What’s best, real time or turn based strategy games? The short answer, of course, is that both have their strength and weaknesses, and many people enjoy both, though not always for the exact same reasons. In a real time based strategy game, you have a limited time to make your decisions, and often times, quick reflexes is just as important as quick thinking. Turn based strategy games, on the other hand, doesn’t require you to think or act fast. Rather, you can take your time to decide what kind of upgrades you want, what moves to make and so on. Real time and turn based strategy games on the computer both have a long history, going back to the early 80s, but turn based strategy games didn’t take off until the early 90s, due to generally requiring more computer power to work well.
Nowadays, real time strategy games have overturned turn based ones in popularity. The main argument for turn based games is that they require quick thinking and making decisions “on the fly”, while proponents of turn based games often reply that real time games are more about reflexes than thinking and planning. The truth is, of course, that they both offer something unique. A turn based game can be played well even by somebody not fast with their mouse, and doesn’t require you to constantly look at the screen, thus making them less intense. Not being real-time, it’s also easier to implement complex rules into turn based game – something that can be both a strength and a weakness, depending on your point of view.