The Horde is an Adventure, Tactical, and Single-player video game developed by Crystal Dynamics. During the gameplay, the player controls a young boy named Chauncey, who has raised by many wild cows. The game takes the player to alternative timed phases where each season begins with a default phase in which the player develops a town with the limited resources.
The game lasts for two minutes to build a phase, and as the time gets over, the adventure ends. The player has to construct walls, set traps, chop down trees, and perform other challenging tasks. All the towns consist of buildings, roads, crops, and residents automatically in every season.
Additionally, the player must defend the town from an antagonist named Hordlings with a huge sword. The main sources are cows and crops, and if Chauncey runs out of hit points, the game ends. At the end of every phase, the player receives a report about his performance and a message from King Winthrop. The player can earn profit by protecting the town’s resources and people.
#1 Age of Empires (Series)
Age of Empires (Series) is an Action-Adventure, Strategy, Turn-based, Tactical, and Single-player video game developed by Big Huge Games. The series has almost four entries where the latest installment contains the enhanced features and improved gameplay. All the entries require the player to follow the same scenario as a commander who has to fight against different factions through historical battles.
The first series game offers Stone Age and Classical Period battles with real-time scenarios and techs. It lets the player choose a faction out of 12 civilizations where all the factions have strong abilities and weaknesses. All the series games offer multiplayer scenarios and let the player experience chatting with guild-mates. In the second entry, the player experiences Middle Ages and Dark Ages battle with almost 13 civilizations.
These battles take the player to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for a varied experience. The third series game lets the player experience intense battles with improved graphics and scenarios. The interesting and common features of all the entries are Historical Battles, Various Civilizations, Immersive Fields, and strategical Gameplay.
#2 Small Soldiers: Squad Commander
Small Soldiers: Squad Commander is an Action-Adventure, RTS, and Single-player video game developed by Dreamworks Interactive. Throughout the game, the player controls an elite commander named Gorgonites through turn-based scenarios and must advance after completing the tasks. The game has two characters where every character has varied skills and playstyle.
The game has 20 missions where every mission is more challenging than the last one. Funny puzzles are there in each mission, and the player has to use his wits and problem-solving skills to overcome the teasers. Along with the missions, the player must defend homes, local shops, and laboratories. As the game advances, the battles become more difficult as the enemy backups resources to aid his comrades.
The game contains weapons, mines, artillery, cloning, traps, and power gadgets, and a player can upgrade these items over time. Detailed graphics, dynamic music, and an interactive environment make the game loveable for all ages. Small Soldiers: Squad Commander has core features such as 20 Missions, Different Items, Upgrades, Detailed Graphics, and Strategical Scenarios.
#3 Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal is an Action-Adventure, Strategy, Tactical, and Single-player video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Throughout the game, the player serves as a unit leader whose main mission is to command the unit strategically through tactical warfare. It all depends on the player’s strategy and the unit’s specifications to build his way towards the destination.
The gameplay is similar to Warcraft, but the sequel has offered new features and effective scenarios. The game has ten new heroes with distinct features and skills. There are some new units available, but these units are stronger than their basic unit. The new heroes have increased unit statistics that will make them powerful. Each unit has separate portraits and unique speech.
Through progression, the player will visit new areas such as Nethergarde Keep and Island of Kul Tiras. The game features multiplayer mode up to eight players via the internet to share their resources and battle together. The game has core features such as Improved Gameplay, New Areas, Different Resources, Multiplayer Mode, and Ten New Heroes.
#4 Populous: The Beginning: Undiscovered Worlds
Populous: The Beginning: Undiscovered Worlds is an Adventure, RTS, and Single-player video game developed by Bullfrog Productions. Throughout the game, the player controls a female protagonist named shaman, who has to restore equilibrium to the war-torn worlds. The campaign mode lets the player fight against opponent antagonists named Dakini, Chumara, and Matak.
The objective of the adventure is to eliminate all the tribe’s members, and there are specific ways to gain success. The game grants the player access to use magic spells gained from worship during battles. Resources are not to be collected; instead, new units are created automatically, and training new troops requires mana that a player has to gain through battles.
While exploring the field, the player views the environment from a third-person perspective. The player commands different followers and every tribe follower has advantages and disadvantages in combat. Brave is the basic unit that builds huts, towers, and military buildings. Warriors, Firewarriors, Preachers, and Spies are the other units that can cast powerful spells and can be revived if killed during battles.
#5 Dune: The Battle for Arrakis
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis is a Strategy, Adventure, and Single-player video game developed by Westwoods. Throughout the game, the player assumes the role of a ruler and has to build buildings by managing all the resources. A series of battles exist that a player has to win by constructing a base and building units to attack the enemy.
The game has three emperors, where each emperor has significant skills and attributes. The game uses a cursor system where a unit follows the cursor. The player can move the units by pointing a cursor to the place where he wants the unit to move. To attack an enemy, the player clicks on the enemy, and the units will follow the clicked place on the map.
Enhanced graphics, simple controls, and new levels are the features that will attract strategy lovers. All the new levels are challenging and require the player to use all of his life experience to gain victories. The game has core features such as New Levels, Improved Graphics, Skill Tree, and Simple Controls.
#6 Command & Conquer: The First Decade
Command & Conquer: The First Decade is a compilation of different strategical and tactical genre-based games developed by Westwood Studios. The expansion contains different games such as Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Renegade, and others more. In all the games, the player has a similar mission to lead the armies on the battlefields to claim victories.
Command & Conquer is the first main installment with two playable factions, such as the Global Defense Initiative and the Brotherhood of Nod. Base production and unit training is the main task, and collecting Tiberium, the game’s sole resource, is a must. Command & Conquer: Red Alert is the second main entry with two factions and the objective to win the battles.
Players acquire credits to purchase structures and improve their skills. Command & Conquer: Generals is another included game with the same scenario but different features. Various units have been introduced that range from infantry to aircraft with special abilities. Success depends on making the best possible strategies by combining the units and using their advantages against opponents.
#7 BC Kings
BC Kings is a Strategy, Adventure, Single-player, and Multiplayer video game developed by Strategy First. Throughout the game, the player serves as a commander who has to lead his army to ultimate victories by defeating the opponents using the best possible tactics. It is a combination of RPG and strategy elements where the player must master the leading skills to be the best army general.
The game has over 60 units where every unit has unique abilities and skills. Over time, the player can improve the skills to make his army a threat to opposing parties. The game has included over 80 technologies, and the player can combine unique techs to generate incredible technology. Eight magical spells will let the player gain victories easily but mastering these spells is necessary.
Campaign mode has side quests and adventure missions that a player has to complete to hone his batting skills. As the army completes the main objectives, it will face several side-quests that let the player earn Shell-coins, and using these shell coins; the player can upgrade his characters.
#8 Mosby’s Confederacy
Mosby’s Confederacy is a Strategy, Adventure, Single-player, and Multiplayer video game developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. Throughout the game, the player takes on the role of John Singleton Mosby, the main protagonist, and a commander, who finds himself engaged in turn-based battles. In this turn-based strategy and real-time tactical game, all the missions and quests are randomized.
All a player needs to do is to approach each game differently by deploying the best possible strategies. The player selects his soldiers from local towns and trains them. As the player claims victories, his teammates gain battle experience and will transform into fighting men and an unbeatable army. Scouts, cavalry, rangers, and riflemen are the classes, each with strong abilities.
During the battles, the player may invest in local towns to build hospitals, stables, and munitions caches. All these facilities keep the forces fit and maintain their fighting power. The game’s campaign mode lets the player go through a series of missions. The game has core features such as Campaign Mode, Missions, Facilities, Character Classes, and Real-time Strategies.
#9 Empires in Ruins
Empires in Ruins is a Strategy, Historical Battles, Isometric, Single-player, and Multiplayer video game developed by Hammer and Ravens. Throughout the game, the player assumes his role as a commander who has to command the faction through different battles and ensure victories. The game has enhanced maps that let the player visit every city and area of the map.
It is a combination of Empire Building, Tower Defense, and Strategical battles where a smart player can lead the army to success. All a player has to do is to lead, conquer, build, and defend against random enemies. The game has countless civilizations where the player finds different skills for every available faction.
Over time, the player can upgrade the strengths and skills of the civilizations. The game has over 100 techs to master and make unlimited combinations to hone the skills. The leaderboard makes the game competitive as every player wants to be on the top of the line with the highest won battles and XPs gained after every battle.
#10 Warcraft II: The Dark Saga
Warcraft II: The Dark Saga is an Adventure, Strategy, and Single-player video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the sequel to Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, where the player has to collect resources to produce buildings and units to defeat the opponents in combat. It all depends on the player’s strategies to let the opponents win or claim victories by themselves.
Through progression, the player gains access to advanced units of high technologies. The player can access the part of the territory on which the player is currently operating. If a player wants to move to other territories, he has to simply click on that area. The game has offered melee, ranged, naval, and aerial units where every unit has its specialization.
There is a separate campaign where the player can challenge online opponents. In some missions, the player has to complete certain objectives, such as rescuing troops, escorting important characters through enemy territory, etc. The game has a map editor that allows the player to create a map for other players with desired difficulties.