A stylish game developed by Team Colorblind, an independent studio based in Phoenix, AZ. The game combines elements of two seemingly incompatible video game genres – turn-based strategy and brawler. The story is set 20 years before Spanish Conquistadors came to America, and a player is tasked with expanding the Aztec empire, collecting taxes, and handling diverse randomly generated events. As far the game builds on the turn-based strategy convention, a player might have to use force to punish citizens who do not pay their taxes or slaughter everyone infected during an epidemic when all other attempts to cure them have failed. What is worth mentioning, the game is based on broad historical knowledge resulting from developers’ passion, who implemented into the game over 30 Aztec cities and different types of Aztec warriors, all of which makes for a faithful representation of the authentic locations and factual units. Aztez features an original, monochromatic visuals brought to life only by the red color of the blood gushing all over player’s screen.
SteamWorld Heist (WiiU)
Another game by independent Swedish studio Image & Form, set in the universe of SteamWorld, which combines elements of Steampunk and Western genres. The game is set in the distant future, where a powerful cataclysm forced the remaining inhabitants to flee into space on steam space ships. The player becomes a captain of a group of robo-pirates who are trying to survive in this post-apocalyptic reality by raiding and plundering enemy bases and ships. SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based science-fiction game with movement points system (when a character performs an action they use up movement points). You control a party of antiheroes who use various weapons, gadgets, and special skills. The key to success is to appropriately use the different skills and combine various combat tactics, depending on the situation.
Star Fox Guard (WiiU)
Strategy 21 April 2016
A strategy tower defense game and a spin-off to the popular series of TPP shooters that were available on many Nintendo consoles. The main character of Star Fox Guard is Grippy Toad (uncle of Slippy Toad, one of the series' main protagonists) whose work is to mine rare minerals. Various enemies are trying to interrupt him and the player is tasked with stopping them. The gameplay mechanics are typical for tower defense genre, but the also game makes use of the possibilities offered by Wii U console. During the game an interactive map of the area appears on the gamepad. The player can use it to set up security cameras that will shoot the incoming enemies. At the same time, on the TV screen one can see the images coming from all twelve cameras. In addition to one hundred scenarios prepared by the developers, the game also contains an editor that allows the player to create new ones. Star Fox Guard is added for free as a bonus to Star Fox Zero, but it can also be bought separately.
The Castle Game (WiiU)
A strategy game by Neptune Interactive, in which you play as a fortress constructor, building structures to defend precious crystals from hordes of enemies. The game gives you much freedom in building your fortress; you can choose the wall type and its shape, creating either a classic castle or a maze-like structure. Having finished the building part, you put your chosen units in the fortress; the units include knights, archers and wizards, who aid you with their abilities. Unlike in other tower defense games, in The Castle Game the enemies come from several different directions, moving towards the middle of the map. There are also multiple types of enemies, from ordinary warriors to griffin riders, and each of them has a different battle cry, which makes them easily recognizable.
Swords & Soldiers II (WiiU)
Strategy 21 May 2015
Swords & Soldiers II is the second game in the unusual strategy game series developed by Ronimo Games. Once again, the plot focuses on Redbeard and his gang of Vikings who venture on a dangerous journey. What makes Swords & Soldiers II stand out among other similar games are the mechanics. Gameplay mixes the elements from RTS', side-scrolling arcades, and tower defense games. The game focuses on the rivalry between the two enemies whose bases are located on the opposite sides of the map. The players have to conquer the enemy's stronghold. To achieve that, they have to develop their bases, create more units, and gather the essential resources. Swords & Soldiers II offers single player and split-screen multiplayer modes. The game has easy on the eye, comic-book inspired visuals.