Free Historical Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,963 Historical games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best free games ranked by popularity and ratings. Data for this list is calculated from reviews and player counts reported directly by Steam and will be updated in real-time. Free Historical game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. War Thunder

War Thunder is the most comprehensive free-to-play, cross-platform, MMO military game dedicated to aviation, armoured vehicles, and naval craft, from the early 20th century to the most advanced modern combat units. Join now and take part in major battles on land, in the air, and at sea.

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War Thunder holds the #1 spot for "best free Historical game on Steam" with a Player Score of 75. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 488,897 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 367,166 positive reviews and 121,731 negative reviews — making it "Mostly Positive" on Steam.

It 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.

Release Date 8/15/2013
Developer Gaijin Entertainment
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Steam App Id 236390

2. World of Warships

Immerse yourself in thrilling naval battles and assemble an armada of over 600 ships from the first half of the 20th century — from stealthy destroyers to gigantic battleships. Change the look of your ship, choose upgrades to suit your play style, and go into battle with other players!

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World of Warships has achieved a Player Score of 77, placing it in the #2 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 138,851 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 107,544 positive reviews and 31,307 negative reviews — making it "Mostly Positive" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play World of Warships on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/15/2017
Franchise Wargaming Group Ltd.
Developer Wargaming Group Limited
Publisher Wargaming Group Limited
Steam App Id 552990

3. Cell to Singularity - Evolution Never Ends

The epic story of evolution, technology, humanity, and dinosaurs is yours to tap.

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Cell to Singularity - Evolution Never Ends has achieved a Player Score of 88, placing it in the #3 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 20,300 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 18,366 positive reviews and 1,934 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Cell to Singularity - Evolution Never Ends on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/3/2021
Developer Computer Lunch
Publisher Computer Lunch
Steam App Id 977400

4. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition offers players a trial of this historical single & multiplayer RTS experience. *Note: To unlock all features of the game please see the “Base Game” product.

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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition has achieved a Player Score of 83, placing it in the #4 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 42,199 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 35,539 positive reviews and 6,660 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/15/2020
Franchise Age of Empires Franchise
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Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Steam App Id 933110

5. World of Tanks

Jump into the free-to-play team-based shooter with an ever-expanding roster of historical vehicles, stunning graphics, spectacular locales, and orchestral scores. Show your mastery and face other players in thrilling PvP clashes. A unique mix of strategy and action awaits!

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World of Tanks has achieved a Player Score of 84, placing it in the #5 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 76,332 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 64,906 positive reviews and 11,426 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play World of Tanks on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 4/28/2021
Franchise Wargaming Group Ltd.
Developer Wargaming Group Limited
Publisher Wargaming Group Limited
Steam App Id 1407200

6. Crusader Kings II

Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.

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Crusader Kings II has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #6 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 71,206 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 64,504 positive reviews and 6,702 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Crusader Kings II on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 2/14/2012
Franchise Paradox Development Studio
Developer Paradox Development Studio
Publisher Paradox Interactive
Steam App Id 203770

7. Uncharted Waters Origin

Commemorating 30 years of the Uncharted Waters seriesSail through the vast oceans, massive worlds and contentsOpen world exploration RPG Uncharted Waters Origin

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Uncharted Waters Origin has achieved a Player Score of 45, placing it in the #7 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,563 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 690 positive reviews and 873 negative reviews — making it "Mixed" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

8. Conqueror's Blade

Conqueror's Blade gives you a chance to be a true warlord. Commanding medieval troops in epic 15 vs. 15 siege battles, conquering cities with allies in the open world or fighting against players from all over the world – it's you who make the choice.

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Conqueror's Blade has achieved a Player Score of 68, placing it in the #8 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 30,067 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,757 positive reviews and 9,310 negative reviews — making it "Mixed" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Conqueror's Blade on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 4/6/2020
Developer Booming Tech
Publisher Poros Interactive
Steam App Id 835570

9. War Selection

War Selection is a compelling RTS game featuring base building, resource extraction and warfare. Evolve from a stone age tribe to a distinct industrial nation with unique game mechanics and battle for supremacy with dozens of players on a unique procedurally generated map.

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War Selection has achieved a Player Score of 84, placing it in the #9 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 20,062 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,292 positive reviews and 2,770 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play War Selection on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/8/2019
Developer Glyph Worlds
Publisher Glyph Worlds
Steam App Id 1022450

10. Life is Feudal: MMO

Experience the hardcore reality of the Middle Ages. Master survival, engage in deep-rooted RPG elements, navigate a bustling economy, build communities, and employ diplomatic strategy to thrive in Abella's vast expanse.

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Life is Feudal: MMO has achieved a Player Score of 42, placing it in the #10 spot for the best free Historical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,919 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,896 positive reviews and 4,023 negative reviews — making it "Mixed" on Steam.

It can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 1/12/2018
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Steam App Id 700030

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