Category Archives: Strategy
Fortify is a classic tower defense game, reeking of late 90’s indie. From the MS paint style graphics to the somewhat clunky interface, everything takes a distant backseat to the detailed gameplay and challenging learning curve.
As my hillbilly cowboy roundhouse kicked yet another boar rider off the edge of a cliff to his untimely death, I couldn’t help but think “this is weird.” More importantly, I also couldn’t stop thinking “this is awesome.”
About 4 years in the making, with a fourth and final chapter in the works, World’s End is an excellent – and I do mean really excellent here – strategy/tactics RPG that mostly flew under the radar: a crime that must be now corrected before karmic disaster befalls us all.
Do you remember Baldies? No,no – not the equally obscure band.,. the real-time strategy/disturbing Deliverance-style inbreeding sim from 1995? Still no? Well then, wWelcome, my friend, to a game where bald men fight to the death and also sometimes breed in a Battle Royale style sim game. Welcome.. to Baldies.
That’s right, someone thought it was a good idea to make a game exclusively revolving around bald men who live, work, and uh, procreate together. How? Just go with it. Also, be prepared for a fair bit of slaughtering their neighbours on the menu, because in the 90’s, it wasn’t entertainment unless mass extinction was the ultimate goal.
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.