Riot: Civil Unrest (Switch)
Strategy 05 February 2019
A riot simulation strategy game. Riot is the debut production from Stimunation, an Italian studio whose lead designer is a former cutscene producer at Valve. The action of Riot takes place in modern times. The society is forced to resort to mass rioting because of an economic crisis. The developers prepared an extensive campaign that lets us take part in the most famous riots of the recent years either as the protesting crowd or the police that try to restore order. The game also features a hot-seat multiplayer mode. What’s important, Riot doesn’t make fun of its subject but tries to present its essence. To faithfully recreate the reasons and the course of various riots, the developers interviewed people that participated in them on both sides. Virtual protests are shown in attractive pixel-art graphics that brings the visuals of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP to mind.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI (Switch)
Strategy 16 November 2018
The sixth installment of the legendary series of turn-based strategy games that allow us to control a selected civilization throughout several thousand years of its history. It was traditionally developed by Firaxis Games led by Sid Meier, the franchise’s creator, himself. Gameplay-wise, Civilization VI combines together the well-proven solutions of its predecessors but also introduces several revolutionary changes. The most important one is the city development. Metropolises can now span across more than one field and consist of four kinds of districts: industrial, scientific, trading, and military. The technology development system was also modified, so that every invention offers an additional mini-quest that provides a useful bonus. Significant changes were also introduced in diplomacy, and the combat mechanics now somewhat mitigate the restrictions introduced by the fifth installment of the series. The game traditionally features an extensive and fully configurable multiplayer mode.
Cities: Skylines - Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch)
Strategy 13 September 2018
An economic strategy game belonging to the popular genre of city builders. This one was created by the Finnish studio Colossal Order, creators of the Cities In Motion series. The game is a response to the popular SimCity franchise from Maxis Studios. In contrast to the previous titles from the Finns, this one is not limited to public transportation, letting you build up a whole virtual metropolis from scratch. The game is set on maps providing 36 square kilometers of terrain each, where you can build your dream city and take care of its inhabitants by raising new buildings and creating transportation network. Economic aspect is the crucial element to the game – while playing, you have to keep an eye on the city budget, provided by your citizens' taxes, and establish trade contacts with neighboring cities. You also develop means of public transportation to help your citizens get around the city faster. The game features high quality 3D graphics and full mod support.
Into the Breach (Switch)
Strategy 28 August 2018
A 2D turn-based strategy game set in an original science-fiction universe developed by the creators of FTL: Faster Than Light. In Into the Breach the player controls small squads comprised of mech robots that protect what remains of humanity against the lurking deep underground aliens. The battles in the game take place on relatively small and procedurally-generated 2D battlefields. They are covered with 64 squares, between which both the player and their opponent can move their units. One’s objective is to defend civilian settlements against the aliens. Missions are quite short; however, they pose a considerable logic challenge and offer the players freedom in how they decide to carry them out. Moreover, the player can equip their machines with new weapons and select pilots to operate them – the pilots’ unique abilities have a significant impact on the result of each battle. The retro 2D visuals somewhat resemble what one may have experienced in FTL.
Thea: The Awakening (Switch)
Strategy 01 February 2019
A turn-based strategy game, combining elements of survival, card game, and a gamebook. You arrive at a dark fantasy world, strongly inspired by the Slavic mythology, after the apocalypse. As one of eight Slavic deities, you take care of a small village. You control each villager separately, exploring the dangerous realm, gathering resources, crafting items, and facing various dangers.
Hard West (Switch)
Strategy 07 March 2019
An original turn-based strategy game set in a universe that combines elements of a Western and fantasy setting. The title was created by Polish developer CreativeForge Games, consisting of creators of such franchises like Call of Juarez and Dead Island. The game is set in the 19th-century Wild West. Already troubled by lawlessness, the land gets stricken by a series of supernatural phenomena. In terms of gameplay mechanics the title resembles the Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, allowing you explore a vast world in search of new missions, secrets, and treasures. The key element is the turn-based combat. Each bullet can be deadly, but you can aid your troops with various potions, medics, and shamans. The gameplay is enriched by various tactical factors, such as the influence of the sun, interactive environmental objects, bribery, or even an ability to guide a bullet. The game also features expanded character progression system.
Kingdom: Two Crowns (Switch)
Strategy 11 December 2018
Another incarnation of a minimalistic real-time strategy with RPG elements, developed by an independent studio called noio. Like in the original Kingdom for PC Windows and mobile devices, in Kingdom: Two Crowns, the player assumes the role of a king tasked with taking care of his loyal subjects and providing for them. Unlike the original release, in Kingdom: Two Crowns the player can enjoy both single player and cooperative game modes. During the game, one observes the action from the side perspective. Gameplay revolves around two main aspects – the first one being exploration (during which one can acquire gold they can give to the encountered settlers), while the second one focuses on expanding the settlement by erecting production buildings, creating tools for the settlers, and building diverse fortifications, which prove useful after dusk. During the night, one’s domain is attacked by vicious trolls and the player has to pay careful attention to their crown, because when it falls into enemy hands, the game is over. Luckily, the player can unlock numerous perks on their adventures to stand a better chance against the increasingly powerful foes. The game features simple, yet pleasing pixel-art visuals.
Strategy 01 February 2019
Wargroove is a turn-based strategy inspired by Advance Wars and the Fire Emblem game series. It was developed by Chucklefish. The game is made of twelve story campaigns, in which we can play as one of a dozen or so heroes, each of them leading their own military units. As we play, we move around the game map (we observe the action from a bird's eye perspective), gather resources, manage our army, and fight with our opponents. Exploration, both on land and sea, plays a crucial role in the game. Wargroove also offers a competitive multiplayer (local or online). The game comes with a special editor that allows us to create our own campaigns. Thanks to its simple and intuitive interface our maps and missions are created in no time.
Warhammer Quest (Switch)
Strategy 05 February 2019
Turn-based strategy game from Rodeo Games studio created on the basis of a figurative system of the same name. Players guide the daredevils through randomly generated underground in search of fame and wealth. During their adventure, however, a lot of dangers and enemies await them.
This War of Mine: Complete Edition (Switch)
Strategy 27 November 2018
An extended edition of This War of Mine, a unique survival game developed 11bit Studios - the creators of the original - with the 8th generation consoles in mind by. The game inverts the premises of a typical war game, as we do not assume the role of heroic soldiers. Instead, we control a group of civilians surprised by the outbreak of war and trying to survive in a besieged city. The gameplay mechanics remain unchanged, focusing on survival and morally difficult decision-making. As the title suggests, the biggest novelty of the expanded edition is the introduction of playable children, who play an incredibly important role in the on-screen events. Initially, the youngest survivors will, for example, build toys or decorate environments, but with time, thanks to their adult guardians, they shall learn many useful skills that can prove invaluable during subsequent missions.
Worms W.M.D (Switch)
Strategy 23 November 2017
Another major installment in the bestselling turn-based strategy game series that focus on a humorous rivalry between the eponymous worms. In Worms WMD, the basic gameplay principles remain unchanged, and the players still have to eliminate the opposite team using a number of more or less unconventional weapons. The participants make their moves in turns and their actions are limited by a time limit. The game refers to the initial two-dimensional installments of the series, which means that battles are presented from the classical side view. The title does not lack for several enriching novelties, though. These include the possibility to hide inside buildings and to use vehicles that allow us to traverse the battlefield and deal damage to the enemy. Visually, the production features the characteristic cartoonish visual style, although the worms’ appearance and animation were refreshed.
Fallout Shelter (Switch)
Strategy 10 June 2018
A mobile spin-off to the post-apocalyptic Fallout franchise, accompanying the fourth major installment. In contrast to the main-stream Fallout games this one is a simulation strategy, in which you take on a role of a vault overseer and have to look after its inhabitants. The game has you expand the vault by new rooms, including living quarters, and public facilities, to provide for all needs of your dwellers. You also have to gather supplies, which requires you to send expeditions outside the vault, having previously equipped (or not) your men with weapons and protective gear. Each vault dweller has their own statistics and gains experience, thus unlocking new abilities and equipment.
Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon (Switch)
Strategy 01 March 2019
An improved version of Swords & Soldiers II, an interesting combination of a side-scrolling action game, an RTS and a tower defense game. In Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon we take part in one-on-one clashes, and our task is to destroy the enemy fortress before they destroy ours. To do this, we need to obtain raw materials, improve our base and recruit units, which we then send to fight the forces of the enemy.
European Conqueror X (Switch)
Strategy May 2019
A turn-based strategy that takes players to Europe at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, allowing them to take part in the most important battles of the time. In addition to the campaign in which we participate in historical battles, European Conqueror X has special challenges and conquest mode, where we lead to the victory of the selected army.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (Switch)
Strategy 29 November 2018
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures for Nintendo Switch console is the next installment of a popular series of economic games in which we build and manage an amusement park. The title is based on the mobile RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, which was released in 2017 on iOS and Android devices.
Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch)
Strategy 20 August 2018
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.
Defense Grid 2 (Switch)
Strategy 07 February 2019
Continuation of Defense Grid: The Awakening - a popular tower defense strategy created in 2008 by Hidden Path Entertainment studio. The plot of the game continues the threads started in the predecessor and tells the story of the commander struggling with the next foreign forces. Just like in the first installment of the game, our actions are commented on by artificial intelligence, known as Fletcher. In terms of mechanics we are dealing with a typical representative of the genre, in which our task is to build various defensive structures in order to repel successive waves of enemies. The authors, however, tempted to introduce completely new types of opponents and previously absent defensive towers. A system for improving structures has also been developed, enabling them to be equipped with additional subassemblies. Thanks to the new engine, the graphics of the game have improved significantly, and the maps have become larger and more extensive. The functional level editor prolongs the fun in single and multiplayer mode.
Swords & Soldiers (Switch)
Strategy 25 January 2019
Swords & Soldiers is a humorous and cartoon style real-time strategy created by Ronimo Games studio. Players control the actions of one of the three factions - the Vikings, Aztecs or cosmic marines, trying to conquer the opponent's castle and at the same time defend their own. The game consists mainly in efficient production of units, gaining raw materials and casting spells.
For the King (Switch)
For the King is an interesting hybrid that blends the elements of JRPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games, developed by the independent studio IronOak Games. The game takes place in a fantasy land engulfed by chaos. Heroes, led by the player, decide to defeat the evil forces. Both the world and the adventures within it are generated procedurally. Each time we start, we will feel as if we were playing a different, new game. Gameplay in For the King focuses on exploration (our party moves in turns through a map divided into hexagonal tiles, traveling not only on foot, but also by boat) and fighting with the encountered enemies. Our victory in battle depends on how, and when, we use our party members' abilities and on how good their equipment is. For the King offers a wide range of game modes, both single player and multiplayer. The game has good looking, colorful, and cartoonish visuals.
Strategy 30 August 2018
A real-time strategy game by Polish studio Jujubee, in which you play as a leader of one of the 21st-century nations and do your best in order for the citizens to prosper. Mechanics-wise, Realpolitiks resembles the popular Europa Universalis series, but the game is set in modern times and takes into account the current specifics of politics and reality. The gameplay focuses mostly on managing the country in all the key fields and requires making many strategic and political decisions, which have huge consequences. You have to take care of such things as e.g. internal policy, diplomacy, economics, armed conflicts or espionage. The game emphasizes both the bright and the dark side of power, allowing you to choose your own path of achieving your goals and to decide between doing the right thing and using morally dubious methods.
This is the Police 2 (Switch)
Strategy 25 September 2018
A sequel to This is the Police. The game was developed by the creators of the original title, Weappy Studio. Similarly to its predecessor, the game combines traits of adventure games and strategy games. In This is the Police 2 the players assume the role of Lilly Reed – a female sheriff who tries to bring order to the small city of Sharpwood.
The Shrouded Isle (Switch)
Strategy 17 January 2019
An unusual turn-based horror strategy game developed by Kitfox Games. The action of The Shrouded Isle takes place in a remote town on an island that is cut off from the world. We assume the role of its mayor, and our task is to ensure the local population’s prosperity. The problem is that the town was built upon the resting place of some ancient gods’ that, if unsatisfied, can awaken and devour everything in their way. The primary responsibilities of the player are similar to those from classical economy simulation games. While playing, we have to balance the four essential town development factors. The gameplay is turn-based, though, corresponding to subsequent seasons. In each of them, we have to assign tasks to the townsfolk and to sacrifice one town resident in order to postpone the awakening of the gods. The game features unusual stylized 2D graphics that resort mainly to shades of yellow and green.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics (Switch)
Strategy 24 January 2019
A turn-based strategy game with RPG elements taking place during WWII. The players fight Nazi troops that control beings from other dimensions, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
60 Seconds! (Switch)
Strategy 18 December 2017
A post-apocalyptic survival strategy game with RPG elements, created by Polish developer Robot Gentleman Studios. You play as the head of a typical American family, who has to provide for his loved ones in the face of an incoming nuclear war. The game starts 60 seconds before the first explosion, giving you one minute to get to a shelter while grabbing the most essential provisions on the way. In the next phase you have to survive for as long as you can using only the resources you've managed to gather, which often force you to make very tough decisions. Sometimes, you have to decide whose daily rations should be reduced, sometimes how to deal with problems at hand, such as a cockroach infestation. Despite its seemingly grim theme, the game features a rather light-hearted atmosphere, evident e.g. in its comic-like graphics.
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels (Switch)
Turn-based strategy developed by Kuju Entertainment studio for Curve Digital and Gaumont International Television. Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a game based on the license of a popular series under the same title, available on the Netflix platform.
Dead in Vinland (Switch)
Strategy June 2019
Dead in Vinland is a turn-based strategy with the features of survival games. The players control a group of Vikings who try to survive on in the harsh environment of an island. As such, they have to take care of their needs, create relationships between characters and recruit new members for their society. There is also a world to explore, task to fulfill and turn-based battles to fight.