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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StickWars iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In StickWars, the player defends a fortress from invading hordes. In order to do this, the player uses the touch...

CD-i (1995)

Stickybear: Family Fun - Games is a children's title based on Richard Hefter's Stickybear character. Unlike other Stickybear licensees which...

CD-i (1994)

Stickybear: Math is an educational title for children ages 6 and up based on Richard Hefter's Stickybear character. In the...

Stock Market: The Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Up to four players compete on the Stock Market to make their fortune, by investing in a portfolio of stocks....

Stone Age DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Stone Age is a challenging puzzle game where you are in control of a dinosaur and you have to make...

Stone-Jong Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Loosely based on a combination of Mahjongg and Dominoes, Stone-Jong tasks the player to remove all tiles from the playing...

Stonkers ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

An early attempt at a strategy war game with a loosely fictitious setting, although the game map resembles the coastline...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Stop! is tactical board game with dice. The player plays against an AI opponent and must try to get three...

Stop & Go iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Stop & Go puts the player in control of traffic. By switching the state of the traffic lights at the...

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

Stop That Hero! is a single-player fantasy strategy game that puts the player in the role of the villain. The...

Stop That Roach! Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

Stop that Roach! is a turn-based strategy game where the player has to eliminate a number of cockroaches on each...

Storage Inc Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Storage Inc casts the player as a warehouse worker with a forklift, who must store, arrange, and deliver shipments in...

Storm Across Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1989)

The game allows to simulate World War II in Europe on a grand strategic scale. The player controls land, sea...

Storm: Frontline Nation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Storm: Frontline Nation is a turn-based strategy game set in 2012: The European Union is past and every nation fights...

Storm Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Eoliae is a remote land where myth meets truth, and where winds shows only the power of gods moving armies...

Storm over the Pacific Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Storm over the Pacific is a turn-based strategic game that takes place during 1937-1945. It depicts the conflict between the...

Stormrise Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The best scientists of the world thought they had found the ultimate solution to Global Warming: Building an artificial force...

Strange Adventures in Infinite Space Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2002), Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2004) and Macintosh (2003)

Strange Adventures in Infinite Space is a strategy game. The player sails the high sea of stars in his or...

Stranger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Stranger is set in a fantasy world named Kront which has one especially cruel penalty for black magic: banishment to...

Windows (2000)

Strata 21 is a single-player puzzle game from eBrainyGames. It has been included in more than one of eGames compilations,...

Stratajong Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Stratajong is an interesting board game that combines elements of Stratego and Chinese Chess. Each player controls a set of...

Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg is the sequel to Strategic Command: European Theater. It's a turn-based strategy game that portrays the...

Windows (2008)

Strategic Command 2: Patton Drives East is the second expansion pack for Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg. The game continues the...

Windows (2007)

Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare Expansion is an expansion pack for Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg. Like Blitzkrieg the game...

Strategic Command: European Theater Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Strategic Command: European Theater is a World War II grand strategy game. The game, that is turn-based, takes place on...

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