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 v...[Read More]

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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 wit...[Read More]

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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. The game features a fantasy theme with the player taking control of a wizard as he attempts to take over two worlds that are linked together by special portals (Towers of Wizadry). These two worlds are named Myrror and Arc...[Read More]

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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 game...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 whic...[Read More]

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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 106...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 com...[Read More]

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Victoria II

Set within our own universe but allowing players to create their own historical events is Victoria II, the second game in the Victoria franchise and developed by Paradox Development Studio. The game expands approximately 100 years from 1836 to 1936 and tilts towards economics or diplomacy rather than war. Featuring a number...[Read More]

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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 Midd...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 fractu...[Read More]

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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares is the second game in the series of space turn based strategy games. The game continues where the original left off with the same core gameplay with some improvements. Master of Orion II released in 1996, 3 years after the original. The game is much more complex than the original and al...[Read More]

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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 beg...[Read More]

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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 co...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 fan...[Read More]

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Space Empires IV

Space Empires IV is part of the popular 4X space strategy genre which has players attempting to achieve galactic conquest through turn based gameplay. Space Empires IV (and the other games in the series) are often compared to the popular Civilization game series with the setting being the main difference between the two gam...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 explor...[Read More]

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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. Allowing you to play against others on a wide range of maps be prepared to put your strategic mind to the test. The strengths of the AtWar formula are the accessibility and the control over the settings of each game....[Read More]

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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 ex...[Read More]

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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 ta...[Read More]

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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 fourth game in series. Just like the previous instalments in the series the game combines turn based and real time elements. Fans of the original Medieval: Total War will enjoy the familiar setting as players onc...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 civilizati...[Read More]

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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 e...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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March of the Eagles

Paradox Interactive has a number of grand strategy titles under its belt and March of the Eagles is another addition to this collection. Set during the Napoleonic Wars the game 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 f...[Read More]

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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 conte...[Read More]

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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. The level of depth and steep difficultly will keep you engaged for hours on end as you jump from one shard to another. Eador takes place in the vast...[Read More]

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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 endles...[Read More]

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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. The game was released for Windows in late 2013 and takes the Total War series up to 8 games. Total War: Rome II is set during 272 BC with the main campaign spreading 300 years from that...[Read More]

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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 expe...[Read More]

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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 necessari...[Read More]

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