6 strategy games like Age of Empires to play today

The games to dig into when you're done with Age of Empires 4

Finished Age of Empires 4 and looking for a new challenge? We have you covered...

Like your strategy games bleaker than an episode of HBO's Chernobyl? Frostpunk is for you. As the ruler of a frozen Earth's last surviving city, it's worryingly easy to go from benevolent ruler to child labor tyrant when things get tough.


Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

A winning caveman take on the survival genre. Do well and you can construct Stonehenge-style structures. Do poorly and you'll be singlehandedly dooming humanity. Fun!

Dawn of Man

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Bad North strips the survival elements of Age of Empires away to deliver an addictive and brutal slice of real-time strategy.

Bad North

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

A must-play strategy game for anyone who likes to balance a lust for power with a healthy respect for how sewage systems work.

Cities: Skylines

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

City building with a political edge, Tropico 6 puts you in the role of El Presidente, and leaves it up to you to be a ruthless dictator or a kind and cuddly statesman.

Tropico 6

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

This classic has a brilliant single-player campaign, but its longevity comes from impeccable balancing that delivers tense and enjoyable matches 12 years after it was originally released.

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty

Platform(s): PC

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