We chose civilization as one of our top strategy games of all time (you’ll find tone of similar games via that link). Why? Because turn based strategy games have never gotten any better than this one.

In this article we’ll explore more TBS games that are similar to Civilization.


The gameplay of a turn-based strategy game like civilization is largely based on managerial skills. Players must control their forces in realistic ways that are based off of real life military tactics. The best examples of this style of gameplay is found in Tactical role-playing games like Poxnora, King’s Bounty, uTanks and Battle for Wesnorth, not to mention, of course, Civilization. 

The original Turn Based Strategy Games like Civilization 

At first, Turn Based Strategy games were based around historic battles. But it wasn’t long before game developers began to create TBSs around fictional battles.

Sit Meier has confirmed that Civilization (and thereby other games like Civilization) was based around an old board game which was also called Civilization. The game was created by Hartland Trefoil, a company in the UK, back in 1980.

Meier was actually the third video game designer to design a computer version of the 1980s board game, but the other two designs were cancelled.

The original design of Civilization was as a real -time game, but Meier considered it to be too similar to other strategy games at the time and so changed the system to a TBS.

The decision to do so was a remarkable success. Not only did Civilization end up becoming one of the best games of all time, it also spawned a whole industry of other games like Civilization, which reveal on the next page.

Games like Civilization


Stormfall Age of War 

Stormfall Age of War is a Facebook strategy game created by game developer Plarium. It is a mid-core strategy game in which you must build your own castle town by raiding the AI installations and taking part in multiplayer combat. The plot of Stormfall: Age of War is minimalist and takes players through a series of campaigns narrated by a sarcastic adviser. There are lots of different mechanics to get to grips with, as there are in most strategy games, and there are many tutorials to help you get to grips with things.

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Endless Space 

In Endless Space, you take control of one of the nine civilizations, or you may create your own. You then lead your empire to interstellar dominance as you spread yourselves throughout the galaxy.

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Age of Wonder 

Age of Wonder is a series of games in the fantasy strategy genre, which has seen several different installations. Created by video game developer Triumph Studios, who are famous for their work on the Overlord series of games, Age of Wonders is fantasy strategy game with excellent tactical combat, simultaneous turns and a narrow focussed style of empire management. Other games like Age of Wonder include Age of War and Age of Empires.

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Rise of Nations 

Rise of Nations is a classic real time strategy game that was originally released in 2003 and subsequently improve upon through expansion packs. The popularity of Rise of Nation also led to the released of a fantasy version of the game in 2006.

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Adventure Town 

Adventure Town is a city building game with RPG elements. You begin with a small town, build it up and then use your team of heroes to defend your town from the hordes of enemies that attack. Adventure Town is a very popular game because of its combination of RPG elements, city building and cutesy cartoon graphics.

In terms of video game design, there isn’t really that much to make Adventure Town stand it. It’s a basic city building town in which your heroes defend the people of your homeland.

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Dungeon Keeper 

a strategy and simulation title that is pretty easy to get into and play. Your character has been cast from high up back to the bottom rung of the ladder by his traitorous girlfriend. Now, you’re hellbent on revenge and will do all in your power to ensure you reclaim the top position and rule over the dungeons.

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Stronghold is a real time strategy game in a medieval time period full of war. Stronghold was released way back in 2001 while this chap, writing this, was at uni studying video game design. Sigh, times change. Anyway. . .

Stonghold saw later released Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Kingdoms that are the same basic set-up as the original but with minor shifts in the gameplay.

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