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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

The foundations of PC as a gaming platform are currently systems of digital distribution of video games (Steam, Origin, Uplay) and MMO games that mostly work in f2p (free-to-play) model.

Jurassic World Evolution (PC)
Jurassic World Evolution (PC)

Strategy 12 June 2018

Created by the seasoned developers from Frontier Developments – a studio known for creating the RollerCoaster Tycoon series) – Jurassic World: Evolution is an economic strategy game set in the universe of the Jurassic Park franchise. The action of the game takes the players to the near future, where human scientists managed to develop a technology allowing them to recreate the DNA of prehistoric reptiles. During the game, the player assumes the role of a manager of an amusement park, in which visitors can witness the dinosaurs brought back to life. As befits a tycoon game, the player is tasked with creating and exhibiting new species, as well as taking care of the entire park’s infrastructure, visitors’ security, and a number of additional attractions. The main aspect of Jurassic World: Evolution is economy – all actions taken by the player have to be aimed at the constant development of the park and increasing the venture’s profitability.

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Tropico 6 (PC)
Tropico 6 (PC)

Strategy 29 March 2019

One of the installments in the economy strategy game series started in 2001 - Tropico. The game has been developed by Limbic Entertainment - the creators of Might & Magic X: Legacy and Might & Magic: Heroes VII. In Tropico 6, the player assumes the role of El Presidente - the leader of a banana republic. The objective is to manage the country by developing the cities, providing the citizens with jobs, fixing the damage caused by various natural disasters, as well as issuing decrees that shape both domestic and foreign policies. One of the novelties delivered by Tropico 6 is the fact that the action of the game no longer takes place on a single island - instead, the country is spread between multiple islands, all of which have to be managed by the player at the same time. The islands can be connected by bridges and tunnels. The game also features agents, who can be dispatched to various corners of the world to - not entirely legally - obtain blueprints for certain structures, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower. Moreover, the developers decided to allow the players to modify the main palace and appear before the society. During a speech, a player can e.g. make populistic promises.

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Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
Company of Heroes 2 (PC)

Strategy 25 June 2013

Second part of the highly successful military real-time strategy. Title was developed by Relic Entertainment and released by the SEGA company. Action of Company of Heroes 2 is once again set in the time of World War II. This time, however, players have the opportunity to take part in the events that took place on the Eastern Front. The main single player campaign focuses on commanding the Red Army, while in multiplayer, forces of the Third Reich are also available. Mechanics are based on solutions known from Company of Heroes, but the developers also decided to add new features, including a completely redesigned cover system and atmospheric conditions that affect units' mobility. Game was built on a new graphics engine Essence 3.0, which resulted in impressive visuals.

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Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic (PC)
Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic (PC)

Strategy 2021

Workers & Resources Soviet Republic is a classic representative of the city builders genre. The aim of the game is to build and develop a fictional Soviet republic and lead it to a bright future. 3Division studio is responsible for production.

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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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Men of War: Assault Squad 2 (PC)
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 (PC)

Strategy 15 May 2014

An official sequel to a standalone expansion to the popular Men of War series, launched in 2007 by Best Way studio – previously known for such titles as Faces of War or Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. The game lets you pick one of five available nations that were taking part in World War II and lead them to battle on the front lines of Europe, North Africa, and Far East. Players can take part in various scenarios that require employing different tactics, from covert sniping missions, to tank battles. Some of them are redesigned missions from the previous installment in the series. The game is powered by a modified version of the predecessor’s engine, achieving much better visual quality. The authors also improved AI of computer opponents and provided an extensive multiplayer that allows for competition of two teams of four players.

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Imperator: Rome (PC)
Imperator: Rome (PC)

Strategy 25 April 2019

Imperator: Rome is a large scale strategy game, in which you play as a leader of an ancient nation, starting from Athens' golden age. You have many duties, such as managing your country, developing the society, economy, and military, and maintaining relations with other nations.

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Ancestors Legacy (PC)
Ancestors Legacy (PC)

Strategy 22 May 2018

Ancestors Legacy is a complex real-time strategy game developed by the Polish independent studio Destructive Creations. The game takes place in Medieval times and its single player campaign is based on the actual historical events. We can play as one of the four available factions: Slavs, Germanic peoples, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons. In terms of gameplay, Ancestors Legacy focuses on large-scale battles. Figuring out good tactics that includes the layout of the land and skillfully flanking our enemy are the key elements that will lead us to victory. In addition to open-field battles, we can also besiege our enemies' cities and villages. We will also have to pay some attention to the economic side of our conquest (i.e. gathering materials and resources, upgrading and improving our headquarters). What makes Ancestors Legacy stand out among the similar games is the low entry threshold – both newcomers and experienced players will feel like home when playing the game.

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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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Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns (PC)
Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns (PC)

Strategy 28 February 2019

Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns is an expansion to a strategy game developed by Paradox. This is not a standalone DLC, as it requires the base game to work and it expands the naval aspects of the game by implementing new options for designing and upgrading ships. Moreover, the game introduces new sea routes.

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A Year of Rain (PC)
A Year of Rain (PC)

Strategy 2020

RTS designed for duo play, in which we get into a fantastic world of blood conflict, and during the game we are engaged in sourcing raw materials, expanding the base and recruiting units, which we then send to fight. In addition, heroes with powerful combat skills play an important role in the A Year of Rain.

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

Strategy 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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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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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC)
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC)

Strategy 27 July 2010

A sequel to a bestselling RTS game released by the Blizzard company in 1998. The story of the second game was split into three separate episodes; Wings of Liberty is the first installment in the trilogy, focusing on Terrans. In the game you meet an old acquaintance - Jim Raynor. Deemed a rebel, now he fights with Zerg forces, who seem to be interested in a mysterious artifact. He also encounters the powerful and mysterious race of Protoss. In comparison with the prequel, gameplay mechanics did not go through any drastic changes, allowing the authors to focus on new, upgraded visuals, multiplayer mode enhancements, and other minor modifications. Single player campaign allows the player to complete the available scenarios in any order and freely choose which technologies to develop. Furthermore, between the missions you can explore the world, talk to non-player characters, and use their services.

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Anno 1404 (PC)
Anno 1404 (PC)

Strategy 25 June 2009

The fourth major installment in the popular series of economy simulators that began in 1998. It was developed by Related Designs, a subsidiary of Ubisoft. As the title says, the action takes place in the Middle Ages during the Age of Discovery, and the players assume the role of colonists who managed to reach the eastern coast of Asia. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the well-known standards of the series. Starting out with a modest colony established on a remote island, we have to develop it and transform subsequent cities into metropolises brimming with life. Anno 1404 offers a sophisticated economy model that involves creating complex production chains as well as effective trade and diplomacy. Among this myriad of lesser novelties, especially noteworthy one is the sandbox mode that allows us to play freely without any plot limitations.

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PC)
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PC)

Strategy 04 December 2018

A 3D tactical adventure game with stealth elements and turn-based combat. During the game, we control a group of mutants searching for the mythical Eden in a post-apocalyptic world.

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom (PC)
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom (PC)

Strategy 23 March 2010

The seventh installment in one of the most popular economy simulation strategy game series invariably developed by Blue Byte Software since 1993. The latest entry in the franchise combines well-proven gameplay mechanics with a number of completely new solutions. The story campaign offers a relatively large amount of freedom, allowing the players to choose their own path to success. Regardless of whether we focus on the military, trade, or technological aspect of our domain, the ultimate goal, in accordance with the general idea of the series, is to create an efficiently functioning economy. Victory is decided by the victory points that are gained by meeting certain requirements. The game offers a slightly altered system of settlement development, which divides buildings into primary and secondary structures that are built around existing master buildings. The Settlers 7 possesses entirely new fully 3D graphics with smooth camera zoom and rotation. In accordance with the latest trends, the game was also enriched with numerous social features.

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Planet Coaster (PC)
Planet Coaster (PC)

Strategy 17 November 2016

An economic strategy game created by Frontier Developments - the creators of the RollerCoaster Tycoon and the Elite franchises. In the game, the player's task is to build and manage an amusement park. It is up to the player to decide about the general outlook of the park, but modern-day roller coasters are the main dish. These can be shaped freely - the player chooses the number of curves and the height of their roller coaster. After that, modifications can be applied in a 3D view of the construction. Economy is an essential aspect to the game - the player has to carefully set the ticket prices in particular sectors in order to make a profit while giving the visitors a reason come again. Also, the visitors' needs and levels of satisfaction also have to be taken into account, and so the park needs to develop in the right direction. The visuals are highly colorful and character models seem to have been made our of plasticine, which emphasizes the soothing atmosphere of the game. To make managing the virtual park easier, the creators implemented a dynamic camera view, including the options to zoom in or out.

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Steel Division 2 (PC)
Steel Division 2 (PC)

Strategy 20 June 2019

A continuation of Steel Division: Normandy 44 - war strategy published in 2017. As in the case of its predecessor, the game takes place during World War II, but this time the players are thrown on the infamous eastern front.

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

Strategy 28 August 2007

An official expansion pack for Medieval II: Total War, another installment in a series of popular strategy games developed by Creative Assembly - the base game was released at the end of 2006. Kingdoms introduces mainly four new campaigns. The player is given an opportunity to take part in Hernan Cortez's conquests, Teutonic Order's fight against the pagan peoples of Northeastern Europe, crusades in the Holy Land and military conflicts during the rule of Henry III. Apart from twenty new missions, the expansion brings thirteen completely new factions with their own technology trees and having over a hundred different units and 50 buildings in total. Also, different new key figures appeared in the expansion, such as Saladin or Richard the Lionheart. All of this is complemented by fifteen new maps for the multiplayer mode, in which up to eight players can meet.

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Plants vs Zombies (PC)
Plants vs Zombies (PC)

Strategy 05 May 2009

A game belonging to the popular tower defense genre. It's theme, however, is rather unusual, for the players' task is to protect their household against the attacking hordes of zombies. The game was developed by PopCap Games - a company popular for successful arcade-logic games, such as Peggle Deluxe or Bejeweled. In Plants vs Zombies, the levels are made of paths along which the zombies are coming. The player's task is to secure each of those paths. Interestingly, the player's fortification comprises of various plants and flowers growing outside of their house. Each kind of plant has a unique ability. These include things like production the in-game currency, attacking, slowing down the enemies, or exploding in front of them. Zombies are equally diversified - there are many types of attackers, differing in appearance, equipment, and armor. All the subtleties of gameplay are gradually revealed and explained to the players. The game stands out with its atmosphere of comedy, deprived of serious undertones and tension. This was achieved mainly by colorful visuals and a cheerful soundtrack.

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John Wick Hex (PC)
John Wick Hex (PC)

Strategy 08 October 2019

John Wick Hex is a turn-based strategy based on a film license, which plays battles from a silver screen in a tactical form. Players have access to a rich arsenal of attacks and manoeuvres, allowing them to freely choreograph each clash.

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Pharaoh (PC)
Pharaoh (PC)

Strategy 30 October 1999

A cult economic strategy game created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. Pharaoh takes place in the Nile valley, several hundred years B.C., and spans from the era of the great pyramids to the New Kingdom period. As the pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, you have to transform local villages into great cities, take care of your people's needs, and make your country the greatest of them all. A big factor in the development of your country is agriculture, which is dependent on the flooding of the Nile. You develop your cities, build famous structures (such as the pyramids, the Sphinx, or the Luxor Temple), and also oversee the trade, religion and culture. Apart from governing the cities, the game also features a tactical combat system, both on land and at sea. Pharaoh features several single-player campaigns, each consisting of several dozen of missions. The 2D visuals of the game are very detailed and utilize an isometric view.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall (PC)
Age of Wonders: Planetfall (PC)

Strategy 06 August 2019

A spin-off of the Age of Wonders series that takes us to a science-fiction setting. We take control of a fallen empire and try to raise it from the dark ages of a galaxy to a better future. Age of Wonders: Planetfall lets us play by ourselves or in multiplayer mode.

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Clash (PC)
Clash (PC)

Strategy 30 June 1998

Clash is a turn-based strategy prepared by the Polish developer studio Longsoft Multimedia, whose plot was based on the legend of the ancient land of Karkhan. The player is at the forefront of a civilization that defends itself against invaders' attacks. The creators placed great emphasis on economic elements and options for expanding the fortress.

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