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Take turns plotting your strategy.

List of Turn-based strategy games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre turn-based strategy games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
8 Kingdoms 8 Kingdom - p0605188.jpg 2007-06-22 TBS
8 Kingdoms
8 Kingdom - p0605188.jpg
Latest release1.1.0
Release dateJuly 22nd, 2007
DevelopersGreg, Juan Fernández Martín, and others.
Code licenseGPL
P. languagesC++, Tcl

8 Kingdoms is a 3D turn-based strategy game based on hexagons in which the player is a king in a fantasy world. It is licensed under the GPL. The media license is unknown. The latest version of the game is 1.10 released on July 22nd, 2007. It is written in the C++ and Tcl programming languages and uses the SDL library.

It was created as a project at the Faculty of Mathematics and physics at the Univerzita Karlova, Prague in 2004.[1]

Advanced Strategic Command AdvancedStrategicCommand.jpg 2015-12-06 Turn-based strategy
Advanced Strategic Command
Advanced Strategic Command
GenreTurn-based strategy
Latest release2.6.1  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 6th, 2015
Code licenseGPL[2]
Media licenseGPL[2]
P. languageC++

Advanced Strategic Command is a turn based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle.

ASC can be played against the computer or against other players.

Allure of the Stars Allure-Crawl- 2018-06-30 Roguelike, RPG, TBS

Allure of the Stars is a near-future Sci-Fi roguelike and tactical squad game. Binaries and the game manual are available at the homepage, where you can also try the game out in the browser. (http://allureofthestars.com/play --- It runs fastest on Chrome. Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)

Not a single picture in this game. You have to imagine everything yourself, like with a book (a grown-up book, without pictures). Once you learn to imagine things, though, you can keep exploring and mastering the world and making up stories for a long time. The gameplay manual [3] may also help. Enjoy!

Ancient Beast Ancient-Beast.jpg 2017-03-15 TBS
Ancient Beast
Ancient Beast
Latest release0.3  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch, 15th, 2017
DeveloperFreezing Moon
Code licenseAGPL
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0
P. languageHTML, PHP, JavaScript

Ancient Beast is a turn based strategy game. Players fight opponents by acquiring items and creatures. Ancient Beast is free software released under the AGPL with media released as CC BY-SA. It uses web-technologies, so it is directly playable from the browser.

Atanks Atanks - scrnshot28.png 2016-11-17 Action

Atanks or Atomic Tanks is a tank shooting game similar to Wormux. It is licensed under the GPL.[4][5] It uses the game library Allegro.[6] It is written in the C++ programming language.

Batalla Naval no image 1997

Latest release0.60
Release date1997
DeveloperRicardo Quesada
Code licenseGPL v2+

Batalla Naval is a networked, multiplayer battleship game.

There is a newer version for gnome: Gnome Batalla Naval.

Batnav is the old version of Batalla Naval. It consists of:

  • a server for ncurses
  • clients for ncurses, xview, Windows 3.1 and GTK.

Civil Civil.jpg August 9, 2004 TBS, Online
Screenshot of Civil
GenresTBS, Online
Latest release0.83
Release dateAugust 9, 2004
Code licenseGPL[7]
P. languagesPython
LibrariesPygame, SDL

Civil is a turn-based strategy game mainly focused in the American civil war. The game features networked multi-player and is available for multiple platforms. The development of the game stopped in 2005.

Creep Smash no image 2009-08-07 Tower Defense,Online Multiplayer

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Creep Smash
Genres Tower Defense,Online Multiplayer
Latest release0.6.0 beta
Release dateAugust 7th, 2009
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageJava

Creep Smash is a multiplayer tower defense game written in Java. It was developed by ten computer science students within a collegiate software project of the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart. The project requirement was to plan, design and implement a Java-based multiplayer version of Tower defense within 2.5 months. Each student had a specific role in the project such as project manager, developer, or tester. After that, Patrick Schlesinger has started to continue the game development and provide a game server with a growing team of developers. CreepSmash is licensed under the GPL.[8] The latest version of the game is 0.6.0 beta released on August 7th, 2009.

Crimson Fields Crimson Fields - screen17.png March 1, 2009 TBS
Crimson Fields
Crimson Fields - screen17.png
Crimson Fields, 0.5.0
Latest release0.5.3
Release dateMarch 1, 2009
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC/C++

Crimson Fields is a tactical turn-based war game of two opposing sides (Empire of Kand and Free Nexus Army). Facing either the computer or another player, turns are taken to move various military units and attack the opposition. As of 2011-07-26, the latest version of the game is 0.5.3 released on March 1st, 2009.[9].It is licensed under the GPL.[10]

FreeCol FreeCol.jpg 2015-10-17 TBS, Economic simulation
GenreTBS, Economic simulation
Latest release0.11.6  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 17th, 2015
Code licenseGPL
P. languageJava

FreeCol is a TBS clone of Sid Meier's Colonization. It is written in the Java programming language and licensed under the GPL.[11]

In February 2007, it received the Sourceforge.net Project of the Month award. [12]

FreeOrion FreeOrion-0.4.5-screenshot.png 2017-09-10 TBS
Galaxy view
Latest release0.4.7.1  (Announcement)
Release dateSep 10th, 2017
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licenseCC BY-SA 3.0
P. languageC++, Python
LibrarySDL, OpenAL, Boost, GiGi, FreeType2

FreeOrion is a turn-based strategy game of galactic conquest inspired by the Master of Orion games. As is typical for 4X games, players have to explore their surroundings, colonize new planets, manage their economies, research spectacular technologies, build up military might and conquer their neighbors, and ultimately, the entire galaxy. Features specific to FreeOrion are the diverse fantastical species and peculiar history of the game galaxy, the design of new ships with a multitude of hulls and ship parts available after research, and the possibility of technological victory after researching transcendence.

The game's source code is licensed under the GPL v2 and its media under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.[13][14]

Freeciv Freeciv-2.1.0-beta3-sdl slack11.0.jpg 2018-07-22 TBS,Online
Freeciv-2.1.0-beta3-sdl slack11.0.jpg
Freeciv 2.1.0 beta3 SDL client
Latest release2.6.0  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 22th, 2018
DeveloperFreeciv team
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC, HTML5

Freeciv is a 2D turn-based strategy game, inspired by Sid Meier's Civilization series, where players control an empire to "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate" (4X). Both code and media are licensed under the GNU General Public License.[15] Freeciv is mostly written in the C programming language.[16] This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration. The game is also playable as an HTML5 Web game.

Gnome Batalla Naval Gbatnav.png 2005

Gnome Batalla Naval
Latest release1.0.5pre
Release date2005
DeveloperRicardo Quesada
Code licenseGPL v2+

Gnome Batalla Naval is a networked, multiplayer battleship game based on Batalla Naval.

It includes a server, a client and a robot, and supports IPv6 and GGZ Gaming Zone.

Harris Harris.png 2014-10-26 Turn-based strategy games
Harris control panel
GenreTurn-based strategy games
Latest release0.2.4  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 26th, 2014
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC

The game objective of Harris is to destroy Nazi Germany by launching bombing raids. Harris is a turn based strategy game.

Hedgewars Hedgewars-0.9.6-002.png 2018-04-16 TBS
Hedgewars 0.9.17
Latest release0.9.24.1  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 16th, 2018
DeveloperHedgewars devlopment team
Code licenseGPLv2[2]
Media licenseGFDLv1.2 (images & sounds)
GPLv2 (rest)[2]
P. languageFree Pascal (game), Haskell (game server), C++ (Qt front-end)
LibraryQt, SDL

Hedgewars is a turn-based artillery game featuring fighting hedgehogs. In the spirit of worms, the player has to equip their team of hedgehogs with a choice of numerous weapons in order to combat the enemy. It features an AI player as well as a multiplayer mode.

The game is licensed under the GPL.[17] It requires the Qt and the SDL library.[18]

Javelin Javelin1.3.png 2016-07-15 Role-playing
Overworld screen.
Latest release1.6  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 15th, 2016
DeveloperAlex Henry
Code licenseGplv2
Media licenseGplv2
P. languageJava

Javelin is a free open-source single-player role-playing game written in Java that uses d20 as the rule system – also found in Dungeons and Dragons (versions 3.0 and 3.5) and its successor Pathfinder. It draws heavy inspiration from many other video games, from Jagged Alliance and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup to Pokémon and the Final Fantasy series.

Kingdoms Kingdoms-0.1.0-1.png 2013-09-24 Turn-based strategy
GenreTurn-based strategy
Latest release0.1.3  (Announcement)
Release dateSeptember 24th, 2013
DeveloperAntti Salonen
Code licenseGPL v3+[2]
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0 [2]
P. languageC++

Kingdoms is a strategy game in which the player builds an empire and leads his nation throughout history. It is inspired by concepts from Civilization.

LambdaHack LambdaHack-Crawl- 2018-06-30 Roguelike, Engine, RPG, TBS

LambdaHack is a Haskell [19] game engine library for ASCII roguelike games of arbitrary theme, size and complexity, with optional tactical squad combat. It's packaged together with a little example dungeon crawler in fantasy setting that can be tried out in the browser. (http://lambdahack.github.io --- It runs fastest on Chrome. Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)

Liberal Crime Squad Liberal Crime Squad.png September 4th, 2012
Turn-based strategy games
Liberal Crime Squad.png
Latest release4.06.3
Release dateSeptember 4th, 2012
Code licenseGPL
Media license(no media)
P. languageC++

A game made by Bay 12 Games that was closed source until version 3.05 was released under the GPL.[20]

LordsAWar! Screenshot-LordsAWar!.png 2016-10-02 TBS
A random map, with 8 players, and 20 cities.
Latest release0.3.1  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 2nd, 2016
DeveloperBen Asselstine and others.
Code licenseGPL[21]
Media licenseGPL[22]
P. language C++

LordsAWar! is a GPL, turn-based strategy game which is intended to be similar to Warlords II. It was created from the original C++ code base of the old Freelords project. Freelords has subsequently been restarted and has switched to Java.[23] LordsAWar! was written by Ben Asselstine.[24]

Scorched 3D Scorched 3D 40.1 screenshot 2.jpg March 3rd, 2009 TBS
Scorched 3D
Scorched 3D 40.1 screenshot 2.jpg
Latest release42.1
Release dateMarch 3rd, 2009
Code licenseGPL
P. languageC++

Scorched 3D is a 3D turn based artillery game and based on the DOS game Scorched Earth. It is licensed under the GPLv2.[25] The latest version of the game is 42.1 released on March 3rd, 2009[26] It is written in the C++ programming language.[27]

Slingshot Slingshot 0.8.1p p1-p2m.png 2007 TBS
Turn-based strategy games
Slingshot 0.8.1p p1-p2m.png
Player 1 tries to hit Player 2’s ship, but the large planets below change the trajectory
Latest release0.8.1p
Release date2007
DevelopersJonathan Musther, Bart Mak
Code licenseGPLv2+
Media licenseGPLv2+
P. languagePython

Slingshot is a gravity‐based TBS, written in Python by Jonathan Musther and Bart Mak using Pygame. The latest version is 0.8.1p, released in 2007 under GNU General Public License 2 or later.

Tanks of Freedom Tanks of Freedom.png 2018-05-17 Strategy
Tanks of Freedom
Tanks of Freedom.png
Tanks of Freedom
Latest release0.7.0  (Announcement)
Release datemay 17th, 2018
Code licenseMIT[28]
Media licenseMIT, CC-BY-SA 4.0[28]
P. languageGDScript

Tanks of Freedom is a turn-based strategy game made with the Godot engine. The game is still in development.

You can make infantry, tank, or air units. The goal is to capture the opponent's base using an infantry unit.

Teeworlds Teeworlds.jpg 2016-11-13 Platform, Run and gun, Online
GenrePlatform, Run and gun, Online
Latest release0.6.4  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 13th, 2016
DeveloperMagnus Auvinen and contributors[29]
Code licensea permissive license prohibiting misrepresentation[28]; some libraries under BSD, zlib/libpng
Media licensea permissive license prohibiting misrepresentation[28]
P. languageC (engine), C++ (game)

Teeworlds is a cartoon style 2D multiplayer platform shooter game (or third person shooter). The game provides an arena where players fight in various multiplayer modes (capture the flag, duel, team death match, race). The player is a Tee, a little ball with hands and feet.

The Battle for Wesnoth Wesnoth.jpg 2018-07-24 TBS, Online
The Battle for Wesnoth
Old version of a campaign in the desert from The Battle for Wesnoth
GenreTBS, Online
Latest release1.14.4  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 24th, 2018
DeveloperWesnoth team
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC++, Python, WML, Lua

The Battle for Wesnoth, or simply Wesnoth or BfW, is a fantasy themed 2D turn-based strategy game started by David White in June 2003.[30] The game is programmed in C++ and its code and media are licensed under the GPL.[31] This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration.

Thousand Parsec ThousandParsec.png TBS

Thousand Parsec
Thousand Parsec Logo

Thousand Parsec (TP) is a framework for creating turn-based space-empire-building strategy games.

Turious Turious-0.3.jpg May, 2010 TBS
Turious 0.3
Latest release0.2
Release dateMay, 2010
Code licenseGPL
Media licensesGPL, CC BY-SA
P. languagesC

Turious is a TBS. The latest version of the game is 0.2 released in May 2010, with the 0.3 version currently in development. It is licensed under the GPL.[32] It requires the RTG library.

VMS Empire Vms-empire.png 2016-01-05 Turn-based strategy
VMS Empire
empire - the wargame of the century
GenreTurn-based strategy
Latest release1.14
Release dateJanuary 5th, 2016
DeveloperEric S. Raymond, Chuck Simmons, Ed James
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licenseno media
P. languageC

VMS Empire is a war simulation between the player and the computer.

WarMUX Wormux 0.8beta4 halloween.png January 21st, 2011 Turn-based strategy
Wormux 0.8beta4 halloween.png
Wormux 0.8 beta 4
GenreTurn-based strategy
Latest release11.01
Release dateJanuary 21st, 2011
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL

WarMUX (Wormux until November 21st, 2010)[33] is a Worms-like game that is licensed under the GPL, including its data.[34][35] The latest version of the game is 11.01 released on January 21st, 2011.[36] This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration.

Xconq Xconq.jpg May 20th, 2004 TBS, Multiplayer

Turn-based strategy games
GenreTBS, Multiplayer
Latest release7.5pre
Release dateMay 20th, 2004
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL

Xconq is a system for creating strategy games. It have the ability for online play and have built-in support for many types of game. It is licensed under the GPL.[37] The latest version of the game is 7.5pre released on May 20th, 2004.[38]

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  10. README file
  11. The about page of FreeCol
  12. SourceForge.net: Project of the Month
  13. License page in FreeOrion's wiki
  14. Debian's FreeOrion copyright file
  15. Freeciv website on licensing
  16. Freeciv project data from Ohloh.net
  17. The about page of Hedgewars
  18. Hedgewars FAQ page
  19. https://www.haskell.org
  20. Old LCS page on Bay 12 Games
  21. LordsAWar!'s code copyright file at Debian Packages
  22. LordsAWar!'s data copyright file at Debian Packages
  23. Freelords homepage
  24. Savannah memberlist for the LordsAWar! project
  25. Scorched3d copyright file at Debian packages
  26. Released thread on 42.1
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  29. http://www.teeworlds.com/?page=about
  30. http://wiki.wesnoth.org/Credits
  31. Wesnoth copyright file at Debian packages
  32. Turious Project Page
  33. Wormux becomes Warmux (November 21st, 2010)
  34. Copyright text file on WarMUX' SVN repository
  35. Wormux-data's copyright file at Debian packages
  36. WarMUX blog post on 11.01
  37. http://sourceware.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/xconq/COPYING.txt?rev=1.1&content-type=text/x-cvsweb-markup&cvsroot=xconq
  38. Xconq homepage accessed on April 10th, 2010.