Who doesn’t love ending the reign of ancient Nazis intent on destroying humanity? Slaughtering the cheeky buggers have been a staple of gaming for decades, although Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics shines a more intelligent light on the fascist swines as you seek to compete against them in fierce, strategic bouts inspired by a classic pen-and-paper experience.
The fact Willington is name-checking Hard West, the cowboys and demons turn-based strategy by CreativeForge Games, is promising. As is the statement that they8217;re not trying to lift mechanics wholesale, but create their own, mechanically unique, tale of dastardly nazis, the heroic allies doing them in, and a bunch of tentacles out in the darkness, too.
See, the entire map is clad in darkness, a thick fog of war that obscures the map around you, your enemies, and whatever else might be out there. Enemies in the darkness are harder to hit, even if you can see them, and it8217;s impossible to tell what they8217;re doing 8211; whether this is some sort of overwatch to punish your movements, or a full retreat to a safer position. On the flipside, your heroes are safer in the light and enemies that are lit up are easier to shoot.
Your heroes project these cones of light a short distance from themselves, which means that in Achtung Cthulhu you are encouraged to power your heroes forward into the breach to chase enemies down. Against Nazi8217;s this is brave, against the eldritch horrors that gurgle and writh in the darkness it8217;s foolhardy, but it has the effect of making this a game with tremendous momentum, with you sallying forth each turn to try and get a good angle.
You8217;ll only be able to play as the Allied heroes, with Willington point blank stating that the team at Auroch didn8217;t want people to be able to play as the Nazi8217;s. This means the narrative is tighter, and the story can drill down more on specific characters that should be recognisable to fans of the Tabletop RPG, but for those playing the game will have strong archetypes.
Some of these characters are wrestling with their inner darkness, some are here to save the world from the menace of the Third Reich, and others are here for the thrill of violence. However, they all upgrade in different ways and after just a few level-ups you8217;ll quickly work out your favoured characters as they develop in distinctly different ways.
A pleasant surprise is that Achtung Cthulhu is a narrative experience. This isn8217;t an XCOM scale strategy, but something you can ream through in 10 hours or so, exploring the world, getting familiar with the characters and kicking Nazi butt.
Auroch Digital has confirmed that Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics will be coming exclusively to PC in 2018.
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