Best Real Time Tactics Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,997 Real Time Tactics 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 Tactics 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 Tactics 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. 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 #2 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 35,692 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 34,311 positive reviews and 1,381 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

3. Desperados III

Desperados III is a story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth game, set in a ruthless Wild West scenario. Play smart if you want to succeed. A good plan can make the difference between survival and finding yourself at the business end of a pistol.

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Desperados III has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,215 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,784 positive reviews and 431 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. At the moment, it is possible to play Desperados III on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $39.99
Release Date 6/16/2020
Franchise Mimimi
Developer Mimimi Games
Publisher THQ Nordic
Steam App Id 610370

4. Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition

Spanning the most turbulent era in Western history, your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World.

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Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 30,865 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 29,543 positive reviews and 1,322 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 Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

5. Door Kickers 2: Task Force North

Command military Special Ops Teams in gripping tactical combat against a Middle East-based terrorist network. Sequel to RockPaperShotgun's "Best Tactics Game of 2014".

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Door Kickers 2: Task Force North has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 7,681 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,391 positive reviews and 290 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Door Kickers 2: Task Force North on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 11/3/2020
Franchise KillHouse Games
Developer KillHouse Games
Publisher KillHouse Games
Steam App Id 1239080

6. Against the Storm

A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors.

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Against the Storm has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,437 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,273 positive reviews and 1,164 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 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 $29.99
Release Date 12/8/2023
Franchise Hooded Horse
Developer Eremite Games
Publisher Hooded Horse
Steam App Id 1336490

7. Stronghold HD (2012)

The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.

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Stronghold HD (2012) has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,241 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,825 positive reviews and 416 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Stronghold HD (2012) on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 10/21/2013
Franchise Firefly Studios
Developer FireFly Studios
Publisher FireFly Studios
Steam App Id 40950

8. Cosmoteer: Starship Architect & Commander

Design and simulate the starship of your dreams! Command it in epic battles and manage your crew while exploring a dangerous galaxy. Play alone or with friends, test your ship in online PvP, and let your imagination reach for the stars!

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Cosmoteer: Starship Architect & Commander has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,170 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,737 positive reviews and 433 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. At the moment, it is possible to play Cosmoteer: Starship Architect & Commander on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/24/2022
Developer Walternate Realities
Publisher Walternate Realities
Steam App Id 799600

9. Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight is a local-multiplayer stealth party game. Blend into the crowd of AI characters and eliminate the other players before they eliminate you!

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Hidden in Plain Sight has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 705 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 699 positive reviews and 6 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 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 $5.99
Release Date 7/16/2014
Developer Adam Spragg
Publisher Adam Spragg
Steam App Id 303590

10. Rome: Total War™ - Collection

Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.

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Rome: Total War™ - Collection has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Real Time Tactics games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,604 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,757 positive reviews and 847 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rome: Total War™ - Collection on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 8/28/2007
Developer CREATIVE ASSEMBLY
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4760

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