Aliens aren’t always the bad guys, as it’s payback time now in the GOG release of Team Junkfish‘s comedic turn-based strategy game Attack of the Earthlings.
Unlike the recent GOG releases of The Mystery of the Druids and 15 Days, this isn’t a game that is many years old, as it only came out last month on Steam. Of course classic titles are always welcome, but indie projects have to be supported on various platforms, too, and as it seems this is a very special one indeed, mainly because of its humorous take on the humans-vs-aliens cliché.
The story is about the energy corporation Galactoil which just starts to drill into the X13 planet surface for profit only and the Swarmer inhabitants who try to get rid of the invaders that are led by X13 mining operation Regional Manager Dennis Dickinham whose only purpose in life seems to be to make his comfort zone as big as possible. As the humans have enough weapon power to hold the alien race in check, the Swarmers have to use stealth and their upgradeable mutagen abilities to dispatch the annoying occupation, i.e. setting traps and killing human workers to turn them into aliens themselves with various phases of evolution. Even if the game’s graphics can’t compete with titles like XCOM: Enemy Unknown which is a more traditional storytelling affair, the comic violence on display and funny animations create something much more original. The art direction kind of reminds me of Evil Genius, even if this one is turn-based and no management sim. It’s actually quite difficult to compare it to other games, but everything that makes fun of specific genres with in-your-face silly toilet humor and wraps good gameplay around it is great in my book of games. Add the original soundtrack composer Mikolai Stroinski who did the amazing The Witcher scores, and it’s already a winner for me.
Attack of the Earthlings is now available on GOG with a 10% launch discount that will last until March 22, 2 pm UTC.
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