25 Games Like Europa Universalis

Games Like Europa Universalis Our collection of grand strategy games like Europa Universalis offer other deeply satisfying strategy experiences in various settings.

The Europa Universalis franchise is one of the leading adventures in the 4X grand strategy genre. Focusing on mostly medieval eras between 1400 and 1800 the games have captured a large audience for their blend of military, diplomacy and economic elements. With a real time format on massive game maps the amount of content and variety has been the greatest asset to the franchise and allowed it to grow into a large franchise.

The series gameplay has remained unchanged for the most part with the most recent additions to the franchise offering players interactive maps of the Earth split into individual provinces that provide benefits but can also be a drain on resources if ill managed. This reflects a core ideology of the franchise which is contained added depth with each game, ensuring the grand strategy series is near unmatched in design.

Spending your limited resources across your objectives is the key to conquering in all Europa Universalis games, a goal that generally requires a significant diplomatic investment. This ties into the realistic nature of the game which opts for realism more so than any other similar title in the genre.

The games like Europa Universalis selected below will you have devising unique strategies as you seek to take on the world and other objectives. With games from the medieval to fantasy and science fiction there is a strategy game out there for all tastes.
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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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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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8.8 User Avg (13 votes)
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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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8.8 User Avg (15 votes)
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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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8.7 User Avg (15 votes)
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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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8.5 User Avg (12 votes)
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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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8.4 User Avg (9 votes)
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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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8.3 User Avg (11 votes)
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Sengoku

Patient gamers that take the time to explore what Sengoku has to offer will be threated to a character orientated grand strategy along the same vein of Crusder Kings. Set during the warring period of Japanese history (1460s in this case) players ill take on the role of noble as they find the path to victory. In typical gran...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (6 votes)
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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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8.3 User Avg (7 votes)
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Hearts of Iron III

Hearts of Iron III brings World War II to the grand strategy genre while also ticking off the third title in the popular franchise. While a dark era of history Hears of Iron III delivers both a quality game and a memorial to a time that should not be repeated. Your role is to take one of the 150 available countries through ...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (6 votes)
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Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients

Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients takes you to the ancient lands as you create your own empire by using military tactics and careful resource management. Lead the Greeks, Romans, Etruscans or one of a dozen other ancient factions to glory. This title joins the large list of other historical Hegemony RTS games that have a ...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (11 votes)
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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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8.2 User Avg (17 votes)
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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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8 User Avg (14 votes)
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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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7.9 User Avg (9 votes)
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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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7.9 User Avg (14 votes)
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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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7.9 User Avg (12 votes)
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Civilization V

The Civilization series has always been at the pinnacle of the 4X game genre and Civilization V is no exception to this rule expanding on the solid foundations set in previous games in the franchise. In the game players will have to take their own civilization from the prehistoric age and into the future on randomly generat...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (9 votes)
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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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7.8 User Avg (17 votes)
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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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7.6 User Avg (15 votes)
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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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7.6 User Avg (7 votes)
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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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7.4 User Avg (10 votes)
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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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7.3 User Avg (10 votes)
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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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7 User Avg (11 votes)
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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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7 User Avg (37 votes)
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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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6.9 User Avg (10 votes)