In a dark corner of a hostile galaxy, the primitive tribe of New Hellas have finally mastered spaceflight and begin to slowly edge out of their gravity well to explore the rest of their star-system. Their ancient Republic stands for justice, fairness and law. Their scientists strive to develop a “stable warp field” as their pre-warp ships travel across explored space.
Mohawk Games’ excellent strategy Old World arrived on Steam in May – with a bonus for those who got it in the first two weeks: the new “Heroes of the Aegean” DLC, free of charge. In these tricky times, there’s not much that’s free – but is this DLC worth picking up?
Picture the scene: It’s tense at the royal court as the heir, a rebellious hellraiser barely eighteen, is brought before his father, the duke. A member of the court reads out the list of allegations against the young noble, who’s expected to take charge of the ailing kingdom one day. The duke sits and listens in pained silence before ordering the punishment: a sentence of manual labor.
A long time ago, there was a great series of turn-based strategies. It began with East Front, and then continued through a number of games, built on the original’s chassis. They were released during an era when the turn-based style was still popular – even if losing ground to the RTS. As such, the games sold well and spawned many similar works. Eventually these evolved into the famed and venerable John Tiller engine, that you can see, to this day, in the Squad Battles series. Those are definitely still worth a look.
Rejoice, fans of Field of Glory 2: Medieval! The trumpets have sounded – and all roads now lead to Paris. The Storm of Arrows DLC brings the battlefield to the green fields of France, allowing players to re-fight the Hundred Years War – albeit in tiny pixel form.
There are some battles that are just really well-suited for wargames. Battles like Waterloo, Gettysburg, Hastings or the Normandy landings, despite being from very different time periods, have more than a few things in common. These are an intriguing tactical position, exciting or famous military units, colorful characters and, perhaps, an exotic setting.
Another year has gone by and 2021 was a fine year for new games and I’ve been asked to jot down my own list of my top 5 turn-based games. I thought this sounded like fun so here we go!
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