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Games Like 'Triangle Strategy' to Play Next

After nearly 30 hours of gameplay, you'll likely resolve most of Serenoa's problems, so check out these 10 other games if you like 'Triangle Strategy.'
by Jon Bitner — 
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Triangle Strategy

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After more than a year of waiting, Triangle Strategy finally launched on Nintendo Switch in early Marce 2022. The game brings tactical, turn-based combat to the hybrid console, and has been earning rave reviews from critics — currently sitting with a generally favorable Metascore of 82. Released exclusively for Switch, it's quickly become one of the console's must-have titles of the year.

Triangle Strategy revolves on an ongoing war between three nations as they vie for resources controlled by the two. You're thrown into the action several years after the Saltiron War, although a new battle is already brewing. Serenoa Wolffort (the heir to House Wolffort) is the star of the show, and he's attempting to maneuver through the tension without triggering another conflict. Players will be treated to a story that's more complex than they'd initially expect, with nuanced characters and multiple side plots making it difficult to get a read on anyone's real intentions.

After nearly 30 hours of gameplay, however, you'll likely resolve most of Serenoa's problems. There are plenty of side quests to keep you busy for longer, but there's a good chance you'll be ready to dive into another universe and leave Norzelia behind. From Fire Emblem: Three Houses to XCOM 2, there's no shortage of strategy games that are a perfect fit for fans of Triangle Strategy. If you're ready for something outside the genre, you'll find RPGs such as Octopath Traveler and Dragon Quest XI provide fantasy worlds just as elaborate as Norzelia — albeit with slightly different gameplay.

Here are 10 games like Triangle Strategy to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Dragon Quest 11

Steampowered

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive (Switch)

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of globe-trotting quests and plot twists
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Also available on: PC, PS4, Stadia, XB1

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age is the quintessential JRPG. You play as The Luminary — a character prophesied by the World Tree to protect the realm during times of turmoil. And, as fate would have it, there happens to be an ever-growing army of monsters rampaging across the land of Dundrasil. The plot starts out as a rather generic tale, although throughout its 50+ hour campaign you'll meet a memorable cast of characters and deal with a variety of plot twists that keeps things interesting. It also boasts a fast-paced, turn-based combat system that allows for a wide degree of freedom and strategizing, making it a great next step for fans of Triangle Strategy.

"This game is a masterpiece, and it sets a new high standard for not only the series, but console RPGs in general." — RPGamer


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Fire Emblem

Nintendo

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of narrative-driven strategy games
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Also available on: N/A

Filled with political intrigue and tense, strategic action, Fire Emblem: Three Houses stands as one of the best strategy games on Switch (based on its 89 Metascore). Adding to the tension is the ever-present threat of permadeath — that is, losing a teammate during combat means they're gone for the rest of the game. Newcomers or casual players can turn the system off, but long-time veterans of the franchise have come to love the increased pressure. Outside of combat, you're free to roam the castle-like grounds of Garreg Mach Monastery, teach your students to improve their skills, or upgrade a variety of gear and weapons.

"Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an inspired innovation of a time-tested franchise, providing the same tactics fans love in a much more inviting package." — Screen Rant


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XCOM

Steampowered

XCOM 2 (PC)

Metascore: 88
Best for: Sci-fi fans
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Also available on: PS4, XB1

XCOM 2 takes place two decades after XCOM: Enemy Unknown — a reboot of the iconic strategy game from 1994. This modern entry uses turn-based combat (along with the added pressure of timed missions) to create a constant sense of urgency when out on missions. Maps are procedurally generated for each playthrough, making it easy to return for a second run after you've finished its lengthy campaign. And instead of the medieval setting seen in most games on this list, XCOM 2 brings a fresh sci-fi perspective to the action, replacing archers and warriors with snipers and shotguns.

"An instant classic that refines, evolves, and redefines the ideas that came before. Strategy perfection." — Games Master UK


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Total War: Warhammer 3

Steampowered

Total War: Warhammer 3 (PC)

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of large-scale battles
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: N/A

The big draw of Total War: Warhammer 3 is its unique battle system, which combines both turn-based and real-time combat. Conflicts play out on a massive scale, with hundreds of troops under your command at any moment — instead of small skirmishes seen in most games on this list, Warhammer 3 truly feels like an all-out war. If you get tired of working through its single-player story (which features a map almost twice as large as its predecessor), you can take the game online for some competitive multiplayer and try to climb the ladder of its ranked leagues.

"If you're yet to jump into a Total War: Warhammer title, this is the one to try, and if you have, you'll want to stay in the Realms of Chaos indefinitely." — Dexerto


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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Nintendo

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of bizarre Mario spin-offs
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Also available on: N/A

Don't let its cartoony graphics fool you — Mario + Rabbids is a surprisingly deep strategy game. Mushroom Kingdom is once again in trouble, and it's up to Mario, Luigi, Peach, and a whole squad of Rabbids to bring peace back to the land. The game is paradoxically complex, yet casual friendly, giving armchair commanders impressive freedom without ever becoming overwhelming. You'll also be treated to the usual dose of Mario charm, with plenty of zany Rabbid antics thrown in for good measure. If you need something light and refreshing to cleanse your palate after trekking through Triangle Strategy's grim world, this is the game to pick up.

"More than an attempt to cash in on the Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids franchises, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the most creative turn-based tactical games in years." — Slant Magazine


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Wargroove

Steampowered

Wargroove (Switch)

Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of cartoonish combat
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Also available on: PC, PS4, XB1

Wargroove offers the usual assortment of grid-based combat, upgradable skills, and a long-winded narrative, but differentiates itself with a robust suite of creation tools. Players can easily customize a battlefield, craft short cutscenes, and upload their creation before challenging their friends. It's all wrapped up with decidedly retro graphics, and you'll be treated to close-up shots of the action when attacking enemy units. With 15 playable commanders, there's no shortage of content in Wargroove, making it easy to sink dozens of hours into the game before seeing everything it has to offer.

"Wargroove is one of the most impressive strategy games I've seen in years." — Nintendo Enthusiast


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Final Fantasy Tactics

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Final Fantasy Tactics (PlayStation)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of classic strategy games
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Also available on: N/A

Despite launching in 1998, Final Fantasy Tactics remains one of the most talked-about strategy games around. That's largely due to its innovative art style (a mixture of 2D and 3D assets, not unlike Triangle Strategy), more than 20 Jobs to master, and 400 unlockable abilities. Its story is just as convoluted as you'd expect from the genre, with dozens of characters making appearances throughout its nearly 40-hour journey, with plenty of twists to keep things interesting until the end. The art style has allowed it to age gracefully, even if it's missing a few quality-of-live updates seen in modern games.

"From the impressive 3D terrain, to the expertly animated characters, to the gorgeous soundtrack, to the sheer volume of available gameplay options, Final Fantasy Tactics is a masterpiece." — GameSpot


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Octopath Traveler

Steampowered

Octopath Traveler (Switch)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of Triangle Strategy's gorgeous visuals
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Also available on: PCStadiaXB1

Octopath Traveler will immediately feel like home to Triangle Strategy fans, as the game shares a vary similar aesthetic. Beyond its good looks, you'll also find a complex storyline, plenty of upgradable skills, and an engaging combat system. Its battle system, however, is more in-line with traditional RPGs, as there's no grid-based movement to worry about. Instead, you and your enemies will take turns casting spells, using potions, or unleashing devastating special moves. There's a lot of hidden depth to the system, and it's one that many strategy fans will find enthralling.

"Octopath Traveler is a JRPG dream come true. Both its battle system and aesthetic pay loving tribute to the Super NES era while moving the formula forward in exciting and novel ways." — IGN


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The Banner Saga

Steampowered

The Banner Saga (PC)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of Vikings
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: iOSPS4SwitchXB1

Banner Saga combines a clean, cartoony aesthetic with surprisingly deep combat. The game follows a caravan as it travels across a fictional world based loosely on Norse mythology. Two playable characters are available, both leading separate lives until one day their fates become entwined. Battles take place on a grid-based map, with each character in your party given a specific number of tiles they can move each turn before performing a variety of abilities. The indie game was a critical and commercial success, spawning two sequels (The Banner Saga 2 and The Banner Saga 3) in the following years.

"The cast is plausible and the art is nothing short of exceptional, and everything is molded in a coherent, fascinating experience." — Eurogamer Italy


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Disgaea 1 Complete

Nintendo

Disgaea 1 Complete (Switch)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of quirky characters and wild plotlines
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Also available on: iOS, PS4

Disgaea 1 Complete is an HD port of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, a cult-classic strategy game from 2003. Launched to commemorate the series' 15-year anniversary, Disgaea 1 Complete takes the hard-nosed gameplay from the original and combines it with the unique art style found in later releases. You'll follow the story of Laharl, a demon prince who is rising after two years of slumber — only to find out that his dad (king of the Netherworld) has passed away. Laharl then sets out to reclaim the throne, and the journey only becomes more bizarre as you progress through the game. Its fast-paced gameplay combines with the unique narrative, leading to a game that only seems to get better with age.

"What you're really getting out of Disgaea is a lot of fast-paced, tactical gameplay…and quirky, off-kilter humor that will appeal to your inner irony goth." — PlayStation LifeStyle