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#13 Populous, the beginning played on PC, released 1998

A great blend of RTS and god-style gameplay. It was great fun to build up your tribe, then tapping into powerful magic to lay waste to your opponents. Hanging out in a hot air balloon surveying the battlefield  while sending tornados to tear up their buildings, or even cause a vulcanic eruption in the middle of their village.
I loved that every map was it's own planet. No borders to run in to, or hide next to. That made attacking from all sides all the more easy.
The artstyle is great as well. I had hoped From dust would have been more like this. It seems a perfect fit. This, Warcraft and Age of empires all defined a great era of RTS games for me.