Best Tactical RPG Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,594 Tactical RPG 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. Tactical RPG game rankings were last updated on 5/27/2024.

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1. RimWorld

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.

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RimWorld holds the #1 spot for "best Tactical RPG game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 186,951 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 183,288 positive reviews and 3,663 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 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 $34.99
Release Date 10/17/2018
Developer Ludeon Studios
Publisher Ludeon Studios
Steam App Id 294100

2. Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition

The critically acclaimed RPG that raised the bar, from the creators of Baldur's Gate 3. Gather your party. Master deep, tactical combat. Venture as a party of up to four - but know that only one of you will have the chance to become a God.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 179,050 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 171,800 positive reviews and 7,250 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $44.99 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 $44.99
Release Date 9/14/2017
Developer Larian Studios
Publisher Larian Studios
Steam App Id 435150

3. Dwarf Fortress

The deepest, most intricate simulation of a world that's ever been created. The legendary Dwarf Fortress is now on Steam. Build a fortress and try to help your dwarves survive against a deeply generated world.

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Dwarf Fortress has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 25,731 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,520 positive reviews and 1,211 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Dwarf Fortress on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/6/2022
Franchise Kitfox Games
Developer Bay 12 Games
Publisher Kitfox Games
Steam App Id 975370

4. Wildermyth

Wildermyth follows heroes over their whole careers, from their pitchfork days to their powerful primes, and on into old age and memory. It’s a party-based procedural storytelling RPG where tactical combat and story decisions will alter your world and reshape your cast of characters.

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Wildermyth has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,455 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,629 positive reviews and 826 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 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 $24.99
Release Date 6/15/2021
Developer Worldwalker Games LLC
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Steam App Id 763890

5. Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga

Enter Tahnra, a land savaged by war. You, a fresh academy graduate with humble beginnings, will grow to lead a grand army against a corrupt adversary. Gather heroes, form bonds, and lead your force in turn-based battles. Make use of tactics, terrain, morale and more to bring peace to the land!

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Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,983 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,444 positive reviews and 539 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 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 $11.99
Release Date 6/10/2022
Developer Dancing Dragon Games
Publisher Freedom Games
Steam App Id 1488200

6. Empires of the Undergrowth

Command swarms of warriors at an unprecedented scale of warfare in this blend of RTS and base-building. Lead ant colonies against the many fearsome threats of the insect world, while building intricate nests, developing pheromone-based tactics, and evolving to meet growing dangers.

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Empires of the Undergrowth has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,515 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,975 positive reviews and 540 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Empires of the Undergrowth on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/1/2017
Franchise Hooded Horse
Developer Slug Disco
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Steam App Id 463530

7. Cobalt Core

A sci-fi roguelike deckbuilder with a deep new single-axis spin on tactics games! Dodge missiles, line up your cannons, and blast 'em out of the sky... Then get to the bottom of these time loops, before it's too late!

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Cobalt Core has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,329 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,249 positive reviews and 80 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 11/8/2023
Franchise Brace Yourself Games
Developer Rocket Rat Games
Publisher Brace Yourself Games
Steam App Id 2179850

8. Kingdom Rush Vengeance - Tower Defense

It's payback time! Lead your mighty dark army and make the Kingdom tremble with every step. Build powerful towers, choose your arsenal for destruction, and find the deadliest combination - train legendary heroes and lead them to victory!

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Kingdom Rush Vengeance - Tower Defense has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,050 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,642 positive reviews and 408 negative reviews — making it "Very 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 10/15/2020
Franchise Ironhide Game Studio
Developer Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher Ironhide Game Studio
Steam App Id 1367550

9. Shogun Showdown

Shogun Showdown is a turn-based combat game with rogue-like and deck-building elements. Position yourself and attack at the right time, upgrade your tiles and combo them to get ready to face the Shogun!

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Shogun Showdown has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,153 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,078 positive reviews and 75 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 6/27/2023
Franchise Gamera Games
Developer Roboatino
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Steam App Id 2084000

10. Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten (DX edition)

Defender's Quest is a Tower-Defense/RPG Hybrid tightly focuses on three things: tactical depth, customization, and story

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Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten (DX edition) has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Tactical RPG games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,367 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,218 positive reviews and 149 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 Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten (DX edition) on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 10/30/2012
Developer Level Up Labs, LLC
Publisher Level Up Labs
Steam App Id 218410

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