Best Real-Time Games on Steam

Steam currently has 484 Real-Time 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. Real-Time game rankings were last updated on 5/23/2024.

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1. 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 holds the #1 spot for "best Real-Time game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,808 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,373 positive reviews and 435 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 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 $9.99
Release Date 10/21/2013
Franchise Firefly Studios
Developer FireFly Studios
Publisher FireFly Studios
Steam App Id 40970

2. 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 #2 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 99,523 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 95,301 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

3. Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

The last days of man are at hand.. Two years after the Infinite War the once great warring nations now lie in ruins, and humanity’s hope for a brighter future is nothing but a bitter memory. A new, seemingly unstoppable enemy, supported by the zealots of The Order, now seeks to eradicate mankind: UEF, Aeon Loyalist, and Cybran alike.

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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,632 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,233 positive reviews and 399 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 9/28/2011
Developer Gas Powered Games
Publisher Square Enix
Steam App Id 9420

4. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition features “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new Civilizations. Frequent updates include events, additional content, new game modes, and enhanced features with the recent addition of Co-Op mode!

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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 144,050 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 136,583 positive reviews and 7,467 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 11/14/2019
Franchise Age of Empires Franchise
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Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Steam App Id 813780

5. Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade

Deep under the central desert of Kronus, a vast honeycomb of skull-lined tunnels and funeral chambers house the awakening Necron menace. Eons ago, these were the boulevards and squares of a great necropolis built to house the bones of the races who had fallen to the Necrons, and ultimately were where the Necrons themselves retire to...

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Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,063 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,787 positive reviews and 276 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.24 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.24
Release Date 8/7/2007
Developer Relic Entertainment
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4580

6. Rusted Warfare - RTS

{{An RTS inspired by the classics of the past!}} Making up for it's subpar retro graphics with fun gameplay and modern multi-threaded tech enabling huge battles to run smooth... Featuring singleplayer challenges, skirmish, sandbox, 10-player multiplayer & workshop modding.

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Rusted Warfare - RTS has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,840 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,699 positive reviews and 141 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rusted Warfare - RTS on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 7/14/2017
Developer Corroding Games
Publisher Corroding Games
Steam App Id 647960

7. Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Soulstorm

The third and final expansion to the genre-defining and critically-acclaimed RTS, Dawn of War. In Soulstorm, two new armies are introduced – Sisters of Battle and Dark Eldar - raising the total number of playable armies to nine.

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Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Soulstorm has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,739 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,025 positive reviews and 714 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.24 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Soulstorm on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.24
Release Date 3/7/2008
Developer Relic Entertainment
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 9450

8. Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal

Creeper World 3 is what happens when cellular automata takes over a strategy simulation. Instead of discrete units that attack your base, a fluid-like substance spreads over the terraformable terrain. Your base, your weapons, your strategy... you must adapt them all.

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Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,465 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,314 positive reviews and 151 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 3/27/2014
Developer Knuckle Cracker
Publisher Knuckle Cracker
Steam App Id 280220

9. Airships: Conquer the Skies

Construct mighty steampunk airships and fly them into battle, waging war and conquering the skies!

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Airships: Conquer the Skies has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,451 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,232 positive reviews and 219 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Airships: Conquer the Skies on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 8/16/2018
Developer David Stark
Publisher David Stark
Steam App Id 342560

10. Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Game of the Year Edition

Prepare yourself for the grim, dark future of the 41st millennium, where alien races battle mankind for galactic domination in a universe of unending war. Personalize your armies with a revolutionary unit customization tool that gives you the ability to choose your armies insignias, banners, squad colors and names.

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Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Game of the Year Edition has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Real-Time games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,726 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,268 positive reviews and 458 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.59 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Game of the Year Edition on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $2.59
Release Date 8/7/2007
Developer Relic Entertainment
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4570

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