Stars Beyond Reach has been officially dated for June 5th on Steam, promising to deliver a radical new take on the Sci-Fi hex 4X genre popularised by Alpha Centauri, and more recently Endless Legend and Civilization: Beyond Earth.
That's some auspicious company, but Stars Beyond Reach hails from Arcen Games, the tiny yet incredibly ambitious and insanely prolific studio behind The Last Federation, Bionic Dues, AI War and Skyward Collapse. Never willing to settle for standard genre conventions, they've promised to deliver completely new combat, construction and victory conditions that we haven't seen in a 4X title before.
It's a huge undertaking, especially since 4X games have a ridiculous number of moving parts, but chances are they'll pull it off. Details and beta trailer below.Click here to read more...
NB. You'll need to use the voucher code HAPPYN-EWYEAR-22OFFG to get it at this price.
We're big fans of Arcen Games heree on Dealspwn, mainly because they keep trotting out incredibly well-designed, genre-defying games that delight and dazzle, and Skyward Collapse is now exception. Check out our Skyward Collapse review for a full critical rundown, but be assured that Skyward Collapse presents a killer twist on the standard God Game formula, and was a steal when it launched at £3.99 let alone 79p.
Bionic Dues is a fascinating blend of roguelike, strategy game and mech customisation; giving you fifty days to save a city from a robotic army with a squad of varied EXOs. Your choice of missions, not to mention successes and failures, ultimately determines the massive battle you'll face once the clock counts down. It's utterly superb, and better yet, it's also cheap as chips on IndieGameStand, who also sell directly alongside their pay what you want promotions. Check out our full editor's choice review for more details.
AI War: All Of It | GamersGate | £2.70 (RRP: £12.99)
If you're spoiling for some incredibly tough space strategy action with the scale of an old-school 4X title, AI War is pretty much your dream game. Arcen Games delivered an absolute corker that has massively grown over the last few years with numerous DLC packs and sweeping expansions. It can all be yours for £2.70 from GamersGate, who'll also flog you the DLC separately at a massive discount if you already bought it in a bundle.
Be advised, though, I'm not kidding about AI War being hard. In fact, I didn't feel capable of reviewing it, because I sucked so badly at it.
Why destroy the universe when we can rule it from the shadows? The Last Federation is a fantastic space strategy game set within a 4X simulation. AI races go to war, live and die - but we play as a wild card capable of toppling governments, burning fleets (in surprisingly fast and slick tactical combat) and manipulating the galaxy to our whim. It's revolutionary, replayable and only £7.99 on The Humble Store, saving you a cool £7.
You'll get a Steam code.
Just in case you didn't read my review yesterday, The Last Federation is a fantastic space strategy game set within a 4X simulation. AI races go to war, live and die - but we play as a wild card capable of toppling governments, burning fleets and manipulating the galaxy to our whim. It's revolutionary, newly-launched and £11.24 on Steam for the next couple of days, saving you 25%.
However, the ever-reliable Greenman Gaming will save you an extra couple of quid with their OFU76E-1C6RHK-OX6OMC voucher code, bringing things down to a cheeky £9.00. Bargain.
Developer: Arcen Games
I've never played anything remotely like The Last Federation, even if it looks like any number of space 4X games from yesteryear at first glance. Eight unique races reach out to the stars from their home planets, seeking conquest and coexistence depending on their philosophies. They build fleets, research technologies, make treaties and break them with impunity; thriving and dying in a meticulously-modelled situation that's detailed down to internal politics and populations.
And we can't play as any of them... because they're all AI.
We stand alone as the Hydral, the last of an extinct race of interstellar tyrants with dreams of uniting the galaxy into one eternal federation... and crushing any species who stands in the way. We're the dark heart lurking at the centre of the universe, the multi-headed tentacular puppet master, working behind the scenes to apply pressure through political coups, financial skullduggery, science and fleet combat; subtly influencing the balance of power with both the carrot, stick, cloak, dagger and gravity lance.
It's really rather wonderful, and a revolutionary twist on the 4X legends of yore.Click here to read more...
Sixty-three Pence won't go very far these days... unless you decide to invest in Groupees' Steampunk bundle. You'll receive a grab-bag of Steampunk-themed music, comics and eBooks, but the videogames absolutely steam the show. I mean steal.
Namely: Syberia, Syberia 2, Steel & Steam, Airship Dragoon, Telepath RPG and Bionic Dues. The latter is easily the highlight of the package, since this exceptional Roguelite retails for £6.99 by itself. More details in our 8/10 Bionic Dues Review. Not too shabby for the same price as a posh packet of crisps.
Full credit and thanks to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Bionic Dues is a fascinating blend of roguelike, strategy game and mech customisation; giving you fifty days to save a city from a robotic army with a squad of varied EXOs. Your choice of missions, not to mention successes and failures, ultimately determines the massive battle you'll face once the clock counts down. It's utterly superb, and better yet, it's also cheap as chips on GamersGate. Check out our full editor's choice review for more details.
Bionic Dues is out today: a sensational strategic mech Rogue-lite that gives you fifty days to save a city from a robotic revolution or die trying. Boasting tough decisions, a stonkingly replayable campaign and addictive mech customisation, this is yet another superb indie indie offering from one of the most innovative studios in the industry.
"Bionic Dues delivers tough decisions, sweeping tactics and enormous mech battles; packing massive replayability and unpredictability into its budget price point," we wrote in our 8/10 review. "A 'Rogue-lite' to remember and to savour through numerous scorched-earth defeats and hard-won victories."
So to celebrate, Arcen Games have graciously provided us with FOUR COPIES OF THEIR ENTIRE BACK CATALOGUE TO GIVE AWAY!
That's right, folks, we've got four Steam codes for Skyward Collapse, AI War, A Valley Without Wind, A Valley Without Wind 2, Shattered Haven & Tidalis just waiting to be won! Which means that you can become a magic-wielding legend, zombie survivor, space fleet commander, put-upon God and mastermind all from the comfort of your armchair.
Getting involved couldn't be easier. To be in with a chance, simply drop us a line in the comments box below and tell us whether you'd rather be a badass Mech pilot, space fleet commander, zombie or God - and why! The four winners will be chosen at our discretion (based on how much they make us laugh, think or both) or randomly if it's too close to call. Be creative! Competition closes Tuesday 15th October at 17:00. Winners will be notified and sent their codes by email - please be sure to use a correct email address.
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Developer: Arcen Games
You and your mech squadron are all that stand between twelve million people and nuclear annihilation.
Bionic Dues pulls no punches in terms of its premise. After a futuristic mega-city plays host to a machine revolution, its corporate overlords opt to nuke the metropolis unless its few remaining defenders can put the rebellion to rout. As the only EXO pilot still alive, you'll lead a small force of walking tanks in tense engagements against the enemy, choosing your missions and doing your best to cripple the bionic foe's infrastructure while strengthening your own forces. Every decision has a consequence and a cost, both in terms of rewards and time. There's never enough time.
Whatever happens, you'll have fifty days to prepare before a climactic final battle against the robot hordes... the strength of which depends entirely on your choices, victories and defeats. With the fiercely innovative Arcen Games at the helm, this ambitious 'Rogue-Lite' boasts sensational hidden depths.Click here to read more...
Arcen Games, the phenomenally innovative outfit behind Skyward Collapse, A Valley Without Wind, AI War and more, has decided to switch genres again and offer a new take on the Roguelike. Bionic Dues looks superficially like your garden variety dungeon crawls, but features strategic mech combat, customisation and a host of glitchy enemies to take advantage of. Patchy firmware and malfunctioning hardware will be just as dangerous as lasers and missiles, yet twice as unpredictable.
It's out next week. Trailer and details after the break!Click here to read more...
Developer: Arcen Games
Playing God would be all lightning bolts and rainbows if it wasn't for that pesky free will thing. The fact that mortals can think for themselves is one of our most wondrous traits, but for the creator, it's probably a right old hassle. We're rarely had a God Game that fully takes free will into account, so it's probably high time that those innovative mortals over at Arcen Games gave the resurgent genre a killer overhaul.
On a basic level, Skyward Collapse puts you in control of two factions on an impossible floating continent. The
Reds Greeks and the Blues Norse both need a God to build their infrastructure, creating a selection of resource-producing buildings and the workmen to refine them into finished products. As the creator, you can use your divine powers to place buildings or change the world itself; adding hills, lakes and mountains to the landscape as floating tiles lock into place. Your two civilizations must then thrive in a hostile world and eventually achieve greatness against the odds.
This might sound like a traditional God Game, but the studio behind AI War and A Valley Without Wind never play by traditional genre rules. So here's the twist: both factions must go to war. Neither must get wiped out. And you have no direct control over their actions. Skyward Collapse is a thoroughly bizarre, massively counter-intuitive and absolutely wonderful new perspective, in that your arch-enemy is ultimately yourself.Click here to read more...
Innovative indie studio Arcen Games have announced that their latest title, Skyward Collapse, will release on Steam next Thursday (May 23rd). In keeping with their genre-defying remit, Skyward Collapse challenges us to play God and manipulate warring factions without letting either perish, using landscape-altering powers and deadly summons that can't be directly controlled. Humans can be fickle and unpredictable, meaning that the best intentions are likely to go horribly wrong.
Trailer and more details after the break.Click here to read more...
This wildly innovative environmental-puzzler-meets-zombie-apocalypse-but-also-a-family-drama has only been out for a month, but is already available at a nice cheap price point thanks to the latest Steam sale. Though rough around the edges, and suffering from a slight identity crisis, there's a huge amount of compelling content here.
Arcen Games' entire Steam catalogue is on sale this week, including this fanastic price for two of their headline acts. The original game was a divisive (but brilliant, in our opinion) mash-up of platforming, exploration and civilization building, and its sequel added deeper strategy into the mix.