py Tactics does indeed boast 40 levels and its gameplay is just like that other game you might also like, but in an age with a glut of affordable entertainment I would urge a little more discernment. It’s technically well-made and has some points in its favor, but overall does not merit a try unless there’s been a Franchise-Go-sized hole in your life.
It blends the political with the personal without ever getting preachy or high-brow, and the gameplay is more refined, but Beholder 2 still has that brooding, claustrophobic atmosphere in common with the original. Case in point: you can get your coworkers executed as a purely careerist move. While the game has a lot of good ideas and a much-improved execution of its predecessor’s spirit, it’s not quite a must-play. The humor is cagey and its satire often flat or unsubtle. Still a great game and experience, but Beholder 2 falls just short of compelling.
One could argue, fairly, that this reviewer has been rather hot-and-cold on the most pressing issue: is the Fluxx app any good? Well, the answer depends (fluctuates, even?) on what kind of void it is meant to fill. It’s certainly good for a bit of nostalgia, or shooting the breeze, and must be said that the game’s online play options are good. But as an app for premeditated play-sessions, the digital Fluxx has lost some of its spark.
Fans of crafting will probably find a lot to like in Graveyard Keeper's incredibly baroque skills tree and endless tasks. It would be a good game for zoning out and listening to podcasts on a long plane trip. Players who are not on board the crafting bandwagon should probably try something like Stardew Valley.
If you’re intrigued by the Talisman board game universe and want to get on board, Talisman: Origins isn’t the worst way to jump in, but if you’re looking for a more engaging tour through the series, you might want to actually try a game with other people first.
Lunar Rescue MissioniOS
There's additional challenges to be had if you're a big fan of the genre: hidden rescues and achievements for completing a level with no restarts. I found the base game challenging enough, but a Lunar Lander master will appreciate it.Â If you really want a lunar lander game, Lunar Rescue Mission has you covered, but it doesn't add enough to the genre to make it interesting for players more broadly.
The game has basic matchmaking for online play that works perfectly. You can set a match to have a 30 min (per side) time limit that makes it basically real time, or go up to days or weeks if you prefer a correspondence game. There's no ranking system, but I found lots of people to play with, who were usually quite a bit more challenging than the Hard AI. The online play is cross-platform too, which should help with keeping the number of online players high, and you can add friends to keep track of your regular partners.
Shattered Plane doesn’t do anything wrong, necessarily. It’s art is passable and sometimes really cool. It’s story is forgettable but not terribly offensive. The combat gets in its own way by doing too much, yet at the same time, not enough. There’s some enjoyment to be had with this simple strategy game, but it’s inconsistent and won’t last very long.
Dimension of DreamsiOS
Honestly, aside from the wonky difficulty in early stages, the wacky random events & level-ups and rather generic 3D models (which make the game a battery-chugger), the game is a treasure, and one that’s only bound to improve with further balance tweaks and content. Needs a few bugfixes, too. It’s neither wholly derivative nor original but remains a roguelike to watch and try if you’ve the slightest interest, and for this price it’s a steal.