Aven Colony (XONE)
Strategy Tuesday, 25 July 2017
A city builder strategy game developed by the independent studio Mothership Entertainment. The player arrives at the planet Aven Prime, assuming the role of the founder of one of one of the first extraterrestrial colonies. His tasks include expansion and settlement of new areas, taking care of the settlement’s technological infrastructure and the morale of its inhabitants, as well as fighting dangerous fauna and results of extreme weather conditions. The action takes place in varied environments: starting from swamps, through deserts, to icy polar regions, which influences the conditions in subsequent missions. The core of Aven Colony is the single player story campaign. The game also features a sandbox mode where we have no additional tasks apart from commanding a space base. The production’s graphics are high-quality not only because of the well-designed environments but also thanks to interesting designs of futuristic buildings.
Tropico 5 (XONE)
Strategy 24 May 2016
The fifth installment in the popular series of economic strategy games developed by studio Haemimont Games, which is responsible for the franchise since the third entry in the series. The game makes the player a leader of a small tropical island, responsible for governing it all the way from the colonial age through modern times and to the near future. Your tasks will be, as usual, to develop the city and take care of its industry and economy. You must also react in real time to the changing situation caused by natural disasters, different needs of the society, and global politics. The new installment adds the possibility to create your own dynasty and entrust the most important positions in the government to your own family members. For the first time in the history of the series the game features a multiplayer mode for up to four players.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (XONE)
Strategy Friday, 28 July 2017
A tactical real-time strategy game inspired by the Commandos series. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is set in Japan in 1615. The new shogun decided to enforce peace in the entire country which requires him to silently eliminate all the opposition that may dream of rebelling against him. To achieve this, he asks a group of five specialists who deal in murder, sabotage, and espionage. It is the team that the player will lead in the course of the campaign that consists of over a dozen extensive missions. In Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the action is presented from a camera placed high above the characters’ heads which provides us with a good grasp of the environment and lets us efficiently issue orders to our agents. Since they perform risky tasks on enemy territory, it is necessary to stay out of guards’ sight and act stealthily. Maps were designed in a way that allows for any mission to be completed in various ways. To succeed, the player always has to cunningly use the unique skills of every character and devise plans that involve strict cooperation within the party.
Halo Wars 2 (XONE)
Strategy 21 February 2017
The continuation of the real-time science fiction strategy published in 2009 on Xbox 360 as a spin-off of the FPS franchise Halo. The second installment is co-developed by 353 Industries, which picked up the series after Bungie Software, and Creative Assembly primarily known for the extremely-popular strategy game series Total War. The plot of Halo Wars opens a whole new chapter in the universe, and supplements the original title’s story. During gameplay, you lead Spartans, Warthogs, and other classic units from the Halo series, into a brutal war against a new deadly enemy. Just like its previous part, the title focuses on quick and engaging gameplay which takes place on huge maps. The game includes extensive multiplayer, featuring dynamic PvP clashes.
Constructor HD (XONE)
Strategy 26 May 2017
Remake of a bestselling economic strategy game released in 1997, prepared by creators of the original – British studio System 3 Software. In the game we take on the role of an owner of a construction company, and our goal is to develop a thriving business and eliminate competition, always breathing down our neck. During the game we have to take care of raw materials supply, such as concrete or wood, and construct customer-fit houses which, when sold or rented, will give us a reasonable profit. A characteristic feature of the title is the possibility to take advantage of various not always lawful methods of undermining the competition. We can bribe protesting hippies, psychopaths, thieves, or saboteurs, and in the later stages of the game also cooperate with mafia. The main feature of the refreshed version of Constructor are its HD resolution graphics. Creators decided not to interfere with the classic gameplay mechanics, keeping also the large dose of humor that traditionally accompanies our struggle.
Ancestors is a complex real-time strategy game developed by the Polish independent studio Destructive Creations. The game takes place in Medieval times and its single player campaign is based on the actual historical events. We can play as one of the four available factions: Slavs, Germanic peoples, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons. In terms of gameplay, Ancestors focuses on large-scale battles. Figuring out good tactics that includes the lay of the land and skillfully flanking our enemy are the key elements that will lead us to victory. In addition to open-field battles, we can also besiege our enemies' cities and villages. We will also have to pay some attention to the economic side of our conquest (i.e. gathering materials and resources, upgrading and improving our headquarters). What makes Ancestors stand out among the similar games is the low entry threshold – both newcomers and experienced players will feel like home when playing the game.
Prison Architect (XONE)
Strategy 28 June 2016
An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.
Iron Harvest (XONE)
An original strategy game with RPG elements, taking place in a unique dieselpunk universe of 1920+, created by a Polish concept artist Jakub Różański. The game portrays an alternative history of Europe at the turn of the 19th century, in which humanity used their knowledge and means to build powerful walking machines, used not only in battle but also e.g. in agriculture. Thus the gameplay features not only the cavalry, airplanes and prototype tanks, but also rather primitive and awkward mechs, seemingly not of this age. At the same time, the game is firmly grounded in Polish history and references important events such as the Battle of Warsaw.
Halo Wars: The Definitive Edition (XONE)
Strategy 20 December 2016
An remastered edition of the realm-time strategy game by 343 Industries, originally released in 2009 for Xbox 360 only. Halo Wars: The Definitive Edition is a spin-off of the popular shooter game series Halo, and it's set 20 years before the events of the first installment, when humanity fights against the Covenant Empire, which considers our kind to be an insult to their gods and species. You assume the lead of the crew of a space cruiser, sent to the planet Harvest to investigate enemy activity. There it turns out that the humanity's foes have discovered a powerful artifact, which can turn the tide of the war. The mechanics of the remastered edition do not differ much from the original ones. However, the production features enhanced visuals in HD and better textures. The online options of the game have also been expanded.
Valhalla Hills: Definitive Edition (XONE)
Strategy 25 April 2017
An economic strategy game developed by Funatics and a spiritual successor to the once popular Cultures series. The game focuses on a Viking tribe whose members, after dying on the field of glory, find the gates of Valhalla closed shut. This turns out to be the result of a dispute between Odin and his son Leko, who failed his exam in godhood. As a result, he gets sent back to Earth, along with the souls of fallen Vikings, and the player must help them get back to Valhalla. While playing, you need to look after your tribe’s safety, protect them from wild beasts, as well as provide them with food and warm clothes. To this end, you have construct new production buildings and create thriving economy. Interestingly, the game does not give you direct control over your people. Instead, you have to influence their behavior by constructing appropriate buildings and encouraging them to engage in a particular activity.
Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare (XONE)
Strategy December 2017
A large DLC to Halo Wars 2, a science fiction RTS game, created by 343 Industries in cooperation with Creative Assembly. The story of this expansion, called Awakening the Nightmare, takes place a few months after the events from the original game. The story focuses on the Banished fighting for survival against the Flood. The gameplay is the same as in the original game. Besides a completely new story campaign this expansion also adds, e.g. two commanders and two new multiplayer maps. Those maps are also available for free for all owners of Halo Wars 2. Also, this DLC adds a new cooperation mode called Terminus Firefight in which up to three players can build their bases, create armies and then they have to defend from incoming enemies.
Dungeons 3 (XONE)
Strategy November 2017
Dungeons 3 is the third installment in the fantasy strategy game series developed by Realmforge. Dungeons 3 continues the story from the previous games. We play as a Dungeon Lord who, after uniting the forces of evil and laying the foundations of the new empire of darkness, comes to the conclusion that his ambitions are not yet fulfilled. He decides to recruit the priestess of dark elves so that she would lead his forces during the conquest of the surface world. Just like in the previous installments of the series, gameplay in Dungeons 3 is a blend of a real-time and economic strategy. As we play, we have to gather resources, build new parts of our dungeon, recruit monsters, and invest in technological development. At the same time, we have to lead our army that fights with the forces of good on the surface. All three factions from the previous games (the Horde, the Undead, and the Demons) are present. This time, however, we can use units and technologies of all three of them at the same time.
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock (XONE)
Strategy December 2017
A space strategy set in a popular universe created in a 1978's TV series. Developed by Black Lab Games, Battlestar Galactica Deadlock gives an opportunity to assume control over the Colonial Fleet and to take part in a war against the Cylons - a race of human-made cybernetic machines that have rebelled against their creators. The game features both completely new characters and figures the fans of the universe are surely familiar with - however, the story was executed in a way that will not confuse those new to the universe. The player takes part in tactical battles set in a three-dimensional environment. Furthermore, the player recruits officers, conducts political actions within the Cyrannus planetary system, but also extends their fleet alongside progression, based on the unlocked spaceship designs. Apart from the single-player component, the game offers a complex multiplayer mode which allows the player to fight 1 vs 1 duels against commanders from all over the world. All of this is complemented by decent-quality visuals.
Mushroom Wars 2 (XONE)
Strategy 05 September 2017
A sequel to a humorous real-time strategy, Mushroom Wars, that came out in 2009 for PC and mobile platforms. The action of Mushroom Wars 2 takes us to a fantasy universe where four factions of small creatures that live in mushroom-like homes constantly war with each other. The player’s task, as the general of a “mushroom” army, is to eliminate the enemy as quickly as possible by taking over strategic points on the map. There are four different races to choose from, all supported by heroes with unique special abilities. As befits a real-time strategy game, we have to build a village, recruit an army, enhance our weapons, and take over enemy buildings. Battles are very fast-paced and usually last no longer than 5-10 minutes. The title offers four single player campaigns, a skirmish mode, and a multiplayer mode that supports e-sport features. Mushroom Wars 2 features graphics that are similar, although more detailed, to its predecessors.
Battle Islands: Commanders (XONE)
Strategy 14 February 2017
A simplistic RTS game focusing on quick multiplayer duels and employing free-to-play business model. Battle Islands: Commanders was created by the experienced DR Studios, and the game extends the formula of 2013's Battle Islands. The game simplifies the traditional RTS mechanics, but supplementing them with elements borrowed from card games and tower defense titles. Each duel is fought using the cards one has in their deck, which can be modified to one's liking. New cards can be found in chests received for victories. Cards of the same kind can be combined together to improve the firepower and durability of one's tanks and other units. Contrary to the classic RTS games, the player cannot control particular units manually - the player only chooses when and where to place a unit and the rest is done automatically, as the subordinates simply join the battle. Placing various units on the battlefield should be done with caution however, as sending a tank to a zone where the enemy has already placed a soldier with a rocket launcher will have catastrophic consequences.
Battle Ages (XONE)
Strategy 20 April 2016
A real-time strategy game distributed by using the free-to-play model. The game was developed by DR Studios and it allows the player to lead a civilization through various stages of evolution, since the Stone Age, through antiquity, medieval and renaissance, to the final years of the 19th century. At first the player assumes control of a simple settlement which then expands its size and adds new buildings. Industrial and military buildings provide access to various upgrades, new technologies and military units. The type and availability of units depends on the current era of the nation controlled by the player. The battles with enemy armies are played in an unusual way – the player lacks direct control of his troops and the outcome mostly depends on the number of units on each side of the conflict. Battle Ages offers both single player and multiplayer modes. The story missions are accompanied by a competitive PvP mode that allows the player to attack other civilizations. The rather nice graphics also help in creating a positive image of the game; however, the limitations caused by the F2P distribution model somewhat disturb that image. Various processes require much time to accomplish and they can be accelerated by using microtransactions.
Siegecraft Commander (XONE)
Strategy 17 January 2017
A warfare-oriented strategy created by Blowfish Studios, notable for the warmly-received Gunscape. Siegecraft Commander takes us to a fantasy universe, fought iver by Knights of Freemoi and tribes of Lizardmen. The game offers a single player campaign, allowing the player to control both factions. In this case, the game is similar to a traditional real-time strategy. For a change, the multiplayer mode allows us to choose between real-time gameplay and a turn-based one. The battles were inspired by tower defense genre, with the players conquering more and more territory until they clash. There is a catch, though – each tower has to have a direct link to the center, and if the chain is broken, every subsequent link is destroyed. In order to win, every player has to build complicated installations, able to sustain heavy losses and remain functional. Siegecraft Commander employs a light-hearted, slightly cartoonish visual style.