such attention to detail and background,except for something like World of Warcraft or the like!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.1
Pikmin 2 48.

Pikmin 2

Platform: GameCube
August 30, 2004
Captain Olimar has returned to the planet where the Pikmin live, and he's all business this time. The company he works for is going bankrupt, so to save it, Olimar must salvage the treasure buried all over the planet. Of course, he'll need the help of the Pikmin to do that--he can't do anything by himself. Control one of two main characters--Olimar or his assistant--as you command your Pikmin to defeat enemies, propagate more Pikmin, collect precious doodads, and solve puzzles. With unlimited time, new colors of Pikmin, and two-player cooperative play, Pikmin 2 improves on the original in many ways.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.0
Sid Meier's Civilization V 49.

Sid Meier's Civilization V

Platform: PC
September 21, 2010
With over nine million units sold worldwide, and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchises of all-time. Now, Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive strategy game to unprecedented heights by adding new ways to play and win; new tools to manage and expand your civilization; extensive modding capabilities; and intensely competitive multiplayer options. Civilization V will come to life in a beautifully detailed, living world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level making it a must-have for gamers around the globe!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 50.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Platform: Xbox 360
October 9, 2012
From the makers of the Civilization series comes a game about humanity’s final stand. Threatened by an unknown foe, the Earth’s governments come together to form a stealth paramilitary organization known as XCOM to combat this extraterrestrial assault. At the helm of XCOM, you command the global defense team in battle against a frightening alien invasion. Determine the destiny of the human race by building and co-coordinating a fully operational base, researching alien tech, formulating combat missions, and choreographing soldier movement in battle.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
Dota 2 51.

Dota 2

Platform: PC
July 9, 2013
Dota 2 features the characters and factions from the original Defense of the Ancients title with new features.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.5
Star Traders: Frontiers 52.

Star Traders: Frontiers

Platform: iOS
January 31, 2019
You are the captain of a starship venturing through a massive open universe. Customize your crew and take command at the helm of your very own ship as you explore a galaxy torn apart by internal strife, alien threats, and political intrigue. Command your ship and crew as a space pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more in Star Traders: Frontiers an epic space RPG from Trese Brothers Games. Venture forth into a massive open universe, rich with adventure and the lore of the Star Traders. Choose your path by assembling and commanding your custom crew and spaceship in a constantly evolving galaxy torn by internal strife, political intrigue, and alien threats. Will you fly as a pirate terrorizing shipping lanes, join the solar wars as a military captain, or track targets across the stars as a fearsome bounty hunter? - Explore a rich, open universe: Discover endless procedurally-generated galactic maps, meet unique characters, and take on enemies to conquer the galaxy! - Become an intergalactic captain: Take on the role of a spy, smuggler, explorer, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more (26 jobs total)! - Customize your own spaceship: Choose from more than 350 upgrades and 45 ship hulls to build your very own vessel to venture across the vast reaches of space. - Assemble and tailor a loyal crew: Assign talents and equip specialized gear for every spaceship crew member. - Experience an ever-changing narrative: Decide to make friends or foes with other factions and influence political, economic, and personal vendettas. - Mold the crew by your choices: As you make decisions and set the tone for your ship, your crew will grow and change to match. Destroy enemy ships with all hands on deck and your crew will become more bloodthirsty and savage. Explore distant worlds and loot dangerous wastelands and your crew will become intrepid and clever ... or scarred and half-mad. - Varied Difficulty Options! play with save slots to try out different builds or storylines or turn on character permadeath and enjoy classic roguelike experience - Achievement Unlocks: accomplish story and challenge goals to unlock additional optional (but not better) content like new starting ships and new starting contacts First there was the Exodus when survivors of a great war left the ruins of the Galactic Core behind in search of a new home in the stars. Scattered worlds were claimed on the fringe of the galaxy. Each pocket of survivors held on to an isolated set of worlds while trying to rebuild under the great law of Shalun. Three centuries later, technology has brought them back together again. Discovery of the hyperwarp has bridged what was once an unimaginable distance between far-flung colonies, long-lost families, and political factions. With that reunification has come great economic prosperity. The hyperwarp reestablished the transportation of cargo, goods, and technologies between the quadrants but it has also brought great strife. Political rivalries have been rekindled, blood has been shed in age-old feuds, and the fires of war have been stoked. Amidst the political infighting, a ruthless revolution is rising and the fervent explorers of the hyperwarp have awoken something that was better left asleep. Our very first game, Star Traders RPG, took hundreds of thousands of gamers on an interstellar adventure. Star Traders' success and overwhelmingly positive reception helped to launch Trese Brothers Games. It was the adventures of our community's star-crossed captains that put us on a trajectory to share more of our worlds, ideas, and dreams. We set out to capture the loneliness, bravery, and camaraderie of people living together in a spaceship sailing across the stars. It is with great pride that after releasing four other games in the Star Traders universe, we've created a sequel to the original Star Traders RPG. Step onto the bridge of your starship, take to the stars, and create your own story in Star Traders: Frontiers.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
tbd
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 53.

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

Platform: iOS
June 20, 2012
Face a greater challenge with Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013! In the latest installment of this hit franchise, travel across the fantastic plane of Shandalar as you face encounters, and battle powerful Planeswalkers. Magic 2013 offers new features including statistics-tracking for your game play and, for those already skilled in slinging spells, the option to choose what lands to tap when you cast your spells. Game includes: • 3 decks with 5 unlockable cards each • Single-player campaign across the plane of Shandalar • 4 deadly opponents, including the Planeswalker Garruk Wildspeaker • Encounters, a new feature in which you test your skills against different preset AI strategies • Planechase mode, which changes the rules with a randomized deck of cards based on the planes of the Magic Multiverse
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.0
Tinykin 54.

Tinykin

Platform: Xbox Series X
August 30, 2022
Milo arrives on Earth to find that he's way too small, everybody's gone and a day hasn't passed since 1991! Catch hundreds of mysterious tinykin and use their unique powers to create ladders, bridges, explosions and a lot more! Find a way home through a sprawling ant-sized metropolis, and unravel Earth's biggest mystery!
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.1
Into the Breach 55.

Into the Breach

Platform: PC
February 27, 2018
Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.8
Total War: Shogun 2 56.

Total War: Shogun 2

Platform: PC
March 15, 2011
Shogun 2 is the ultimate refinement of the original formula with a new, cutting-edge AI, more polish and online functionality than ever before. The result is the perfect mix of real-time and turn-based strategy gaming that invites both veterans of Total War and new players to experience the enjoyment and depth of the series.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
Empire: Total War 57.

Empire: Total War

Platform: PC
March 3, 2009
Empire: Total War is set in the 18th century, a turbulent era that is the most requested by Total War’s loyal fan base and a period alive with global conflict, revolutionary fervour and technological advances. The game features themes such as the Industrial Revolution, America's struggle for independence, the race to control Eastern trade routes and the globalisation of war on land and sea. Empire: Total War sees the debut of 3D naval combat within the Total War franchise. PC Gamers intuitively command vast fleets or single ships upon seascapes rich with extraordinary water and weather effects that play a huge role in your eventual glorious success or ignominious defeat. After pummelling your enemy with cannon fire, close in to grapple their ship and prepare to board taking control your men as they fight hand to hand on the decks. Empire: Total War also sees further enhancements to the Total War series signature 3D battles and turn based campaign map. Real time battles pose new challenges with the addition of cannon and musket, challenging players to master new formations and tactics as a result of the increasing role of gunpowder within warfare. And the Campaign Map – for many the heart of Total War – will see new improved systems for Trade, Diplomacy and Espionage with agents, a refined and streamlined UI, improved Advisors and extended scope taking in the riches of India, the turbulence of Europe and the untapped potential of North America. [Sega]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.0
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 58.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Platform: PC
November 22, 1996
Surrender is not an option. Dark experiments have permanently altered time. Or have they? Now, Soviet tanks crush city after city while Allied cruisers shell bases. Spies lurk, land mines wait, and strange new technologies aid both sides in their struggle for ultimate control.Command & Conquer: Red Alert gives you the opportunity to be more devious, cunning and ruthless than ever before. Easy to play and highly addictive, Red Alert puts the fate of the world in your hands! [Westwood]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
Iron Marines 59.

Iron Marines

Platform: iOS
September 13, 2017
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.8
Game Dev Tycoon 60.

Game Dev Tycoon

Platform: iOS
November 28, 2017
Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation game available for Windows, Mac and Linux as well as on the Windows 8 Store. In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 61.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 9, 2012
Lead your troops in fierce battles to defeat the alien front, and rescue civilians in crowded cities and remote outlands around the world. Construct and expand your XCOM headquarters, recruit and coach up unique soldiers to thrust into battle, and research alien tech to enhance and multiply your weapons and capabilities. Mix and match aliens and soldiers and synthesize abilities to outwit and overpower your alien opponents.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.1
Sacrifice (2000) 62.

Sacrifice (2000)

Platform: PC
November 5, 2000
Sacrifice provides a truly fresh approach in the 3-D RTS genre, allowing players to act as both commander and combatant over huge, real-time, generated landscapes in single or multiplayer modes. Wizards will not be disappointed as Sacrifice serves up over 50 spells and creatures. [Interplay]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Pikmin 63.

Pikmin

Platform: GameCube
December 2, 2001
Pikmin may be small and plantlike, but they can be a space traveler's best friend. Stranded on an unknown planet, Captain Olimar must enlist the help of these native Pikmin to rebuild his spaceship before the life-support system runs out. In the meantime, you'll have to fend off attackers and solve various puzzles. To produce additional multicolored Pikmin you must defeat enemies and carry them back to the Pikmin nests called onions. But beware--watching giant predators gobble your Pikmin might make you angrier than you'd expect.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Age of Mythology 64.

Age of Mythology

Platform: PC
November 1, 2002
Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance with improvements, and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. Mythology enters the mix when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf or reinforce their armies with more than 20 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail and creates a unique new title based on the ancient cultural history of the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian cultures, which are divided into nine detailed civilizations. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
Plants vs. Zombies 65.

Plants vs. Zombies

Platform: Xbox 360
September 8, 2010
Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks. Obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge, and with five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Into the Breach 66.

Into the Breach

Platform: Switch
August 28, 2018
Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.9
Five Card Quest - Tactical RPG Battles 67.

Five Card Quest - Tactical RPG Battles

Platform: iOS
October 29, 2015
Metascore:
89
User Score:
4.5
Roguebook 68.

Roguebook

Platform: Xbox One
February 24, 2022
The ancients speak of a Book written since time immemorial containing all the world's legends. After many fabulous adventures, recounted in Faeria Chronicles of Gagana, this relic was lost in a well of Faeria. Through contact with this source of magic, the Book developed a wicked free will of its own and became the Roguebook! You are trapped in the Book of Lore of Faeria, and each page represents a new challenge. Lead your two heroes to victory in this roguelike deckbuilder developed in partnership with Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering. Put together the best synergies between cards, relics and abilities, and take on the Roguebook.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
tbd
Slay the Spire 69.

Slay the Spire

Platform: PC
January 23, 2019
We fused card games and roguelikes together to make the best single player deckbuilder we could. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and Slay the Spire!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.6
Inscryption 70.

Inscryption

Platform: PlayStation 5
August 30, 2022
From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards... In Inscryption you will... Acquire a deck of woodland creature cards by draft, surgery, and self mutilation. Unlock the secrets lurking behind the walls of Leshy's cabin. Embark on an unexpected and deeply disturbing odyssey.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.1
Homeworld: Cataclysm 71.

Homeworld: Cataclysm

Platform: PC
September 7, 2000
Homeworld: Cataclysm boasts 18 all-new ships, 25 new technologies, 17 single-player missions, and fantastic multiplay, while improving on the interface and technology that earned Homeworld 1999's highest accolades. [Sierra Studios]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin 72.

Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin

Platform: PC
October 29, 2002
CMBB is the sequel to the award winning "Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord" game. CMBB is a 1 or 2 player, hybrid turn-based/realtime 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare on the Eastern Front, from June 1941 through May 1945. It combines unparalleled game depth, stunning graphics and sound with a proven and easy to use interface in a true 3D environment. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.4
Mini Metro 73.

Mini Metro

Platform: iOS
December 25, 2015
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
Fire Emblem: Three Houses 74.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Platform: Switch
July 26, 2019
War is coming to the continent of Fódlan. Here, order is maintained by the Church of Seiros, which hosts the prestigious Officer's Academy within its headquarters. You are invited to teach one of its three mighty houses, each comprised of students brimming with personality and represented by a royal from one of three territories. As their professor, you must lead your students in their academic lives and in turn-based, tactical RPG battles wrought with strategic, new twists to overcome. Which house, and which path, will you choose?
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
World in Conflict 75.

World in Conflict

Platform: PC
September 18, 2007
War is Coming Home. West Germany, 1989. To avoid certain collapse, the Soviet army boldly advances into Europe. NATO responds only to be met on a second front -- a diversionary attack on the American homeland. You are a field commander, leading the era’s most powerful military machines in the campaign to retake America’s cities and suburbs. Superpowered Warfare - Unleash the arsenals of the great military superpowers in the gripping single-player story created by best-selling author and Cold War authority, Larry Bond. MassTech Engine - The latest version of Massive’s proprietary engine allows for a full 360° range of camera control, allowing you to get right down into the midst of battle. Demolish Everything - Destroy every object in the game – crush cars, destroy buildings, burn forests! Drop-in Multiplayer - Join on-going games and immediately help your team take control of the map. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.1
Kingdom Rush 76.

Kingdom Rush

Platform: iOS
December 19, 2011
The acclaimed action fantasy defense game is now available for iPad in High Definition! Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command!Fight on forests, mountains and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations! Rain fire upon your enemies, summon reinforcements, command your troops, recruit elven warriors and face legendary monsters on a quest to save the Kingdom from the forces of darkness!Kingdom Rush highlights:• Epic defense battles that will hook you for hours!• Command your soldiers and see them engage in hand to hand cartoon battles!• 8 specialized tower upgrades to customize your strategy! Mighty Barbarians, Arcane Wizards, Forest Rangers to name a few.• Over 18 tower abilities! Have your Sorcerers summon earth elementals and polymorph your enemies!• Over 30 different enemies, from Goblins to Demons each with their own skills! (Beware of the mountain Trolls!)• Intense boss fights never seen on a defense game!• Hours of gameplay with over 50 achievements • Extra game modes that will challenge your tactical skills to the limit.• High definition awesome illustrated cartoon art!• In-game encyclopedia with information from your towers and enemies.Stay tuned for early 2012 Update :- Gamecenter Enabled!- New Stage: The Ruins of Acaroth!!- Face Gul'Thak the Orc Chieftain!- and more!*** iPad 1 users : Kingdom Rush is a memory intensive game so it is recommended you close background applications before playing.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Star Control 3 77.

Star Control 3

Platform: PC
September 24, 1996
Star Control 3 takes the traditional build-an-interstellar-empire theme and bonds it to an adventure/mystery plot. It seems that the fabric of space is breaking down, Hyper Space (faster than light) drives no longer work, and there are signs of impending galactic Armageddon. Players are given command of the only remaining spacecraft capable of interstellar travel and, along with a smorgasbord of aliens that make up the League of Sentient Beings, are sent to the unexplored Kessari Quadrant to fix space and ward off doomsday. [SciFi Weekly]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
5.2
Decisive Battles of WWII Vol 2: Korsun Pocket 78.

Decisive Battles of WWII Vol 2: Korsun Pocket

Platform: PC
July 31, 2003
Korsun Pocket is the long awaited sequel to "The Ardennes Offensive" in the Decisive Battles system. The game uses a greatly improved version of the Ardennes Offensive engine to recreate the desperate German attempt to escape encirclement on the Russian Front early in 1944. The battle is a tense and exciting struggle, with neither side having a decisive advantage, as the Russians struggle to form the pocket, then try to resist successive German rescue efforts and last ditch attempts at breakout. [SSG]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
6.8
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 79.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Platform: PC
October 8, 2012
Enemy Unknown couples tactical turn-based gameplay with action sequences and on-ground combat. Recruit, specialize and train unique soldiers and manage your personnel. Detect and interrupt the alien threat as you construct and expand your XCOM headquarters. Direct soldier squads in turn-based ground battles and deploy air units such as the Interceptor and Skyranger. The fight spreads around the world as the XCOM team engages in over 70 missions, communicating and negotiating with governments around the world.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
Rise of Nations 80.

Rise of Nations

Platform: PC
May 20, 2003
Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy?war? Whichever path you choose, you?ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games ? brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations. Rise of Nations is a new historical real time strategy game from Big Huge Games' Brian Reynolds, designer of PC game classics such as "Civilization 2" and "Alpha Centauri." In Rise of Nations, you'll create new cities, improve city infrastructures and expand national borders. Conquer foes through military might using everything from sling-shots to cannons to stealth bombers to nuclear weapons; corner the market on key commodities and consolidate power under your rule; wheel and deal across time with history's eminent cultures. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
League of Legends: Wild Rift 81.

League of Legends: Wild Rift

Platform: iOS
October 27, 2020
Dive into Wild Rift: the skills-and-strats 5v5 MOBA experience of League of Legends, now built from the ground up for mobile and console. With fresh controls and fast-paced games, players of every level can team up with friends, lock in their champion, and go for the big plays.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.1
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising 82.

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

Platform: Game Boy Advance
June 24, 2003
Just when you thought you'd seen the last of them, the Black Hole Army is storming back in this sequel to the award-winning Game Boy Advance strategy game. With new COs under his command, Sturm is leading a new invasion force, and it'll take advance strategy to stop him!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Elf Defense Eng 83.

Elf Defense Eng

Platform: iOS
February 1, 2012
Tower defense like you’ve never seen it before: crisp, beautiful, addictive, unmatched magic. Elf Defense sets a new standard for the tower defense genre, with gorgeous HD graphics, over 100 enemies to defeat, a sophisticated system of unit recruitment and upgrade, all packaged within an absorbing narrative. Defend the elven homeland against the intrusion of human oppressors. Despite the historical generosity the elves have shown toward their human brethren, the human kingdom has chosen to relentlessly exploit their peaceful friends. Even these peace-loving elves have a breaking point, and it’s been reached as human forces attempt to overrun their very homes. Retina display optimization and unmatched art direction make Elf Defense a pleasure to play; superior game design makes it irresistibly addictive. FEATURES:*Deploy a wide variety of units, each with their own special combat skills, to take down the enemy before they breach your walls!*Over 100 enemy types make strategy a dynamic, evolving challenge*Breathtakingly crisp graphics are put to good use with a gorgeous color palette and exceptional, unique character design*Special items enhance tactics and provide players with the ability to tailor their strategy to suit their own playing style*Adjustable difficulty makes Elf Defense fun for tower defense newbies and veterans alike*Shop is packed with upgrades and items; players can purchase with in-game currency or buy additional currency*GameCenter integration*Gorgeous environments?Fairy Forest, Desolate Desert, Frozen Artic*Collect formidable mercenary warriors to enhance your forces
Metascore:
89
User Score:
tbd
Pike and Shot 84.

Pike and Shot

Platform: iOS
January 29, 2015
In the time of Pike and Shot, mighty struggles erupted across Europe for causes religious, political or dynastic. In 1494 A.D. The first of the Italian Wars broke out, starting a long struggle for dominance in the region, involving many major belligerents such as France, the Holy Roman Empire and Spain. After years of fighting, the conflict was not resolved until 1559. Then from 1618 until 1648, The Thirty Years War raged across Germany and beyond, leaving devastation in its wake, but saw the rise of great commanders such as Count Tilly, Wallenstein and King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and rapid developments in battlefield tactics. The Thirty Years War saw the involvement of great empires such as the Spanish and the French empires, as well as the Swedes.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
4.5
Lost Frontier 85.

Lost Frontier

Platform: iOS
June 2, 2016
Lost Frontier is a turn-based strategy game, brought to you from the creators of the Battleheart and Zombieville series'. In a fantasy-western setting consumed by steam-punk technology and the supernatural, can you survive with just your wit and a six-gun at your side?
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.5
I Was a Teenage Exocolonist 86.

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Platform: PC
August 25, 2022
Spend your teenage years on an alien planet in this narrative RPG with card-based battles. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.1
Railroad Tycoon II 87.

Railroad Tycoon II

Platform: PC
November 2, 1998
Ride the Iron Horse. It can take you from New York to South Africa. It can take you from the year 1804 to the year 2000. It can take you from penniless manual laborer to powerful multi-millionaire. It can take you from a normal, well-adjusted, well-rounded person to an obsessed, singled-minded, one-tracked trainhead. This is a real railroad game, not just a strategy game that happens to involve railroads. If you want to hop on a plane, car or ship, hop on another game. This game is about trains for people who love trains. Everything about the game is centered around an authentic look and feeling of the railways. Period video and pictures are interlaced with the game. The design and interface are true to the character of the fabled late 1800's railroads. A.I. opponents are based on real people. And all maps are real (based on satellite photography from US Geological Service and other sources). [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Crimson: Steam Pirates 88.

Crimson: Steam Pirates

Platform: iOS
September 1, 2011
In Crimson: Steam Pirates, plumes of black smoke fill the blue Caribbean sky as Thomas Blood’s pirate fleet steams ahead—over, above, and below the waves. On the surface, ships bristle with swivel cannons and lightning guns. Above, zeppelins drip with incendiary bombs. And below, silent and deadly, submarines stalk their targets, torpedoes at the ready. Command your fleet and your Steampunk crew using an elegant action interface. Crimson: Steam Pirates' turn-based gameplay provides an addicting mixture of strategy and action as you anticipate your enemies’ moves and counter them, luring them into a deadly hail of weapons fire while uncovering the mystery brewing in the Caribbean. Crimson: Steam Pirates features: • 8 voyages that begin the tale of Thomas Blood’s adventures in the Caribbean• 2 “Pass-and-Play” multiplayer scenarios• Over a dozen types of ships, subs, and airships• Over 20 unique crew members whose special abilities enhance gameplay Presented by Bungie Aerospace and conceived by the mind of Harebrained Schemes' Jordan Weisman, creator of the MechWarrior, Crimson Skies, and Shadowrun universes.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.1
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen 89.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Platform: PC
August 29, 2017
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds extensive new content in the fight against ADVENT when additional resistance factions form in order to eliminate the alien threat on Earth. In response, a new enemy, known as the “Chosen,” emerges with one goal: recapture the Commander. This expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.0
Medieval: Total War 90.

Medieval: Total War

Platform: PC
August 19, 2002
It opens with the preaching of the first Crusade in 1095. It ends with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. What happens in between is up to you. Guide your kingdom's fortunes through a period of brutal conflict and violent social upheaval. Lay siege to mighty fortresses as you command vast armies across the battlefields of Europe and North Africa. But be careful when forming alliances - and even more so when choosing enemies. For this is Total War: a world where empires fall even faster than they rise, and the penalty for fear is your life. [Activision]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
FTL: Faster than Light 91.

FTL: Faster than Light

Platform: iOS
April 3, 2014
FTL: Advanced Edition is a huge content addition that includes new weapons, drones, augments, systems, enemies, and more.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods 92.

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods

Platform: PC
May 28, 2013
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods lets players step into the boots of a pagan chieftain, approaching the brutal backstabbing world of Crusader Kings through invasion, adventure, and holy war.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
Dicey Dungeons 93.

Dicey Dungeons

Platform: Switch
December 15, 2020
Become a giant walking dice and battle to the end of an ever-changing dungeon! Can you escape the cruel whims of Lady Luck? In this new fast-paced deckbuilding roguelike from Terry Cavanagh, Chipzel, and Marlowe Dobbe, you'll fight monsters, find better loot, and level up your heroes as you work together to take down the Goddess of Fortune, Lady Luck herself. Balance your carefully planned strategies against the unknown of a dice roll. Play as six different characters, each with their own unique play styles and abilities. Master each class and figure out which one best fits your style in this charming world filled with a growing array of twists and secrets. Can you make it out alive? Maybe, but luck is definitely not on your side.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.8
The Banner Saga 3 94.

The Banner Saga 3

Platform: Xbox One
July 26, 2018
The Banner Saga 3 is the epic conclusion to a sweeping viking saga six years in the making. This strategic RPG, acclaimed for its strong story and compelling characters has has won over 20 awards and been nominated for 4 BAFTA awards.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.5
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 95.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Platform: PC
July 1, 2003
The Frozen Throne provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga. In the single-player campaign, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land. One new Hero per race, each possessing powerful spells and magical abilities. A host of new units, each equipped with new abilities and spells, giving players the opportunity to create diverse strategic and tactical forms of combat. Player-built shops, unique for each race, equipped with items carefully designed to improve and aid the units of every race. Neutral Heroes, available for recruitment by all players, that can supplement and strengthen a player's army with all new spells and abilities. Expanded multiplayer options over Battle.net including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support. [Blizzard]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.2
Starcraft 96.

Starcraft

Platform: PC
March 31, 1998
In the distant future a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. As resources run short, however, these Confederate nations find themselves looking towards the rich worlds of their alien neighbors, the enigmatic Protoss. To further complicate matters, it seems that a previously unknown and deadly species known only as the Zerg has entered Protoss space and is destroying everything in its path. The time for war has come... As the military leader for your species, you must gather the resources you need to train and expand your forces and lead them to victory. 30 unique missions will challenge you across three different campaigns as you control the fate of the galaxy.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis 97.

Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis

Platform: Game Boy Advance
May 11, 2002
Under the watchful eye of the Holy Lodis Empire, strange things are happening on the island of Ovis. Powerful forces have been set in motion, but their motives are masked by political intrigue. It is your mission to investigate these occurrences and discover the true intentions of those involved. The ending of the game will depend on the actions that the main character, Alphonse, takes. You will make many revelations as you proceed, but you must survive the unrelenting battles and cultivate your characters' abilities to unveil the ultimate truth.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
XCOM: Enemy Within 98.

XCOM: Enemy Within

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 12, 2013
XCOM: Enemy Within is the expansion to the 2012 strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Enemy Within adds an array of new abilities, upgrades and weapons to combat new enemy and alien threats. This expansion pack also introduces new maps, new tactical and strategic gameplay, and new multiplayer content providing a fresh new gameplay experience.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.4
XCOM 2 99.

XCOM 2

Platform: PC
February 5, 2016
20 years have passed since world leaders unconditionally surrendered to alien forces and XCOM, the world's last line of defense, was left destroyed and scattered. Now the aliens hold dominion over the Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface, while hiding a sinister intent below and eliminating all who don't fall in like with their new order. Online those who live a the edges of the world have a modicum of freedom. Here, a force gathers once again to stand up for humanity. Consistently on the run, the remnant XCOM forces need to find a way to regroup, expose the nefarious truth behind the occupation, and eliminate the alien threat for good.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.3
Myth II: Soulblighter 100.

Myth II: Soulblighter

Platform: PC
November 30, 1998
Building on the excellent plot and gameplay featured in Myth: The Fallen Lords, Myth II: Soulblighter also upped the ante by incorporating destructible environments as well as new game modes. The near-infinite gameplay permutations that ensued, ensured that Myth fans had lots of new toys to play with in the game world. Myth II also enjoyed a comprehensive update in the shape of the the Myth II expansion pack: Chimera. [Bungie Studios]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
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