31 Games Like XCOM

Games Like XCOM
Our selection of games like XCOM features the best that the strategy genre has to offer in terms of turn based tactical role playing experiences.

This long running and popular strategy franchise originated in 1994 with X-COM: Enemy Unknown that blended management with turn based tactics. This cult classic was eventually recreated in 2012 with the release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown which received a similar high level of praise. In more recent times XCOM 2 was released in early 2016. The series has also dabbled in the likes of simulator, shooter, action and adventure but is generally known for its strategic elements.

While the story has changed throughout the various additions to the franchise the core adventure revolves around a world in the near future where alien invasions have already begun, are on the brink of occurring or have already been settled (with the aliens victorious).

Gameplay in the X-COM (revived as XCOM) franchise has also evolved over the life span of the franchise although at its core has maintained a focus on turn based tactical warfare. This requires players to command their elite military soldiers in turn based missions against aliens while developing their base of operations in between these missions.

The strategy games similar to XCOM listed on this page below aim to capture the intensity and depth of the franchise with a focus on other games with a warfare or space theme.

Games Like XCOM

atlas-reactor

Mixing the turn based and MOBA genre together is Atlas Reactor, creating an interesting player vs player experience. With a host of characters and various controls over the victory conditions of each match you’ve got a wealth of choice built right into Atlas Reactor. These heroes are refe... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(5 votes)
dofus

Dofus is a turn based MMORPG that started in France and has rapidly expanded worldwide since that time. The game was so successful that it has lead to a number of spin off games including Wakfu which continues the story of the Dofus universe. Set in The World of Twelve (named after the 12 gods ... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(15 votes)
invisible-inc

Use your abilities of sneak in Invisible, Inc. a stealth based tactical game Developed by Klei Entertainment who also brought Don’t Starve to the world the game features similar roguelike elements. Invisible, Inc. explores the year 2074 with a setting where large corporations have done aw... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(10 votes)
shadowrun-hong-kong

The third instalment in the science fiction tactical genre of Shadowrun is Shadowrun: Hong Kong. Offering the same high quality experience as those before it the game is packed full of features thanks to it’s hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to develop these additional features. Thi... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(8 votes)
xenonauts

Xenonauts draws heavily on the science fiction universe of the original X-COM to create a very familiar turn based tactical adventure. The game isn’t just a clone though with many improvements that allow it to stand own feet and not lean too heavily on the reputation of X-COM. The game is set i... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(8 votes)
valkyria-chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is a very unique role playing game that blends shooting and strategy together. The game offers a thought provoking experience that will immerse you in the beautiful game world. Valkyria Chronicles takes place in a World War II style era with the Europa continent being fought... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(13 votes)
great-big-war-game

Great Big War Game is a 3D turn based adventure for mobile devices and windows that offers 50 military focused campaign missions. With plenty of variety spread throughout these environments and the ability to jump into cross platform multiplayer this simple turn based game has become a winner i... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(10 votes)
advance-wars-dual-strike

Advance Wars: Dual Strike belongs to the popular Advance Wars franchise and is available on the Nintendo DS platform. Taking place in a fresh location but continuing on from previous games with some elements Dual Strike is the ideal game for fresh faces to join the franchise but has that extra ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(9 votes)
fallout-tactics

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel takes place in the apocalyptic setting that the Fallout universe is known for and opts for a tactical RPG approach ensuring plenty of strategy, customisation and story to be enjoyed. Following a fresh squad in the Brotherhood of Steel faction you’ll a... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(11 votes)
fire-emblem-awakening

Ideal for long time fans and new faces to the Fire Emblem franchise is Fire Emblem Awakening another addition to the tactical role playing franchise. While it might be the unlucky 13th game in the main franchise this does not effect the game at all as the game achieves new heights, an impressiv... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(11 votes)
jagged-alliance-2

Jagged Alliance 2 is one of the older tactical role playing games launching back in 1999. Set in a small fictional country the sheer amount of choices combined with randomised components guarantees more than a single playthrough. Your adventure will take you across Arulco, a small location rule... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(9 votes)
wakfu

Wakfu is a free to play MMORPG that utilises a turn based tactical combat style over more traditional MMO mechanics. The game is similar to Ankama Games other MMO, Dofus in terms of mechanics but it set 1000 years after the events of the original game. Your first adventure in Wakfu serves as bo... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(9 votes)
skulls-of-the-shogun

Skulls of the Shogun is a casual take on the turn based tactic genre with some interesting mechanics to create a simple but very fun adventure both in single player and multiplayer modes. Launched across Xbox, Windows and eventually making its way to mobile the game can be enjoyed across all th... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(8 votes)
jeanne-darc

Drawing from history but adding countless fantasy elements is Jeanne d’Arc a game for the PSP in the tactical role playing genre. Choosing to focus on smaller combat engagements there is all the depth you need to stay invested from start to end. The heart of the story line is the 5 magical arml... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(7 votes)
heroes-of-steel-rpg

Choose your party of four adventurers and use them to reclaim humanity in Heroes of Steel RPG, a game available on multiple platforms that focuses on the combat elements of tactical role playing games. If you crave the combat of the genre but don’t want much of the extra content Heroes of Steel... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(9 votes)
frozen-synapse

Frozen Synapse mixes turn based tactics, cyberpunk and real time turns together for one of the most unique games you’ll play in the genre. With a huge single player campaign to train you in the mechanics and provide plenty of challenge combined with the massive amount of multiplayer options the... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(8 votes)
dead-state

Dead State combines the growing demand for zombie themed video games with classic turn based RPGs to deliver a lengthy zombie themed adventure. Set soon after the zombie apocalypse begins you’ll command your group of survivors in the fictional Texas town as you scavenge and explore while mainta... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(8 votes)
the-banner-saga

Enter the world of Vikings in The Banner Saga an experience filled with deep story and tactical role playing elements. With vital decisions falling to you players have the ability to guide the direction of their caravan as they cross a harsh and forgiving landscape. The story in this Viking fan... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(9 votes)
advance-wars-days-of-ruin

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (alternatively, Advance Wars: Dark Conflict) is part of the well-loved turn based strategy series, Advance Wars. It’s the formula that fans have seen before albeit with a darker tone and a greater selection of units that takes the strategy options to the next level. T... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(8 votes)
final-fantasy-tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is the updated version of the acclaimed tactical role playing game originally released in 1997. Available on the PlayStation Portable and eventually brought onto iOS, it’s the best way to get your hands on this much loved Final Fantasy experience. The... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(11 votes)
shadowrun-dragonfall

Shadowrun: Dragonfall started its life as an expansion pack but was eventually reworked into a complete standalone game through a number of improvements. It’s distinct mixture of magic, cyberpunk, tactical combat and RPG elements have made the game a staple for strategy fans that crave unique a... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(9 votes)
braveland-wizard

Braveland Wizard builds on the original turn based adventure by introducing a new Wizard hero for players to command. With plenty of other enhancements ensuring a longer and more satisfying adventure the game is bound to captivate fans of tactical turn based gaming and the original Braveland ex... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(8 votes)
krosmaster-arena

Krosmaster Arena brings the popular board game into the online realm with a turn based strategy game with a similar vibe to Dofus or Wakfu thanks to the assets borrowed from their respective game worlds. In Krosmaster Arena players must create their own team of heroes and use their unique skill... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(11 votes)
wasteland-2

Set in a post-apocalyptic universe and aiming to capture the same audience as the original Fallout adventures is Wasteland 2. With a huge amount of potential customisation and enough content to ensure multiple playthroughs can take different paths it is a game that succeeds for the most part. S... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(16 votes)
shattered-union

Shattered Union is a turn based game available for Windows and Xbox. The games focus is on the combat side of things and offers plenty of combat strategy for players to explore. In Shattered Union players will be battling across the United States in modern times. After a tied vote and disputed ... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(12 votes)
X-Mercs

Put in control of your very own squad of military units X-Mercs is a challenging tactical turn based game for your mobile device. With the ability to develop your own unique team that grows as the story progresses you’ll find plenty of depth on hand. Amidst an alien threat players will be... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(7 votes)
divinity-original-sin

Divinity: Original Sin offers solo and co-operative gameplay that blends fantasy, strategy and role playing together. With a living and breathing game world you can make a name for yourself and direct the course of this adventure one turn at a time. Set in a game world filled with fantasy playe... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(12 votes)
expeditions-conquistador

Expeditions: Conquistador is a historical turn based strategy experience with a focus on tactical role playing gameplay. The game packs in a huge amount of strategic depth and was released in 2013 for Windows and Mac. In the game you’ll be playing as an expedition leader as you cross South Amer... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(13 votes)
battle-worlds-kronos

Battle World: Kronos is an impressive turn based development that grew from a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Delivering a high quality experience with a huge amount of units, campaign gameplay and customisation opportunity it’s a shining star in a genre that doesn’t receive the same amou... Read More »

User Score
6.3
(12 votes)
tom-clancys-ghost-recon-shadow-wars

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars brings modern war based tactical strategy to the 3DS with a lengthy campaign that makes good use of the 3D functionality of the console. While there isn’t a huge amount of innovation the way the game caters towards both new players and master ta... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(11 votes)
radiant-historia

Radiant Historia is a RPG experience for your Nintendo DS with time travel elements making up the core of the experience. The game was developed by Atlus who worked on many other popular games in the genre including the highly received Nocturne and Persona 3. Radiant Historia is set on Vanqueur... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(10 votes)