Top 10 Strategy Games Of All Time

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Updated on 4 Apr, 2018 at 6:30 pm


Enlisting strategy games is like grabbing a handful of pins and seeing which one hurts the most. Like every pin that pricks, every game involves some form of strategy. However, we decided to stick our hands in anyway to see what we’d come out with. So let’s not waste time gathering resources. It’s time to jump into action. Have a look here.

1. Railroad Tycoon

This business simulation game was designed by Sid Meier. The objective of this game is to build and manage a railroad company by laying track, building stations, and buying and scheduling trains. Till the date, there are five versions of this game – The original Railroad Tycoon (1990), Railroad Tycoon Deluxe (1993), Railroad Tycoon II (1998), Railroad Tycoon 3 (2003), and Sid Meier’s Railroads (2006).



2. World in Conflict


This real-time tactical game is also known as WiC and was developed by Swedish company – Massive Entertainment. This game delivers intense action and coordinated team play amidst the war the world feared most — an apocalyptic showdown between the Soviet Union and the United States. This “action game” take on the real-time strategy genre and wrap it in an instantly appealing, accessible and highly polished package.



3. Starcraft

One of the best selling games for personal computer, Starcraft was developed in 1998 by American company Blizzard Entertainment. With three expansion packs and a sequel, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, this game was praised by a lot of industrial journalists for being one of the best video games of all time. Revolving around 26th century, this game is based on fighting for authority in the distance part of the Milky Way galaxy.



4. SimCity

Developed by Will Wright in 1989, this console video game has several sequels including – SimCity 2000 (1993), SimCity 3000 (1999), SimCity 4 (2003), SimCity DS, and SimCity Societies (2007). Inspired by the game “Raid on Bungeling Bay,” you have to design and build a city according to the budget you possesses.



5. Commandos

This game is about studying your enemy and developing a careful plan. This way when the battle comes, executing the plan to perfection is second nature. This is a real-time tactics game which means scenarios are sure to quickly change. Developed by Spanish company Pyro Studios in 1998, this game has five sequels till the date – Behind enemy lines (1998), Beyond the call of duty (1999), Men of courage (2001), Destination Berlin (2003) and Strikeforce (2006).



6. Populous

Developed by British company Bullfrog in 1989, Populous is considered as first PC G0d game which coined revolution in the gaming world of PC. In this game, the player adopts the role of a deity and assumes the responsibility to shepherd people by direction, manipulation, and divine intervention. The Populous series includes – Populous (1989), Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods (1991), The Beginning (1998) and Populous DS (2007).



7. Age of Empires

This historical game was developed by Ensemble Studios in 1997 and since then it has been creating milestones in the world of real-time strategy gaming. With seven titles and three spin-offs till the date, the player selects a civilization and plays on a randomly created map, most of which are based, at least loosely, on a real-world geographic area.



8. Rise of Nations

Featuring 18 civilizations and playable through 8 ages of world history, this game was developed by Big Huge Games in 2003. The game brings to life the entire sweep of human culture, from the late Stone Age to modern-day technology—not just in warfare, but in city building, trade, and diplomacy. It focuses heavily on creating a balance between Offense, Defense, and the nation’s economy based in the city.



9. Civilization

Developed by Sid Meier in 1991, this games revolves around the principle – Build an empire to stand the test of time. In this game, the player attempts to build an empire in competition with between two and six other civilizations. There are following sequels of this game – Civilization II, III, IV, Civilization revolution and Civilization V.



10. World of Warcraft

Here comes the WOW game of PC world. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment in 2004 and  with three expansions – The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008) and Cataclysm (2009), where players control a character avatar in third- or first-person view, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs) or other players.