4X

4X games are a genre of strategy video game in which players control an empire and "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate". The term was first coined by Alan Emrich in his September 1993 preview of Master of Orion for Computer Gaming World. Since then, others have adopted the term to describe games of similar scope and design. Read the full article at the Wikipedia.

Displaying 13 - 23 of 23 games in this category. All games

Dominions I: Priests, Prophets & Pretenders

1.15
Dominions: Priests Prophets & Pretenders is a turn based fantasy game in which you take the role of a pretending god.
Genre: 4X, Strategy

Call to Power II

Rev. 1111 - Unofficial! Apolyton (12 Jun 2011)
What if the Ancient Egyptians had worshiped the god of commerce? What if world leaders left global warming unchecked? What if Japan...
Genre: 4X, Strategy, Turn-based

Starsector

0.6.2 (17 Jan 2014)
Two hundred years ago, the galaxy was ravaged by war.
Genre: 4X, Strategy

Civilization: Call to Power

1.2a (30 Nov 2000)
Build an empire to span history, from primitive beginnings into the sci-fi future of AD 3000.
Genre: 4X, Strategy, Turn-based

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

6.0a (20 Jun 2001)
Legendary designer Sid Meier presents the next evolution in strategy games, with the addictive gameplay.
Genre: 4X, Strategy, Turn-based

Open Imperium Galactica

0.95.103 (18 Sep 2012)
Open-IG is an open source clone of the Digital Reality game Imperium Galactica, a popular real time space strategy game developed around...
Genre: 4X, Strategy

X²: The Threat

by EGOSOFT
1.4.07 (20 Aug 2010)
X²: The Threat is of a new generation of space simulator games, you play the role of Julian Gardna who continues the story set by...
Genre: 4X, Construction and management, Shooter, Simulation

X³: Reunion

by EGOSOFT
Steam only (20 Aug 2010)
The sequel to Egosoft's space combat/trading game series, which featured such games as X: Beyond The Frontier and X²: The Threat,...
Genre: 4X, Construction and management, Shooter, Simulation

Freeciv

2.4.2 (8 Feb 2014)
Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization.
Genre: 4X, Strategy, Turn-based

FreeOrion

0.4.3 (2 Aug 2013)
FreeOrion, an open-source game inspired by Master of Orion, is a turn-based game of epic space strategy that builds on the classic...
Genre: 4X, Strategy, Turn-based

FreeCol

0.10.7 (7 Jan 2013)
FreeCol is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization.
Genre: 4X, Strategy, Turn-based