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Strategy games have a long history; ancient games of intellect like Chess have paved the way for modern masterpieces like Starcraft. Imagine the thrill of outwitting opponents, envisioning every move before it is made, and strategically maneuvering your way to victory. From old titles like Hammurabi to Sid Meier's Civilization, strategy games have transcended time and culture.

The first strategy computer games were primarily based on resource management, like Super Star Trek or Santa Paravia and Fiumaccio. Over the years, many ports of classic games were released, like Risk or The Chessmaster 2000, but many other sub-genres were created. The revolutionary Defender of the Crown was one of the first medieval strategy games, while one of the first historical trading games was Ports of Call in 1987. The god games genre started with Populous in 1989 by Peter Molyneux. The same year Julian Gollop created one of the first squad management games with Laser Squad, a sort of predecessor of the famous UFO: Enemy Unknown.

None of these titles had a success comparable to the historical turn-based strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization, released in 1991. This inspired many other games, like Master of Magic, but also Master of Orion in 1993, one of the first 4x strategy games (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate). But there are other space games that became cult, like Star Control II.

Real-time strategy games (RTS) started with Dune II: The Battle For Arrakis in 1992, but after that, we saw many other titles, like WarCraft: Orcs & Humans, Command & Conquer in 1995, not to mention the famous Age of Empires. And let's not forget city building games like Caesar and Pharaoh.

This category has so many essential titles that it's impossible to mention them all. Just browse the list or select one of the sub-genres and choose the preferred titles. Just remember: they create addition!

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings windows

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a historical real-time strategy game created by Ensemble Studios. It was published by Microsoft in 1999 for Windows and Macintosh. As you can...

Year: 1999 Genre: Strategy

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Age of Empires windows

Age of Empires is a historical real-time strategy game created by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft on October 15, 1997, for Windows. Later it was also published for Mac OS on August 22, 1998.

Year: 1997 Genre: Strategy

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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines windows

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is the first chapter of a famous tactical game series created by the Spanish studio Pyro and published by Eidos. This first game, designed by Gonzalo ...

Year: 1998 Genre: Strategy

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Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War windowsdos

Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War is a historic real-time strategy game developed by Stainless Steel Studios and Midway Games and published in 2006. In 2008 a free version of the game was released supported by the US Air Force.

Year: 2006 Genre: Strategy

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Dune II: The Battle For Arrakis amigados

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty is a real-time strategy game created by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Games in 1992. The game, also known as Dune II: Battle for Arrak...

Year: 1992 Genre: Strategy

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Sid Meier's Civilization II windows

Civilization II, or simply Civ2, is the second chapter of the most famous turn-based strategy video game ever created: Sid Meier's Civilization. The game's objective is to "Build an empire to stand the test of time".

Year: 1996 Genre: Strategy

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Pharaoh windows

Pharaoh is a city-building simulation game set in ancient Egypt, developed by Impressions Games. It was published by Sierra Entertainment in 1999 for Windows. The game uses the Caesar III engine, with a 2D isometric view.

Year: 1999 Genre: Strategy

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert dos

Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy game created by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin in 1996 for MS-DOS and Windows 95. It was later ported to PlayStation.

Year: 1996 Genre: Strategy

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The Settlers amigados

The Settlers is a medieval city-building simulation game by Blue Byte Software, first released in 1993 for Commodore Amiga and in 1995 for MS-DOS. In America, it was published as Serf City: Life Is Feudal.

Year: 1993 Genre: Strategy

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Starcraft windowsmac-osx

StarCraft is one of the most influential real-time-strategy games ever created and one of the most important video games of all time. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment, and it was initially released in 1998 for Windows.

Year: 1998 Genre: Strategy

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Command & Conquer dos

Command & Conquer is a real-time strategy game developed by Westwood Studios, and published by Virgin Interactive in 1995 for MS-DOS. Made by the same creators of Dune II: The Bat...

Year: 1995 Genre: Strategy

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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares dos

Master of Orion II: Battle At Antares, the sequel to Master of Orion, is a turn-based 4x space empire game designed by Steve Barcia and Ken Burd. The popular strategy game was developed by Simtex.

Year: 1996 Genre: Strategy

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Civilization II: Test of Time windows

Civilization II: Test of Time is an enhanced version of Civilization II, created by MPS Labs and released in 1999 for PC. As we know, the first Sid Meier's Civilization, the turn...

Year: 1999 Genre: Strategy

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Homeworld windows

Homeworld is a sci-fi real-time strategy/simulation game created by Relic Entertainment and published by Sierra in 1999 for Windows PC. The game concept is very straightforward: ta...

Year: 1999 Genre: Strategy

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