What are the best strategy games for Mac?

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    #1Company of Heroes 2

    Company of Heroes 2

    Company of Heroes 2 is a cross-platform, real-time Strategy game based during the events of World War II and focuses on the Eastern Front. The main campaign tasks players with commanding Russian during key battles against Nazi Germany. I was developed by Relic Entertainment.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Roger Williamson
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I have been around for quite some time now and I believe this is the best game that I have run across with. I loved the first version of this game but Company of Heroes 2 trumped that game. I was hesitant to let go of its predecessor until I found out that this one is way better. More maps, more campaign tasks, and real-time battle. One of the best strategy games on the market today."
  2. 26

    #2Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    Sid Meier's Civilization VI also known as Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Firaxis Games and Aspyr. It was released on October 21, 2016, and is available on Windows, Mac, and iOS users.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

    Free

    Bruce Bowman
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I had this game since it was released and I haven't even completed every mission. This is super difficult and that is one of its allure. I just don't understand why I always lose when I start winning. This game is frustrating in a good way as it forces you to think of other tactics and strategies, which is one of its aims anyways. You wouldn't have labeled a strategy game as anything else, right?"
  3. 25

    #3Europa Universalis IV

    Europa Universalis IV
    The fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $39.99

    Enrique Vega
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Honestly, I had problems when I first played this on my Mac. But after the update, everything ran smoothly. It has varying degrees of difficulties and you can ace the first parts easy. But when you start going up against the big guns, you will despair and probably chuck this game outta your window. That said, the difficulty of this game is insane and you'll need all your brain power to win!"

DID YOU KNOW

Did you know that strategy video games are based on famous board games and tabletop wargames like Chess, Go, and checkers? Board games like Chess, Go, and checkers require players to plan moves ahead in order to defeat opponents, and Herbert George Wells' tabletop wargames (played with miniature soldiers on a table with a customized terrain), are the basis of the first strategy video games. Invasion, which was released in 1972 for Magnavox Odyssey, was based on the board game Risk, while Strategic Simulations' 1980 Computer Bismark, was the first game completely based on history. It was followed by games like the 1983 hit, Reach for the Stars, Nobunaga's Ambition, and the Lords of Midnight. In the 1990s, it was Sid Meier's Civilization that dominated the shelves, followed by Dune II, which was based on the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name, and then Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires. Now, the field of strategy video games have evolved, as fast-paced action, real-time strategy games like Dota 2 and League of Legends have become the norm, transforming the gaming industry into a multi-million dollar eSports business. But until today, war-based games and turn-based strategy games are still hit products, with games like Total War: Shogun 2 and Star Traders 4X Empire Elite.


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    #4XCOM 2

    XCOM 2

     XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactical strategy game developed by Firaxis Games. It serves as the sequel to the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012. This aliened-themed game features guerrilla combat where players get to decide on how to strike their enemies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Linux

    $59.99

    Roy Welch
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "The graphics alone would have made this game at the top of every video game list you could put up. Truly it is a magnificent game. But what makes this a step ahead of its competitors is that you have to combine tactical abilities with lightning-fast reflexes. Certainly, one of the best games anyone can play on Mac or other platforms."
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    #5Homeworld Remastered Collection

    Homeworld Remastered Collection
    Homeworld Remastered Collection is a real-time strategy game and a remake of the original Homeworld. It was developed by Gearbox Software and was published by Gearbox Publishing. Changes in the game include a more high definition of graphics in the environment.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $34.99

    Jean Porter
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I am not a fan of strategy games before. That is until I played this game on my boyfriends PC. It was tough at first, it's like learning a new language, trying to make sense of everything. But you know what, beginners like me would have stopped there and then. But I was persisted because there is something about this game that catches all your attention. LOL. My boyfriend even said I spend time with this game more than I do with him. Which is probably right, by the way, Then again, we could enjoy this game together. SO it's a win-win. A triple win when I beat his ships and destroy him. HAHAHAHAHA!!!"
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    #6Cities: Skylines

    Cities: Skylines
    Cities: Skylines engage the player in one of the most realistic urban planning simulation games available by controlling zoning, taxation, public services, city's budget, population, health, employment, pollution, traffic flow and many other factors.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Daniel Richards
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "I love simulation games but I specifically love Skylines. You get to build your city the way you want it. It takes your mind off things you'd rather forget. And I found out that I am depending less and less on alcohol to do this. Plus it triggers my creative side so I am now back painting artworks. From a headcase to a productive member of society. #realtalk"
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    #7World of Warships

    World of Warships
    World of Warships is a naval action MMO, dipping into the world of large-scale sea battles of the first half of the twentieth century. Epic battles rage across the oceans of the world in order to claim victory among teams comprised of the greatest representatives from the era of multi-ton marine giants.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Brian Myers
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "This game is fun and exciting if you want to play a game with warships, it takes place on an ocean, and there are ships from WW I and WW II. There are different types of ships which have different behaviors, battleships are strong, carriers have aircraft, destroyers have torpedoes, and cruisers have a fast firing rate. You get to choose a flag from naval powers such as USA, and Japan. Weather can change in battle, and cause an influence on battle. I have a fun time playing with friends, games are replayable, there is some repetitiveness, but due to it being multiplayer, it is really fun and exciting."
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    #8Warbands: Bushido

    Warbands: Bushido
    Warbands: Bushido is a tactical, turn-based, tabletop-style wargame series developed and published by Red Unit Studios. This game is designed for mobile devices and PC with complex and smooth gameplay.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Android

    Free

    Ruth Ellis
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I love to play strategy games, especially on my Mac computer. I decided to try Warbands: Bushido and I love it. It's a tactical and turn-based game that is very similar to tabletop games. If you like table-top war games, you'll really love this game, as I do. The graphics are excellent and very detailed and the music is great. Definitely check it out if you love these types of games. You'll have fun for hours!"
  6. 19

    #9Total War: ATTILA

    Total War: ATTILA

    Total War: ATTILA is a historical strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is a part of the Total War video game series. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $44.99

    Juan Cruz
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "This game is great, it focuses on not only a historical attack on Rome but the everyday life and living of the time period. It features famine, war, survival, and tactics that truly makes one think about the "how am I going to survive this?!" kind of approach. It makes the player feel truly immersed in the game giving both time and devotion to it is rewarding and challenging. For players looking for a survivalist theme that has a historical approach this is the game for you. For those looking for strategy and a rewarding player experience, again, this game is for you. Those looking to breeze through an not give attention to detail, this isn't a game for you. It's for the intellectual and hardcore gamer who loves to think about how they are going to win. "
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    #10Tropico 5

    Tropico 5
    Tropico 5 is a construction and management simulation video game. For the first time in the Tropico series the game features cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Wendy Yin
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "Tropico 5 was a single player simulation game, but the bars have been raised with the new multiplayer functions. Now you and your friends can battle it out or work together to complete missions. This new capability will allow a broader spectrum of people to come play and add more people to the network."
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    #11AI War: Fleet Command

    AI War: Fleet Command
    AI War: Fleet Command is a strategy game developed by Arcen Games LLC where players can go up to against two AI enemies. The game is a blend of the traditional tower defense games and the traditional RTS genre.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Nicole Boyd
    Written on April 27, 2017
    "This is a very basic, yet invigorating strategy game. I love the graphics. I also love how they have captured the old world arcade feel as well. Over all, very enjoyable game!"
  9. 14

    #12Train Valley

    Train Valley
    Train Valley is a tactical railroad manager game. Build railways, manage traffic and stay accident-free. Play in Europe, America, Japan and USSR in 1830-2020.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.99

    Johnny Griffin
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "There are a lot of strategy games out there at the moment. My friend told me about Train Valley so I decided to give it a try. After playing it for hours I can say that as far as Mac strategy games goes this is one of the best."
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    #13Total War: Shogun 2

    Total War: Shogun 2
    Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Onin War during the Ashikaga Shogunate. It was developed by Creative Assembly and was published by Sega.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $29.99

    Lisa Xie
    Written on July 9, 2017
    "I got into turn-based gaming thanks to my preteen nephew. Shogun 2 was one of the first ones he showed me, and I haven't bothered to play any other ones. I like that it's easy to use when you're new. But it's also interesting enough to keep my nephew's attention, too, and he plays everything. A gaming computer isn't necessary to play the game -- I use a MacBook."
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    #14Age of Wonders III

    Age of Wonders III

    Age of Wonders III is a 4X turn-based strategic fantasy game developed and published by Triumph Studios. Released in 2014, this game is the fourth game in the Age of Wonders series. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $29.99

    Manuel Godínez
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "Finding strategy games for Mac can be frustrating. There is just not that much to choose from. I just got Age of Wonders III on my mac book pro and it is amazing. I love the graphics and the game play mechanics are perfect. I love the battles. I play this a lot."
  12. 8

    #15Empire: Total War

    Empire: Total War
    Empire: Total War is a real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features Elizabethan-era settings of war in the oceans of Europe. It gives the player the thrill of commanding entire fleets.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $24.99

    Ernesto Rojas
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "There's something inherently awesome about having a birds eye view over a battlefield and being able to control armies. E:TW is a great entry in the top down strategy game category. Its not anything ground breaking, but its a lot of fun."
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    #16Bounty Train

    Bounty Train
    Bounty Train is a Indie game from guys who love railroad adventures. Simulation-tactics roguelike RPG about railroad in the US (1860-1870).
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $24.99

    Jennifer George
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "I've had a hard time finding games I like that run on my MacBook. I'm new to Macs and all my old favorites are for Windows only, which I hate. Bounty Train is just the kind of game I love, runs on Mac and I was able to get it on sale here on Steam! I'm super grateful for this awesome game."
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    #17Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. 

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PS4, Linux

    $16.99

    Héctor Galindo
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Once you got over the fact that you paid to get this game and all the technical issues, you'll realize that this game is actually pretty good. NOT!!!! You will never get over those since it stares up at you everytime you log on. What's worse is anyone could beat this game if the AI plays fair! Where's the challenge in that???"
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    #18Conquest of Elysium 3

    Conquest of Elysium 3
    Conquest of Elysium 3 is an old-school turn-based fantasy strategy game. With 18 different factions that alone is enough to keep your play dynamic as you vie for control of the map to conquer Elysium. 
    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $9.9

    Anthony Davis
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "Rated this 2 stars because I can't control the game the way I want to. It's like the interface is lagging and I have failed a number of times because of this. The worst part is that it takes too long for the support to fix issues. Thumbs down for this!"
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    #19Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is a strategy and simulation video game developed by Northway Games, released on May 30, 2015. This survival game is set in a post-apocalyptic theme where survivors scavenge for food and resources.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Brenda Alvarez
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "I was looking for a good strategy game for the Mac. I found out about Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville. This game really is not what I was looking for. I like the concept of rebuilding a ruined city in a post-apocalyptic world, but the gameplay is just so boring. The graphics aren't that great, either. I don't know why my friends like this game or why they recommended it. It also doesn't work properly on my computer. It glitches out or crashes half the time. I really hate it. Don't play this game; it's not worth the trouble."
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    #20Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a fast-paced and action-oriented real-time strategy (RTS) game based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It has a sequel named Dawn of War III which was released in April 2017.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $19.99

    Keith Griffin
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "This is a good game don't get me wrong. I rated this one star for several reasons. First, it is too difficult to play for beginners. And even when you are an intermediate player (as some of my friends can attest), the gameplay is too quick for them. If you don't have a good connection, you're as good as dead. I actually like watching pros play. But I could never, ever, do what they do. And that's why I hate it."

Summary

Best What are the best strategy games for Mac
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Company of Heroes 2Games 27 Paid
2Sid Meier's Civilization VIGames 26 Free
3Europa Universalis IVGames 25 Paid
4XCOM 2Games 24 Paid
5Homeworld Remastered CollectionGames 24 Paid
6Cities: SkylinesGames 22 Paid
7World of WarshipsGames 22 Free
8Warbands: BushidoGames 19 Free
9Total War: ATTILAGames 19 Paid
10Tropico 5Games 17 Paid
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