Turn-Based Games

In Turn-based video games, every action counts. Like in a game of chess, players have to think a few steps ahead and plan out their actions in order to beat the game or opponent. Turn-based games tend to be difficult, they're a great challenge!

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The world of video gaming is broad and ever-evolving, but one genre that has consistently held its ground amidst the rush of advancements is turn-based gaming. Even though there aren’t many AAA strategy games published anymore, there are gems both new and old that are worth discovering - at GAMIVO, you’ll find them at the best prices!


What are Turn-Based games?

Turn-Based games are a sub-genre of strategy games, where players take turns when playing - just like in chess or Monopoly, where one player makes their move, and then waits for the other to respond. These games can range from simple puzzle games to complex strategy games, all sharing the fundamental element of turn-taking.


Turn-Based games often involve strategic planning and tactical decision-making, as players must consider a multitude of factors. Scarce resources, the positioning of your units, your opponent’s possible moves - there are many things you’ll need to take into consideration when making your move. This contemplative pace sets turn-based games apart from the frenzied, real-time action found in many modern video games, and gives each player time to think before they act.


Are all strategies Turn-Based?

Though strategy and Turn-Based gaming often go hand in hand, not all strategy games are Turn-Based. Strategy games can be divided primarily into two categories: turn-based strategy (TBS) and real-time strategy (RTS). In RTS games, all players can make decisions and actions simultaneously, with the game continuously progressing in "real-time." Popular RTS games include titles like StarCraft and Age of Empires.


While Turn-Based games provide players ample time to consider their options and formulate intricate strategies, real-time games demand rapid decision-making and quick reflexes. In RTS games, you're always on the clock, making split-second choices that could spell victory or defeat. Each style appeals to different types of gamers and requires unique sets of skills.


The best Turn-Based games of all time

Discussing the best Turn-Based games can ignite passionate debates among gamers. However, a few titles seem to rise to the top consistently:


Civilization - The Civilization franchise, created by Sid Meier, tasks players with leading a nation from the stone age to the space age, balancing aspects like research, diplomacy, and warfare all at the same time. The game is famous for its "just one more turn" addictiveness as each decision has lasting implications.


X-COM - This series combines elements of both strategy and tactics as players manage an international organization tasked with defending Earth from alien invasion. Players must split their time between expanding and maintaining their operations base, researching alien technology, and directing soldier squads in turn-based battles against the alien forces. The series is known for its high-stakes gameplay and permadeath mechanic where every decision could mean life or death for your squad members.


Divinity: Original Sin 2 - While not a strategy, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an award-winning turn-based RPG game developed by Larian Studios. Players explore a vast, fantastically detailed world with a party of characters, each with their unique abilities and backstory. It's particularly noted for its turn-based combat system that encourages creativity and its interactive world where almost anything can be manipulated or interacted with. Its freedom of choice, engaging narrative, and multiplayer co-op mode make it a standout title in the genre.