Games that are similar to Ogre Battle 64
After you become an Ogre Battle fan, it is common to ask what games to play next. Unfortunately, there are very few games that share the hybrid real-time and turn-based systems. Tactics Ogre gave rise to an entire genre of popular isometric tactics games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, and, more recently, Triangle Strategy, but fans of the squadron-based automatic battles in Ogre Battle 64 will find very few similar games.
Thankfully, some of those Ogre Battle fans are now indie game developers, and there are new games that share similarities available and others on the way. Larger developers are also revisiting some of the concepts from Ogre Battle and re-releasing some forgotten classics that share similarities.
This is a list of all of the games that are similar to Ogre Battle 64 that are known to the community. If the list is missing anything (perhaps your own in-development game!), please contact WatcherJoshua in the Ogre Battle 64 Discord community.
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Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Symphony of War is a squad-based turn-based strategy game. It is similar to the Fire Emblem series when outside of battle, but instead of individual characters fighting in 1-on-1 matches, each of your units is a squadron that attack together.
Symphony of War does not feature any of the real-time elements of Ogre Battle 64 and the individual unit management is less in-depth, but the game is highly regarded and features a new take on the beloved Ogre Battle squadron-based combat.
Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
Release Date: August 31, 2021
Soul Nomad is a PS2 era RPG made by NIS, who are best known as the creators of Disgaea. This strategy game uses a turn-based grid, similar to Disgaea (and Fire Emblem), but it borrows the squadrons, automated battles, and 3×3 grid formations used in Ogre Battle 64.
Formations are randomly assigned to groups and have to be “re-rolled” until you find one you like, which can lead to some frustrating moments.
New recruits are hired and cost money to deploy, similarly to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen.
Soul Nomad features over-the-top battle animations and anime art style and tropes, which will make it less appealing than Ogre Battle 64 to some players.
Soul Nomad is also available on Nintendo Switch as part of the Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1 collection that includes both Soul Nomad and Phantom Brave.
Release Date: January 31, 2021
Himeko Sutori was the first prominent modern take on Ogre Battle. It includes real-time unit commands and turn-based automated combat, but it adds a hexagonal grid (reminiscent of games like Civilization VI).
The game also features free roaming sections, like towns and shops, which do not appear in Ogre Battle 64.
Grand Arms: March of the Red Dragon
Planned Release Date: 2023
Grand Arms is an indie-developed Ogre Battle spiritual successor. It is planned to feature squadrons (in a 3×3 formation) that are commanded in real time and turn-based automatic battles.
This is currently the game most similar to Ogre Battle 64.
Other Ogre Battle games!
A list of “games similar to Ogre Battle 64” would not be complete without the other Ogre Battle games. There are only two, and neither are currently available on modern platforms.
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen will feel “familiar but different” to fans of Ogre Battle 64.
The game features a heavier emphasis on money management (deploying units costs money and you earn money regularly from strongholds you occupy), and the squadron formations are 2×5 instead of 3×3.
The game was last made available on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, which has been discontinued. The game can be purchased on eBay, but it is expensive ($300).
Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia
Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia is a side story that was released in Japan for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. It plays similarly to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, but has simplified graphics.
The game has never been released in English, but a partial fan translation is available. The translation includes all of the menus and dialogue required to play the game properly, but the story has not been translated.
Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia is not available for any modern platforms. The game can be purchased on eBay for reasonable prices ($35).