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Mythic Legends tips for auto-battler domination

Expert tips that are sure to give you an edge over the competition. Auto-battlers are currently the hottest thing in strategy gaming, but until now they’ve had some drawbacks on mobile platforms. Long sessions demanding constant player engagement are fine for PC gamers, but mobile gamers need a drop-in/drop-out experience, and that’s exactly what Mythic Legends delivers. And it does so without sacrificing any of the tactical depth you’d want from a strategy RPG. We don’t have space here to cover every single strategic detail of Mythic Legends in depth, but we can run you through some expert tips that…

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Age Of Empires 3: DE’s latest DLC adds a ‘casual-friendly’ game mode

Historical real-time strategy threequel Age Of Empires III: Definitive Edition will see the arrival of a ‘casual-friendly’ mode that shifts the focus from combat to economic success in its latest DLC pack, Knights Of The Mediterranean. Developers Tantalus Media and Forgotten Empires have revealed that the DLC will also feature new Italian and Maltese civilisations, an allegiance-shifting diplomacy mode and a variation on random maps based on historic European wars. Read more

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Stellaris: Overlord is out now, adding vassals and new megastructures

Stellaris‘s Overlord expansion is out now, jamming the vast scifi grand strategy game even fuller with megastructures, story events and – as is Paradox’s wont – more vassals. Overlord aims to offer more control over your empires, both to let you shape them in more specific ways and also to generate more anecdotes when it all goes wrong. As always, the expansion also releasing alongside a new free patch with balance fixes and bux fixes for all. Read more

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Here’s everything announced during the Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase

Summer, fall, and 2023 releases announced – and some are even landing today. During today’s Indie World presentation, Nintendo announced a plethora of games coming to the Switch console. From the 20 indies games shown, there will be something for everyone to look forward to ranging from noir-punk to action-adventure to soulslike to platformers. Here’s the list of games shown during today’s Nintendo presentation: Another Crab’s Treasure: Developed by Aggro Crab, this crustacean-themed soulslike game puts you in an undersea world that’s on the verge of collapse. Playing as Kril the hermit crab, you will use the trash around you…

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Stargate: Timekeepers beta aims to launch in time for SG1’s 25th anniversary

Creative Forge’s sci-fi real-time tactics game Stargate: Timekeepers is aiming to launch a public beta to coincide with its TV inspiration Stargate SG1’s 25th anniversary in July. Senior producer Neil McKenna pencilled in the timeframe at publisher Slitherine’s Home Of Wargamers event yesterday, while showing more new characters and gameplay from later in the campaign than when the game was last seen in December. Read more

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Super Auto Pets launches new expansion with new animals

The fantastic Super Auto Pets (my favourite auto-battler) today launched a new expansion with 57 new animals and a full new menu of food. The pack’s an interesting addition, playing quite different to both the base game and the first expansion. While the expansion costs $10, free-to-players can try some of its cuties with the new ‘Weekly’ pack mode, which offers a new selection of animals and foods from across all packs for free each week. Read more

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Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters review: the best kind of tactical mayhem

I’ve never been one for playing aggressively in turn-based tactics games. I will hug and skulk between half and full height walls like nobody’s business, creeping up the map inch by inch lest one of my precious party members accidentally sets off an entire warren of alien nasties by blundering too far ahead or, heaven forbid, one of them gets nicked by a stray bit of shrapnel. To say I’m overprotective is an understatement. Thankfully, the Grey Knights in Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters are made of sterner stuff. I mean, just look at these brutes. They’re enormous. Even…

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Blizzard reveals Warcraft Arclight Rumble, a mobile action strategy game coming to Android and iOS

Assemble armies with your favorite characters from the Warcraft universe. Blizzard has announced its first Warcraft game designed for mobile, Warcraft Arclight Rumble. The game is an action strategy title where you will assemble armies with characters from the Warcraft universe and battle it out in various missions as you command forces of digital tabletop miniatures in multi-lane combat. In it, you will be tasked with building forces of minis, starting with Leaders such as the Warsong chieftain Grommash Hellscream and Archmage Jaina Proudmor. You will then fill it with Arclight-augmented armies with rank-and-file Troop minis and powerful spells. It…

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Age Of Empires 2: Definitive Edition’s Dynasties Of India DLC adds lots of elephants

Our Nate (RPS in peace) is a big fan of Age Of Empires 2, calling it the best strategy game ever made and, in his Definitive Edition review saying it was still that, “but now, there’s a lot more of it.” Well, there’s more of it again, now, with the release of the Dynasties Of India DLC. If you want to watch an elephant headbutt a pyramid until it bursts, watch the trailer below. Read more

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Dorfromantik review: the best strategy puzzler two years in a row

Until last year, the idea of having a ‘forever game’ never really clicked with me. I’m too old and thin-skinned to enjoy the competitive nature of most online FPS games, and rallying together a regular squad of buddies to tackle the world of games as a service always seemed too much like hard work. Heck, even the allure of daily challenges in some of my favourite single-player games has never quite hooked me in the same way I’ve seen them take hold in friends and family. But with Dorfromantik, the chill, pastoral village builder from Toukana Interactive, I finally understand…

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Galactic Civilizations 4 expands out of early access on Epic Games Store today

Stardock’s turn-based interstellar 4X strategy Galactic Civilizations 4 has launched out of early access exclusively on the Epic Games Store today. It adds far bigger maps than Galactic Civilizations 3, along with the opportunity to bring more worlds into your dastardly empire or benevolent federation than before. All the familiar civilizations are back, except for the mantis-like Thalan, and there are some newbies like the Festron Hunt: crab monsters that eat other races and sound a bit like Neal Asher’s Prador. Maps are now broken into discrete chunks called Star Sectors too, linked by subspace streams that have to be…

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Stacklands is a gentle village-building game played with cards

I’ve enjoyed building a house of card in Stacklands, and farms of cards, and lumberyards of cards, and… it’s a new manage-o-strategy game where every building, resource, and unit is a card on a table. It’s a cute conceit and fun, especially because it treats the virtual tabletop as a physical space. Your own farm animal cards will unhelpfully jostle your setup as they roam, for example, and invading monster cards will chase your villager cards across the tabletop. It’s all very pleasant, a little adventure to figure out how it all works then reach the end. Read more

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XCOM 2 is free to keep on the Epic Games Store right now

This week’s headline free game on the Epic Games Store is a goodie: XCOM 2. You have one week to grab Firaxis’s sequel to their alien-busting turn-based tactics game, the streamlined reboot of ye olde X-COM games. XCOM 2 is a good game, well worth grabbing for free! Also free right now is Insurmountable, a roguelikelike mountaineering game. Read more

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ORX’s compelling mix of deckbuilding and tower defence is 100% my jam

Medieval city builders that pit you against enormous waves of enemies are clearly having a bit of a moment right now. In the last few months alone, we’ve endured the cursed nights of Age Of Darkness: Final Stand, called down sky lasers on the hordes of Diplomacy Is Not An Option, and now we’ve got ORX, a dark fantasy tower defence game that blows all of them out of their ditch water moats with its compelling mix of deckbuilding and real-time strategy. It’s not out in full just yet, but its demo got a substantial update this week, adding more…