Best Historical Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,963 Historical games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Historical game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Be the leader of wobblers from ancient lands, spooky places, and fantasy worlds. Watch them fight in simulations made with the wobbliest physics system ever created, make your own wobblers in the unit creator and send your army off to fight your friends in multiplayer.

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator holds the #1 spot for "best Historical game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 122,543 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 119,919 positive reviews and 2,624 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 4/1/2021
Franchise Landfall Games
Developer Landfall
Publisher Landfall
Steam App Id 508440

2. Mount & Blade: Warband

In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!

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Mount & Blade: Warband has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 160,210 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 156,588 positive reviews and 3,622 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Mount & Blade: Warband on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 3/31/2010
Developer TaleWorlds Entertainment
Publisher TaleWorlds Entertainment
Steam App Id 48700

3. The Case of the Golden Idol

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.

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The Case of the Golden Idol has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,242 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,156 positive reviews and 86 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Case of the Golden Idol on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 10/13/2022
Franchise Playstack
Developer Color Gray Games
Publisher Playstack
Steam App Id 1677770

4. Stronghold Crusader HD

The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader HD throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.

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Stronghold Crusader HD has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,783 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,349 positive reviews and 434 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Stronghold Crusader HD on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $2.99
Release Date 10/21/2013
Franchise Firefly Studios
Developer FireFly Studios
Publisher FireFly Studios
Steam App Id 40970

5. Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Create, discover, and download new player-created maps, scenarios, interfaces, and more!

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 197,448 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 189,845 positive reviews and 7,603 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Sid Meier's Civilization® V on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 9/21/2010
Franchise Civilization Franchise
Developers
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Steam App Id 8930

6. LIZARDS MUST DIE

The great exploits of the Ancient Rus in the war with the lizards. Immerse yourself in the world of Hyperborea and defeat hordes of Lizards and other unholy who encroached on holy places Ancestors. Choose a blessed hero and go save the world from the green plague.

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LIZARDS MUST DIE has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,129 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,434 positive reviews and 695 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play LIZARDS MUST DIE on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 9/27/2023
Franchise Agafonoff Official Group
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Steam App Id 2532550

7. Murders on the Yangtze River

"Murders on Yangtze River" is an Ace Attorney-like detective game that takes you on a journey through early 20th century China as you solve a series of intriguing cases. Use your logical reasoning and deduction skills to uncover clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the mysteries.

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Murders on the Yangtze River has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,852 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,593 positive reviews and 259 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Murders on the Yangtze River on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 1/31/2024
Developer OMEGAMES STUDIO
Publisher OMEGAMES STUDIO
Steam App Id 1746030

8. Return of the Obra Dinn

Lost at sea 1803 ~ The good ship Obra Dinn.

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Return of the Obra Dinn has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,867 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,066 positive reviews and 801 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/18/2018
Developer Lucas Pope
Publisher 3909
Steam App Id 653530

9. Age of Empires II (Retired)

Age of Empires II has been re-imagined in high definition. With the release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, this product will not be updated further.

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Age of Empires II (Retired) has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 99,503 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 95,281 positive reviews and 4,222 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 4/9/2013
Franchise Age of Empires Franchise
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Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Steam App Id 221380

10. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. A new Shogun seizes power over Japan and enforces nationwide peace. In his battle against conspiracy and rebellion, he recruits five specialists with extraordinary skills for assassination, sabotage and espionage.

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 35,679 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 34,300 positive reviews and 1,379 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $39.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $39.99
Release Date 12/6/2016
Franchise Mimimi
Developer Mimimi Games
Publisher Daedalic Entertainment
Steam App Id 418240

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