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The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me

Hot off its huge Kickstarter success, Darkest Dungeon is already in a playable-enough state to have a demo at PAX East 2014. Although the demo was only a short snippet of what's to come, it was easy to get a sense of the them...   more

The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me photo

Civilization: Beyond Earth designers inspired by Cosmos

To take a brief aside from videogames: are you watching Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey? If not, you should be, especially if you are not particularly scientifically literate. It is filled with a lot of important information abou...   more

Civilization: Beyond Earth designers inspired by Cosmos photo

WANT: Chroma Squad: Sentai Tactical Manager

One of my favorite upcoming indie games right now is Chroma Squad: Sentai Tactical Manager, coming to Steam later this year. All you need to know is that it features strategy RPG combat with sentai (Japanese hero squad)...   more

WANT: Chroma Squad: Sentai Tactical Manager photo

Read the writing on the wall with Invisible, Inc.

Turn-based tactical espionage. Those words were all it took to sell me on the idea of Invisible, Inc. Going into the PAX demo, I knew I would have to be cunning, thoughtful, and sneaky if I wanted to successfully steal intell...   more

Read the writing on the wall with Invisible, Inc. photo

Darkest Dungeon is an RPG with STDs and PTSD

If you saw the Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter, you are probably excited for the game. Seriously. Go watch the video. And then watch the above video of Holmes interviewing Lady Melissa at PAX about how your four characters' psyc...   more

Darkest Dungeon is an RPG with STDs and PTSD photo

The next Age of Empires is for mobile

A free-to-play, touch-based Age of Empires is exactly what none of us wanted but Microsoft is the latest in a long line of companies that can't resist chasing after the lucrative mobile market. This KLab-developed strategy title will hit iOS, Android, and Windows Phone in the summer. It's called Age of Empires: World Domination. Commit that name to memory, and stay away.   more

The next Age of Empires is for mobile photo

There Came an Echo does voice control right

Set up in the Indie MEGABOOTH is one of the few zen locations at PAX East: There Came an Echo's sound dampening booth. In it, Iridium Studios head Jason Wishnov is showing off the tech behind the voice-controlled realtime str...   more

There Came an Echo does voice control right photo

Turn-based Hitman GO comes to iOS next week

Square Enix Montréal's turn-based strategy title Hitman GO looks like a decent excursion while we wait for the next major franchise installment from IO Interactive. It's coming real soon -- first to iOS devices on Apri...   more

Turn-based Hitman GO comes to iOS next week photo

Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Ahead of PAX East, Robot Entertainment has announced Orcs Must Die! Unchained and it sounds like the next logical step for the series. Players will control the forces on both sides, meaning you'll have to attack the other te...   more

Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo


Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo
Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo
Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo
Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo
Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo
Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained photo



See the ugly side of football in Dirty Sexy Soccer

Football sure has its ugly side, whether it's match fixing, hooliganism, and John Terry's wandering hands. Football Manager, for all its accuracy, never takes into account any of these things, but Dirty Sexy Soccer does. It'...   more

See the ugly side of football in Dirty Sexy Soccer photo

Grey Goo aspires to get to the roots of the real-time strategy genre

The real-time strategy genre has undergone quite the transformation throughout time. Seemingly gone are the days where games require that you focus on strategy, often replaced by experiences that reward combat ability and qui...   more

Grey Goo aspires to get to the roots of the real-time strategy genre photo

Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow

Kalypso Media has nailed down a May 23, 2014 release date for the PC launch of its latest city-builder, Tropico 5, and launched a new website. Go on, El Presidente. Take a look. Next up, it's the Mac and Xbox 360 versions whi...   more

Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo


Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo
Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo
Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo
Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo
Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo
Tropico 5 hits PC in May with other versions to follow photo



SRPG Natural Doctrine coming to North America, Europe

Natural Doctrine -- Natty Doc to its friends -- is getting a digital and physical western release after its release in Japan today. The PS4, PS3, and Vita strategy RPG from Patapon director Atsushi Ii is coming courtesy of N...   more

SRPG Natural Doctrine coming to North America, Europe photo

Micromanage space poop schedules in Cosmonautica

When we think about interstellar travel, our minds often go straight to intense battles with alien warships, exploration of hostile worlds, or cunning diplomacy. We often forget that between all of the action, our heroes sti...   more

Micromanage space poop schedules in Cosmonautica photo

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies announced

Sega has announced that a standalone multiplayer Company of Heroes: The Western Front Armies will launch this June for $19.99. This brings back the Western Front from the original CoH game. Two collections of content -- ...   more

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies announced photo

Swords and Soldiers HD is coming to the Wii U

Ronimo Games is hard at work with Swords and Soldiers II, but that doesn't mean they're done with its predecessor. The developer has just announced that in collaboration with fellow Dutch developer Two Tribes, that they'...   more

Swords and Soldiers HD is coming to the Wii U photo

Plants vs. Zombies 2's 'Far Future' update hits today

PopCap is releasing an update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 on iOS and Android today which adds a bunch of futuristic-looking plants and zombies as well as a new world map. Yes, there are lasers. EA has run through a few of the ad...   more

Plants vs. Zombies 2's 'Far Future' update hits today photo

Advance Wars is Europe's first GBA title for Wii U Virtual Console

Nintendo UK announced on Twitter that the region's first Game Boy Advance title to hit the Wii U Virtual Console will be none other than Advance Wars. Intelligent Systems' masterful turn-based strategy game is coming to the p...   more

Advance Wars is Europe's first GBA title for Wii U Virtual Console photo

Review: Blackguards

In many ways, I'm very glad that Final Fantasy: Tactics had such a big influence on my tastes. It's an incredibly well made game and put me on a path towards playing more games of its ilk like Phantom Brave or the m...   more

Review: Blackguards photo

Natural Doctrine videos show uninterrupted gameplay, bare thighs

Hah, okay, this is still a bit confusing. I'm still not sure how the boxes work. Maybe they're range stat based and actions doesn't take moves separately from movement. But then why would there be a series of boxes? Also, wh...   more

Natural Doctrine videos show uninterrupted gameplay, bare thighs photo

Sentai studio sim Chroma Squad could be my XCOM replacement

I played a lot of XCOM last year, between running through Enemy Unknown late and Enemy Within. The blend of on the ground, turn-based combat and back home base management simulation hooked me. Chroma Squad is basically that. Except you're directing a Sentai with actors in colorful spandex dancing around lots of explosions and turtle and plant monsters. It's pretty great.   more

Sentai studio sim Chroma Squad could be my XCOM replacement photo

Brawler Aztez is like Patapon x Madworld, coming to all consoles

Okay, not literally all. But PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U, following the initial Steam (PC/Mac/Linux) release. Action game savants may want to take particular note. Aztez looks great. It's a weird mix of conquest-focused s...   more

Brawler Aztez is like Patapon x Madworld, coming to all consoles photo

Giant mecha battle! Japanese Chroma Squad trailer is great

We heard about Chroma Squad last year and it looks great. It's one half Sentai studio management sim, one half tactical, turn-based battler. You buy better actors, special effects, answer fan mail and fight people. I like it...   more

Giant mecha battle! Japanese Chroma Squad trailer is great photo

SimCity's offline mode is in final testing now

Update 10 for SimCity is the one that'll finally, finally add the option to play the game offline and according to Maxis, it's in "final testing. Almost there Mayors." This functionality was previously deemed impossible given...   more

SimCity's offline mode is in final testing now photo

Review: Shadowrun: Dragonfall

Shadowrun Returns was released last year after a successful Kickstarter campaign and seemed to please fans and backers alike. In our review, Fraser Brown commented on how the toolset provided with the game would provide plent...   more

Review: Shadowrun: Dragonfall photo

Grey Goo: A new RTS from Petroglyph

Petroglyph Games and Grey Box have announced a new PC RTS called Grey Goo. They claim that this title has classic RTS roots, but uses modern design and lessons learned along the way to improve the formula. Their goal wa...   more

Grey Goo: A new RTS from Petroglyph photo

Ex-Blizzard, Insomniac dev working on tactical, turn-based Duelyst

This game looks amazing. Duelyst, which I'm too in awe of to poke at the "y" in the title, started as a tabletop game that the team at newly formed Counterplay Games decided to turn into a videogame. That vision has come stu...   more

Ex-Blizzard, Insomniac dev working on tactical, turn-based Duelyst photo

A Double Fine ... sequel? Costume Quest 2 announced

Double Fine's turn-based role-playing game Costume Quest is getting a sequel for PC and consoles by way of publisher Midnight City, the two companies announced today. Moving on up! Protagonists Wren and Reynold return for th...   more

A Double Fine ... sequel? Costume Quest 2 announced photo

Frozen Endzone hits Steam Early Access, here's why it's awesome

Personally, I'm a huge fan of American Football (henceforth known as football, sorry EU). It also happens that I am a huge fan of Frozen Synapse. When it was announced by Mode 7 Games that they were combining the two, I ...   more

Frozen Endzone hits Steam Early Access, here's why it's awesome photo

Growlanser: Heritage of War assaults PSN next week

Growlanser: Heritage of War is taking the fight to PlayStation Network next week, the sultry raconteurs of the PlayStation Blogcast have revealed. The tactical role-playing game initially launched in North America b...   more

Growlanser: Heritage of War assaults PSN next week photo

There Came an Echo set to bounce onto Xbox One

You might remember There Came an Echo from its successful Kickstarter campaign about a year ago. If not, then here's a quick recap. Iridium Studios enjoyed one of the earliest Kickstarter videogame successes with its rhythm r...   more

There Came an Echo set to bounce onto Xbox One photo

Ronimo announces Wii U-only Swords & Soldiers II

While I'm a huge Awesomenauts fan first and foremost, I also got a kick out of Ronimo Games' prior release, Swords & Soldiers. It is one of those sidescrolling real-time strategy titles where you send your troops to the ...   more

Ronimo announces Wii U-only Swords & Soldiers II photo

Former PixelJunk devs' Nova-111 looks real clever

The concept of "real-time" has begun bleeding into the otherwise turn-based world of Nova-111, a super-neat-looking game from ex-PixelJunk developers. I'd recommend watching this trailer to get a better handle on what that m...   more

Former PixelJunk devs' Nova-111 looks real clever photo

AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy

Set in a rocky desert environment and starring a cast of international mercenaries, it is reasonable to surmise that developer InsGames drew a bit of inspiration for AntiSquad from Valve's iconic team-based shooter. Of cours...   more

AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo


AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo
AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo
AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo
AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo
AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo
AntiSquad resembles a Team Fortress 2 turn-based strategy photo



Reus creator reveals turn-based title Renowned Explorers

Abbey Games may not be a name you immediately recognize, but its god game Reus received some much-deserved attention. The studio has announced its new project, Renowned Explorers - International Society, a turn-based PC game ...   more

Reus creator reveals turn-based title Renowned Explorers photo

Hack the planet: Disrupt is up on Steam Greenlight

Despite all of the art and design that goes into creating expansive worlds in an effort to create immersion, few games make the player actually feel like he is doing the things on screen quite like Uplink once did. Certainly...   more

Hack the planet: Disrupt is up on Steam Greenlight photo

Mod adds Arstotzka from Papers, Please to Civ V

Mashing two games together in a mod isn't always a recipe for success but this new mod for Civilization V looks like it might hit the mark. Steam user Snakeeater 337 has created a mod that adds Arstotzka, the country from Pap...   more

Mod adds Arstotzka from Papers, Please to Civ V photo

Dungeon Keeper is free on GOG.com

In light of the negative reactions to the new Dungeon Keeper for mobile, this is too perfect. GOG.com is offering the original game for free in a 48-hour promotion. Unless you already own the Bullfrog classic, there's no reas...   more

Dungeon Keeper is free on GOG.com photo

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited gets summer launch on Vita

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is slated to bring its unique brand of tactical role-playing goodness to PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe sometime this summer, according to NIS America. Initially released on P...   more

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited gets summer launch on Vita photo

The new Hitman game for mobile has surprising potential

There are two Hitman games in development that we know about: one is a full-fledged PC and console title from IO Interactive, the other is a mobile project in the works at Square Enix Montréal. Hitman GO, a turn-based ...   more

The new Hitman game for mobile has surprising potential photo

This week's impressive Kickstarter is Darkest Dungeon

I must've missed hearing about Darkest Dungeon originally as there's no way I would've seen that footage (embedded again above) and gone on with my day like nothing had happened. Now, months later, this turn-based dungeon cr...   more

This week's impressive Kickstarter is Darkest Dungeon photo

Civilization aplenty in the Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle is one to avoid if you've got a bunch of responsibilities to take care of in the immediate future. Featuring the games of veteran designer Sid Meier, this package is broken into three tiers. First up,...   more

Civilization aplenty in the Humble Sid Meier Bundle photo

Final Fantasy Tactics director talks new game

Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII) has a Kickstarter project in the works, Unsung Story. It's sitting about $150,000 away from its goal with a week and half left. Unfortunately, the Vita ...   more

Final Fantasy Tactics director talks new game photo

Sexy horse traps in Deception IV's Rube Goldberg machine

I was watching Mouse Hunt the other day expecting it to not hold up since seeing it in theaters in 1997. Remember when a children's film could start with a bleak funeral that ends with a body in a sewer and continue towards ...   more

Sexy horse traps in Deception IV's Rube Goldberg machine photo

Tecmo PS2 Classic Trapt coming to PSN next week

Trapt is coming to PlayStation Network next week, according to the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast. A spiritual successor to Tecmo's Deception series, the strategy action title initially released on PlayS...   more

Tecmo PS2 Classic Trapt coming to PSN next week photo

Tropico 5 is also coming to PlayStation 4 this year

Joining the previously-announced Windows, Mac, Linux, and Xbox 360 releases of Haemimont Studios' Tropico 5 is a PlayStation 4 version of the simulation game. Kalypso still won't give us a release date, but the publisher did ...   more

Tropico 5 is also coming to PlayStation 4 this year photo

There's a new, free-to-play Dungeon Keeper for mobile

For years I've been searching for a modern Dungeon Keeper-esque game but nothing has been able to hit all of the right notes for me. Maybe that's nostalgia speaking. From the look of it, not even a game literally called "Dun...   more

There's a new, free-to-play Dungeon Keeper for mobile photo

Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II

A couple years back, Destructoid's handsomely verbose Fraser Brown reviewed a strategy game of his ilk that didn't instantly fill me with dread and and remind me of my general inadequacy. Warlock: Master of the Arcane was os...   more

Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo


Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo



Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based mobile game

Disney Interactive and LucasArts have announced Star Wars: Assault Team for iOS, Windows 8, and Android. It's a turn-based combat game involving card-battling elements. You'll collect characters from the Star Wars universe an...   more

Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based mobile game photo

Crusader Kings II expansion Rajas of India opens the map

Crusader Kings II is going strong since its release two years ago. Last year saw the release of a Linux version, The Old Gods expansion (which lets you start playing 200 years earlier in history), and The Sons of Abraham expa...   more

Crusader Kings II expansion Rajas of India opens the map photo