RTS Games

RTS games, or real-time strategy games, is a subgenre of strategy games initiated by Dune II in the early 90s, although a decade earlier, the games of this type were already shaping. Here, we mean such titles as Utopia (1981) or Cytron Masters titles (1982).

Real-time strategies give the players three goals: gathering resources, building a base and army and destroying the enemy. Typically, you start the game with a small number of resources. Then you collect resources and gain levels of development which allows you to amass an increasingly stronger army. In some games, it is equally important to counteract the development of the enemy base, take over its resources, destroy the and basically react to whatever your opponent does.

RTS games evolved from simple 2D games, in which the player controlled a small number of units, to extremely complex 3D games, with vast worlds and battlefields in which dozens of infrastructure buildings and hundreds of army units remain under the leadership of the player.

A characteristic element of modern RTS games is the bird’s eye view of the game world (in 3D or in an isometric perspective). You control the game, and your units on the battlefield, mainly with a mouse, while the keyboard has auxiliary functions. Skirmishes and battles require advanced reflexes. At the same time, the expansion and improvement of the base or camp usually take place at a slightly slower pace. RTS games are often played by e-sport masters and veterans. The pace with which the best players act is counted in actions per minute (APM). Professional e-sports athletes have an average of 300 APM which is far beyond the reach of mere mortals.

In RTS games victory game depends on many factors. The player must make strategic economic decisions, and sometimes also diplomatic calls that affect the future of his army. He should also plan his actions for minutes and even hours ahead. Different titles put a different emphasis on the above-mentioned elements, but typical RTS games should include all of them to some extent. At the same time, there are many games on the market that enrich the gameplay with the ability to control units from the first-person perspective just line in the action first-person shooters.

Stronghold Crusader HD

Stronghold Crusader HD

Developed by Firefly Studios and published by Take 2 Interactive in 2002, Stronghold Crusader HD is the downloadable successor to the real-time strategy game Stronghold that came out the year before. ...

Ancestors Legacy

Ancestors Legacy

Ancestors Legacy is a fast-paced RTS game that takes players through medieval Europe throughout extensive series of campaigns while playing as one of four nations (Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German, and ...

Lords Mobile

Lords Mobile

Lords Mobile is an MMORTS game, available on mobile devices for Android and iOS. The game was originally released on the 26th February 2016 and was developed by I Got Games, a developer known for ...

Total War: Arena

Total War: Arena

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by Wargaming and Sega, Total War: Arena is a free-to-play game, a first for this stalwart of the strategy genre, and will focus on online multiplayer with ...

Call to Arms

Call to Arms

Call to Arms is a real-time strategy (RTS) available for free download, in which the players fight using infantry firearms, directional mines, mortars, vehicles (for example Hummer H1, M1A2 Abrams ...

AirMech Strike

AirMech Strike

A free-to-play online multiplayer battle arena video game from Carbon Games, AirMech Strike is the latest version of a game announced way back in 2012 and initially debuting on the Xbox 360 in 2014. ...

Zero-K

Zero-K

Originally a derivative of Total Annihilation for the open-source Spring Engine, free multiplatform real-time strategy game Zero-K is similar to its source material as well as Supreme Commander with ...

Northgard

Northgard

Northgard is a real-time strategy game available for download. The story is based on Norse mythology. As a player, you control the Vikings who travel to the newly discovered land called Northgard and ...