Chronology of grand strategy video games

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This is a comprehensive index of grand strategy video games, sorted chronologically. Information regarding date of release, developer, platform, setting and notability is provided when available. The table can be sorted by clicking on the small boxes next to the column headings.


Legend[edit]

Video game platforms
AMI Commodore Amiga
APPII Apple II
ATR Atari 8-bit family
C64 Commodore 64
CROSS Cross-platform
DC Dreamcast
DOS DOS / MS-DOS
FM7 FM-7
FMT FM Towns
GEN Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive
MAC Macintosh / Mac OS
MSX MSX
MSX2 MSX2
OSX Mac OS X
PBEM Play-by-email
PC88 NEC PC-8801
PC98 NEC PC-9801
PS1 PlayStation / PSone
PS2 PlayStation 2
PSP PlayStation Portable
S32X Sega 32X
SAT Sega Saturn
SCD Sega Mega-CD
ST Atari ST
VC Virtual Console (Wii)
WIN Microsoft Windows
WIN9X Windows 9x
WINNT Windows NT / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
Wii Wii
WS WonderSwan
X1 Sharp X1
X68K Sharp X68000
   

List[edit]

Year Game Developer Setting Platform Notes
1986 "Balance of Power" Mindscape Historical MAC, WIN "1990 Edition" released in 1989.
1983 "Geopolitique 1990" Strategic Simulations Inc. Historical APPII, C64
1983 Nobunaga's Ambition Koei Historical GB, GEN, MSX, NES, SNES First title in the series.
1985 Colonial Conquest SSI Historical APPII, ATR, ST, C64
1985 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Koei Historical DOS, FM7, MSX, AMI, NES, PC88, SNES, WS, X1 First title in the series.
1989 Romance of the Three Kingdoms II Koei Historical DOS, PC88, PC98, MSX2, AMI, NES, SNES, GEN, WS, PS1, WIN9X Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
1989 Storm Across Europe SSI Historical C64, AMI, DOS
1991 World Empire Viable Historical DOS, WIN
1992 Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny Koei Historical DOS, PC98, X68K, FMT, PCE, SNES, GEN, SCD, PS1, WIN9X Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms II.
1993 Clash of Steel SSI Historical WIN
1994 Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire Koei Historical DOS, PC98, SNES, S32X, PS1, SAT, DC, WIN9X, VC Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny.
c. 1995 Age of Discovery Email Games Historical PBEM, WIN Alternate version of Global Diplomacy with randomized maps.
c. 1995 Global Diplomacy Email Games Historical PBEM, WIN
1997 Imperialism Frog City Historical MAC, WIN
1997 Romance of the Three Kingdoms V Koei Historical DOS, PS1, PSP Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire.
1998 Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon Koei Historical WIN9X, PS1, PSP Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms V.
1999 Imperialism II: Age of Exploration Frog City Historical MAC, WIN Sequel to Imperialism.
2000 Europa Universalis Paradox Historical WIN First title in the series.
2000 Risk II Deep Red Historical WIN, MAC
2000 Shogun: Total War The Creative Assembly Historical WIN First title in the series.
2000 Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII Koei Historical WIN9X, MAC, PSP, PS1, PS2 Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon.
2001 Europa Universalis II Paradox Historical WIN Sequel to Europa Universalis.
2001 Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII Koei Historical WIN9X, MAC, PSP, PS2 Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII.
2002 Hearts of Iron Paradox Historical WIN, MAC, OSX First title in the series.
2002 Medieval: Total War The Creative Assembly Historical WIN
2003 Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX Koei Historical WIN9X, PS2 Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII.
2003 Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun Paradox Historical WIN, OSX First title in the series.
2004 Crusader Kings Paradox Historical WIN First title in the series.
2004 Romance of the Three Kingdoms X Koei Historical WIN9X, PS2 Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX.
2004 Rome: Total War The Creative Assembly Historical WIN, OSX
2005 Generation of Chaos Idea Factory Fantasy PSP
2005 Great Invasions Philippe Thibaut and Luca Cammisa Historical WIN
2005 Hearts of Iron II Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Sequel to Hearts of Iron.
2005 Supreme Ruler 2010 BattleGoat Studios Science Fiction WIN First title in the series.
2006 Birth of America SEP BOA Historical WIN
2006 Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Expansion to Hearts of Iron II.
2006 Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI Koei Historical WIN, PS2, Wii Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms X.
2006 Victoria: Revolutions Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Expansion to Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun.
2006 Medieval II: Total War The Creative Assembly Historical WIN Sequel to Medieval: Total War
2007 Ageod's American Civil War AGEOD Historical WIN
2007 Crusader Kings: Deus Vult Paradox Historical WIN Expansion to Crusader Kings.
2007 Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Paradox Historical WIN Expansion to Europa Universalis III.
2007 Europa Universalis III Paradox Historical WIN Sequel to Europa Universalis II.
2007 Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Expansion to Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday.
2007 Making History: The Calm & The Storm Muzzy Lane Historical WIN
2008 Europa Universalis III: In Nomine Paradox Historical WIN Expansion to Europa Universalis III.
2008 Europa Universalis: Rome Paradox Historical WIN Sequel to Europa Universalis III.
2008 Supreme Ruler 2020 BattleGoat Studios Science Fiction WIN Sequel to Supreme Ruler 2010.
2008 TripleA TripleA team Historical CROSS Clone of the board game, Axis and Allies.
2009 Europa Universalis: Rome – Vae Victis Paradox Historical WIN Expansion to Europa Universalis: Rome.
2009 Hearts of Iron III Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Sequel to Hearts of Iron II.
2009 For the Glory Crystal Empire Games Historical WIN Stand-Alone Expansion to Europa Universalis II.
2009 Arsenal of Democracy BL-Logic Historical WIN Stand-Alone Expansion to Hearts of Iron II.
2009 World War 2: Time of Wrath Wastelands Interactive Historical WIN, OSX .
2009 Empire: Total War The Creative Assembly Historical WIN, OSX
2010 Victoria 2 Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Sequel to Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun.
2010 Europa Universalis III: Divine Wind Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Expansion to Europa Universalis III.
2011 Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game Darkest Hour Team Historical WIN An evolution of Hearts of Iron 2 Armageddon.
2011 Supreme Ruler: Cold War BattleGoat Studios Historical WIN
2011 Sengoku Paradox Historical WIN, OSX
2011 Total War: Shogun 2 The Creative Assembly Historical WIN, OSX Sequel to Total War: Shogun
2012 Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII Koei Historical WIN, WiiU, PS3 Sequel to Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI.
2012 Victoria II: A House Divided Paradox Historical WIN, OSX Expansion to Victoria 2.
2012 Crusader Kings II Paradox Historical WIN, OSX, Linux Sequel to Crusader Kings.
2013 Europa Universalis IV Paradox Historical WIN, OSX, Linux Sequel to Europa Universalis III.
2013 March of the Eagles Paradox Historical WIN, OSX
2013 Total War: Rome II The Creative Assembly Historical WIN Sequel to Rome: Total War
2014 The Cold War Era Alina Digital Historical WIN Under development.