Best RTS Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,278 RTS 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. RTS game rankings were last updated on 5/26/2024.

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1. Dyson Sphere Program

Build the most efficient intergalactic factory in space simulation strategy game Dyson Sphere Program! Harness the power of stars, collect resources, plan and design production lines and develop your interstellar factory from a small space workshop to a galaxy-wide industrial empire.

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Dyson Sphere Program holds the #1 spot for "best RTS game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 78,910 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 77,092 positive reviews and 1,818 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 Dyson Sphere Program on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 1/21/2021
Developer Youthcat Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1366540

2. STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack

Command or corrupt an entire galaxy in the definitive Star Wars strategy collection. It is a time of galactic civil war. Will you take up the reins of the Rebellion, assume control of the Empire, or rule the Star Wars Underworld?

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STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best RTS games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 35,990 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 35,133 positive reviews and 857 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 STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 5/25/2010
Developer Petroglyph
Publishers
Steam App Id 32470

3. 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 #3 spot for the best RTS games. 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

4. 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 #4 spot for the best RTS 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

5. 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 #5 spot for the best RTS 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

6. 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 #6 spot for the best RTS 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

7. 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 #7 spot for the best RTS 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

8. Kenshi

A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Train your men up from puny victims to master warriors.

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Kenshi has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best RTS games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 83,573 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 79,630 positive reviews and 3,943 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. At the moment, it is possible to play Kenshi on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/6/2018
Developer Lo-Fi Games
Publisher Lo-Fi Games
Steam App Id 233860

9. 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 #9 spot for the best RTS 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).

10. Kingdom Rush Frontiers - Tower Defense

Command your troops through an epic (mis)adventure as you defend exotic lands from dragons, man-eating plants, and ghastly denizens of the underworld -all with flashy new towers, levels, heroes, and more goodies to help you crush your foes in this Fantasy Action Tower Defense game!

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Kingdom Rush Frontiers - Tower Defense has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best RTS games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,133 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,870 positive reviews and 263 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kingdom Rush Frontiers - Tower Defense on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/25/2016
Franchise Ironhide Game Studio
Developer Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher Ironhide Game Studio
Steam App Id 458710

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