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Strategy Video Games

While many video games have a strategic element, some use this as the central point of the play. This can be organising armies before heading in for an offensive, planting a farm to generate the best crops, planning a network of roads or laying out an amusement park.

Strategy games have in common the focus on making premeditated decisions to gain the outcome you need. Some games like Civilization do this by providing the playing with all the information they need. Other games, like Kingdom Two Crowns force the player to make a strategic decision on limited knowledge.

These games are further divided between those that are turn-based and allow the player as much time as they need to make decisions, or real-time where you have to make decisions with limited delay. Some strategy games, like Disintegration put you right in the action, so you are fighting in the ranks of your forces as well as commanding oversight.

Finally, you find strategy gameplay in a lesser way in competitive games like Fortnite. This is strategy on the go, so you have to make snap decisions about whether to go on the offensive or retreat.

Grounded

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back yard garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and...


Spy Party

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...


Quantum League

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...


Outlanders

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Outlanders is a town-builder simulation where you are the leader of a group of regular people building a town together. Some want to survive, while others want to build amazing things. It’s up to you to guide them towards their goal


Autonauts

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an adventure game where you tame new worlds. You start with a blank slate similar to Sim City, but her you must build each dwelling, tool, vehicle yourself. It’s a task that’s too complex for any one person to handle. You are soon forced to...


Pendragon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Narrative and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pendragon is a character-driven strategy game, from the creators 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault where you rally the Knights of the Round Table to reach Arthur before he meets his fate.


Islanders

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Nira

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nira is a survival game where pixilated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...


Littlewood

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Littlewood (coming to Switch soon) is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You...


Change: A Homeless Survival Experience

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Change is a survival game where you play a homeless person trying to make it against the odds. It's intentionally hard to do well as you explore an endless city that's different every time you play.


Buissons

Platforms: PC

Genres: Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Hide and seek game where you control a bush. You move around the screen in the dark during the night. Then, the next day, one of the players tries to spot where the bushes are by observing what has changed. The seeking player stands in the middle with a...


Witch It

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into every-day items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...


Trash Sailors

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Trash Sailors is a hand-drawn sailing game, where you control the group of castaways after a tsunami flooded the world. You navigate the ocean and build your raft with trash nearby which you can recycle into fuel, raft spare parts, and even weapons....


The Eternal Cylinder

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.


Pac-Man Party Royale

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pac-Man Party Royale is a four player version of Pac-Man. You must be the last man standing to win. You eat pellets to speed up and aim to the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat turns...


Mini Motorways

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....


Mini Metro

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy challenge and keep the system...


Viva Pinata

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC and Xbox 360

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game is a fantasy garden-simulation game where your tending and care encourages one of 60 different piñata animals to make it their home. You use gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals...


Mario Party (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...


Spaceteam (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...


Triple Agent

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...


Trailblazers

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Trailblazers is a racing video game where you paint the track your colour to gain a boost. In multiplayer mode, this creates a uniquely co-operative race. There are 8 different vehicles to choose, each with different stats and capabilities.


Wingspan

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wingspan is a relaxing, award-winning strategy card game about birds for one to five players. You create flocks of birds to extend a chain of powerful combinations in one of your three habitats. Your goal is to discover and attract the best birds to...


Dicey Dungeons

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 22 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice roles to determine who wins battles.


Football Manager 2020 (Series)

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

Genres: Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 141 hours and 170 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Football Manager is a football management simulation video game that started back in 1992 and has evolved each year. Now fully licenced for most of the Football Leagues, it offers an intricate way to manage a Football Club of your own.


Pocket City

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

You build your own living breathing city by creating residential, commercial, and industrial zones, as well as placing special buildings. In addition to this Sim City style play you earn points to upgrade by competing missions.


Retimed

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Retimed is a multiplayer shooting game where players can create a bubble that slows down time. This makes the usual frantic shooting and dodging more achievable as when you are in danger you have more time to get out of the way.


Slime Rancher

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...


Sim City (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

SimCity is a series of city-building game, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the open-ness of play, where you can let your...


Cities Skylines

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation, provide public services and public...


ClusterPuck 99

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Sports and Strategy

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

ClusterPuck 99 is an 8 player sports game where teams bash and jostle each other to gain control of the puck. The aim is to work together to get it to your opponent's goal, while avoiding other players and spikes. You can use power-ups and speed boosts...


Farm Together

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Farm Together is a low-pressure farm simulator. You develop your farm by yourself or cooperate with your friends. Starting with an empty plot you can grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, add buildings and facilities, and unlock new items...


Words With Friends

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Free.

Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.


Subdefuge

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...


Run An Empire

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Run an Empire is a combination of real-world running and a strategy game where you battle other players for land and resources. Once setup you run around your neighbourhood, which in the game is divided into small hexagons. As you encircle areas in the...


Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 25 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attack visitors with attractions. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and...


Ingress Prime

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Ingress (also known as Ingress Prime) is an adventure game that uses your smartphone's GPS to locate you in a game world that correlates with reality. You interact with virtual "portals" located near statues, monuments, civic and historic buildings in...


Pac-Man Vs.

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Platform and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Pikmin is a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to destroy obstacles, avoid...


Conduct Together (Series)

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...


Two Point Hospital

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 30 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Two Point Hospital is a light-hearted healthcare simulator. You take charge of a hospital, similar to Theme Hospital, where you must construct and maintain wards, machines and staff.


Locomotion

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Locomotion is a puzzle game where you are a train chasing an alien who stole your gold. You control the direction of the train and the points. Each level is a puzzle where you need to find all the gold and hidden items. It's like a simplified western...


A Dark Room

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.


Reigns (Series)

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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,...


Roblox

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...


Eco

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.


Nintendoland

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the four seekers...


Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...


Screencheat

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...


Stardew Valley

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 51 hours and 75 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...


Thief Town

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Thief Town is a 2-4 player game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.


Hacktag

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Hacktag is a fast two-player game: one player is the stealth ‘Agent’ while the other is the virtually-infiltrating ‘Hacker’. You work with the other player to carry out espionage in different settings and complete each challenge.


Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a similar space-survival challenge, but this time you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.


Kingdom (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...


One Hour One Life

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 hour and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...


Subnautica (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 27 hours and 37 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dive into an underwater ocean on an alien planet and collect the resources you need to establish a base and survive. There’s an open and immersive watery world to discover as you construct tools, bases and submersibles, and interact with wildlife....


Advance Wars (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...


Cannon Brawl

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...


Wargroove

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.


Astroneer

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...


Bomber Crew

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 16 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Bomber Crew is a cartoon-styled World War 2 strategic bombing simulator. While it avoids the grim reality of these missions, it connects players to the extreme difficulty and danger of making it out and back again.


TerraTech

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its...


My Time At Portia

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 60 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game is set after civilization has been destroyed, and humans are emerging from underground to rebuilding society. By gathering resources, crafting and building you slowly gain the tools to collect food, store grain, chop trees and build dwellings....


Clash of Clans

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 50 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Clash of Clans is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attack from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.


Clash Royale

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game where you collect cards to gain units and powers for a player vs. player battle. It's like a simpler version of Clash of Clans.


Stormbound Kingdom Wars

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Stormbound is a strategic battle game combining Chess and Clash Of Clans gameplay. You build an army by earning cards for different units, defences and abilities. These have to be carefully chosen to do well in the battles...


Curious Expedition (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 105 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...


Spaceland

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.


Slay the Spire

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Slay the Spire is an adventure battle card game. You play one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You fight enemies and bosses by playing cards you have collected. You gain new cards as rewards from combat. With 100's to...


Atomicrops

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Atomicrops is a farming game where you also have to defend your crops from mutant attackers. It sounds like a strange combination, but the shooting and the tending work well to counterbalance each other.


Circuit Superstars

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Circuit Superstars is a simple racing game viewed from above. Up to four players control a car and race around a complex track. You can see what's coming which makes it easier but must work with the real car physics to get across the line first. What...


Space Crew

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Space Crew is a strategy game where you use a team of characters to control a spaceship and explore the galaxy. Unlike other space flight games, you don't directly control your craft but get your crew to look after different aspects of the mission.


This Means Warp

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This Means Warp is a strategy combat game where four players work together to run a spaceship as you travel the solar system. Together you have to manage the ship, repair damage and take charge of shooting enemies. It's frantic battling and a lot of fun...


Mana Spark

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...


Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup the fight is largely...


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


Phantom Forces

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Phantom Forces (Phantom Forces Console on Xbox) is a popular game on Roblox. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high skill challenge similar to Battlefield. Players...


Jailbreak

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 30 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...


Terraria

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...


Bad North

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...


Civilization (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Don't Starve

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 32 hours and 46 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...


Age of Empires (Series)

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on...


Worms (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


In Other Waters

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an underwater exploration game where you play an Artificial Intelligence assistance to a stranded xenobiologist in a mysterious alien ocean. The world is not seen except through the instrumentation available to you. This creates a non-violent...


Hello Neighbor (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 7 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel. You try and sneak into the basement of their neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...


Tooth and Tail

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game about anthropomorphic animals. Before each match, you choose a commander from four factions and six units from a pool of twenty. You then use these units to build farms, lookouts and gather resources.


Omensight

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Omensight is a brawling adventure game where you play the role of Harbinger, a mythical warrior who only appears in times of crisis. As night falls, you witness this destruction of the world at the hands of a dark God but can relive this final day to...


Clubhouse Games (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.


League Of Legends

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 50 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

In League of Legends you battle enemies and other players in online arenas. You choose a champion with unique abilities and battle to destroy another human or computer-controlled team's base. Other modes vary the challenge with specific objectives,...


Disintegration

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Disintergration is a sci-fi shooting game, from some of the developers behind Halo and XCom, that combines first-person combat and real-time battlefield strategy.


The Banner Saga (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Banner Saga is a beautiful fantasy adventure where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story and the world around you. You play as two characters, each with their own related story.


Frostpunk

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in an alternate 1886 with a devastating winter setting in. You are tasked with running a city by managing resources to ensure the city’s survival. Your choices can have negative and positive consequences.


Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a turn based strategy game with a large strategic map that lead into multiple turn based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy,...


Papers, Please

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Beholder (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...


The Red Lantern

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Red Lantern is a personal adventure about making something of your life. You and a team of sled dogs head into the wilderness and must navigate the ever-changing events of the Alaskan bush to find your way home.


XCOM (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 30 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control...


Dark Souls (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Strategy

Duration: Between 50 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Souls is a series of fighting and exploration games. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters progress the story. The games are known for their...


Invisible Inc

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Invisible Inc is a tactical adventure where you direct espionage agents in covert missions to acquire resources and support to relocate your agency's computer system to a safe haven within a limited amount of time.


Total War (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 35 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fanstasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for terriotry. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.


Rust

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 80 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 250 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...


Unturned

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 40 hours and 43 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft- and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. This might be to go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...


This War Of Mine

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...