Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Strategy

Description

In its broad sense, the strategy genre encompasses games that emphasize problem-solving. Thinking and planning are necessary components of strategy; they can be used for such diverse purposes as preparing and positioning troops to gain advantage in a war, or figure out the principle of a puzzle. While adventure games may include puzzles, they focus on following a linear story while occasionally dealing with obstacles rather than being entirely dedicated to problem-solving. Puzzle, chess, and card games fall under the strategy category.

In a more specific (and more common) sense, strategy games refer to a genre that puts the player in command of an armed force (sometimes an entire nation), trying to gain the upper hand in a conflict either through diplomatic means or warfare. Strategy games can be either turn-based or real-time.

Managerial simulations that involve competition with the computer AI are classified as both simulation and strategy games. Strategy war games may also include role-playing elements.
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Shanghai: Dynasty Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Shanghai: Dynasty includes nine themed tilesets, new puzzle modes including "Pandamonium" and "Dynasty", simplified Shanghai for kids, and true Chinese...

Shanghai: Great Moments Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Shanghai is a puzzle game using MahJongg tiles where you slide available matching tiles off the stack to reveal more...

Game Gear (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1990), MSX (1989), Sharp X68000 (1989) and Arcade (1989)

Shanghai II is a variant of the puzzle game also known as solitaire mahjong. 144 mahjong tiles are arranged in...

Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1994), SNES (1992), Genesis (1994), MSX (1991), Macintosh (1991), Wii (2009), PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

Dragon's Eye is an installment in the tile-matching game series initiated by Activision. Players try to remove mahjong tiles in...

Shanghai: Mah-Jongg Essentials Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A budget release of Shanghai, featuring authentic American Mah-Jongg Association endorsed version of Mah-Jongg, and 3 solitaire tile-matching games: Classic...

Shanghai Mini Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

Shanghai Mini is a release in the series of Activision's tile matching games. Included are classic, tournament and dynasty modes....

Game Boy (1998), Game Boy Color (1998) and WonderSwan (1999)

This is a portable edition of the solitaire game Shanghai, the game uses traditional Mah Jong tiles. The aim of...

Shanghai: Sangoku Haitōgi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Shanghai: Sangoku Haitōgi is a version of the popular tile-matching game Shanghai featuring a Chinese "Three Kingdoms" setting. As always,...

Shanghai: Second Dynasty Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Shanghai: Second Dynasty includes several modes: Classic Shanghai, Dynasty, Pandamonium, as well as Windstorm and new "beat-the-clock" arcade modes. An...

Shanghai: Triple-Threat 3DO Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), SNES (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995), 3DO (1994), PC-FX (1996), PC-98 (1995), FM Towns (1995), Sharp X68000 (1994) and Arcade (1995)

Another version of the ancient game of Mah-Jong. The player is presented with an arrangement of tiles, lined up together...

Shangri La 2 Deluxe: The Valley of Words Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Shangri La 2 Deluxe is a word construction game, where a pile of hexagonal tiles have to be arranged as...

PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Tooru has always been a rather ordinary young man living in modern-day Japan. One day he was taking a stroll...

PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1994) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

For a while peace was reigning in the magical Kingdom of Hyunckel. However, dark forces have emerged again. Commanding hellish...

CD-i (1995)

Shaolin's Road is a action adventure that takes place in medieval China. When Tsu Yu's father, a powerful warlord, is...

Shape Shifter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004), Macintosh (2006) and Browser (2004)

Shape Shifter is a puzzle game with silhouettes and a circus theme. The objective is to drag and drop the...

DOS (1994)

Shariki (Russian for the balls) is one of the earliest titles based around the type of match-three game that was...

Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

In Shark the player takes on the role of a killer shark at a public swimming beach. The goal is...

Atari ST (1991)

Sharks is a hang-man game, but instead of getting hanged the player gets eaten by a shark.Guess the word that...

Windows (2001)

Shattered Galaxy is a massive-multiplayer game that mixes several genres, including role-playing, turn-based strategy, real-time strategy, and tactical combat, in...

Shattered Suns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

When the Qalani and Trexites empires combine forces, Captain Max of the Statian fleet is the only one who can...

Shattered Union Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Shattered Union is a turn-based strategy game, set in 2014 in the United States against a background story of a...

DOS (1986)

Shawl is a logical arcade game dealing with card suits. Circles of different colors, radii, and card suits appear in...

Sheep Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000), Game Boy Advance (2002), Macintosh (2001) and PS Vita (2012)

Unbeknownst to most people, sheep are actually aliens that were sent to observe the earth millions of years ago. In...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Sheep the player must prevent his or her crops from being eaten by sheep. It's up to the player...

Sheeple iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Sheeple is a puzzle-game in which the player needs to guide Sheep People (=Sheeple) to the star-shaped exits. Of course...

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