Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Incubator Games' Trudy’s Mechanicals

Check out this upcoming Steampunk SRPG Trudy’s Mechanicals. It's set to arrive in 2015 on PC and possibly future platforms.



Some highlights from their website.

"Unit Variety – Many SRPGs have long relied on a combination of melee fighter, archer, and magic user as the pillars combat units. We’d like to break away from this format and make each class unique in both appearance and function."

"Offbeat Steampunk – While we like the industrial machinery and intricate mechanisms common to Steampunk, we wanted to create an aesthetic that stood out a bit."

"Interactive Environments – Battlefields in tactics games tend to be quite static — only occasionally providing some destructible props — and we wanted to breathe more life into them."

"Streamlined UI – TBS titles tends to take a long time to play out due to their interfaces. Since these are common issues, we’re focusing on presenting as much information as possible while minimizing input logistics."

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dominus, open source tactics game

Check out Dominus, a free open source multiplayer strategy game. Source code link here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Graywalkers RPG Kickstarter has relaunched



Greywalkers kickstarter is back in action.

"Graywalkers: Purgatory is the first in a series of Emergent Strategic and Tactical Turn-based 3D Role-Playing Games set in a stylish supernatural post-apocalyptic world, where parts of Heaven, Hell and Earth have merged together in an event called "The Rupture". It will be released for PC (Windows, Mac & Linux)"

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Jan-Feb 2014 News

Hi all, here are some more tactics games to check out this month. As always check out Rui Castro's Facebook group for more news and discussion.

ARMED! tactics

Blackguards on Steam early access.

Hartacon Tactics

New SRPG being developed by Imageepoch.

Warring States: Tactics

Retaliation: Path of War

Shadow of Eclipse

SRW-like Scenario and Map creator

Incognito is now called Invisible Inc., still available on Steam early access. New dev interview. And a new alpha trailer.

An old-ish fan made tactics mod called Legend of Lu Bu. Never heard of this before.

King's Bounty Warriors of the North DLC/expansion.

Front Wars

Another tactics game I've never heard of before, Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power.

Regimental Chess

Frozen Synapse Tactics gameplay trailer

New Touhou SRPG in development

UHR Warlords

Mutant Gangland

Battlefields: Civil War

Successfully Kickstarted games like Battle Worlds: Kronos, Warmachine: Tactics, Jagged Alliance: Flashback, and Liege continue to get dev updates. Chaos Reborn will be on Kickstarter sometime soon.

Knight's Errant

Open Panzer for iOS

March of War: African Sunrise expansion

Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars interview at Wargamer

Wasteland 2

Civil War II: 1862

Dakija Tactics

Toasticus Prime (is this the actual game name?)

Chesskoban

More Telepath Tactics updates

Ghost Control Inc.

That's all for now, thanks to Rui for gathering most of the news as usual. Btw if you're a developer and want me to spotlight your game just send me an e-mail.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Graywalkers, a post-apocalyptic tactical RPG

Graywalkers is a strategic/tactical RPG currently in development, inspired by XCOM, Jagged Alliance, and Fallout. There's a strategic layer with factions and economy management, interspersed by tactical battles. It looks ambitious and promising.

They're up on Steam Greenlight right now, and will be launching a Kickstarter this February. Check out the official site here.

"On the surface, the game runs as a turn-based tactical RPG with combined features from XCom, Jagged Alliance and Fallout. Running underneath it all is an emergent strategy system that will control factions, economy, a motivation system and a quest/mission generation system like those in Civilization and Mount & Blade. Take note though that is not a strategy game but an RPG."

Some early pre-alpha footage:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tactical Insights 2013 Awards

Hi all, welcome to this years awards aka tactics games I thought were pretty good this year.

PC Non-indie


XCOM: Enemy Within takes the original game and adds new maps, resources, weapons, missions, enemies, and allies. I played a few hours on classic normal and it's basically Xcom:EU on steroids. I couldn't spot any glaring balance issues. Overall it's a good improvement that adds variety and depth that I thought was missing from the original, including the 2nd wave options that were patched in after launch.

Winner: XCOM: Enemy Within

Runner up: Battle Academy expansions, Panzer Corps: Allied Corps, Unity of Command: Black Turn



PC Indie


Battle Worlds: Kronos was the best overall indie tactics game this year for me, with some very strong contenders. It's based on the Battle Isle series of games, playing similar to Advance Wars and other WW2 style games.

Skulls of the Shogun is fun and fast paced, Just Tactics is a complex and involving PvP game, and Card Hunter is a cool D&D themed browser game.

The best tactics games this year are pretty much all on PC (with iOS/Android ports), and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. 2014 looks like a great year as well. Of course there are tons of indie tactics games on PC, too many to play and keep track of. Let me know if I missed anything good or great.

Winner: Battle Worlds: Kronos

Runner up: Skulls of the Shogun, Just Tactics, Card Hunter, Shadowrun Returns



iOS/Android


There's way too many iOS and Android tactics games out there to keep track of and play. The three big ones this year are Panzer Corps, XCOM, and Frozen Synapse. If I missed some amazing iOS/Android game please let me know.

I'm giving the iOS/Android award to Panzer Corps for iPad this year. Xcom:EU is a strong contender but it's not the newest Enemy Within version. Frozen Synapse is apparently a flawless port and it's a great game if you like fast paced tactics PvP.

Winner: Panzer Corps for iPad

Runner Up: Xcom:EU for iOS, Frozen Synapse iOS, Frozen Synapse Android, Hero Academy Android, Great Big War Game Android



PS3/360



 Tactics games on PS3/360 have always been slim pickings, but this year we got both Skulls of the Shogun and the XCOM: Enemy Within expansion. I'm giving the PS3/360 award to Skulls of the Shogun. It's a fun and fast paced arcade style tactics game with a multiplayer focus, and plays well on a controller. Xcom is okay on consoles, but I recommend playing it on PC with a mouse and keyboard instead.

Winner: Skulls of the Shogun

Runner up: SRW Dark Prison, XCOM: Enemy Within, History: Legends of War


3DS/PSP/Vita


3DS was quite disappointing this year. Fire Emblem: Awakening and Project X Zone are both bad in terms of combat, balance, and level design, and loaded with fanservice to boot. I mean Fire Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow had such a great campaign, what happened?

The 3DS remake of Devil Survivor 2 with new content (subtitled Break Record) was delayed into 2014, which likely would've been my pick this year.

PSP/Vita's 2013 lineup is almost entirely imports, and it's similarly disappointing with mostly mediocre or forgettable games. Hopefully 2014 is better!

Winner: None


That's it this year, thanks for reading. Let me know if I didn't mention something you enjoyed.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dec 2013 News

Happy holidays all. I'm working on an end of year awards article, to be posted in the next day or two. Owing to the huge growth in browser, indie, and iOS/Android tactics games, I'm expanding those categories while shrinking the console categories.

Most news taken from Rui Castro's Facebook page. Makes it very easy for me since I don't need to dig around for news myself. As always if I missed something or you want to comment on the news feel free to post a comment.

What have I been playing lately? Check out this playlist for SRW Dark Prison.

Valkyria Chronicles 3 for PSP has an alpha translation patch available. You'll need a VC3 Extra Edition UMD or PSN digital download to use the patch.

Panzer Corps for iPad is now available.

Super Robot Wars Z3-1 was announced for PS3 and Vita.

Battle Worlds: Kronos demo now available.

Jagged Alliance: Flashback is still getting developer updates on kickstarter.

The Banner Saga single player campaign hands on.

Retaliation: Path of War wargame alpha.

Sting is developing a Neptunia licensed SRPG.

Epic Arena for Android.

Danger Alliance: Battles for iOS.

Latest Telepath Tactics update.

More Natural Doctrine details. It's been delayed to March 19, 2014.

Natural Doctrine 2nd trailer and screenshots.

SRW 2 for NES now has a translation patch.

Heroes Rush: Tactics trailer.

Lionheart Tactics preview.

Daisenryaku Perfect has a new release date of Feb 6, 2014.

Hunted Cow's Russian Front announced.

Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire

Crasleen: Drums of War

Interesting article about a SFC tactics game I've never heard of called Genjuu Ryodan.