Mount & Blade (PC)
RPG 16 September 2008
A unique combination of RPG mechanics with a strategy game, created as the debut project of an independent developer, TaleWorlds. The player assumes the role of an adventurer who arrives to Calradia, a realm divided into several rivaling kingdoms. What he does next depends completely on him. Mount & Blade does not offer a story campaign, rather giving the player the freedom of shaping his adventures. Initially, the hero has only the eponymous mount and blade, but in time he comes into possession of full combat equipment and an actual army, and even being given the option of becoming a vassal to one of Calradia’s rulers. Mount & Blade lets the player to move freely around the world’s map — in this view you get to travel to towns and villages, encounter enemy armies, and find mission targets. On the other hand, in towns and during battles you control your character like in a purebred RPG with TPP view. During battles the player not only fights along his soldiers, but also gets to command them. Among other Mount & Blade’s highlights we should mention expansive economy, character progression, variety of missions, and tournaments.
Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs (PC)
RPG 18 May 2017
A turn-based RPG focusing strongly on strategic aspects and created by Pixelated Milk - a Polish developer. The player is taken to a peaceful fantasy world and assumes the role of Kay Loren - a young nobleman whose father reveals on his deathbed the existence of a distant land belonging to their family. Once the protagonist arrives in the place, it turns out that the entire land is ruined and the family was charged with a large debt. Kay decides to restore the ruined city to its magnificent state and take back the neighboring areas from the wildlife occupying them. The player's tasks are to construct buildings, gather resources, develop technologies and manage the land appropriately, so it can generate adequate amounts of money. Exploration, completing quests given by NPCs and turn-based combat are all of high importance here. The protagonist can be accompanied by four other characters with unique abilities, which can be developed alongside progression.
Expeditions: Viking (PC)
RPG 27 April 2017
Set in a historical setting, a classic, tactical, turn-based RPG developed by Logic Artists studio. The game is the second consecutive installment in the game series launched in 2013 with Expeditions: Conquistador. The action takes place by the end of the 8th century. With the death of your father, you become the new leader of a small Viking village. Your objective is to strengthen your power, ensure the safety of your people, and make your village the strongest one in the area. However, your mission is threatened by hostile neighbors and conspiring members of your own clan. Apart from village management, you will be plundering and raiding, but to do so, you will have to begin with gathering the necessary resources and assembling a good crew. The combat, observed from the top view, takes place on battlefields covered in hexagon grid. The turn-based combat system allows you to come up with devious tactics. The non-linear plot of the game can be influenced by your choices, both strategic and personal.
Mount & Blade: Warband (PC)
RPG 30 March 2010
A standalone expansion to Mount & Blade, a popular game by TaleWorlds Studios, which gained acclaim for being a unique combination of strategy game and action-RPG. The developers responded to community feedback implementing an array of innovations and improvements to enrich the gameplay. First of all, artificial intelligence of commanders and vassals was significantly improved and the diplomacy options were expanded, giving you more control over your lands. Another thing that went through much improvement were the game’s visuals. However, the biggest novelty is the multiplayer gameplay for up to 64 people playing together in one of 7 different game modes. Warband features all locations present in the original Mount & Blade, as well as a brand new faction - the Sarranid Sultanate - and lots of new missions.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord (PC)
A sequel to the popular Mount & Blade game series, which skillfully combined action with strategy and RPG elements. The sequel was developed by the creators of the original game – Turkish developer TaleWorlds. The story throws you right into the dark Medieval Times, forcing you to adapt to that harsh reality. Two of the game's most characteristic features are the open world and complete freedom to your actions. In order to gain fame and fortune, you have to prove yourself as a tactician, a diplomat, and a fighter. Similarly to its predecessor, the game consists of two gameplay layers. The strategic layer is set on a map, where you travel from one place to another and plan your overall strategy. The other one is action – where you take part in dynamic battles, sitting on a horseback or on foot, with a wide array of various weapons at your disposal in either first or third person perspective.
Adventure 09 November 2016
Beholder is an indie adventure game, inspired by the works of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury. The game takes place in a dystopian world, where the lives of its citizens are fully controlled by the regime, and privacy and freedom of speech are relics of the past. The players take on the role of the manager of an apartment complex. His job is to - under the guise of care - surveil and report any signs of opposition against the government. The game's plot is non-linear - the ending, and the fate of many characters, depend on the player's choices. In Beholder, the players must observe and eavesdrop on the apartment complex's residents, and - when they are gone - search their apartments. When the investigation is complete, a proper report must be submitted, alongside collected evidence. Then, the players can see the consequences of their actions, like a suspect being arrested. Beholder features gloomy 2D graphics which, together with the music, fit in quite well with the game's grim vibe.
Beat Cop (PC)
Adventure 30 March 2017
The result of the independent Polish studio Pixel Crow's cooperation with 11 bit studios, the creators of This War of Mine. Beat cop is a point-and-click time management game. You play as Jack Kelly, a former NYC detective who was framed for murder and demoted. Hated by everyone around, Jack is trying to reconcile his duties with conducting a private investigation in order to discover who framed him. The plot of Beat Cop is non-linear and its many endings depend on your decisions. Interestingly, the game was inspired by American crime TV shows from the 70s and 80s, which is reflected in its atmosphere and humor. The time-management element of the production is most visible when you're patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, while during the investigation segments it becomes a detective/adventure game. Beat Cop has a distinct retro feel thanks to its pixel-art graphics and oldschool soundtrack.
A competitive free-to-play multiplayer game that combines the characteristics of a space simulation, action game, and strategy. It was created by Yager Development, a team known for the FPS Spec Ops: The Line. The game takes you into the future, putting you amid a heated rivalry between powerful factions that aim to colonize space. As a mercenary you pick up various jobs from whoever pays the most. Gameplay focuses on battles fought between the players both in space and in the atmosphere of nearby planets. One of the title’s characteristic features, is the fact that instead of a fast and agile fighter you command a massive space dreadnought and are given the control of every element of your vessel: starting from individual mechanical parts through weapons to her crew. You can also assembly squads of smaller ships and command them in battles. Dreadnought boasts excellent graphics that translate into great visual experience.
Simulation 05 September 2008
An unusual simulator, in which your objective is to bring to life a perfectly functioning species of organisms, starting from the lowest step on the evolution ladder. The game is developed by the legendary studio Maxis, led by Will Wright – the man responsible for such cult series as SimCity and The Sims. Mechanics combine elements of many game genres and each stage of your organism’s evolution offers a bit different quests and altered gameplay. Starting with the cell cycle and ending with a whole community, the game offers enormous scope of modification in regard to the appearance and other traits of your species. In later stages of evolution, the primitive organism gets a mouth, limbs, and other attributes that influence its ability to adapt and cope in various external conditions. With the game's progress, elements of competition with other species emerge and our, initially small, village becomes a huge metropolis with the newest technology.
An adventure/strategy game with survival elements by Polish studio 11bit Studios. Frostpunk is set in a fictional icy-cold world, whose climate deeply affected the development of its society. To survive, people rely mostly on steam engines. However, it is not enough, and the society is falling apart, which means it needs to change. The gameplay focuses on the survival aspect, which, unlike in other such productions, means more than gathering and managing resources. Strategic elements are also of great importance, and you also need to make difficult and morally ambiguous decisions. The game features distinct visuals, in which the cold colors of nature are contrasted with the warmer hues, which symbolize the remains of civilization.
Heroes & Generals (PC)
Action 23 September 2016
A multiplayer war game set in the World War II period and a debut production of Danish studio Reto-Moto. Heroes & Generals stands out from the competition with its three game modes, each being able to exist as a separate game. The first one is a classic FPS that emphasizes teamwork and realism on the battlefield. The second one is a browser MMO strategy, where the players command their troops, recruit new units, and launch military operations. The third one, intended for casual player focuses on social networking, featuring support role minigames available as a smartphone app or via social networks. Heroes & Generals is free to play, although some extras require payment.
A sandbox game by Unknown Worlds that combines elements of action-adventure productions and RPGs. As the game’s universe draws inspiration from such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, at the bottom of the ocean you can find bizarre sea monsters, as well as remnants of futuristic buildings and ships. The player assumes the role of a captain of an advanced submarine, and explores the depths of the ocean. The game’s characteristic feature is the ability to design vessels and determine such things as performance, layout, on-board mechanisms, and materials used for the construction. You begin with rather primitive ships, but as you progress you will be able to construct more advanced vessels, and explore previously unavailable parts of the ocean. While playing, you can freely walk around your ship, and even go outside to explore the marine world on your own.
Champions of Anteria (PC)
Strategy 30 August 2016
The eight major installment in one of the most popular economic strategy series that launched in 1993. This game was created by Blue Byte Software for the Ubisoft company. The new edition features significantly altered gameplay mechanics, because of the introduction of RPG elements. When you are not building your settlement, you take part in hack-and-slash story-driven sequences, where you control a team of heroes belonging to different classes and fight your opponents, conquer new lands, and gather valuable items and reputation points necessary to expand your city. On the other hand, the economical layer went through little to no changes. New production lines were added, as well as the ability to improve buildings thanks to new technology trees. Your settlement stays with you from mission to mission, so you do not have to build it from scratch each time.
RPG 20 February 2015
Caribbean! is a sandbox action game utilizing the mechanics and the engine of the popular Mount & Blade series. The game was created by Russian studio Snowbird Games and Turkish company TaleWorlds. The production is set in the so-called golden age of piracy (early 18th century). You play as an adventurer, who travels around the New World in search for fame and riches. The protagonist may end up as a captain of a ship or an admiral of a fleet, which allows you to participate in spectacular sea battles. The game has no plot, but instead gives your complete freedom to explore locations and complete challenges. The visuals of Caribbean! Were created with the upgraded engine from Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword.
Youtubers Life (PC)
Simulation 02 February 2017
A simulation game developed by Spanish studio U-Play online, in which the player can assume the role of an internet vlogger who, while being famous, recalls his first steps in the industry. Gameplay of Youtubers Life focuses mostly on creating and publishing videos related to video games, sports, lifestyle or cooking. The player starts their career with limited low-end equipment. While publishing new videos, one must constantly check their popularity and the number of subscribers of the channel, and based on that focus on topics that are currently very hot. As we gain popularity, we can invest in better equipment and faster internet connection. After some time it is possible to hire coworkers and join a partnership. The game contains many side activities as well – one can participate in various parties, hang out with friends and contact other creators.
Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves (PC)
Action 05 April 2013
Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves is a mix of an action game, a cRPG, and a tower defense strategy. It is the first game from the indie studio Artifice. Bryan Perro, author of the fantasy novel Amos Daragon, collaborated with the production team. The game takes place in 19th century Canada. The plot focuses on two brothers who, despite their differences, do everything they can to save their sister who is chased by the Devil himself. Gameplay is based on a day-night cycle. During the day, we have to gather resources, set traps, and build reinforcements. All of this is required to resist the werewolves, ghasts, wendigo, possessed animals, and other creatures that attack during the night. Gathering experience allows us to level up our skills.
911 Operator (PC)
Simulation 24 February 2017
911 Operator is a game, a strategy-simulator developed by Polish studio Jutsu Games, which is a reiteration of a project which won the Indie Showcase competition held during Digital Dragons 2016. In 911 Operator you become a rescue service operator, and your job is to answer calls from people in danger. The story campaign takes place in 10 cities – you will face many different challenges; some of them amusing, some serious, some frustrating. During the game you have to give advice concerning administration of first-aid as well as choose the right number of people and equipment to send to the scene. A nice touch in the game is the fact that you can sometimes receive prank calls, which have to be recognized and ignored.
Chronicles of Elyria (PC)
An MMORPG developed by Soulbound. Chronicles of Elyria is set in a fantasy world inspired by the medieval Europe. The game received financial support on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. The mechanics combine elements borrowed from the classics of the genre with innovative features. Therefore, the player explores a diverse, extensive world, completes various quests, but also caters for the basic needs of their character - food, drink, rest and shelter from cold and heat all have to be provided. Interestingly, the player's avatar can get married and have children. What is especially innovative however, is that one's character ages and eventually dies - their soul reincarnates and the player can continue the adventure in the body of the deceased's relative. What is also worth mentioning, is the game's character development system (which is based on skills learned alongside progression), and a complex and demanding combat system. Furthermore, both NPCs and players can give quests. Chronicles of Elyria offers both the PvE and PvP components. Obviously, the player is capable of founding guilds and making alliances as well.
RPG 26 June 2007
An action game with RPG features. The title was developed by Triumph Studios. The player is taken to a classic fantasy world. However, contrary to the typical genre tropes, this time they assume the role of a lord of darkness. The main character’s greatest wish is to take over the world. Hordes of minions with various abilities are helping them in achieving this goal. In Overlord the player is fighting legions of opponents by sending his small, brave, but very stupid followers to a certain death. They are for example very effective when it comes to triggering explosives, but if needed they can also jump into a fire or down a cliff. Although the game is filled with unique humor and a bit tongue-in-cheek, it also contains a bar that represents the corruption level of the protagonist. The player can transform the protagonist into a true evil lord. However he can also change him into a lord protector, for example by helping the citizens of a besieged city. The title has nice looking, colorful graphics that use a slightly cartoonish style.
Birthdays the Beginning (PC)
Simulation 09 May 2017
An original open-world game combining elements typical for titles such as Spore or Minecraft. The game was created by Arc System Works, and the TOYBOX Inc. studio led by Yasuhiro Wada - the father of the Harvest Moon series. Birthdays the Beginning casts the player in the role of a creator of worlds, whose goal is to create a planet, along with a breathing ecosystem rich in life. Once a universe has been generated, the player decides about topography-related aspects through raising mountains and creating valleys where water, the source of life, can gather. What's more, the player has to provide things such as adequate temperatures. At the beginning, the player uses simple, unicellular organisms that get to inhabit the game world. Later on, the player leads them through subsequent stages of evolution - from different plants and dinosaurs, through creatures resembling present-day animals, and ultimately to reach humanoid beings. Birthdays: The Beginning offers colorful, three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a light atmosphere.
The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt (PC)
Action 02 March 2016
An action game set in the world of pirates. Created by Miroslaw Dymek, a legendary Polish game maker responsible for series such as Earth 21XX or Polanie. The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt lacks a main storyline driving the gameplay. The action takes place in an extensive, open-world environment recreating a large part of the Caribbean. The player controls a captain of a pirate ship, whose aim is to gain fame and riches at sea. The game consists of completing subsequent missions that focus mainly on combat and exploration. The player plunders cargo ships, pirate bases, forts, and harbors. Between the missions, the player can make improvements to their fleet, choosing from sixteen diversified classes of ships, upgraded alongside their progress in the game. In-game sailing features realistic mechanics, making it a great asset to the game - this element was based on the personal experiences of the creator, who is an avid sailor himself. The game has offers extended online features as well, allowing the players to create their own pirate clans.
Overlord II (PC)
RPG 23 June 2009
A sequel to the unusual action game with RPG features, that was developed by Triumph Studios. Similarly to its predecessor, in this game the player assumes the role of an antihero who wants to become a dark lord. However, an evil empire inspired by Roman Empire is standing in his way. The protagonist must conquer various kingdoms in order to eliminate his opponents. In Overlord II the player once more controls not only the main character, but his minions as well. The minions gained some new abilities, including the ability to ride various creatures, assemble into military formations and destroy the surrounding objects. This time the player participates in a war on a much greater scale than in first entry in the series. The game features catchy graphics that use a slightly cartoonish visual style.
Simulation 27 October 2016
A strategy-simulation game developed by German studio Osmotic Studios. The title references the Orwellian theme of Big Brother and the internet surveillance of the modern society in face of global terrorism. The titular Orwell is the name of a computer system that tracks the citizens and finds people suspected of criminal activity. When the fictional city of Bonton becomes the victim of a series of terrorist attacks, the player assumes the role of an operator of the system and is tasked with identifying the terrorists. The gameplay mechanics are focused mostly on watching recordings and files related to the citizens and reporting any suspicious activity to specialized units. In the game the player will frequently bend constitutional laws and dig through private data, hack computers and even impersonate other people. However, one must be very careful because all actions can lead to various consequences.