Games Like Galactic Civilizations

Games Like Galactic Civilizations
Games like Galactic Civilizations might be common today but they were still a niche market when the first game in the series came out in 2003. Entrusting you with the future of humanity, the game thrusts you into an interstellar conflict where humanity’s discovery and sharing of a hyperdrive; kickstarts a race to colonize the galaxy. The other five major races all cease communication and begin vying with each other to dominate the galaxy.

Sequels built upon this initial formula with the second game introducing an ancient civilization, the Precursors, who once ruled the galaxy before a civil war rent them apart. The Arnor wished to nurture the younger civilizations and enlighten them. The Dread Lords wished to exterminate them. The player now must attempt to salvage Precursor technology, fight galactic wars with the other major powers, and survive the return of the genocidal Dread Lords.

Galactic Civilizations offers several paths to victory, through military conquest, cultural domination, universal alliance, or overwhelming technological supremacy. Each of the playable civilizations has a distinct personality along with unique traits and advantages.

The AI has a series of levels to alter the difficulty. Higher levels of AI will learn from the player and tailor their fleets to repulse their opponents.

The biggest difference between this and other 4X games is its economic system. Most 4X strategy games receive money through taxes. Galactic Civilizations II instead requires that the income of an empire is used to pay for all forms of production. It is essential that players balance their income with their industrial output lest they go broke.

The games are significantly moddable and this is supported by both the developer and fans. Those who enjoy this game would do well to try out other 4X space strategy games to see how they’ve built upon the genre that Galactic Civilizations is a key part of.

16 Best Games Similar To Galactic Civilizations

Dawn of Andromeda

Dawn of Andromeda preview

Lead your empire into a dangerous galaxy full of pirates, merchants, mercenaries, outlaws, anomalies, black holes, artefacts, and much more. Fans of 4X games will adore the depth of strategy available here as well as the myriad series of options available to you. Each new system brings great danger or great opportunity.

About the game:
Released: 4 May, 2017
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Grey Wolf Entertainment
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 64 bit (32 bit NOT supported!)
  • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Intel Core i3 or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1 GB VRAM nVidia Geforce GT460 or equivalent
  • Storage: 2 GB

Metacritic Rating: 70

How long to beat?

Tags: 4X, Indie, RTS, Real-Time with Pause, Sci-fi, Space, Strategy

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth preview

Modern society has collapsed and humanity faces an uncertain future. Lead colonists to a new frontier as part of an expedition sent to find a new home. Explore an alien planet and its many dangers, build cities, research technology, muster armies, and change the face of your new world.

About the game:
Released: 23 Oct, 2014
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Firaxis Games, Aspyr (Mac, Linux)
Publisher: 2K, Aspyr (Mac, Linux)
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM ATI HD3650 or better, 256 MB nVidia 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
  • Storage: 8 GB

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 15 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 42 Hours
  • Completionist 102 Hours
  • All Styles 20 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Atmospheric, Exploration, Futuristic, Grand Strategy, Hex Grid, Moddable, Multiplayer, Replay Value, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Tactical, Turn-Based, Turn-Based Strategy

Star Ruler 2

Star Ruler 2 preview

Control from dozens to thousands of systems in a unique galaxy. Expand and colonise. You must master the economy, engage in galactic diplomacy, raise a military, and learn the secrets of the universe. Almost every aspect of the game is moddable and the scale is limited only by your hardware.

About the game:
Released: 27 Mar, 2015
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC, Linux
Developer: Blind Mind Studios, Glacicle
Publisher: Blind Mind Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista
  • Processor: SSE2 Capable processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD or Nvidia Graphics card w/ 512 MB VRAM, OpenGL 2.1 Support
  • Storage: 600 MB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?

Tags: 4X, Grand Strategy, Great Soundtrack, Indie, Multiplayer, RTS, Sci-fi, Space, Strategy

The Last Federation

The Last Federation preview

Jump into this in depth simulation of an entire solar system with its untold billions of inhabitants. As the last survivor of a murdered race, you must embark on a mission to unify the other 8 races, by force if necessary. Exterminate those who refuse in this turn-based game.

About the game:
Released: 18 Apr, 2014
Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Arcen Games, LLC
Publisher: Arcen Games, LLC
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
  • Processor: 2.2Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Screen resolution at least 720px high, and 1024px wide.
  • Storage: 1 GB

Metacritic Rating: 72

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 7 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 7 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Adventure, Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, Indie, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based

Stellaris

Stellaris preview

Explore a vast galaxy and forge an empire. Featuring a variety of alien races and with rich strategic depth, Stellaris offers numerous paths to victory as befitting a game from the creators of Europa Universalis. Venture into a detailed galaxy, design your ships, colonise space.

About the game:
Released: 9 May, 2016
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 x86 or newer
  • Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0 Ghz / or Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 2.66 Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD 5770 / or Nvidia GTX 460, with 1 GB VRAM
  • Storage: 4 GB

Metacritic Rating: 78

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 19 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 28 Hours
  • Completionist 40 Hours
  • All Styles 22 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Adventure, Atmospheric, Building, Exploration, Grand Strategy, Moddable, Multiplayer, Open World, RTS, Replay Value, Sandbox, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Story Rich, Strategy

Endless Space

Endless Space preview

Take charge of one of ten unique interstellar powers in 3000AD or choose to create your own! Guide your empire’s expansion over hundreds and thousands of years as you strive to dominate the galaxy. Choose to focus research on military, science, exploration, or diplomacy tech trees.

About the game:
Released: 6 Oct, 2016
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: AMPLITUDE Studios
Publisher: Sega
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows (64bits only) 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10
  • Processor: Intel i3 4th generation / i5 2nd generation / A6 series
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 / AMD Radeon 5800 series / NVidia 550Ti
  • Storage: 8 GB

Metacritic Rating: 77

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 13 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 43 Hours
  • Completionist 135 Hours
  • All Styles 29 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Indie, Multiplayer, Open World, Sci-fi, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based

AI War: Fleet Command

AI War: Fleet Command preview

“You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win”. Follow these orders as humanity has fought and lost its war against the machines. AI fleets now guard every planet and wormhole. As the resistance, strike back while avoiding the full might of the AI overlords. Save humanity and the galaxy.

About the game:
Released: 22 Oct, 2009
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Arcen Games, LLC
Publisher: Arcen Games, LLC
System Requirements:
  • OS: Win Xp 32
  • Processor: Pentium 4 3.46GHz or Athlon 64 3800+
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 6600 or Radeon HD 4200 with 256 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 500 MB

Metacritic Rating: 80

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 16 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 186 Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 40 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Classic, Co-op, Difficult, Grand Strategy, Great Soundtrack, Indie, Multiplayer, RTS, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Tactical, Tower Defense

Sword of the Stars

Sword of the Stars preview

In 2045, humanity discovers faster than light travel. Disaster follows as Earth is attacked by an alien fleet. The future is a violent one. Lead one of several distinct races each with their own unique style of play. Enjoy breathtaking graphics and solid gameplay both against the AI and in multiplayer.

About the game:
Released: 3 Oct, 2008
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Kerberos Productions Inc.
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
System Requirements:
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Intel Pentium or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB RAM for Vista)
  • Graphics: GeForce 210 or Radeon X600 Series with 128 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 3 GB

Metacritic Rating: 68

How long to beat?

Tags: 4X, Multiplayer, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based, Turn-Based Strategy

Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered preview

Lead your people on a galaxy spanning quest to reclaim your ancestral home. Engage in thrilling 3d real time combat, research and design new ships, take on the might of the Taiidan Empire. Enjoy an atmospheric story as you encounter a cast of pirates, traders, rebels, and mercenaries.

About the game:
Released: 25 Feb, 2015
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: Gearbox Software, Aspyr (Mac)
Publisher: Gearbox Software, Aspyr (Mac)
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista
  • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB VRAM) / ATI Radeon HD4800 (512 MB VRAM)
  • Storage: 20 GB

Metacritic Rating: 86

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 20 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 21 Hours
  • Completionist 28 Hours
  • All Styles 23 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Classic, Female Protagonist, Futuristic, Great Soundtrack, Moddable, Multiplayer, RTS, Remake, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Story Rich, Strategy, Survival, Tactical

Sword of the Stars II

Sword of the Stars II preview

This fantastic sequel features new factions, weapons, ships, aliens, and technologies. Fight for or against the shapeshifting Loa in a struggle to control the galaxy. Wage interstellar warfare with a mixture of turn based strategy and real time battles. Choose your target in the new missions system.

About the game:
Released: 30 Nov, 2012
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Kerberos Productions
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 8600 GTS 512 MB VRAM or Radeon HD 4650 1 GB VRAM
  • Storage: 2 GB

Metacritic Rating: 65

How long to beat?

Tags: 4X, Lore-Rich, Multiplayer, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Tactical, Turn-Based, Turn-Based Strategy

StarDrive 2

StarDrive 2 preview

This action packed sequel features enhanced mechanics. The turn based strategic layer hosts impressive real time battles. This procedural generated galaxy is yours to explore, colonise, or conquer. Engage in diplomacy and espionage while navigating asteroid belts and settling planets. Trade and ally with alien races or decide to scour them from the galaxy!

About the game:
Released: 9 Apr, 2015
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Zero Sum Games
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 (Only 64-bit)
  • Processor: 2.5 Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1 GB VRAM nVidia Geforce GT460 or equivalent, 512 MB VRAM ATI HD4850 or equivalent
  • Storage: 3 GB

Metacritic Rating: 70

How long to beat?

Tags: 4X, Indie, Management, RTS, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based

StarDrive

StarDrive preview

Create or choose your own alien race to lead into the interstellar fray. Explore a rich universe full of random events, hidden dangers, treasure, and rebels. Utilise a varied espionage system to wreak havoc amongst your enemies. Research technology and customise your ships. Fight battles in the unique arcade mode.

About the game:
Released: 26 Apr, 2013
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Zero Sum Games
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900
  • Storage: 2 GB

Metacritic Rating: 61

How long to beat?

Tags: 4X, Indie, Management, RTS, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion preview

Take charge of the remnants of a galactic empire in the aftermath of war. The Trader Emergency Coalition, Advent Unity, and Vasari Empire, have all splintered into different factions. You can choose to play as a Loyalist or Rebel, each unlocking new play styles and ships for their race.

About the game:
Released: 12 Jun, 2012
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Ironclad Games, Stardock Entertainment
Publisher: Stardock Entertainment
System Requirements:
  • OS:¬†Windows 10 / 8 / Windows 7 SP1 / Windows Vista SP2
  • Processor: 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor or Equivalent
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM (Radeon X1650 / GeForce 6800* or Better)
  • Storage: 5 GB

Metacritic Rating: 82

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 13 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 39 Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 27 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Co-op, Diplomacy, Exploration, Grand Strategy, Indie, Moddable, Multiplayer, RTS, Real Time, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, War

Star Ruler

Star Ruler preview

Offering an entirely modifiable experience, almost the entire game can be altered through Notepad. The engaging AI and vast procedurally generated galaxies ensure that no two playthroughs are the same. The interface is simple to use in contrast to the complex gameplay. Research planet-killing weapons, level the entire galaxy if you wish!

About the game:
Released: 21 Sep, 2010
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Blind Mind Studios
Publisher: Blind Mind Studios
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz w/ SSE2 Support
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 6800 GS or Radeon HD 4650 with 256 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 300 MB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 10 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 16 Hours
  • Completionist 50 Hours
  • All Styles 18 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Grand Strategy, Great Soundtrack, Indie, RTS, Sci-fi, Space, Strategy

Distant Worlds: Universe

Distant Worlds: Universe preview

Explore a gargantuan galaxy with up to 1,400 star systems; containing over 50,000 unique planets, moons, and asteroids. Expand your empire while playing one of the many storylines or instead just enjoy the sandbox mode. Encounter rival empires, alien colonies, pirates, space monsters, traders, and even the ruins of civilizations long past.

About the game:
Released: 23 May, 2014
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Code Force
Publisher: Slitherine Ltd.
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10/li>
  • Processor: Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Minimum 1024 x 768 resolution
  • Storage: 1 GB

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?

Tags: 2D, 4X, Adventure, Grand Strategy, Indie, Moddable, RTS, Real Time, Real-Time with Pause, Replay Value, Sandbox, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based

Endless Space 2

Endless Space 2 preview

As the leader of a nascent empire, choose from one of several races, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Choose to ally, trade, or conquer, with rival empires. Recruits armies and fleets to subjugate the galaxy. Design ships and learn tactics to give you an advantage over your foes.

About the game:
Released: 18 May, 2017
Genre: Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: AMPLITUDE Studios
Publisher: SEGA
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows (64bits only) 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10
  • Processor: i3 4th generation / i5 2nd generation / A6 series
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 / AMD Radeon 5800 series / NVidia 550Ti
  • Storage: 8 GB

Metacritic Rating: 80

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 10 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 10 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 4X, Action, Grand Strategy, Great Soundtrack, Indie, Moddable, Multiplayer, Open World, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Survival, Turn-Based, Turn-Based Strategy

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