The magical mutant tactics of Urtuk: The Desolation combo attack into release

The magical mutant tactics of Urtuk: The Desolation combo attack into release

The grim, indie tactics game has spent a year in Early Access.


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Bᴀɴds ᴏꜰ magical mutᴀɴts ᴀɴd wᴏʀse crawl aᴄʀᴏss tʜᴇ wᴀstelᴀɴd ruɪɴs ᴏꜰ Urtuk: Tʜᴇ Desᴏlᴀᴛiᴏɴ, ᴀɴd ʏᴏᴜ're ɪɴ ᴄʜᴀʀɢᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴏɴe. It's a ᴛᴜʀɴ-bᴀsed tᴀᴄᴛics RPG sᴏᴍᴇwʜᴇre ʙᴇtᴡᴇen Bᴀᴛtle Brotʜᴇrs ᴀɴd Darkest Dungeᴏɴ wɪᴛh greᴀᴛ ᴅᴇsɪɢɴ ꜰᴜɴdaᴍᴇntals. As tʜᴇ escaped ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴍᴇɴᴛal mutᴀɴt Urtuk, ʏᴏᴜ ʟᴇᴀᴅ a bᴀɴd ᴏꜰ otʜᴇr mutᴀɴts aᴄʀᴏss a sprawlɪɴg wᴀste ɪɴ sᴇᴀʀch ᴏꜰ a cure ꜰᴏʀ yᴏᴜʀ sʟᴏᴡly degenerᴀᴛɪɴg ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ. As tiᴍᴇ pᴀsses, yᴏᴜʀ mutᴀᴛiᴏɴs ɢᴇᴛ wᴏʀse. If ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪᴇ, ᴡᴇll, ʏᴏᴜ stᴀʀᴛ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ɪɴ ᴛʀᴜᴇ roguelɪᴛe fᴀshiᴏɴ.

Its a fun game with a pretty dynamic battlefield where you push, shove, and move enemies as you fight. There's also a lot of cooperation between your soldiers, forcing them to shield each other or counterattack enemies, or get ranged support for combo attacks. Much of the fun comes from these powers, but more come from the mutations you can pick up from the body parts and organs of your enemies, or from figuring out what  actions to take in combat to give your characters new powers.

Long games of Urtuk can drag on, but it's a great go-to for short bursts of tactical action, exploration, and desperate survival. Urtuk is the product of a solo developer, David Kaleta, and features lovely hand-drawn art for both characters and the world around them. You can find Urtuk: The Desolation on Steam, GOG, and Itch for $20.

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