Games Like Homeworld

Games Like Homeworld
Games like Homeworld are special. It’s not every game that gets a remastered version sixteen years after its release. Its 3d graphics and atmospheric soundtrack made the game an instant hit. Much praise has been lavished on its cinematic and gripping storyline. Homeworld is a cult classic in the science fiction genre, one whose appeal has remained long after its rivals.

In this game you play as the Kushan, inhabitants of the desert planet Kharak. The discovery of a spaceship buried in the sands and the revelation that the Kushan originated from another planet named ‘Hiigara’; unifies the clans who work together to build a giant mothership capable of carrying over half a million colonists.

The game opens with the testing of the mothership’s hyperspace drive, only to bring the Kushan into conflict with an aggressive alien fleet. Returning home, they find Kharak razed to the ground as the Kushan development of a hyperspace drive is in violation of a forgotten 4,000 years old treaty between the Kushan exiles and the Taiidan Empire. The 600,000 colonists aboard the mothership are the only ones left.

The survivors must begin their long journey to reclaim their ancestral homeworld while encountering an eclectic mixture of rebels, mercenaries, traders, and pirates along the way.

Homeworld is a game for any fan of real-time strategy. In each level the player will gather resources, build a fleet, and use it to combat the enemy vessels and accomplish their objectives. Careful planning is needed as the player’s fleet carries over between levels. Central to each level is your mothership which acts as your base. Lose it and you lose the game.

Once you’ve mastered the intricacies of space combat in Homeworld, here’s a list of some similar games for you to test your skills on.

16 Best Games Similar To Homeworld

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III preview

Ten years after war with the Dread Lords, both the Drengin Empire and Yor reign. Most other races have been either conquered or exterminated. Earth prevails but is isolated behind a Precursor shield. In 2242, the Terran First Fleet returns, armed with advanced weaponry, determined to liberate Earth.

About the game:
Released: 14 May, 2015
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Developer: Stardock Entertainment
Publisher: Stardock Entertainment
System Requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 / 8.x / 7
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD K10 Dual-Core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM (AMD Radeon HD5x00 Series / Nvidia GeForce 500 Series / Intel HD 4000 or later)
  • Storage: 12 GB

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 18 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist / Hours
  • All Styles 18 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Exploration, Grand Strategy, Indie, Moddable, Multiplayer, Open World, Sandbox, Sci-fi, Simulation, Singleplayer, Space, Strategy, Turn-Based

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

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

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