Tactics, not Twitch

On a recent weekend away with my family I had the chance to use my dad's ipad for awhile and I downloaded Hero Academy.  It's an amazing turn based tactic game for iphone and ipad that I was instantly addicted to.  I played for hours against other people online.  If Hero Academy was compatible with my ipod touch I would be playing it every day.

After latching onto the game so fast, I realized that I'm starved for a good turn based tactical game.  I don't have as much time to game as I used to, and time is what's required to get good at a twitch game.  So, while I love Tribes Ascend, League of Legends, and Starcraft 2 I always feel like I'm at a slight disadvantage.  I don't have the 8 hours of free time each night like I did in high school.

Instead, I'd like the emphasis to be on my mind and not my reflexes.  Unfortunately, there really aren't that many on the market right now that are turn based.  I could dive back into my catalog of GBA and DS games, but newer games are hard to find.  So now I'm on the hunt for some solid turn based games.

It's probably no surprise then that I became a backer on Kickstarter for The Banner Saga, Wasteland 2, and Shadowrun Returns.  All three games have turn based combat, lots of potential, and an awesome development team to back them up.  That means that in about a year I'll be all set for my turn based tactical needs.

What that doesn't help me with is what to play right now.  I'm still craving some delicious turn based action in my games.  Do you have any recommendations?  Please help me out readers!


  1. Conquest Tactics! Its a board/card game, but it'll scratch that turn-based tactical itch you have!

  2. FFTA, FFTA2, Tactics Ogre/Ogre Battle, Disgaea, MTG:Tactics, Atlantica Online, Fire Emblem, Battle for Wesnoth...

    So yeah, I've had a similar itch for a while now. I just purchased a PSP 3000 via eBay, we'll see if it behaves. I have FFT, Jeanne D'Arc and Tactics Ogre to play on that machine.

    ...and if nothing else, I've been designing my own tactics game. Gotta get that finished already. It's not electronic, but someday I hope to make it so.


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