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Hearts of Iron IV
Hearts of Iron IV

Strategy 06 June 2016

The fourth major installment in a series of larg-scale strategy games, which originated in 2002 as a spin-off to the popular Europa Universalis series. Both franchises are consistently developed by Paradox Interactive. The game lets you take the lead of a country from the World War II period and beyond, specifically the years 1936-1948. Your responsibilities involve taking care of international relations and building alliances, but also developing the army, choosing the right strategy, and conducting the military operations. As it was in the previous editions of the series, the game combines faithfully recreated historical events (including authentic leaders, as well as military forces and technologies used by particular countries, along with the possibility of putting the history on a different course. As compared with the previous games, micromanagement was slightly reduced, and the focus shifted to larg-scale strategy. Other additions include the day and night cycle and changing seasons, as well as an option of grouping provinces into regions to facilitate management.

Vampyr
Vampyr

RPG 05 June 2018

A dark action-RPG, whose story is set in the 20th century England. The title was developed by the French studio DONTNOD, known for games such as Remember Me and Life is Strange. The game takes place on the streets of London, during the infamous Spanish flu pandemic. We assume the role of a respected military surgeon who returns from a front lines to stop the spread of the plague. On the way home, however, he is bitten by a vampire and now has to continually struggle between the calling to help people in need and his new bloodsucker nature. In the game, we wander through the open world of London, undertaking main and side quests, talking to NPCs, and fighting in real time with different kinds of vampires and their hunters. Furthermore, we need to satisfy our constantly growing hunger for blood, remembering to do it discreetly and to wisely choose potential victims, since elimination of a wrong person can render us unable to complete certain quests.

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven

Action 29 August 2002

A 3D action game that takes the players to the 1930’s USA, the time when criminal underground flourished. The game was created by Czech developer Illusion Softworks, mainly known for the highly acclaimed tactical shooter Hidden & Dangerous. The story focuses on a rookie gangster named Tommy, who takes his first steps on the path of criminal life by doing jobs for an influential mafia family. Gameplay comes down to exploration of a virtual city and completing a string of story missions, featuring many subplots. While playing, you will engage in street shootouts, bank heists, car pursuits, and assassinations. The creators did their best to recreate the evocative atmosphere of the USA in the 1930s, and implemented weapons and cars from that period. Insanity 2 game engine made it possible to generate interactive, bustling city with road traffic and changing seasons.

Black Mirror
Black Mirror

Adventure 28 November 2017

A reboot of the popular gothic horror adventure game series, developed by KING Art Games. The action takes the player to Scotland of the year 1926, where the hero – David Gordon – conducts an investigation into the circumstances of his father’s suicide. During the adventure, the protagonist discovers details concerning his father, learns of family members he never knew existed, and faces his own nightmares – he is certain that there is a curse on his family, and that eventually he will go insane, just as his predecessors. In Black Mirror, the player travels through depressing locations, chat with NPCs, and solves more or less complicated puzzles – these are similar to those in classic point-n-click adventures. The visions and nightmarish hallucinations play a crucial role in the game – once the hero experiences them, he may learn more about his family house’s past. The amazing visuals feature faint colours which intensify the gloomy atmosphere.

Iron Harvest
Iron Harvest

Strategy 2019

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.

Strange Brigade
Strange Brigade

Action 28 August 2018

A TPP shooter game set in the alternative 1930s, developed by Rebellion. The game allows you to explore the mysterious nooks of the British Empire and discovers the secrets left by ancient civilizations. The task is made more difficult by the fact that such locations are guarded by fantastic beasts revived by Seteki, the Egyptian witch-queen. The gameplay of Strange Brigade focuses on bloody battles with varied mythological creatures. In combat, you can have a team consisting of yourself and up to 3 other players — but although the game is co-op-oriented, you can also play on your own. The characters use their unique abilities, firearms and equipment. The game features a distinct style resembling adventure movies from the early 20th century.

Hearts of Iron III
Hearts of Iron III

Strategy 07 August 2009

Another installment in the popular historical strategy games franchise by Paradox Interactive, taking players back in time into the period of the bloodiest conflict in history – World War Two. As the player, your task is to come into power in your country of choice – either one of the superpowers of the time, or a militarily weaker country – and lead it through the global conflict. The plot of Hearts of Iron spans from 1936 to 1948, so you can choose to prepare for the inevitable war first. The creators have taken historical accuracy seriously, thanks to which you witness many events that really took place, although much still depends on your actions. The third instalment of the franchise features a huge world map, divided into around ten thousand provinces. In Hearts of Iron III, you can meticulously manage economic and military factors, although the less experienced players may just limit themselves to issuing general commands. It's the first title in the series to feature 3D graphics and customizable resolution options.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues

Action 17 November 2009

A continuation of one of the entries in the LEGO series developed by Traveller’s Tales. The players once again assume the role of Indiana Jones, a famous archeologist/adventurer, and lead him through a number of events that took place in the original trilogy and the newest entry in the series – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In contrast to the previous installment, we’ve been given a number of new features and additional vehicles, while the titular hero had received a number of new animations and a more useful whip that allows him to pull his opponents in. The levels are now characterized by a high degree of interactivity, as we can use almost any item as a melee or a ranged weapon. As always, the players can switch between the available characters on the fly, or invite a friend to join our session. Aside from Story and Free Play modes, LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues offers an extensive level editor which can also be used to share our works with other players.

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Adventure 25 October 2005

The Sinking City
The Sinking City

Adventure March 2019

A detective adventure game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The production is set in the 1920s, in the fictional city of New England, suffering from a supernatural flood. You play as a private investigator, whose task is to resist the mass hysteria and discover the cause of the mysterious events.

Hearts of Iron
Hearts of Iron

Strategy 26 November 2002

A real-time strategy game set in the times of the World War II, developed by Paradox Interactive. The production shows military and political events that took place in years 1937 to 1946 in the global scale. The map spans the entire world, and the players have complete freedom in choosing the nation they will lead. We conduct warfare even in areas which historically weren’t touched by the World War II. The gameplay is enriched by an advanced system of weapon and unit development and a political system with historical commanders and leaders (the title shows the confrontation of three ideologies: fascism, communism, and democracy). There are over 100 land, sea, and air units at players’ disposal. The production comes with a scenario editor that lets us design our own campaigns. Apart from solo play, Hearts of Iron features a multiplayer mode.

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb

Adventure 24 February 2003

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders

Adventure 04 February 2016

An old-school murder mystery point-and-click adventure game, developed by a veteran of the genre, the French company Microids. Production is based on a novel by Agatha Christie under the same title and is the first installment in a planned game series describing the adventures of a famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Plot of the Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders starts when the detective receives a letter from a serial killer, who identifies himself as A.B.C., in which he informs of the date and place of his next crime. When the panic begins to spread in the society, the task of capturing the guilty, falls, of course, on the shoulders of our protagonist. Title employs a third person view, and during the game we visit successive locations, investigate crime scenes, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and solve subsequent criminal puzzles. The game features a colorful, slightly cartoonish visual style.

Omerta: City of Gangsters
Omerta: City of Gangsters

Strategy 31 January 2013

Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis
Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis

Adventure 15 April 1992

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

Adventure 16 November 1999

Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

Adventure 27 October 2005

Post Mortem
Post Mortem

Adventure 30 November 2002

Hearts of Iron 2
Hearts of Iron 2

Strategy 04 January 2005

A sequel to the well-received grand strategy game set during World War II, developed by Paradox Interactive. Hearts of Iron 2 spans the entire world and requires us to oversee not only military activities but also all kinds of economic, political, and social dependencies. The player can lead any country, including the biggest superpowers of the era, such as Germany, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. Hearts of Iron 2 offers great freedom in preparations for the outbreak of the World War II. The general premise of the gameplay recreates the solutions of the game's predecessor, but the sequel features many novelties, including additional diplomatic and political options (for example, you can check what would happen if Marxist ideas were introduced in Germany), an open negotiation system, trade agreements, or experience acquisition for military units. Historical scenarios that let us see the conflict through the eyes of a famous commander were also enhanced.

Chicago 1930
Chicago 1930

Strategy 12 November 2003

Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor

Strategy 14 June 2017

A second DLC for the real-time strategy game Hearts of Iron IV. Created by Paradox Development Studio, the Death or Dishonor add-on focuses on four European countries, namely: Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia, which after the outbreak of the WWII were caught between the hammer and the anvil – the Third Reich and the USSR. In the expansion, the aforementioned countries receive all new and unique National Focus trees allowing the players to lead the country they choose taking one of the available paths. The four new countries also deliver new events and assets, such as leader portraits, 3D vehicle models, soldier dialogues, and pieces of soundtrack. Also arriving in Death or Dishonor are features like Equipment Conversion (making it possible for the players to upgrade their arsenal by using their older units, or utilizing captured enemy units), and the option to license military technology from other countries or license one’s tech to other governments. Also, the diplomatic features of the game have been developed by fascist countries getting new subject levels like Reichskommissariat, which hold the occupied nations in an iron grip.

Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon

Adventure 20 August 2010

Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour

Strategy 26 September 2012

Third expansion for Hearts of Iron III, a successful strategy game that takes us to battlefields of World War II. Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour expands on spying system (offering new types of missions, including secret tasks fulfilled on the game’s main map – and introduces a special battle system that allows developing tactical plans and sharing them with friends. Major armies received new elite unites, including those specializing in invading from the sea. Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour offers more strategic options, like ability of supporting distant allies with resources. Commanders became more important, as they can now get special abilities, meaning that giving them appropriate tasks has become more significant for achieving victory. Additionally, new game mode has appeared that does not limit units’ production and technological development before the true gameplay starts. Finally, there are two new scenarios: one for Cold War, and the other for Spanish Civil War.