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A turn-based strategy (TBS) game is a strategy game (usually some type of wargame, especially a strategic-level wargame) where players take turns when playing. This is distinguished from real time strategy where all players play simultanteously. The phrase refers almost exclusively to video games.



Turn-based tactics

Main article Turn-based tactics

Turn-based tactical gameplay is characterized by the expectation of players to complete their tasks using just the combat forces provided to them, and usually by the provision of a realistic (or at least believable) representation of military tactics and operations. Tactical role-playing games are a part of this genre. Examples include Poxnora, Gunrox, Silent Storm, Steel Panthers: World at War!, Advance Wars and UniWar.

Mainstream games

After a period of converting board and historic TBS games to computer games, companies began basing computer turn-based strategy games on completely original properties or concepts. The presence of a computer to calculate and arbitrate allows game complexity which is not feasible in a traditional board game.

Probably the best known turn-based game is Sid Meier's Civilization, which evolved into a long series of successor games and derivatives.

Indie games

The Battle for Wesnoth is an open source turn-based strategy game.

A further market trend is the rise of "Indie" TBS games (games produced by small groups, independent or only somewhat affiliated with the major elements in the computer games industry). These games often extend or refine already existing TBS strategy games.

Open-source games

Since turn-based strategy games do not typically require vast amounts of art or modeling,[citation needed] developers willing to volunteer their time can focus on gameplay. Directories like Freshmeat provide large lists of open-source, turn-based strategy projects.

Browser-based games

Because they do not require users to install files and are often free, online browser-based games are becoming very popular. All that they require is any device with a web browser and internet connection. Many will work just as well on a PDA phone as they do on a desktop computer.

See also

External links

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Strategy games in which players take turns to make their moves.

Pages in category "Turn-based strategy"

The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total.


  • Advance Wars
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike




  • Dominions 3: The Awakening

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  • Heroes of Might and Magic
  • Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Price of Loyalty
  • Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's Blade
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death
  • Heroes of Might and Magic IV
  • Heroes of Might and Magic V
  • Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate
  • Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East
  • History Line: 1914-1918
  • Hogs of War




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  • Rome: Total War: Alexander




Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Turn-based strategy games are a type of strategy game that gives you a breather. Instead of everyone's units all running around at the same time, turn-based gameplay lets each player take turns to think about their next move. This genre is much like chess.

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