41 Games Like Civilization

Games Like CivilizationOur collection of games like Civilization offers plenty of strategic experiences with an emphasis on turn based strategy titles.

The games in the Civilization series offer similar gameplay which revolves around building, shaping and creating civilizations from various moments in time, from past to present and beyond.

Players are given control over countless elements of their civilization which allows you to truly craft your own unique strategy as you mix and match elements of war, trade and diplomacy into your master plan. With over half a dozen titles within the franchise Civilization has continued to evolve and improve on its core formula.

The Civilization games cover over 50 different civilizations throughout history and feature hundreds of famous leaders. The popular franchise has also expanded into online, board and card games along with many fan inspired game creations such as Freeciv and C-evo.

The games like Civilization featured here have a similar focus on strategic decisions and feature predominantly turn based games for fans of careful planning and decision making. A number of the alternatives found on this page also contain 4X elements where strategy is key in the often long games of expansion orientated gameplay.
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Call of War

Bringing your strategy game experience deep into the second World War players will need to master the tactical Risk inspired gameplay of Call of War if they wish to find victory in the clash of Allies and Axis. Similar to the game that came after it from the same developer (Conflict of Nations) you’ll be taking control of vast units, clashing against dozens of players and customisation your nation through technological enhancements. The result is a multiple approach to victory that lets you craf...[Read Review]

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Conflict of Nations

Earth is the backdrop of your campaign in Conflict of Nations a free to play game with deep strategy and conquest which builds on the developer’s past experience in this genre. Officially referred to as Conflict of Nations: World War 3 as one may expect from the name the focus is on the modern warfare of the current day with players having access to a wide range of modern units to control the land, sea and skies over your opponents. This is in stark contrast the previous title from the developer...[Read Review]

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Master of Magic

Master of Magic is one of the older turn based strategy games with 4X elements being released in 1994 and since revived through the impressive game library of GOG.com. Master of Magic features a fantasy theme focused on the world of magic with the player taking control of a wizard as he attempts to take over two worlds that are linked together by special portals (known as Towers of Wizadry). These two worlds are named Myrror and Arcanus, with the latter being very much like Earth with a variety ...[Read Review]

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Endless Legend

Taking everything learned from the impressive space 4X strategy game Endless Space Amplitude Studios revisits the genre with a fantasy twist in Endless Legend. Your objective as is standard for the genre is to dominate the world known as Auriga using one out of the eleven possible in game factions. With a standard core gameplay loop of exploration, founding of new cities, researching technology and ending the game through diplomatic or aggressive means. Endless Legend stays fairly close to the f...[Read Review]

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Alpha Centauri

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri is a sci-fi 4X turn based strategy game with plenty of depth to explore. The game also offers an expansion pack for the game (Sid Meier’s Alien Crossfire) which adds a number of features and factions to the game. It’s very easy to see similarities in the design Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri and the Civilization series of games with similar designers, Sid Meier and Brian Reynolds at the head of both games. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri takes place in the 22nd century an...[Read Review]

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Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II offers a Middle Ages grand strategy experience and builds on the solid foundations established by the original game. With plenty of historical figures making an appearance you’ll be able to live out their legendary stories and carve out your own story at the same time. Taking your medieval dynasty from 1060 to 1450 leaves plenty of room for technological growth and progression as you make decisions about war, marriage, assassination, religion and more. Protecting your dynasty a...[Read Review]

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Shogun: Total War

Shogun: Total War is the very first in the long series of games in the Total War series. The game is set in Japan and blends turn based gameplay with real time battles. The game incorporates many realistic historical elements into its gameplay. This includes references to the popular war book, The Art of War by Sun Tzu which features heavily in strategic advice presented to the player. Shogun: Total War takes place during the warring states period of Japan’s history which lasted from the 15th to...[Read Review]

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Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV continues the success of the grand strategy series developed by Paradox. As the fourth game in the series it’s one of the best yet with plenty of improvements over the originals. Many of these enhancements focus on bringing the game complexity down to attract new players to the series and not just long-time fans. The game starts in 1444 and will take you all the way up to 1821 (although you can start at a number of points in between). It follows the world’s nations of the e...[Read Review]

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Rome: Total War

Rome: Total War (RTW) is a strategy game that blends turn based strategy with real time elements. It is part of the highly popular and successful Total War series and is available for PC and Mac. The game is the third game in the series and also one of the highest rated among fans and critics. As the name suggests the game takes place during the Roman Empire and has players taking on the role of one of the available Roman families in the campaign game mode. These families (Scipii, Julii and Brut...[Read Review]

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Endless Space 2

Revisiting the wide darkness of space yet again with a turn based strategy game is Endless Space 2. Offering the same science fiction setting of the original released in 2012 the game expands on the universe and strategy of the original. Selling itself as a “strategic space opera” players step into a universe of strange and wonderful mysteries that was first colonised by a race of beings with untold power known only as the Endless. With their civilization fallen into ruin only the po...[Read Review]

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Freeciv

Freeciv is a turned based strategy game base on the very original Civilziation title. Continuing to be actively developed Freeciv continues to expand it’s features, fix bugs and grow in community size. The game is operated as a completely open source model which allows all elements to be altered by players and the community as they see fit. Freeciv supported both single player and multiplayer gameplay with the core game being focused around the year 4000 B.C. where your objective is to gui...[Read Review]

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Galactic Civilizations II

Galactic Civilizations II is the second game in a series of 4X space strategy games developed by Stardock. The game is a turn based experience and was released in early 2006. The game saw two expansion packs released in subsequent years titled Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Amor. The setting in Galactic Civilizations II is the same as the previous game with players and several other alien species fighting for control over the galaxy. This race for control started after one of the youngest space...[Read Review]

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Galactic Civilizations

Galactic Civilizations is one of the many spaced based strategy games around. The game was released in 2003 with its success leading to a sequel three years later with similar gameplay and mechanics. A single expansion pack titled Altarian Prophecy was also released which added 2 new races to the game. The game takes place in a distant future soon after humans have discovered the power of the hyper drive which allows fast and near immediate travel to any point in the universe. Up until this poin...[Read Review]

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Victoria II

Set within our own universe but allowing players to influence their own historical events is Victoria II, the second game in the Victoria franchise and developed by Paradox Development Studio. The game spans approximately 100 years from 1836 to 1936 and tilts towards economics or diplomacy rather than solely about war although this is still an option for those that want to take the difficult path and go against the grain. Featuring a number of improvements over the original Victoria title such a...[Read Review]

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Making History: The Great War

Making History: The Great War is the first game in the acclaimed Making History franchise to move away from World War II and instead tackle World War I. This rarely touched war from a strategy game stand point now has a quality game that it deserves. While set within the World War I era this title does let you shape some of the game story and potentially changing the course of history if you choose to do so (and can pull it off). Making History: The Great War achieves this by starting the game w...[Read Review]

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Napoleon: Total War

If you’ve ever wanted to step into the shoes of the great Napoleon then you’ll love the experience waiting in Napoleon: Total War. Just like the other games in the Total War series it blends turn based gameplay with real time tactics. In the game you’ll get the follow some of Napoleon’s great battles from Europe to the Middle East and North Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. You’ll be assuming the role of Napoleon Bonaparte himself as you take to the campaign map and try to overcome your...[Read Review]

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Space Empires V

Space Empires V was released in 2006 and was developed by Malfador Machinations. The game offers a 4X turn based experience that is very similar to that of the Civilization series. The game builds on many of the gameplay elements, races and technologies from the previous games in the series (such as Space Empires IV). Space Empires V is not simply an upgraded version of its predecessor though with many gameplay improvements altering the game in drastic (but positive) ways. The biggest feature is...[Read Review]

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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy game in the Total War series, it was developed by The Creative Assembly and released in March of 2011. Shogun 2 is one of the highest rated games of the series and takes place in a 16th century Japanese setting.  This feudal Japan setting is set after the Onin War leaving the country fractured with various warlords fighting for control. Players will pick one of up to 11 clans (9 core, 1 limited edition, 1 DLC) and attempt to dominate their enemies and claim Japa...[Read Review]

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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares adds another title to the MoO franchise with a similar framework of turn based strategy set within a vast universe. Released 3 years after the original Master of Orion II seeks to improve on the well received first game while offering the same level of 4X depth. One area in particular that has received some attention over the original is the addition of a detailed game plot which provides some much needed context and lore to the universe you are battling for...[Read Review]

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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 election the United States begins to crumble. This event leads David Jefferson Adams to become President of the United States under some false pretences which eventually leads to a nuclear attack in Washin...[Read Review]

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Master of Orion

Master of Orion was originally released in 1993 and is one of the most highly acclaimed games in the turn based genre. The game takes place in a science fiction setting with plenty of 4X features built into the core gameplay. The goal in Master of Orion like many other spaced based strategy games that came after it is to conquer the galaxy by using diplomacy and war. In order to do this you’ll explore a large game world while colonising plants that you come across. Each of these game worlds are ...[Read Review]

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Galactic Civilizations III

Marking number three in the franchise Galactic Civilizations III once again returns to space with a premium 4X turn brand strategy game offering that builds further on the marks of its predecessors. Galactic Civilizations III embarks on a story a decade after the war against the Dread Lords with their allies mostly being exterminated or pushed to the edges of space. With the human race now possessing the power of faster than light travel a new galaxy of exploration awaits. Leading the fresh Terr...[Read Review]

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The Settlers: Rise of an Empire

The Settlers: Rise of an Empire is a real time strategy game that features a 4X style of gameplay. The game was published by UbiSoft and released in September 2007. For gamers who are unfamiliar with the 4X strategy genre the fundamental game elements involve exploration, expansion, exploitation and extermination. The game takes place in a Medieval Europe and has players battling against the evil Red Prince in a lengthy campaign (16 missions) as he attempts to control the entire game world. Play...[Read Review]

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AtWar

If you love the Risk board game and wanted a browser based game like Risk then AtWar has come to the rescue with it’s take on the strategy game. Allowing you to play against others on a wide range of maps be prepared to put your strategic mind to the test as you compete within the community for tactical war prestige. The strengths of the AtWar formula start before even making a strategic decision with accessibility and the control over the settings of each game providing the foundation for...[Read Review]

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Age of Wonders III

Age of Wonders III re-energises the series with an offering that keeps the high fantasy theme but refines the 4X and turn based strategy elements. Released in 2014 you’ve got single player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay all in one. Taking control of your own race you’ll be thrown into a leadership role as you explore, interact and fight as you expand your empire. While at the core of the experience it’s about turn based with 4X elements you’ll also find a number of role-playing elements ...[Read Review]

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Medieval: Total War

Medieval: Total War is the first game in the Total War series to feature a medieval setting and is the second game to be released in the franchise. The game has plenty of improvements over the very first Total War game and offers the same blend of turn based and tactical combat that the series is well known for. For the fans of historical accuracy in their games you’ll definitely find it in Medieval: Total War as you expand your empire over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (a setting tha...[Read Review]

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Space Empires IV

Space Empires IV is part of the popular and long running 4X space strategy genre which has players attempting to achieve galactic conquest through turn based gameplay that utilises 4X fundamental gameplay. With a galaxy at your fingertips it’s an expansive game experience in line with the past titles that focuses on the explore, expand, exploit and exterminate framework of 4X. Space Empires IV (and the other games in the series) are often compared to the popular Civilization franchise with...[Read Review]

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Sword of the Stars

Sword of the Stars belongs to the 4X space genre and features four different races (six with expansions) for players to use in their quest for galactic domination. The game shares similarities with the Total War series in that it blends turn based gameplay with tactical real time space combat. Since its release the game has received three expansion packs along with a number of free updates which add new races, technology and ship components for players to use. Just like in other space strategy e...[Read Review]

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Age of Wonders

Age of Wonders is a turn based game that blends with role playing features in a fantasy realm with an endless wealth of mythical creatures. Spanning two campaigns (or multiplayer) Age of Wonders puts you in a world where chaos has been born as humans break the fragile peace that existed between the other races. Races you’ll find familiar such as elves, dwarves and orcs make an appearance in Age of Wonders but you’ll also enjoy some more unique races for a total of a dozen on offer. T...[Read Review]

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Empire: Total War

The fifth game in the Total War series takes you to the 18th century and even includes a special United States campaign which will have you participating in some of the most well-known and historical battles in American history. Empire: Total War is similar to all the other games in the series in that it blends real time tactic battles with turn based strategy. The game was the first in the series to add real time naval battles which often prove to be an explosive experience. During the main cam...[Read Review]

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Medieval II: Total War

Medieval II: Total War is the second game in the Total War series to take place in a Medieval setting and is the overall fourth game in the highly tactical strategy series. Just like the previous instalments in the series the game combines turn based and real time elements as you make your way across the map through conquest and allegiance. Fans of the original Medieval: Total War will enjoy the familiar setting as players once again battle across Europe, the Middle East and Africa using medieva...[Read Review]

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Endless Space

Endless Space is a science fiction 4X turn based strategy game that was released for Windows and Mac in 2012. The game was developed by Amplitude Studios and has drawn comparison to the Civilization series, Space Empires, Master of Orion and Alpha Centauri. Endless Space is packed full of content with 9 different civilizations that each offer their own unique playstyle. The civilizations available to the player vary dramatically based on military power, scientific capabilities, diplomatic resolv...[Read Review]

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March of the Eagles

March of the Eagles adds another grand strategy title to the growing collection of video games published by Paradox Interactive with similar mechanics and style. Set during the Napoleonic Wars March of the Eagles was originally intended to be a sequel to AGEOD Napoleon Campaigns it slowly took on a life of its own during development. Due to the setting play focuses on the major European powers of the 1805-1820 era which includes the likes of France, Ottoman Empire, Sweden, Russian, Great Britain...[Read Review]

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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 America. The areas that you will explore are all based on their real locations which adds an amazing sense of realism into the game. Expeditions: Conquistador is set in the 1500s so the weapons, resources and ...[Read Review]

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Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a sci-fi strategy game with 4X elements that will have you conquering a large universe with military force, economic power or diplomatic negotiations. As the game mostly involves real time strategy it presents an interesting mix between RTS and 4X gameplay. The game is set in the distant future and has you at the very head of a space exploring race that are looking to expand their empire. Players can use one of three races which each have their own backgrounds and speci...[Read Review]

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Warlock: Master of the Arcane

Warlock: Master of the Arcane is a turn based game with some similarities to the popular Civilization series although it takes place in a fantasy setting instead. The game was released in May 2012 by Paradox Interactive. In addition to the core game Warlock: Master of Arcane has released a number of small downloadable content pieces that add new races and units. The game is set in the same universe as the Majesty series of games known as Ardania. In Warlock: Master of the Arcane players take con...[Read Review]

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Eador Masters of the Broken World

Eador Masters of the Broken World combines several genres together to create interesting gameplay with a fantasy backdrop. The game was released in 2013. The genres that Eador mixes together include grand strategy, role playinh and turn based tactical combat. The game also has a very unique setting that features near endless shards of land that are adrift in the Great Nothing. These shards are the after effect of a gigantic cataclysmic event that left the universe in pieces. Players assume the r...[Read Review]

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Eador: Genesis

Restore a universe split into shards across the Great Nothing in Eador: Genesis an experience that walks the line between Heroes of Might and Magic and the Civilization series to offer a turn based strategy framework. The level of depth and steep difficultly beyond the simple base mechanics will keep you engaged for hours on end as you jump from one shard to another optimising and tweaking your strategy to conquer the broken game world piece by piece and eventually inspired a sequel also based o...[Read Review]

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Total War: Rome II

Total War: Rome II continues the strategy based Total War series and takes you back to Rome once again with a large number of improvements over the original Rome adventure and other titles in the franchise. The game was released in late 2013 and takes the Total War series up to a total of 8 large scale strategic games. Total War: Rome II is set during 272 BC with the main campaign spreading 300 years from that starting point although players can continue beyond this if they wish. Unlike the prev...[Read Review]

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Elemental: War of Magic

Elemental: War of Magic is a 4X turn based game that takes place in a fantasy setting. It is the first of several games developed by Stardock that take place in the Elemental universe. The game isn’t entirely a strategy game though with some room for RPG style features. Just like other games in the 4X genre players can expect to explore, build, collect resources and ultimately conquer your enemies. The plot in Elemental: War of Magic isn’t anything special and takes place in a world once dominat...[Read Review]

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Master of Orion III

Master of Orion III is the third game in the popular space strategy game. The game plays out like most other 4X strategy style games like Civilization. Unlike previous games in the series Master of Orion III introduces a number of game mechanics to help automate the process of gameplay. While this decision was not necessarily well received by fans of the series it was definitely necessary so that the game could expand to the size it wanted to and still remain playable by a human being. The game ...[Read Review]

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