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Armchair General presents this list of games on historical topics, divided by eras. While nowhere near comprehensive—thousands of games have been produced to simulate command decisions from all periods of history—we hope this list will aid our readers in finding games on the battles or periods they wish to explore. A link indicates there is a review of that game on ArmchairGeneral.com. The publisher is listed after the title. If the company that distributes the game is not the publisher, both are listed.

 

Ancient, to around 5 AD

Europa Universalis Rome (Paradox) – PC Game

Ancient Battles (Decision Games) – Board Game

Field of Glory (Hexwar, Slitherine) – PC Game

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Medieval, 5 AD to 1499

Dawn of Discovery (Sunflowers Interactive, Ubisoft) – PC City-Building Game

Medieval II Total War (Creative Assembly, Sega)– PC Game

Chainmail (Worthington) – Board Game

Empires of the Middle Ages  (Decision) – Board Game

Men of Iron: The Rebirth of Infantry (GMT) – Tactical Combat Board Game

Warriors of God: The Wars of England and France 1135 – 1453 – Board Game

Conquest! Medieval Realms (Illustrious Software) – PC Game

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Early gunpowder, 1500 – 1699

Thirty Years War Quad  (Decision) – Board Game

 Mount and Blade (Paradox) – PC Game

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Age of the musket, 1700 – 1865

Richard Berg’s Flintlock: Black Powder, Cold Steel –Vol. I, Carolina Rebels (Lock ‘n Load) – AWI Board Game

Serpents of the Seas (GMT) – Naval warfare in the Seven Years War, American Revolution and War of 1812, Board Game

Empires in Arms (Australian Design Group, Matrix) – Napoleonic Grand Strategy PC Game

Napoleon: Total War (Creative Assembly, Sega) – Grand Strategy PC Game

Napoleon’s Campaigns (AGEOD) – PC Game

John Tiller’s Battleground Napoleonic Wars (Talonsoft, Matrix) – PC Game

Prussia’s Glory II (GMT) – Tactical Battles of the 7 Years War Board Game

Birth of America 2 (AGEOD, Matrix) – PC Game

Age of Empires III (Ensemble, Microsoft) – PC Game

Campaign Austerlitz (HPS)– PC Game

Rebels & Redcoats series – (Decision) AWI Board Games

Hold the Line (Worthington) – AWI Board Game

Horse and Musket, Vol. 1 (Boku, Matrix)  – Wars of Frederick the Great PC Game

The Mexican War (HPS Simulations) – PC Game

Summer Storm: The Battle of Gettysburg (Clash of Arms) – Board Game

War Between the States (Decision) – Board Game

John Tiller’s Battleground Civil War (Talonsoft, Matrix) – PC Game

Ironclads: High Seas (Totem Games) – Naval warfare in the American Civil War, PC Game

Blue & Gray – (Decision) Board Game

Gary Grigsby’s War Between the States (2 x 3, Matrix) – PC Game

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Age of the rifle, 1866 – 1913

 War of the Empires: Battles of 1866  (Avalanche) – Board Game

The Sun Never Sets (Decision)  – Board Game

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World War I era, 1914 – 1934

Wings of War WWI series (Fantasy Flight) – Cards and Miniatures Games

RTC: Royal Tank Corps (Kokusai–Tsushin, Moments in History) – Board Game

The Great War at Sea series (Avalanche) – Board Games

Infantry Attacks: August 1914 (Avalanche) – WWI tactical Board Game

Nine Navies War (Decision) – WWI Naval Board Game

Jutland (Storm Eagle) – WWI Naval PC Game

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World War II era, 1935 – 1945

Gary Grigsby’s Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich (2×3, Matrix) – PC Game

The Hell of Stalingrad (Clash of Arms) – Cards & Counters Game

World War 2: Time of Wrath (Wasteland, Matrix) – PC Game

Panzerkrieg: Burning Horizon 2 (United, Ascaron) – PC Game

Battlestaions Pacific (Eidos, Warner Brothers, Interactive) – PC Game

John Tiller’s Campaign Series (Talonsoft, Matrix) – PC Game

Combat Commander: Europe (GMT) – Board Game

Close Combat series (various; most recently distributed by Matrix)  – PC Game

Defiant Russia (Avalanche) – Board Game

Darkest Hour (Darkest Hour Team, Valve/Steam)– PC Game

Theare of War 2: Africa 1943 (Battlefront) – PC Game

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943 (1C Company, Battlefront) – PC Game

Advanced Squad Leader series (Multi-Man Publishing) – Board Game

Panzer Grenadier series (Avalanche) – Board Game

Memoir ’44 (Days of Wonder) – Board Game

Lock ‘n Load: Band of Heroes series (Lock ‘n Load) – Man-to-Man WWII Board Games

Wings of War WWII series (Fantasy Flight) – Cards and Miniatures Game

Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare (Battlefront) – PC Game

Tiger of Mayala (Avalanche) – Board Game

Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear (Academy) – PC Game

D-Day at Omaha Beach Solitaire (Decision) – Board Game

Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich - PC Game

Mannerheim’s Cross: Finland at War 1939-1945 (Critical Hit) – Board Game

Field Commander Rommel (Dan Verssen) – Solitaire Board Game

Pacific Battles (Decision) – Board Game

Destination: Normandy – Board Game

June ’44 – Board Game

War in the Pacific Admiral’s Edition (Henderson Field Designs, Matrix) – PC Game

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Post–World War II, 1946 – 2000

The Forgotten War: Korea – (Decision) Board Game (3 battles)

Twilight Struggle: The Cold War, 1945–1989 Deluxe Edition (GMT) – Card-driven Board Game

Across Suez (Decision) – Board Game

Modern Air Power: War Over the Mideast (John Tiller, HPS) – PC Game

Lock ‘n Load: Forgotten Heroes (Lock ‘n Load) – Man-to-Man Vietnam War Board Game

World at War: Eisenback Gap (Lock ‘n Load) – Hypothetical WW3 Board Game

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Twenty-first century

March to Baghdad: Decision at Tallil Air BaseFree Downloadable PC Game from Armchair General and ProSIM

Combat Mission Shock Force: British Forces (Battlefront) – PC Game

Combat Mission Shock Force: Marines (Battlefront) – PC Game

America’s Army 3 (U.S. Army) – PC Game

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