Greed Corp Reader Review
Greed can be overwhelming. This excessive desire for power can entirely consume us, and as W! Gamesí highlights, greed can indeed be destructive too. The game is the first title set in the developerís Mistbound universe, pitching four different factions fighting for the landís resources, in a turn-based strategy game thatís entirely reminiscent of popular German board games such as . Players engage on a hexagon tiled that consist of different layers in height, the goal being to capture land and fight for the limited resources with the player surviving the longest winning the game. Harvesting land gives you credits to buy units, but what makes unique is that gathering resources also reduces the height of the land tiles, until they eventually collapse beneath your feet. You also have a limited amount of units to build; harvesters to gather credits, armouries which build walkers, your primary unit that you can move to capture land and enemy tiles, cannons to fire from a distance and carriers to move your walkers to inaccessible tiles.
This harvesting and preservation of land balance presents the player with some interesting choices to make during a game. The game employs strategic movement on the playerís part to gather these limited resources by carefully placing harvesters, whilst also preventing your enemy from gathering credits and taking you out in the process. Rushing to grab land from other players can leave you defenceless with a lack of resources, while placing masses of harvesters might bring in the credits but will ultimately collapse all the land around you. These strategic yet unpredictable moments are what make so enjoyable at times. The ever disintegrating environment ensures game sessions do not run on too long, which also makes it a little more welcoming to those who may be put off some of the long play times of other strategy games. The game eases you in with some pretty basic tutorials, and for a game that favours itself towards multiplayer sessions, it bears quite a substantial campaign mode. Encompassing a steep learning curve from the beginning, and with the tutorials only touching the surface, the single player campaign serves as a better place to learn exactly how games in can unfold. The campaign stages progress by letting you eventually take control of all four different factions, which ultimately all play exactly the same with the exception of gradually giving you less time per turn to make your move, adding to the challenging play. But while the single player campaign can be a joy to play, it also often ends up leaving the gameplay a little stale, with the AI enemies taking considerably long to take their moves, whilst multiple enemies can also have the exact same starting tactics. But it would be a disservice to compare this to the player versus player component of the game, where it really does resemble that of a classic strategy board game experience. It is also important to note that this review was tested on the PC version of the game, but the game is also available on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, and I believe that the turn-based nature and short game-time ensure it is a suitable and fitting strategy experience for these platforms, where these markets arguably lack such games.
The whimsical nature of the gameplay is accompanied by great art direction, incorporating colourful and well rendered 3D visuals; the floating tiled environments are fascinating. It never gets old seeing the suspended pieces of land crumble away, sending your enemy down into the endless abyss below. Each faction also has their own uniquely designed units, with different colour palettes for their captured tiles, which often causes the tiled board to blossom into a variety of colours and textures once a game gets going. is indeed a promising debut for the developer, taking the fundamentals of an elegant strategy board game and presenting it as a unique digital package that works exceptionally well in the medium. The careful balance of harvesting and preserving land provides the unpredictable nature of this polished strategy game.