I like turn based strategy games. I loved the Xcom remake, I really enjoyed Massive Chalice, I think Shadowrun Returns is incredible and I’ve really liked getting to grips with this particular game, TASTEE: Lethal Tactics.
T:LT proved quite interesting and gives a really nice learning curve, as the turns that you plan out for you operatives are carried out simultaneously as opposed to in an order of turns. This means that you really have to think about not only your own unit placement, but where your opponent(s) are going to move their troops to, whilst still working towards accomplishing your objectives.
Graphically, this game reminded me very much of the top down strategy games of old, particularly the old Army Men franchise, though with more colourful character designs and, actually, in hindsight, about the same level of quirky humour. This is not a game that takes itself too seriously. While playing it, I couldn’t help but think of how much I was reminded of Team Fortress 2, only, if it was done as a top down strategy game instead of an FPS.
The tutorial on this game gives you everything you need to jump right into the game and the “preview order” option that this game utilises is so flippin’ handy when planning ahead, as it lets you see just how your current placed orders will pan out. And with 30 missions across 10 maps, and 12 mercenaries over 4 character classes, there’s a lot of variety to keep you involved.
Overall, I actually found myself really engrossed by this game, without even realising it. If you’re a fan of strategy games and tactical combat then I would definitely recommend giving this game a looksee.
The Run Down:
Graphics 7/10: This game is not graphically intensive, nor is it anything particularly special, but it does exactly what it needs to and looks nice enough for you to enjoy the game, and that’s what’s important.
Story 4/10: This is not a game you play for its story. Yes, there are mission briefs, but this is not a plot heavy game, so do not expect an epic of, say, Witcher proportions. It lacks even the overarching plot of counterparts like Xcom.
Sound 8/10: Good effects, nice ambiance, crisp audio. Again, nothing too fancy or special, but just what is expected.
Replayability 7/10: As mentioned above, with so many missions and characters, there are a number of different ways in which you can approach each level, and with 30+ Steam achievements, this will definitely be one to keep the completionists happy, though it can get a tad repetitive.
Satisfaction 8/10: Very happy with this game. Not one I see myself playing extensively, but definitely a pick up and play when I have a free hour or so.
TASTEE: Lethal Tactics is available now on Steam for £10.99 and is developed and published by SkyBox Labs.