Into the Breach, with its tactical brilliance and pixelated charm, has carved a niche in the hearts of strategy game enthusiasts.

Its unique blend of turn-based combat and intricate decision-making has left players yearning for more. In this exploration, we delve into the realm of strategic delights, seeking games that echo the brilliance of Into the Breach and deliver the same heart-pounding intensity and tactical depth.

Criteria for Selection

In order to curate a list that truly captures the essence of Into the Breach, we made sure that each position follows these key criteria:

  • Turn-based strategy with a focus on tactical decision-making.
  • Consequence-driven gameplay where choices have a lasting impact.
  • Squad-based combat with diverse units and abilities.
  • Charming pixel art aesthetics.
  • Clear and visually informative interface for strategic planning.
  • Immersive visuals enhancing the overall gaming experience.
  • Positive reception from players, with emphasis on strategic depth.
  • Consistent praise for challenging yet rewarding gameplay.
  • High replayability and player engagement.

The demand for such games does not come as a surprise, it is almost impossible to get enough of such strategic complexity and rewarding gameplay. The game’s unique mechanics which emphasize the importance of each decision have set a high standard that strategy enthusiasts seek in other titles.

FTL: Faster Than Light

Release date:2012-09-14
Developer:Subset Games

A real-time strategy game in which you will manage a spaceship, make decisions affecting the crew, and face hostile forces.

It features a rogue-like structure with permadeath and random events. You we’ll love that!

Manage a spaceship in real-time and focus on making the right decisions along the way. Experience permadeath and procedural generation, which ensure each playthrough offers a new challenge. Upgrade and customize your ship and enjoy unlocking new capabilities and strategies.

Key features
  •  Real-time decision making·
  • Rogue-like elements
  • Ship customization
  • Random events

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Release date:2012-10-11
Developer:Firaxis Games

A turn-based strategy game where you command a global paramilitary organization and your job is to fight off an alien invasion.

It is a perfect combination of base management, squad tactics, and resource allocation.

This titles gives you a chance to manage a global organization and practice decision-making in matters related to research, resource allocation, and defense priorities.

Moreover, you will also have a chance to engage in tactical turn-based combat while commanding a squad of soldiers with unique abilities. As you expand and upgrade your base, you will also be able to unlock new technologies and abilities.

Key features
  • Global strategy
  • Turn-based combat
  • Base building
  • Permadeath

Slay the Spire

Release date:2019-01-23
Developer:Mega Crit Games

A deck-building rogue-like game where players ascend a spire, and encounter enemies and bosses along the way. Slay the Spire offers a strategic blend of card-based combat, exploration, and character progression.

Here you have no choice but to craft and improve your deck as you progress in order to keep adapting to challenges posed by various enemies.

The spire itself is procedurally generated which will ensure each run is one of a kind. Moreover, each character has their own unique cards and playstyles, which adds freshness to the gameplay.

Key features
  • Deck-building mechanics
  • Rogue-like structure
  • Multiple characters
  • Strategic decision-making

Darkest Dungeon

Release date:2016-01-19
Developer:Red Hook Studios

A challenging, gothic-themed, turn-based RPG where players manage a roster of heroes exploring dark dungeons. Face the psychological stress of adventuring and get ready to deal with the consequences of challenging encounters!

As your heroes face horrors in the dungeons, their abilities and mental state will not be unaffected. Get ready to deal with that stress and plan the positioning of your heroes in turn-based combat to utilize their unique abilities for maximum effectiveness.

What shapes the overall is the fact that the heroes can permanently die, and the consequences of encounters linger…

Key features
  • Stress management
  • Strategic positioning
  • Permadeath and consequences
  • Gothic atmosphere

Final Fantasy Tactics

Release date:1997-06-20

This tactical RPG has been set in the Final Fantasy universe, where the players get to command a squad of characters on isometric grids and engage in turn based battles with a deep job system.

Image credit: Square

Here, the character customization knows almost no bounds thanks to the robust job system which offers numerous diverse roles and strategies opportunities. Additionally, as you engage in battles on isometric grids, remember to keep in mind terrain and positioning or else you might get distracted by the rich narrative full of political intrigue, war, and intriguing characters.

Engage in planning and executing complex strategies to ensure their strengths are being put to the best use.

Key features
  • Job system
  • Isometric battles
  • Epic narrative
  • Strategic depth

All of the titles above have been picked for their strategic depth, captivating gameplay mechanics and positive reviews. Each one of them will deliver an experience similar to the one of Into the Breach but with their own unique takes on the turn-based strategy genre.

Whether its space exploration in ‘FTL’ or psychological challenges of ‘Darkest Dungeon’, all of these are bound to captivate your strategic mind in one way or another. May your strategic endeavors be both rewarding and challenging!