Category Archives: Strategy
A few days ago – just in time for Christmas – we spewed out some of our best game picks from the blog. Now that the turkey carcasses have been picked clean and the hangovers have cleared (somewhat), it’s time to dip into Santa’s secret stash for more goodies from the past year or so…
New Retro Games’
Part 2: The Christmasing
Spend some quality time with underwater mercenaries and those giant sharks from Deep Blue Sea: Welcome to Depth of Extinction. A tactical 2D XCOM wannabe of sorts,
A tactical 2D XCOM wannabe of sorts, Depth replaces everyone’s favourite psychic murderous aliens with emotionless killer robots. It’s about as barebones as a roast turkey after thanksgiving, or a piece of otherwise inedible KFC after a drunken night out, but like said example foodstuffs, Depth is equally as strangely compelling.
I spent far too many hours having “just one more go”: a fully fleshed and well-stuffed Depth of Extinction is a game I’d happily chow down on.
Despite Final Fantasy Tactics being a favourite among lovers of the genre, few subsequent games have tried to evoke the level of complexity of that game. Now in steps Street Posse Showdown, a tactical RPG with a modern day setting with even more stats, affinities and compatibilities to keep track of.
This news roundup is full of retro themed goodness (the surgeon general recommends two servings per day), seeing re-releases and free releases:
- SEGA powers up: re-releasing collection on Steam
- Mojang-a-gang: Minecraft dev’s release free strategy game
The hideous greenskin stepped towards me.. teeth bared. I knew this would be a fight to the death. So I took out my dice and started rolling… Malleus Goblinficarium is an obscure little RPG-style combat game that makes heavy use of dice mechanics. It’s (to me) the perfect balance of complexity and pick up ‘n play design that makes it fun but challenging.
Ancient Wizard-chess game Chaos was recently reborn, quite figuratively so, as Chaos Reborn, and released on Steam. However, now Archwizard Julian Gollop has summoned up a demo from the depths too. It sadly doesn’t include offline/single-player games, but rather mainly some limited multiplayer battles. Still, could be a good way to see how rebirth of a classic formula compares to the original.
For those who still lust after the original, there’s always Chaos Funk.
Chaos Reborn | Buy on Steam (Demo download link is on same page)
If you have played the original King’s Bounty or the older Heroes of Might and Magic games (specifically HOMM2), then Royal Bounty HD will look immediately familiar. And that’s because it’s basically the same game. In terms of gameplay, it’s practically a direct remake of King’s Bounty. Though it doesn’t dare to do much more interesting than that, it’s a mostly decent updated rendition of a classic.
Evoland II is the successor to the original Evoland, a game which fundamentally changed how it played as you literally travel through the different eras of RPGs time, with its graphics and gameplay evolving as you move along the storyline. It was a neat game but for the most part felt like some barely strung together gameplay elements with a threadbare storyline at best. Evoland II is Shiro Games’ attempt at making Evoland into a full experience; it’s a much bigger game with a complex scenario based on time travel, characters with their own backgrounds and ambitions, and a stronger attempt at linking the changes in gameplay to the story. Does it succeed? Read on to find out..
Here in Euroland I was waiting for summer for quite a while; it started about 29 days late. Unfortunately Autumn is a lot more punctual and decided to begin precisely on the first day of September. So while I sit hit in the cold wind and rain in my tshirt and shorts, because I’ll have summer dammit, enjoy this soul warming retro news:
- Gold Box Glory – Ancient D&D rises from the grave (again)
- Dune II – ported to HTML5, straight from the browser to you!
- Evoland 2 – evolves onto Steam for RPG mashup craziness
Your fellow shadowrunners are busy learning more shaman spells, and your old hacking buddy went out on that space mission where surely nothing will go wrong, but you’re at home having a quiet night in with a hot cuppa and small army of programs compromising networks in Hacker. Hacker is a pretty quick and simple strategy game that replaces the typical fantasy orcs and elves (or orks and eldar, if you must) with software and bugs. There’s not much else to it, but for those looking for a quick tactical fix, you’ll get some joy from Hacker.