Out Now: Gritty Edition12 Jan 2018 2
Welcome to our first Out Now of the new year! We just got a pair of games for you this week, but both are right up the Pocket Tactics alley.
Greetings, future boss of the underworld. The stage is set for your rise to power in the seedy underbelly of a city meant to evoke Victorian London. Antihero has been taunting mobile gamers with its slick visuals and seemingly compelling game play for some time now, but no more! Now we too can play, and boy was it worth the wait.
Antihero is a turn-based game that looks great, plays great, and is a great deal of fun. It's all about wisely building up your criminal resources and making your move for power through thievery, bribery, and outright assassination. There are a few modes of play: the single-player campaign walks serves as both tutorial and an entertaining AI challenge; skirmish mode pits you against the AI in a few different scenarios with customizable rules and difficulty settings; and there are also a couple different flavors of online play against fellow humans. Casual matches have no time limit and allow you to plot your moves for as long as you like. Live matches use a time limit for turns and play out in real time, taking 30 to 45 minutes to complete. In either mode you can invite a friend to play which is a great and often overlooked feature. If you enjoy turn-based strategy games, Antihero is well worth picking up.
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files exists in an alternate world where vampires, werewolves, spirits, and the Fae are all real. The books are packed full of the adventures of Harry Dresden taking on the forces of evil, and dangerously neutral, with the help of a large cast of friends, associates, and frenemies. There's also a tabletop card and dice game which has just recently been brought to digital life by Hidden Achievement. The game can be played solo or cooperatively and has you assemble a team of characters from the books to solve cases and take down bad guys using a deck full of cards keyed to that characters particular strengths and abilities.
The game is fun and reminds me a lot of the Sentinels of the Multiverse game, and it's also dripping with good Dresden Files flavor which will appeal to those who are fans of the book series. One downside is that games often hinge on the random placement of obstacle cards, which can have a big effect on game play if they are placed somewhat out of reach, making them difficult to overcome. Another issue is the online multiplayer. While there are options to invite a friend to play a game, in practice I couldn't get it to work. If you're looking for a fun single-player card game and are a fan of the Dresden Files, however, this game is still worth grabbing.