Turn-based strategy titles are time a dozen these days, but using a Victorian city setting and being part of a Thieves guild sets Tim Conkling‘s Antihero apart from other indies.
I’ve always been a fan of Charles Dickens and Terry Pratchett respectively, so the streets of London or Ankh-Morpork were almost tangible with illustrious if exaggerated characters that didn’t usually do good things. Being promoted as a “fast turn-based strategy game with an (Oliver) Twist”, the influence is clear, and it’s up to the player to build a reputation and an organization that robs houses, but also bribes, blackmails, and assassinates people on the way.
Recruiting street urchins, hiring thugs, and upgrading one’s guild is the way to success in a story-driven campaign, but also in AI skirmishes and online as well as offline PvP matches. Infiltrating businesses, sneaking into estates, setting traps, and stealing is necessary to get the upper hand. With many different characters like the Master Thief, Assassin, Saboteur, Thug, Truant Officer, Urchin, and Gang, abilities have to be used at the right time and with the right resource management. Despite its controversial subject matter, the graphics with a nice comic art design and soundtrack as well as comedic voice acting ensure that one has more fun than moral thoughts.
The game and soundtrack are now available on PC with a 10% discount that will last until July 17, 5 PM UTC. There’s also the Book Club DLC that unlocks four skins inspired by beloved literary characters.
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