Review: The Battle Of Polytopia Moonrise (Steam)

Welcome to the unique turn-based strategy game set in the strange, flat world of the Square. Lead one of 12 distinct civilizations to victory by expanding your empire, researching technologies, and ultimately become ruler of the world! Play in single-player or multiplayer mode for up to 12 players.

Pros:

  • Chunky voxel like graphics.
  • 143mb download size.
  • Strategy gameplay.
  • Graphics-fullscreen.
  • Tutorial tips on demand.
  • Online leaderboards for each mode.
  • Five map types–tiny, normal, large, huge and massive.
  • 12 tribes-each have unique tech trees, music, and appearance.
  • Game-you choose a tribe and then conquer the map/world by trading or fighting other tribes.
  • Turn-based for both combat and movement.
  • Map uncovers as you play.
  • Remote play together support.
  • 3 game modes-perfection (30 turn limit), Domination (play until one tribe left), and Creative mode.
  • Four difficulties-easy, normal, hard, and crazy.
  • 1-9 opponents offline.
  • Online multiplayer with 12 player support.
  • Simple easy to use controls can play most of it with just the mouse but the keyboard does have shortcuts.
  • Do actions like fishing or harvesting or building monuments to put points into the town, once you fill the bar you get to choose 1 of 2 rewards each time.
  • Optional tasks will pop up with unique one-time-use rewards.
  • Town-you can build/hunt/Farm but also build city walls, expand your kingdom.
  • Very addictive.
  • Stars-this is the currency used to buy new tech in your tech tree but is also what you spend on doing actions like hunting/building.
  • You get stars at the end of every round for things you own in the kingdom or kingdoms.
  • End turn button.
  • Camera-zoom in and out with the mouse wheel.
  • Combat is simple turn-based you attack, they counter and each warrior type does and receives different amounts of damage.
  • Train new warriors at your kingdom.
  • Take over other kingdoms by taking the main building and holding it for one full turn.
  • Bring up game stats and your position at any time outside of the overall stats page.
  • Perfection mode-each tribe displays your best performance rank which is based on 1 to 3 stars.
  • World layout randomizes every game.
  • Charming and full of character.
  • Can build roads to set up trade routes.
  • Points are awarded for everything from building to fighting to uncovering the map.
  • Other tribe leaders may be in awe of you and offer tech tree entries for friendship.
  • Villages-take this over to add them to your kingdom.
  • Every kingdom (main building) has a population limit on how many warriors you can have but harvesting and building can increase the number.
  • Play how you want.
  • Endless replay value.
  • Excellent brain food.
  • Such a good game to waste time and be productive.
  • Each tribe is truly unique and it’s so good bumping into them in the world or playing as them for the first time.
  • End of a run breakdown showing score and rank.
  • Find ruins for bonus rewards.

Cons:

  • No Steam achievements.
  • Doesn’t support a controller.
  • No, undo button.
  • All games regardless of trade/friendship land up in combat and you nuking everyone.
  • Tutorials are not the best.
  • Bare minimum graphic settings.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

The Battle Of Polytopia Moonrise is a game that just destroyed my productivity! Within half hour I had figured out what everything does as the tutorial if you can call it that is very bare-bones and not that helpful, luckily the game is pretty straightforward and laid out in a way that it’s easy to grasp. You could accuse the game of being a bit mindless but mindless can still be fun, I love how every tribe is different both in appearance and how you play them. Exploring each new world is an experience in itself, setting up a kingdom and planning attacks whilst running the kingdom really is satisfying. I found myself wanting to do more, have more options, or random events happening and I definitely wanted an undo button! Take the game for what it is now and you will have a really enjoyable time with it, it’s world domination but not as we know it!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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