Tag created in June 2017
4X's popularity amongst developers
This chart displays the games released over the years with the 4X tag and the percentage of total Steam releases they represent. The number of releases gives an appreciation of the quantity of games published each year. It often tends to increase naturally, just like the total amount of Steam games released.
The percentage, on the other hand, gives a better idea of the trend a tag follows. It shows if, in proportion, the 4X tag is getting more or less popular from a developer's perspective. The Review chart will tell us if this trend is a good thing (i.e. players interest is increasing, tag is undercrowded) or if it's the opposite.
The 4X game tag peaked in 2022 with 46 games released. The tag's popularity is in a range between 0.26% in 2010 and 0.02% in 2020.
Bear in mind that 2023 is not over yet. The number of releases will continue to increase, but the percentage is already a good estimate of things to come.
4X's popularity amongst players
This chart shows the reviews for games with the 4X tag, either as count and as a percentage of all Steam reviews, and the average value for a game. If the graph is hard to read, you can deactivate the review count and % of the average lines by clicking on the legend.
The review count gives a view of the sheer amount of reviews a tag receives, but it also follows the popularity of Steam itself. That is why the normalized value as a percentage of all Steam reviews is often more interesting, as it gives you the popularity trend for 4X tag games.
A standard game associated with this tag received on average between 29 (2010) and 1074 (2016) reviews. Bear in mind that it is the average, and it can be strongly influenced by extreme values, like the release of a very popular game with this tag.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the 4X tag received between 80% (2010) and 283% (2016) reviews compared to other tags.
Price of games tagged with 4X
This graph displays the evolution of the 4X tag's games price in USD over the years, and the percentage of free to play games in this tag. Bear in mind that there is inflation over time, which means that a price should slowly increase just to keep the same value.
The median game price peaked in 2014 at 19.99$, and bottomed in 2020 at 11.49$. The percentage of free to play hit its lowest point in 2015 at 4%, and it's highest in 2018 at 24%.
Positive reviews ratio for 4X, per language
|Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity®|
In Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, you are the leader of a civilization embroiled in a galactic war, fighting for the survival of your entire race against relentless foes.
|19.99||78.1%||Nov 16, 2011|
|Galactic Civilizations® II: Ultimate Edition|
Get the complete GalCiv II saga including Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords, the expansion pack Dark Avatar, and the newest expansion pack Twilight of the Arnor!
|19.99||79.4%||Dec 2, 2011|
|Galactic Civilizations® I: Ultimate Edition|
Galactic Civilizations is a space based strategy game in which you are in control of humanity's destiny.
|9.99||40.4%||Aug 14, 2012|
Take control of a fleet commander returned from exile, rise through the ranks of the United Space Federation forces and join an epic war across the stars.
|9.99||30.9%||Nov 2, 2012|
|Star Traders: 4X Empires|
Take command of humanity’s last survivors and rebuild an empire in the stars. In this immersive turn-based strategy game, you will have to fight to protect your people, control rival factions, and unlock lost technology.
|9.99||55.3%||Dec 16, 2014|
Arcane Sorcery is a 4x strategy game. You are a sorcerer king. Cast powerful spells from afar from one of 4 spell books. Train units and build your economy. High strategy on a campaign map as well in turn base battles. Challenging AI that does not get buffs in all but the hardest difficulty.
|Free||70%||Sep 15, 2015|
|Sorcerer King: Rivals|
Explore a rich fantasy world, go on quests for powerful weapons, and forge a new civilization in Sorcerer King: Rivals. Can you build a civilization to topple the malevolent Sorcerer King and become a god yourself?
|19.99||64%||Sep 22, 2016|
|Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander (LIGHTSPEED EDITION)|
A retro space strategy RPG with base building, deep tactical combat, crew management and emergent storytelling. Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition is a massively enhanced version of the Award Winning indie strategy RPG, Halcyon 6.
|14.99||80.5%||Aug 9, 2017|
Burned Land is a 4x game in which you will take control of a nascent human race and try to avoid its extinction. Build, explore, conquer until you are worthy of gods. Then confront their anger.
|9.99||54.1%||Aug 9, 2021|
|Imperiums: Greek Wars|
Unique combination of turn-based 4X and historical grand strategy with a mythological twist. Explore the ancient world and build a world leading civilization. Survive, expand, conquer... and win!
|29.99||83.3%||Jul 30, 2020|
Dominium Mundi is a lightweight 4X strategy game set in the medieval period where 4 players compete to create the most influential empire. Expand your empire over the map, convert more people to your religion, and control more trade routes.
|9.99||N/A||Nov 10, 2020|
|Grim wanderings 2|
This game combines a deep role-playing system inspired by classic board games and a full-fledged 4X strategy
|5.99||75.7%||Sep 15, 2021|
A classic round RPG role-playing game. Key control role movement, enter or space bar to pick up items, dialogue NPC.
|5.99||50%||Jan 26, 2021|
Timeline is a turn-based strategy game where you can play through the human history from stone age to modern times. In the game you command wide range of units, make them collect resources and build buildings, towns and cities, explore the map and meet other players controlled by AI.
|11.99||95.8%||Apr 22, 2022|
|Within a Dead City|
Within a Dead City is a tiny RTS / autobattler inspired by Majesty. Hire autonomous heroes to search for gold and glory. Build shops where they can spend their hard-earned loot. Place bounties on monsters to influence their behavior. With skill and strategy, you will find riches in the fallen city.
|N/A||N/A||Aug 7, 2023|
|Grand War: Rome|
A turn-based strategy war chess game. You will play a commander in the Roman period, and command the generals and troops to complete the specified mission objectives and occupy important strongholds in the level. Rome, Samnite, Epirus, Carthage. Different choices will open different histories!
|12.99||90.6%||Apr 20, 2023|
|Lords of Kingdoms|
Lords of Kingdoms is a multiplayer online war game. Turn your small castle into a mighty fortress and become ruler of the greatest realm.
|Free||37.3%||Jun 15, 2018|
|Master of Magic|
Take up the role of a great wizard, wield powerful spells, command fantasy races and challenge your rivals in this remake of a cult turn-based strategy classic. Do you have what it takes to become Master of Magic?
|39.99||71.9%||Dec 13, 2022|
Our civilization has fallen. From the ashes, four new powers emerge. Immerse yourself in a combat-heavy twist on a classic turn-based 4X strategy where steam, steel, atom and diesel-punk corporations clash to spread their technology and the way of life.
|19.99||59.8%||Nov 11, 2021|
Indie 4X space strategy game with TB empire management and RTS combat set in a 3D star cluster. Build an interstellar empire by colonizing and conquering star systems, develop your colonies establish trade routes and construct fleets from a range of retrofittable capital & escort class vessels.
|24.99||62.5%||Mar 8, 2023|
Galactic Empire is a 2D turn-based strategy game where you, as the Commander, decide the fate of the entire universe. Expand your planet, explore solar systems, play cards in cantinas, modify your ships and conquer more planets.
|13.99||87.5%||Mar 9, 2023|
|The Pegasus Expedition|
The Pegasus Expedition is a story-driven sci-fi grand strategy game set in a key moment for humankind’s survival. Facing an overwhelming threat at home, humanity sends expeditions to the Pegasus Galaxy in a desperate attempt to find a refuge for the population of Earth.
|19.99||73.8%||Jun 20, 2023|
Shadow Empire is a deep turn-based 4X wargame with a unique blend of military focus, procedurally generated content and role-playing features.
|39.99||85%||Dec 3, 2020|
Uber-Hardcore, Turn-Based, Steampunk, Squad Tactics. Battle 6 other factions for control of Pangea in emergent, tactical gameplay.
|19.99||64.7%||Aug 26, 2014|
|The King's Campaign|
Conquer Medieval Europe and North Africa in a combination of Grand Strategy and Real-Time Strategy gameplay where you rule one of 28 kingdoms as you build and manage your cities, engage in diplomacy and command massive armies on the world map and on the battlefield
|19.99||N/A||Jul 13, 2023|