Review: Into the Breach (Steam)
Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
- Cute pixel graphics.
- Steam achievements.
- Trading cards.
- Options- Combat speed, Tutorial tips, Large fonts, Fullscreen, Stretch scaling and max board scale.
- Colorblind support.
- Can rebind controls.
- Ongoing optional tutorial support.
- Turn-based strategy game.
- Roguelike- You have one life per run.
- Simple controls- Can use the mouse, Keyboard or combo of both.
- 177MB Download size.
- 8×8 grid playing field.
- Fun to play.
- Levels randomize every game.
- Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and hard.
- Full stats screen.
- Save and quit option.
- Pilots- Unlock random pilots who each have a unique trait/ability.
- Four islands to play on then a fifth boss map.
- Squads- 8 to unlock and consist of 3 mechs. They are unlocked with coins and can be customized like color and names of the mechs.
- Each squad dramatically changes gameplay and tactics.
- Power grid- Persistent bar and you lose a chunk of it as you lose buildings and once it hits 0 its game over.
- Grid defense- Percentage chance to resist attacks. You can increase this number by upgrading your power grid once it’s maxed out.
- Each level within a map has a set of random goals and doing it will grant reputation.
- Reputation- Spend these on items/weapons/power grid upgrade or mech upgrade points once you have cleared out the whole island.
- Coins- Earned from achievements and used to unlock squads.
- You always see the enemies/elements next move.
- Weather effects like flooding, Earthquakes, Lightening storm and rain can happen.
- Mechs have pilots, Pilots level up and unlock skills or buffs. If a pilot dies then your mech can carry on with an AI droid.
- Perfect an island to unlock a bonus.
- Achievements- Universal and squad specific ones.
- Test mech- Little area to try out new load outs.
- Accessible to all player types.
- Slight learning curve.
- No online interaction like leaderboards.
- Doesn’t do an amazing job of explaining everything.
- Can only do one run at a time.
- Content lite on locations and enemy types.
- Can feel repetitive.
- Doesn’t have the same overall playtime as say FTL.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Accessability - 8/108/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 9/109/10
Into the breach is one hell of a strategy game. It does so many things right like tying achievements and coins together, Squads all play so differently that it is like a different game every squad. But for all its fine points and attention to detail, I cannot help but feel the game doesn’t have the legs to stand the true test of time. I mean I’ve hit over 12 hours and I still find it fun but I am seeing a lot of repetition in levels and tasks, I just want more content. Anyway, that said it is a strategy game and is really good and such a fantastic time waster and with the save and quit option, You can snag a quick few games on the fly.