35 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.
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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 fantasy follows the adventures of...[Read More]

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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 adventures and deep compelling ...[Read More]

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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 away with the government and put...[Read More]

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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 of the game world) the range o...[Read More]

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Silent Storm

Silent Storm is a classic tactical RPG released in 2003, following the events of World War II within Europe the game also incorporates some fictionalised and science fiction elements. In addition to the original game an expansion called Sentinels was released a year later and bundled together in the Silent Storm Gold editio...[Read More]

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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 ruled by a ruthless dictator. As y...[Read More]

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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 players will assume the role of two...[Read More]

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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

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 bare bones of the original ar...[Read More]

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Jeanne d’Arc

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 armlets that were created in the p...[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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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. The setting for this strategic ...[Read More]

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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. This list of extras includes new ...[Read More]

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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 over by two powerful factions...[Read More]

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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 maintaining control over your home b...[Read More]

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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 impressive feat given the level of poli...[Read More]

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Halfway

Featuring a tough turn based tactical game with a science fiction setting is Halfway, Set hundreds of years into the future of humanity our exploration has taken us far into space, with new worlds colonised it was only a matter of time until we encountered something out there. Controlling a small team of survivors after bei...[Read More]

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Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition

Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition combines the original Halcyon 6 game with a host of additional game content, optimisation and enhanced features. Blending detailed crew management with space battles, story events that can change between playthroughs and randomised elements Halcyon is an intriguing mixture of game genres. Halcy...[Read More]

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8 User Avg (18 votes)
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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 RPG is your ideal adventure. ...[Read More]

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Tom Clancy’s 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 tacticians while also bringing p...[Read More]

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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 both the tutorial and the story ...[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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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 strategy never stops. The bac...[Read More]

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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 in an alternate Earth timeline ...[Read More]

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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 in the casual strategy space. K...[Read More]

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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 referred to as freelancers who fal...[Read More]

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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, which was the site for a onc...[Read More]

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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 these devices thanks to some of ...[Read More]

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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. Set 15 years after the original...[Read More]

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7.5 User Avg (16 votes)
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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 appeal for long time fans. Set...[Read More]

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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel

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 accept mission after mission in...[Read More]

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X-Mercs

Put in control of your very own squad of military units X-Mercs (renamed Mercs of Boom) 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 calle...[Read More]

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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 experience. Available across mul...[Read More]

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Templar Battleforce

Step into the future and into the gear of a Templar with Templar Battleforce, a tactical strategy combat game with deep RPG elements for mobile and PC. Templar Battleforce puts you in command of your very own Templar specialists as you deploy them into battles against all odds, allowing them to grow from recruits to battle ...[Read More]

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Battle Worlds: Kronos

Battle Worlds: 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 amount of love as yesteryear. The...[Read More]

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Breach & Clear

Originally released for mobile titles and subsequently brought to the PC and PS Vita realms Breach & Clear is a tactical title that lets players create their own squad and see them through a number of tactical missions. The majority of these missions as the game title suggests involved players breaching into buildings w...[Read More]

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