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 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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9.1 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 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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8.8 User Avg (15 votes)
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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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8.8 User Avg (13 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 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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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 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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8.5 User Avg (12 votes)
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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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8.4 User Avg (9 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 grand strategy fashion this path will involve plenty of deadly conflicts and cunning dicplomacy to bring others under your rule. Ultimately you’ll conquer the fuedal lands o...[Read Review]

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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 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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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 the era of 1936 to 1948, right in the middle of the second World War. With some run up before the war engulfs the world there is also room for industrial and diplomatic strate...[Read Review]

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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 similar design. What Hegemony III offers over the previous releases in the franchise is a massively expanded map, additional factions, more units and additional depth in a num...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (11 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 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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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 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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8.2 User Avg (18 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 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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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’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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7.9 User Avg (9 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 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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7.9 User Avg (12 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 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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7.9 User Avg (14 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 generated maps. With many win conditions there is support for all playstyles in Civilization from the technology heavy to the military and economic you’ll be able to approach each ga...[Read Review]

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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 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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7.8 User Avg (17 votes)
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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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7.6 User Avg (7 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 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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7.6 User Avg (15 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 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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7.4 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 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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7.3 User Avg (12 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 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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7.3 User Avg (10 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 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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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 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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6.9 User Avg (10 votes)