When it comes to sci-fi settings that stretch beyond the stars, it feels like the stories too often land on a spectrum between Star Trek’s pristine bureaucracy of benevolent space colonialism and the mythopoetic swashbuckling of benevolent space colonialism in Star Wars. Star Dynasties, the latest grand strategy from Iceberg Interactive and Pawley Games, tries to have it both ways by using a galaxy-shaping disaster as the excuse to dive headfirst into the administrivia of intergalactic feudalism, texturing its space colonialism with a tangled web of shadows and political intrigue.
Barely Hanging On
HIGH Streamlined design, cute graphics, solid premise.
LOW The Highway.
WTF Infinitely spawning zombies? Come on.
Like Chess, But With More Colors
HIGH Classic tabletop tactics with all the bells and whistles.
LOW Matches can take a while to complete.
WTF The character models are twice the size of houses.
The most recent Nintendo Direct contained many exciting announcements, but few caught my attention as much as Square Enix’s surprise reveal of Project Triangle Strategy.
HIGH The game mostly works!
LOW It mostly works.
WTF Sure, don’t explain what those meters do until the end of the game.
Measure Twice (Or Better, Trice) Before Cutting
HIGH Deep and satisfying turn-based tactical action.
LOW Some outdated graphics and unit models.
WTF There’s no way to select more than one unit at a time?!
My Empire Of Dirt
HIGH Interlocking systems that generate drama.
LOW Deep-seated anxiety on whether a gang likes me.
WTF A mortician gangster — handy!
Wandering Warriors Of Woe
HIGH Unsurpassed storytelling. Fantastic takes on classic characters.
LOW Some fiendishly difficult battles. Clues are difficult to discern.
WTF Arthur abandoned Excalibur??!?!?
Days Of Futures Past
HIGH Brilliant illustrations, solid writing, great music.
LOW Poor AI/pathfinding, uneven balance, large armies are awkward to control.
WTF It’s 2020 – why are we still putting stealth missions into RTS games?
Actually, They *Can* Be Killed
HIGH Great malleability in approaches to play.
LOW That tutorial.
WTF It has been tracking my progress since early access.