Strategy Game of the Year 2015 Runner Up: Door Kickers28 Dec 2015 0
I’ve hit the restart button in Door Kickers as many times as my squad has booted doors off their hinges. And that’s awesome, because hitting restart is what I liked most about Killhouse Games’ tight, top-down tactics effort.
What makes Door Kickers special is its speed. It’s not outlandish, but it is a fast game for something proffering the level of strategic fastidious that it does. A sort of fever-dream cocktail of Frozen Synapse and Flight Control, Door Kickers shucks much of the measured and hyper-meticulous planning of the former out. That’s not to say the game is a tactical flash(bang) in the pan. Far from it. Door Kickers retains the core concepts of mapping out movement lines and firing vectors, but has a chunkier presence. It allows its law enforcement pawns to take a few hits, to keep on sweeping. And when things go too far south, restarting isn’t encumbered by scrupulously recoding five-second brackets. You’re back to where you were in mere moments. It gets to the point where, even with the procedural enemy placement, anything but a perfect rating isn’t good enough, and the zen of honing your breaches and lines becomes apparent.
Door Kickers is the tactical flow-state game, the SWAT team racing game. Apolitical, purely mechanical; surgery and score. Restart.
To see all of the games recognized in the Pocket Tactics Best of 2015 Awards, visit the 2015 Awards Index page.