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Strategy games. Victory depends here on player’s strategy and tactics. Main task is to control resources (e.g. troops, civil workers) in order to defeat an enemy or achieve some other goal. The gameplay can be turn-based or in real time (RTS). Specific types of strategy games are economic games and so called ‘tycoons’. more

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Stronghold: Warlords (PC)
Stronghold: Warlords (PC)

Strategy September 2020

Another full-fledged installment of Stronghold, a popular strategy game series developed by FireFly since 2001. As always, the game takes us to medieval times, and allows us to assume the role of a lord with a small castle and a poor village at his command. Our job is to grow the area to become a powerful domain. Stronghold Next doesn’t differ much from the previous installments of the series – we are occupied with expanding the village and the titular stronghold, as well as engaging in wars with other lords. However, Stronghold Next contains a number of new elements that have enhanced the gameplay. The game mainly focuses on economic (village management) and military aspects (battles that employ various siege techniques). The players can also design and expand their fortress using a wide range of ready-made elements.

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Cold War Game	 (PC)
Cold War Game (PC)

Strategy 2021

Cold War Game presents an alternative vision of the Cold War, in which the USA and the USSR do not come to an agreement and decide to force the opponent to adopt their ideology. The gameplay consists of tactical real-time armed battles on German territory.

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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (PC)
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (PC)

Strategy 27 April 2001

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Stronghold Crusader HD (PC)
Stronghold Crusader HD (PC)

Strategy 01 November 2012

An improved edition of a popular RTS game created by FireFly Studios and originally released back in 2002. The HD edition increases the maximum resolution supported and adds zooming in and out in the isometric view. The game offers the entire content of the original release, supplemented with additional units, scenarios and tactical options introduced in the Stronghold Warchest and Stronghold Crusader Extreme editions. The player assumes the role of a castle's administrator living during the first three crusades. Throughout several single player campaigns, the player completes a series of story missions, familiarizing themselves with subsequent game mechanics. Balancing between prosperous economy and powerful army is the core element of gameplay here. Apart from standard campaigns, the game offers a set of individual scenarios and multiplayer missions for up to 8 players. Beyond the aforementioned technical improvements, the audiovisuals as such were not changed.

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Gears Tactics (PC)
Gears Tactics (PC)

Strategy 28 April 2020

A tactical spin-off of the Gears of War series, developed by The Coalition and Splash Damage studios. The main character of Gears Tactics is Gabe Diaz, who 10 years before the events of first part of the cycle intends to stop the victorious march of Locusts through the planet Sera.

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COVID: The Outbreak (PC)
COVID: The Outbreak (PC)

Strategy 29 May 2020

COVID: The Outbreak is a strategy game in which we manage a global health organization fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The game was developed by the Polish company Jujubee.

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Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (PC)
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (PC)

Strategy 01 July 2003

An official expansion pack for the third installment in the series of classic RTS games set in a fantasy world and developed by Blizzard Entertainment since 1994. The story of the expansion is set in the world of Azeroth, several months after the battle for mount Hyjal. The plot here is centered around the trials to find Ner'zhul - the lord of the Undead, who has remained inside a frozen tomb in Northrend. The players receive four new campaigns for each of the four available races. However, the Orcs' campaign (separate from the main branch of the plot) deserves to be given special attention, because it lays the groundwork for the planned World of Warcraft MMORPG. It is worth noticing that all the parties involved in the conflict received new characters with their unique skills, as well as new types of units. The player is now capable of hiring neutral heroes and building stores selling magical equipment. Additionally, the expansion introduces new items, buildings and upgrades related to them.

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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (PC)
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (PC)

Strategy 28 March 2007

The third full-fledged installment in a series of bestselling strategy games. The series was launched by Westwood and further developed by EA Los Angeles - a team employing the creators of the original game. This third installment reaches back to the roots of the franchise, both in terms of the mechanics and the plot. The game focuses on further developments in the conflict between the Global Defense Initiative and terrorists known as the Brotherhood of Nod. Their ruthless leader by the name of Kane tries to conquer the world using the titular Tiberium - a substance of space origin. The gameplay here is based on a well-proven formula and focuses on resource gathering, base expansion and commanding the player's forces through dynamic, real-time battles. The game offers units that appeared first in the previous installments, such as Mammoth tanks or Orca aircraft. Simultaneously, the visuals were significantly improved, using an upgraded version of the SaGE engine.

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PC)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PC)

Strategy 28 October 2008

After the success achieved by the third installment in the Command & Conquer series, EA Los Angeles began to work on a sequel to the Red Alert subseries developed in parallel with the franchise's main installments. Again, the players are thrown into an alternative reality, where the leaders of the Soviet Union decided to travel back in time in order to make Russia great again. However, apart from the Allied Forces, standing in their way this time is a new superpower established in the eastern part of the globe - the Empire of the Rising Sun. Each of the three entities involved in the conflict received its own story campaign consisting of 9 missions. Importantly, the campaigns can be played both in the singleplayer and co-op modes. Depending on the faction chosen, the player takes control of different, but also unusual, combat units falling into three categories: ground, air and naval ones. Among them, the player will find floating islands, transformable tanks or armed animals, such as dolphins or bears for example. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 once again utilizes the SAGE engine, providing the players with high-quality visuals.

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SimCity (PC)
SimCity (PC)

Strategy 05 March 2013

The fifth installment in the popular economic strategy game series - SimCity. The game was developed by EA Maxis Studios (known for The Sims and Spore) with publishing support from the Electronic Arts company. In accordance to the tradition of the series, you becomes a mayor of a virtual city who has to turn it into a bustling metropolis. To this end, you have to deal with complex management issues, economic and social problems, as well as quickly react to various random events (e.g. natural disasters). The new SimCity stands out from the previous games in the series thanks to its advanced game engine - Glassbox, as well as extensive social panel CityLog (inspired of similar systems used in Need for Speed and Battlefield games).

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (PC)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (PC)

Strategy 06 December 2016

A tactical real-time strategy game inspired by the Commandos series. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is set in Japan in 1615. The new shogun decided to enforce peace in the entire country which requires him to silently eliminate all the opposition that may dream of rebelling against him. To achieve this, he asks a group of five specialists who deal in murder, sabotage, and espionage. It is the team that the player will lead in the course of the campaign that consists of over a dozen extensive missions. In Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the action is presented from a camera placed high above the characters’ heads which provides us with a good grasp of the environment and lets us efficiently issue orders to our agents. Since they perform risky tasks on enemy territory, it is necessary to stay out of guards’ sight and act stealthily. Maps were designed in a way that allows for any mission to be completed in various ways. To succeed, the player always has to cunningly use the unique skills of every character and devise plans that involve strict cooperation within the party.

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC)

Strategy 24 October 2000

The official sequel to Command & Conquer: Red Alert, a game originally released on PCs in 1996 by the Westwood Studios company. The storyline of Red Alert 2 is a continuation of that of its predecessor, however, due to the results of the secret Soviet experiments, this time we will witness the emergence of several alternative reality scenarios. The players can once again declare themselves either for the side of the Allies or the advancing red tide of the Soviets, and it is their task to try to decide the fate of the world with the numerous new tools at their disposal. Said novelties include unique, futuristic military technologies, as well as the ability to deploy spies, who can reach even the most carefully guarded secrets of any enemy base. In total, the production features forty new single-player missions and thirty previously unavailable units and buildings. The visuals of C&C: Red Alert 2 have also been significantly upgraded to harness the full potential of newest computers and modern graphics cards.

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Medieval II: Total War (PC)
Medieval II: Total War (PC)

Strategy 10 November 2006

The next installment in a strategy game franchise from Creative Assembly. The game is set in the period of years 1080-1503, once again taking the players into the Medieval period. The developers did their best to faithfully recreate the epoch, including economy, trade, and political relations. Players can choose from 21 playable nations that differ in more than appearance, but also preferring various combat tactics. The story campaign lets you expand across Europe, Middle East, as well as South and Latin America. As always, gameplay consists of two layers – turn-based, in which you manage your kingdom, and real-time, where the battles are fought. As compared with the previous games in the series, this one offers extended tactical options, including e.g. new siege weapons and heavy artillery. Furthermore, the visuals, as well as animations and the destruction model, were significantly improved.

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Teamfight Tactics (PC)
Teamfight Tactics (PC)

Strategy 27 June 2019

Teamfight Tactics is an alternative mode in the League of Legends MOBA, which basically functions as a separate production, created on the wave of popularity of Dota Auto Chess. The production was developed and released by Riot Games.

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Ancient Cities (PC)
Ancient Cities (PC)

Strategy November 2020

A real-time strategy game enriched with elements of RPGs, city builders, and survival games. Ancient Cities was developed by the independent developer Uncasual Games. The player assumes the role of a tribal leader living in the Neolithic era. The tasks of the player are to provide shelter and protection against predators for the members of the tribe, as well as to obtain sufficient amounts of food. Gathering resources (the whole in-game economy is based on them) resembles a survival game, as flora and fauna are simulated within a dynamic ecosystem. Consequently, wild plants and animals are soon not enough to sustain a constantly growing tribe. In harsh periods, the player has to distribute supplies wisely - for instance, foods naturally degrade over time. Things can also get complicated as a result of sudden climatic changes and natural disasters - one oftentimes has to decide whether to stay in one's settlement and try to survive a difficult period, or to abandon the base in search for a safer zone. Alongside progression, the player unlocks new upgrades in the extensive technology tree, which allows for improvements to one's methods of crafting and cultivation, making the tribe's existence easier in the long run. Members of the tribe are described by individual sets of statistics, talents and skills. These mechanics are complemented by having more or less friendly relations with other tribes.

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Company of Heroes (PC)
Company of Heroes (PC)

Strategy 11 September 2006

A real-time strategy set during the World War II. The game was developed by the Canadian studio, Relic Entertainment, famous for the Homeworld series and Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War. The game focuses on the American armies struggling against the enemy in Western Europe. It begins with the D-Day, the legendary allied landing in Normandy. The single-player campaign is very cinematic. When it comes to the multiplayer, it can support up to eight players. Each of them has to pick a side - either the Allies, or the Axis. The game stands out thanks to the Essence Engine and the popular Havok technology accompanying it. Thus the game world makes a great impression - the environments are destructible to a large degree and the team the player commands can boast great AI - its members take advantage of their surroundings and respond very quickly to enemy actions.

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Prison Architect: Island Bound (PC)
Prison Architect: Island Bound (PC)

Strategy 23 June 2020

Island Bound is an add-on to Prison Architect economic strategy. It extends this game with new opportunities to expand the prison and manage its operations by introducing helicopters and ferries. It also includes previously unavailable facilities, buildings and maps.

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Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East (PC)
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East (PC)

Strategy 12 October 2007

The second official expansion pack for the fifth installment of the Heroes of Might and Magic series. The base game was released during the spring of 2006 and it was developed by the experienced Russian studio Nival Interactive. The expansion adds another episode to the war against demons that takes place in the world of Ashan. Orcs play a decisive role in bringing an end to the conflict. They are a brutal and merciless race of warriors which also uses goblins, cyclopes and powerful flying creatures called Pao Kai. The story of the expansion pack is filled with references to Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. In addition to the set of usual novelties and a story campaign, the developers also prepared 5 new scenarios for single player and 10 multiplayer maps. All units in the game have also received a new, alternative development level.

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Napoleon: Total War (PC)
Napoleon: Total War (PC)

Strategy 23 February 2010

Another installment in a renowned series of spectacular strategy games developed by Creative Assembly since 2000. The game focuses on the character of Napoleon Bonaparte and his military conquests at the turn of the 19th century. The player observes his ups and downs during the Italian, the Egyptian, and the European story campaigns. Completing them allows the player to witness both the rise and the fall of his empire. When it comes to the gameplay mechanics, the game introduces only slight modifications. The game combines all the successful mechanics employed in Empire: Total War with a set of new features, such as the system of army provisions, ship repairs, further extension of diplomacy and the increased role of spies. During the battles, the generals (including Bonaparte himself) are of high relevance, as they are capable of punishing the soldiers and bolstering their spirit. Both the visuals and AI of the units were improved.

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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (PC)
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (PC)

Strategy 28 November 2003

A cRPG/real-time strategy game hybrid by Phenomic. SpellForce: The Order of Dawn is set in a fantasy world, which has been almost completely destroyed by thirteen mages yearning for unlimited power. The survivors of the cataclysm they brought took refugee on many islands scattered around the world, all that was left of a once great continent, reachable only by means of magical portals. However, the peace did not last long, as the forces of evil are at work yet again. You play as a chosen one, possessing supernatural abilities, who is the only one able to neutralize the threat. You control the protagonist directly, exploring many locations and doing various quests. The character of your chosen class earns experience points and reaches higher levels, and also collects increasingly more powerful equipment. SpellForce: The Order of Dawn features a TPP view, but you can also switch to bird's eye view, in which the strategic aspect of the game becomes more apparent. You have to build bases, manage your resources and technology, and train new soldiers. You can choose from six varied races (Men, Dwarves, Elves, Dark Elves, Orcs, and Trolls), each of which has a different development path, economy and combat skills. Apart from the story campaign, the game also features a multiplayer mode.

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Endless Space 2 (PC)
Endless Space 2 (PC)

Strategy 19 May 2017

A continuation of a 2012's highly-rated, turn-based 4X space strategy game by Amplitude studio. The action of Endless Space 2 takes us once again into the distant future where we can take part in a galactic conflict between the great races fighting struggling for control over a fragment of the universe. Both our empire management and battles take place in a turn-based system, and the player's task is to explore the universe, take control of individual planets, create a functioning economy, develop new technologies, and establish trade and diplomatic relations. The military aspect plays a key role in the game, featuring an advanced ship construction module, allowing us to personally choose the individual components of our ship. The game's virtual universe is randomly generated, providing unique adventures and challenges with each new game.

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Secret Government (PC)
Secret Government (PC)

Strategy 2021

A global strategy game in which we play the role of a member of a secret organization straight from conspiracy theories, and our task is to secretly manipulate the course of events around the globe. The game takes place from the 18th century to the present day. Secret Government was developed by the Russian GameTrek studio and released by 1C Entertainment.

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Anno 1701 (PC)
Anno 1701 (PC)

Strategy 26 October 2006

Anno 1701 is a position that will be of particular interest to lovers of the laborious development and expansion of overseas properties and growing into power through skillful, economical manoeuvres.

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Cossacks 3 (PC)
Cossacks 3 (PC)

Strategy 20 September 2016

The third installment in a real-time strategy series, set in a historical setting of the 17th and 18th century. The game was created by the reactivated GSC Game World studio, known for such titles as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or American Conquest. In terms of the plot, this game is a remake of the first installment, originally released in 2000. In the game you can select any of the 12 available historical nations, each having their own buildings, units, and technologies. Gameplay is based on the classic mechanics of RTS genre, so your responsibilities include expanding your base, gathering resources, and recruiting an army to fight your enemies. Although you command massive armies in battles (up to 10 thousand units at one time), it is possible to give orders to individual soldiers. Each one has his own statistics, such as health, morale, level of training, experience, and fatigue.

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Foundation (PC)
Foundation (PC)

Strategy December 2020

An economic strategy game resembling the Anno series. The production is set in the Middle Ages and your task is to build a powerful, prosperous city.

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Endless Legend (PC)
Endless Legend (PC)

Strategy 18 September 2014

Set in fantasy realities, a 4X turn-based strategy by an independent studio Amplitude known for the space strategy game – Endless Space. The action takes us to Auria, a fantasy world which was once hit by a devastating cataclysm that pushed the civilization into the abyss. In the advent of new signs indicating the return of the apocalypse, we are in control of a small village, take care of supplies, technology development, diplomacy, and military operations. Even though mechanics of the turn-based combat system are quite simple, the game puts heavy emphasis on tactics and terrain use. The game features RPG elements, such as numerous quests and development of heroes’ skills in exchange for experience points.

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