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Best Turn-Based Play Games

Some games are played without being able to stop. The action continues with or without you. Turn-Based games wait for your next action before the proceed. This not only slows things down and reduces pressure, but also opens the possibility for more strategy and decision based play.

Although most sites will consider Turn-Based a genre. We include it in the collection of Styles of Play as it's one way that people can play games (rather than a play mechanic that we identify in each of our Genres.

Turn-Based play styles are often combined with specific genres. Turn-Based Strategy games are a classic combination where you control units and resources in a turn-taking challenge like Chess.

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Genres: Action, Adventure, Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Dexterity, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Roll-And-Write, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Era: 1935 - 2022
Total Games: 283
Total Likes: 1,359
 

 

Iris and the Giant

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 36 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Louis Rigaud (@LouisRigaud_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Iris and the Giant is a narrative strategy card game about a young girl named Iris who braves an imaginary world to tackle her inner demons and face her fears. It's a game about depression and anxiety and shows Iris coping with her life with escapism,...

Ancestree

Skill Rating: 6-15 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Calliope Games (@CalliopeGames)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

Ancestree is a collecting and sequencing game where you compete to build the strongest family tree. You select and link tiles, building your family person by person, scoring points for marriages, wealth and continuous generations. It is a strategic game...

Wildermyth

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Wildermyth (@Wildermyth)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wildermyth is a medieval role-playing game about diverse heroes and themes. You take on evil in a number of stories, each with different heroes and settings. The focus is on the characters as much as their adventures, who are believable, diverse and...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: We Are Mana Void (@WeAreManaVoid)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Pokémon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/1996, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Switch

Genres: Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing games where you explore a fictional world and collect different creatures called Pokémon. You progress through the game by exploring the world, talking to characters and winning turn-based battles with the...

Islanders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Grizzly Games (@_GrizzlyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Islanders is city-building game where you carefully place structures to earn points from their geographic location and relation to other features and buildings on your islands. Earn enough points and you unlock new buildings and eventually the chance to...

Inscryption

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/10/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Inscryption starts as a card-based adventure where you build a deck of cards to take on adventures and battles. To this, it adds escape-room style puzzles, both in the card game and in the room in which you are playing. The result is a psychological...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Obsidian (@Obsidian)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the...

Hundred Days, Winemaking Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Stadia, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Broken Arms Games (@BrokenArmsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hundred Days is a strategy game about making wine. You control every aspect of a new Winery, choose vines, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. You make decisions about the process with a simple interface that takes you through each day. It's a...

Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting and Role-Play

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

Players: You can play with 1 to 12 players in the same room

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Undertale

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/09/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Role-Play

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Toby Fox (@TobyFox)

Players: This is a single-player game

Undertale is a 2D adventure game where you don't have to kill anyone. Providing you unique ways to avoid combat, from dancing with a slime to whispering your deepest secret to a knight. However, you could just ignore this option and rain destruction...

Bury Me My Love

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: The Pixel Hunt (@ThePixelHunt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

Monster Prom

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/04/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 69% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Btfl Glitch (@BtflGlitch)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Monster Prom is a role-playing game set in a high school for monsters where you are looking for love. You make choices about the dating-focused narrative by exploring the campus and talking to different monster characters. It has some light...

Pokemon Go!

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/07/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Physically Active

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Niantic Labs (@NianticLabs)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 20-player online game

Pokémon Go is a game you play by walking outside. You play on a smartphone so it can use the GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.

Carcassonne

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/06/2007

Genres: Creative, Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 29 features

Pieces: Bag, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Z Man Games (@ZManGames_)

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

Carcassonne is a strategy game where you lay tiles to create a medieval landscape of farms, rivers and cities. Each new tile must match the roads, rivers, farms and cities of those around it. As you place it you can claim one of these elements that...

Papers, Please

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 08/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dukope (@Dukope)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...

A Dark Room

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a...

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2017

Price: 43% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.

Our Personal Space

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/02/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Rachel Helps (@Rachel_Helps)

Players: This is a single-player game

Our Personal Space is a text adventure where, rather than surviving alien attack or harsh environments, it's your marriage that you are fighting for. You play a newly married doctor on a space colony and must decide how she spends her time, responds to...

80 Days

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

80 Days is a travel and culture discovery game set in 1872, where decisions about your journey around the world impact the course of the story and characters.

Baba is You

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: ES Adevlog (@ESAdevlog)

Players: This is a single-player game

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...

Legends of Runeterra

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/01/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Riot Games (@RiotGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Legends of Runeterra is a collectible card game that takes place in the League of Legends universe. You battle other players using the cards you've collected that bring in champions, creatures, weapons, and powers.

Deep Sea Adventure

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Strategy and Traversal

Pieces: Dice and Placeables

Developer: Oinkgms (@Oinkgms)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

Deep Sea Adventure is a pocket-sized strategy game where you dive into the sea to bring back treasure. It’s unusual because although you compete with other players for treasure you share the same limited air supply.

Octopath Traveler

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/07/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

Players: This is a single-player game

Octopath Traveler is a combat-focused role-playing game where you follow eight characters on their personal quests. Like other role playing games, you explore the vast open world, interact with citizens and fight enemies as you progress through the...

Wildflower From The Embers

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Ice Water Games (@IceWaterGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wildflower is a narrative role-play game about a young witch and her life in a new town. Drawing on play developed in Tenderfoot Tactics, you talk to locals, solve problems, fight demons and witch hunters and commune with the forest spirits, forage,...

Carto

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Sunhead Games (@SunheadGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Carto is an adventure puzzle game that is unusual in letting you rearrange the map tiles while you are playing. This enables you to access new areas of the world previously impossible to get to. This can be as simple as redirecting a river out of your...

Catan

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1995, updated in 2013

Price: 34% off

Genres: Collecting, Communication, Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 37 features

Pieces: Bag, Cards, Dice, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 3 to 4 players in the same room

Catan is a strategy game set on an uninhabited island where you accumulate, spend and trade resources to build the biggest kingdom. Players must compete for space, resources and ultimately for ten victory points to be crowned the winner. What starts as...

Persona

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/09/1996, updated in 2017

Price: 80% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Atlus jp (@Atlus_jp)

Players: This is a single-player game

Persona 5 (also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona) is the latest game in a series of role-playing games that focus on a group of students. You explore the world and take on enemies like other role play games. Here though, you manage relationships...

Reigns (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/08/2016

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...

Santorini

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2003, updated in 2020

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Strategy, Traversal and World Building

Accessibility: 37 features

Pieces: Board, Cards and Placeables

Developer: Spin Master (@SpinMaster)

Players: You can play with 2 to 3 players in the same room

Santorini is a strategy game where you place buildings on a Greek island in an effort to get your character to the top. This creates a chess-like three-dimensional competitive puzzle that changes as each player adds pieces to the village. It's unusual...

Sniks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Shelly Alon (@ShellyAlon)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sniks is a puzzle game about guiding colourful worms to matching coloured fruit and food. Each level is a self contained arena with a number of snakes. Each snake can only consume fruit of a matching colour and they can't pass each other. It poses some...

Worms (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

This is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.

Hidden Agenda

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.

Into The Breach

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Stadia and Switch

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Subset Games (@SubsetGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Into the Breach is a fantasy turn-based battle. It's set in a future where humanity fights an army of giant monsters. You control mechs equipped with a variety of weapons and armour in carefully coordinate actions played out on super-small tile-based...

Jaipur

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2009, updated in 2019

Genres: Collecting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Jaipur is a two-player collecting and trading card game where you compete to become the wealthiest merchant at an Indian market. You collect and swap cards to build combinations, so that you can trade them for valuable commodities. It is about trading...

Kine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Dire Goldfish (@DireGoldfish)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kine is a 3D puzzle game where you control three robot instruments: Roo, the accordion; Quat, the drum; and Euler, the trombone. To help them become a band, you solve puzzles that involve their different abilities in various ways.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a series of fighting games where you control different cartoon creatures as they make their way through randomly-generated dungeons, defeating enemies and adding them to your team. It's a simple roguelike game where you take...

Professor Layton (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 07/11/2008

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: LEVE L5 IA (@LEVEL5_IA)

Players: This is a single-player game

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.

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