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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (Switch)
Strategy 29 November 2018
The Elder Scrolls: Legends (Switch)
Strategy February 2019
A strategy card game set in the universe of a well-known RPG series that has been developed since 1994 by Bethesda Softworks. In terms of game mechanics, The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes after the competing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gameplay comes down to dueling with a self-built deck of cards representing heroes, equipment, spells, skills etc. The game combines storytelling elements and characters known from previous installment of the series, such as the legendary Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as The Elders Scrolls Online.
Hard West (Switch)
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.
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.
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.
Solar Flux (Switch)
Strategy 11 December 2018
Strategy game with arcade elements, created by independent Firebrand Games studio. The action takes place in space. The player plays the role of the pilot of a spacecraft, whose task is to rescue dying stars and galaxies.
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels (Switch)
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.
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.
Carcassonne: Tiles & Tactics (Switch)
Strategy 31 December 2018
European Conqueror X (Switch)
Strategy May 2019
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.
Kingdom: New Lands (Switch)
Strategy 14 September 2017
An improved version of the old-school, minimalistic strategy game, Kingdom, that was released in 2015 by two independent developers nicknamed noio and Licorice. Similarly as in the original game, in the new title the player assumes the role of a king who travels through the world and uses his wealth to gain new subjects and expand his domain. As the game progresses, the king gains access to new craftsmen as well as production and military buildings. He is tasked with providing his followers with welfare and safety. In comparison to the first version of the game, in Kingdom: New Lands the main objective is to find and rebuild a boat that allows us to swim to new areas where the whole game basically starts all over again. In addition to that, the game introduces many novelties like bigger areas to explore, seasons cycle and previously unavailable options, tools and upgrades.
Bomber Crew (Switch)
Strategy 10 July 2018
Bomber Crew is a hybrid of a strategy game and a simulator, with some additional RPG elements. Developed by Runner Duck, the game allows the player to assume the role of a WWII pilot commanding a bomber crew. During the game, one has to complete numerous missions, which involve eliminating strategically important military targets and providing reconnaissance behind enemy lines. The gameplay is divided into two parts – the preparation stage involves selecting recruits, as a bomber crew has to comprise a pilot, a mechanic, gunners, a radio operator, a navigator, and an ammo supply crewman. The player should pay close attention to the recruits they select, as their death on the battlefield is permanent. When airborne, one has to monitor the condition of both their crew and their plane, as consecutive subsystems might break down – a spot-on shot on the plane’s tail might result in losing maneuverability, similarly to a burning engine. Thus, during each mission, the player has to repair the plane. After completing a mission (when over a target, the player gets to operate the on-board systems in order to photograph the target or bomb it), one has to return home safely – provided he has enough fuel. Bomber Crew is bound to attract players’ attention with its colorful visuals and dynamic vessel damage system.
Constructor HD (Switch)
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.
The Bluecoats: North vs South (Switch)
The Shrouded Isle (Switch)
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.
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Switch)
Strategy 23 March 2017
A simple strategy game developed by Arc System Works. In the game, the player gets to control a group of pioneers with the task to establish a flourishing settlement and tend to the settlers’ needs. As the game begins, the player has at his disposal only one building and several servants, who have to be assigned particular jobs, like gathering resources, in order to expand the settlement. Further on the list of available structures, one can find production structures (mills, farms, factories), and utility buildings, which, among others, increase the population limits. Settlers can also domesticate animals, which in turn support our pioneers in hunting and transportation, serving, for example, as faithful steeds. As the game progresses, the player receives so-called Invention Cards, which allow them to modify given gameplay aspects, such as harvesting speed. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers offers three diverse game modes – Story Mode, Survival Mode, and Free Mode. The entire experience delivers eye-pleasing visuals, featuring a cartoonish style.
Pikmin 4 (Switch)
Monopoly Plus (Switch)
Strategy 31 October 2017
Another digital adaptation of the popular board game developed cooperatively by Engine Software and Ubisoft with Nintendo Switch in mind. The gameplay is based on the formula known from the board game original. We move tokens by as many fields as we roll on the dice. While playing, we trade real estates and build houses and hotels that provide us with income since any player has to pay rent if they step into another player’s property. The game takes place on one of three three-dimensional levels such as Classic City, Amusement Park, or Haunted Town. Monopoly for Nintendo Switch offers a wide range of game modes for up to six players. The title utilizes the unique features of Nintento’s console, including HD Rumble, its advanced vibration system.
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.