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The best turn-based tactics games

Turn-based tactical video games are a genre of strategy games where gameplay is divided into turns, during which players take sequential actions with their units or characters. In turn-based tactical games, players typically control a group of units, such as soldiers, heroes, or specialized characters, and navigate them across a grid-based map or environment. Each turn, players can move their units, attack enemies, use special abilities, or perform other actions within the game's mechanics and rules.

The turn-based nature of these games allows players to carefully consider their options and plan their moves strategically, taking into account factors like terrain, unit strengths and weaknesses, and the overall objectives of the game. Typically, the outcome of battles or encounters is determined by a combination of factors such as unit statistics, positioning, and sometimes random chance. Some well-known examples of turn-based tactical games include the XCOM series, Heroes of Might and Magic series, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Jagged Alliance. 

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Metal Marines

Windows 3.x19933.9/5 Namco
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V for Victory: D-day Utah Beach

DOS1991protected3.9/5 Atomic Games
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Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 2

DOS19893.9/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
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La Grande Armee

DOS19913.9/5 SDJ Enterprises
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MacArthur's War

DOS19903.9/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
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A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Laser Squad

DOS19923.9/5 Target Games Limited
Laser Squad is an abandoned turn-based strategy/tactical game designed by Julian Gollop (the mind behind the X-COM series). Laser Squad was developed by Target Games Limited and released by MicroLeague Multimedia in 1992 for DOS and other 8-bit systems. Laser Squad is considered as a precursor of X-COM: Ufo Defense.
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Clash of Steel

DOS1993protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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King's Bounty

DOSMac19903.9/5 New World Computing
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Crusade in Europe

DOS19853.9/5 MicroProse Software
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Fantasy Empires

DOS1993protected3.9/5 Silicon Knights
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Full Metal Planete

DOSMac19903.9/5 Hitech Productions
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Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

DOS1992protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Decision in the Desert

DOS19853.8/5 MicroProse Software
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Vulcan: The Tunisian Campaign

DOS19883.8/5 Cases Computer Simulations
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Knights of the Desert

DOS1983protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
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The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow

DOS1982protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
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Battle for Normandy

DOS1983protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
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Great Napoleonic Battles

DOS19913.8/5 Impressions Games
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Decision at Gettysburg

DOS19903.7/5 TigLon Software
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Battle Isle

DOS1991protected3.7/5 Blue Byte Software
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Gary Grigsby's War in Russia

DOS1993protected3.7/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Operation Market Garden

DOS1985protected3.7/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Kampfgruppe

DOS1987protected3.6/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Battle of Antietam

DOS1985protected3.6/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Sabre Team

DOS1994protected3.6/5 Krisalis
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Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 3

DOS19923.5/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
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Decker

Windows2002freeware3.5/5
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Blitzkrieg: Battle at the Ardennes

DOS19903.5/5 Command Simulations
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The Civil War

DOS19873.3/5 Avalon Hill