A downloadable game for Windows

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Core Stratagem is an old-school turn-based indie strategy game. Choose one of seven unique factions and conquer your enemies, using terrain to your advantage and capturing your opponents' cities. Steal and finish their incomplete units to turn their production against them. Make use of stealth to launch surprise attacks, and when all else fails, detonate a kamikaze unit in the midst of their armies.

Core Stratagem supports user-created units, armies, and maps. Use the included map editor to create your own custom scenarios. Choose from tons of options to customize your play experience, including bonuses and handicaps for each player to create just the challenge you want.

  • EIGHT unique factions:
    • Modern Military - A flexible, well-rounded army with tanks, aircraft carriers, and nuke-drones!
    • Savage Saurians - Stealthy and swift dinosaur-like creatures from a forgotten time!
    • Interplanetary Invaders - Powerful alien technology dominates the skies, but their soldiers must resupply the gas they breathe!
    • Feudal Fantasy - A land-focused set of knights, siege towers, and just a touch of magic!
    • Alternate Army - From another place, or another world? A twist on a present-day army theme, with specialized units like sub-hunter choppers and anti-air cannon!
    • Wily Wizards - Glass-cannon mages protected by hardy stone gargoyle minions!
    • Deepwater Denizens - Terrors from the deep, their amphibious units can leave the seas for a limited time, and act differently depending on their environment!
    • Hostile Habiformers - Robotic survivors of an alien colonization program, they exist only to make the Earth habitable for their masters--even though their masters are long dead!

Try out the free demo! It is restricted to two of the Factions and does not include Expansion features like base expansion structures.

Want to make your own Units or even whole new Factions? Check out this how-to guide!

Release date Nov 02, 2014
Tags2D, Pixel Art, Procedural Generation, tactics, Turn-based, Turn-based Strategy
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2


Buy Now$2.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:

CSW.zip 51 MB

Download demo

Core_Stratagem_Demo_win.zip 47 MB

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Bro, if you polished this off and added some features like online multiplayer, you could really have something here. It’s like a combination of Civilization and Advanced Wars, genius. 

I know 4-5 people off the top of my head that would pay way more than $1 for this if we were able to have online matches. Great work, thoroughly enjoying it.

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Hey there, I came across your game and have played it for a bit; I think it's a pretty cool game. Would you mind if I made some YouTube videos on it? It seems you're the only one who has, and I feel this game deserves some attention.

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Sorry for the delay responding! Please be my guest!