Turn-based strategy games bring out the more cerebral undertones of the genre – the break afforded by ‘turns’ allows us to think, ponder and plan our moves with as much expert precision as we can muster. Witnessing that mater plan unfold can create untold levels of satisfaction, and suddenly you fancy yourself the master tactician.
This genre is also home to the ‘one more turn’ trope – that feeling of near-addiction that compels you to click the ‘End Turn’ button just one more time to see what happens. Maybe you’re waiting to see the outcome of a daring attack, maybe you’re just trying to click through some downtime. We also have the best strategy games on PC if you’re looking to expand beyond petty concepts like ‘turns’.
This is a living list, in the sense that there are many worthy candidates and not enough room to fit them all in. Every so often (especially as new games come out), we’ll give this article a refresh and an update to bring give other titles their turn in the spotlight. Also, don’t be alarmed that games like Civ 6 aren’t on the list: You can check out our guide to the best 4X games to see our thoughts on that particular niche.