Totally Accurate Battle Simulator [Landfall Games] plays out skirmishes between bands of fighters with a state-of-the-art physics engine. This engine is the “totally accurate” part, but if you know anything about physics in games, you’ll know that its wobbly ragdoll fingers are crossed firmly behind its back. Instead of gravity and momentum being kept under tight slow cheaty control, as in Total War games, here everything flops wildly free: berserkers leap into the fray, trees block whirling broadswords, mammoths crush all underfoot, cannonballs neatly enfilade rows of infantry.
The cartoon madness of its physics is embraced in its attitude: bulging ragdoll eyes, lurching Foddyesque advances, and dozens of bizarre units to command and place in whatever anachronistic nightmare matchup pleases you. Battles tend to be over in seconds. Players compete to post the most bizarre set-pieces on YouTube.
TABS is still in early-access and has no framing or narrative elements. The campaign is a collection of arbitrary but often cunningly-designed battles; the harder and more specific they get, the more the game feels like a series of puzzles and less like a tactical sim. It is nonetheless hilarious, absorbing and shockingly habit-forming, hours disappearing into the promise of a single coffee-break battle.
It’s well-worth the $15 price tag, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of the early-access version–you can make custom maps, units and campaigns, with more features to come. Players interested in customization, in creating ingenious set-pieces and mapping their minds to its demented combat mechanics, are already completely catered for. Those looking for a more epic-scale or narrative view of battle are, clearly, not.
In Misère Tic-tac-toe, getting three-in-a-row means you lose. I can’t wait to unleash this game on my kids at our next dinner out. Here is a wonderfully-named app version: Notakto Here is a scientific paper on the mathematics of the game: “The Secrets of Notakto: Winning at X-onlyTic-Tac-Toe” by Thane E. Plambeck, Greg Whitehead And […]
What a terrific perk, after five years of working at Fantasy Flight Games, employees gets their likenesses added to a game. Below are four examples from the Shadow of the Beanstalk Android sourcebook: View this post on Instagram As some may know, after five years of working at FFG our employees are put into one […]
Writing for EGM, Alexis Ong looks at Neurocracy, SCP Foundation, and other gameful hypertexts. It reminded me of SCP-3308, which describes a disturbing Ikea. The location seems to be a typical Ikea, but once you enter, you’re transported to an infinite space that looks like, but is not quite an Ikea: SCP-3008-1 is inhabited by […]
Details are the bane of any manager. It’s tough to innovate when you’ve got invoices to approve, gripes to address and countless fires to put out on any number of projects. Here is where technology can actually help you, because businesses run better when they integrate all their procedures, inflow and outflow under one system. […]
You may have heard of air fryers, but they’re a lot more versatile than the name implies. Healthier (and quicker!) french fries are just the tip of the iceberg with these innovative cookers, and here are six of our favorites. As if they needed any additional highlighting, you can save an extra 20% off the […]
So you’ve beefed up your media arsenal with mega-screen HDTVs, top-of-the-line laptops and gaming consoles galore. That’s great, but don’t forget that you need some internet infrastructure to keep it all humming. If a better router is what you need, you could do a lot worse than this NetGear Nighthawk AC1900 – especially a model […]