Ironclad Tactics is a fast-paced, card-based tactics game set in an alternate history Civil War - with steam-powered military robots!Key Features: No microtransactions! Unlock cards by playing the game, not by purchasing them separately.
User reviews: Mixed (385 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2013

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"A melding of a trading card and real-time tactics game involving civil war robots (yes really). No microtransaction nonsense and a solid campaign."
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May 6

Blood and Ironclads is now available!

The steam-powered automatons of the American Civil War make their way to Europe in Ironclad Tactics: Blood and Ironclads, an exciting new add-on campaign for the fast-paced, card-based tactics game Ironclad Tactics. With eight new missions, two new full-sized armies, and a challenging WAR! mode, you’ll unlock up to twenty four new cards from the French and German Empires!

If you own the deluxe edition of Ironclad Tactics, you’ll find that Blood and Ironclads is already installed and ready to play!

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Digital Deluxe Edition

Includes:

  • The first two add-on campaigns released for Ironclad Tactics when they are released. Add-on campaigns include new missions, new cards to unlock, new gameplay, and new stories to tie them into the game universe.
  • A high-quality digital artbook with concept art, designs, and commentary from the Zachtronics team.
  • A printable papercraft model of an ironclad that you can print out and assemble.
  • The Ironclad Tactics OST, with music by Evan Le Ny and Farewell to the Woods.
  • A giftable copy of SpaceChem
  • A giftable copy of SpaceChem: 63 Corvi

About This Game

Ironclad Tactics is a fast-paced, card-based tactics game set in an alternate history Civil War - with steam-powered military robots!

Key Features:

  • No microtransactions! Unlock cards by playing the game, not by purchasing them separately.
  • Experience unique gameplay, with rapid, simultaneous turns that blend the precision of tactics and card games with the spontaneity of fast-paced strategy games.
  • Follow the campaign story through a fully-illustrated, character-driven interactive graphic novel.
  • Collect cards as you play through the campaign and build your own decks to crush your foes.
  • Play with your friends in the co-op story campaign or against them in skirmish and nemesis modes.
  • Face off against online challengers in quick-skirmish mode, and unlock special cards when you win.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Support for OpenGL 2.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.5.8, or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Support for OpenGL 2.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Support for OpenGL 2.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Genre - Strategy lane game with cards
This is one of those games where you have to throw your units against your enemies on the other side of the screen hoping they get through, whilst they do the same to you. This is done by activating cards at varying cost that you collect as you play the game. Some units are better suited against others and you can get some cards to move units, heal and damage. On paper this sounds quite fun. However, I am not a big fan of these lane games as I find them quite boring. True the cards add a new element but just throwing units at the enemy hoping hey get through whilst they do the same doesn't keep my interest. Also I don't know if I am just crap at this game but I tend to lose quite a few games on a level before I get the win and this seems mainly down to luck. The idea of the American civil war with steam powered Mechs is a cool concept though. Basically if you like lane fighting games, you will like this. If you don't, you will think it is a good example of the genre but still won't like it.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Slow pain in the *ss play style. For a card game it's so simplistic as to be boring beyond belief. It looks good. But you look forward to the silent click picture stories far more than another round of play.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I've been playing Ironclad Tactics off and on for over a year. Only now, after earning every card, I realize that I forgot to write a review. It’s sort of a Plants VS Zombies game except that it’s Zombies VS Zombies, and the zombies are steampunk mechs.

The pace is realtime, but it moves slow enough to allow some thinking time for your next moves. Most of the challenge comes from building specialized decks to solve the puzzle that each level presents. Your AI opponent will have the upper hand with some new attack or defense and you’ll have to come up with a counter. Most of the time this results in a tense battle of planning, wits, and fortune. When you tweak a deck combo into working just right it feels great! Each new card opens up lots of tactical options and completing challenges for cards feels rewarding.

The civil war theme and story are awesome. I love the characters and animated comics that set up you journey across America. The in-game art and animation is beautiful. It’s easy to tell every unit apart and their abilities match the visuals. A robot with a jetpack files, dude with a shotgun has spread attack, and a flame thrower hits multiple targets. The music fits and is serviceable, but for me it’s one of the weakest points of the game. Something less traditional and more gutsy could have really helped some of the longer play sessions.

Each level starts by showing you 5 random cards from your deck of 20, so sometimes it feels like a lucky/unlucky start can make or break a win. If cards come out in just the wrong order it can kill a plan, but managing this problem is also part of the art of deck building. It improved a bit with the release of the first DLC where you can now spend 1 action point to ‘save’ a critical card for later.

The first DLC uses an army with a completely different and fun style of play. It’s satisfying playing as the boss enemies that were beating you down in the final levels and to understanding the logic behind how their robots transform. It also fills in missing parts of the story with more comics. The second DLC is very stripped down, but still provides new interesting abilities. Playing the ‘War’ mode, where you’re stuck with either French or Germany armies, varies the play styles just enough to keep things fresh.

After completing everything it feels like every inch of the design space has been explored. Not every ability or tactic is perfectly balanced, but there’s lots of viable strategies to solve each problem. That said, I haven’t played multiplayer which would be a much better gauge of balance. There’s not enough players to support random matchmaking and I don’t feel like it would be that fun against friends (even if they unlocked all the cards). I also haven’t tried the co-op mode, which is supported throughout the entire game.

If you liked Spacechem, you might like this. It’s about building machines, but stochastic machines rather than logical ones. If you loved Spacechem then definitely play this to support the awesome developers!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdrzRJ6iY38&list=UU7_-PLIhjsEBwIQXqKxmNpA

Ironclad Tactics is a lane defense game with cards. It is a top down style
tactical game that relays its story in a comic book fashion. You gain cards
by completing missions, challenges, and increasing difficulty.

The cards are organized a bit haphazardly, making it difficult to build
a deck. There are filters, but the way they are laid out makes it a
bit confusing
as you build your collection.

The missions aren't too complicated, but the game has increasing
difficulty and challenges that promote replayability. The object is to get
your cards (or players) accross the board, on a turn by turn basis, and to
defeat the enemy cards. There is a luck element into what kind of enemy will
appear and in what lane, and what cards you will have availble from your
collection. This randomization may appeal to some players, but the way the
cards interact does slow the lane defense experience. In the same vein, those
who are used to card games may be disillusioned by the tactical strategy that
is necessary to the more quicker paced lane defense mechanic.

I can recommend this game, but I strongly recommend that you are aware
of the hybrid card/lane defense elements so as not to expect all of one element
or too much of the other.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game is very unique, starts of with nice comic strip funny cutscenes, and has gameplay thats a mix of TCG and realtime 4 row cardplay!Unfortunately even with the right choices and deck , LUCK plays a huge role.After a while you ll probably restart a round after first 2 turns go bad.With the added expansions it has much variety and cards but is always plaqued by randomness preventing it from being a brilliant tactical game.Also the computer always has an unfair advantage on you.Lastly the tutorial is lacking badly.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I think that it is a good game overall, although it gets sorta repetative after awhile and can get stressfull if you fail many times, but once you figure it out i think it is good.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
this game is awsum
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Luck is a very big factor in most matches.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
WOW SUCH A GREAT GAME
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
$15 for 5 mins? bad
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
boring
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This game is just flat out boring I was playing it when it was free for limited time and absolutely do not recomend it.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
THIS GAME SUCKS,DONT INSTALL IT BRO!!!
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
It's a good strategic game
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25.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Interesting concept with deep tactical options. Lovely artwork
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12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Ironclad tatics is a turn based cards strategy game based on a alternate version of the Civil war (no doubt you can already guess that due to the look of the game). I've seen alot of negative reviews for the game and to be honest, even though I would recommend this game, I don't think it's as good as some people think it is.

First thing first, the good aspects of the game:
+ Incredible music, I'm still listening to the music and hell even the dlc music are actually better than the main music. Thankfully the soundtrack is free if you google it and is actually from the musician himself.
+ Artwork, while cartoony, it's pretty great. I enjoy the designs for the characters and landscape and the movement is pretty smooth.
+ Diversity, the game offers alot of cards and a total of 5 (+3 if you have the 2 dlc) that have different types of weapons, troops and tactics.
So those are some of the good aspects, what is it that I don't like?
-Luck, Despite being a turned based strategy game with cards, the game is 100% dependent on getting luck. There will be times that you will have to reconsider which deck you use but even if you have the right deck, the starting hand, timing and chances your opponent won't try to destroy you early in the match is pretty harsh and can put off alot of people.
-Story, I don't really hate the story much but to be honest, the characters could have been better. Often times I kinda felt the main character should have been another character, some characters don't feel like we know them too well or changes too quick.
- Limitation, Knowing this is on pc, the game still feels limited to being a mobile game. You can only have max of 4 decks and can only have max of 20 cards and 2 factions per deck. This can be very frustrating if you want to get your favorite cards together only to either exceeded the limits. (I know how I felt about not getting my army of native flamethrowing/Drilling/tomahawk army)
-Challanges (Mission challange), um yea, I'm not gonna be able to beat that one level without breaking the walls........

Overall, why am I recommending the game? 3 reasons: the music is fantastic, it's a alternate historical game that acutally doesn't suck and it's actually makes you feel like you want to really win battles.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
interesting stratagy game
enjoyed playing the little bit i was able to
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12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
The first playthru of the main campaign was only 11 hours for me, and I was taking my time, solving most of the objectives and playing every stage multiple times. I feel like the game was a lot of fun, and worth buying when on sale. I'll revisit it again soon and re-play the campaign (the second playthru unlocks more "cards"). If you like "plants vs. zombies" then you will probably like this game.
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13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Refreshing art concept, good story, quick and intersting gameplay. I couldnt ask for more
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13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game is real strategy. It is fast and hard. You can build you deck from cards you collect and fight with enemies in amazing story with comic. There is a co-op and multiplaier, but there is not enough players so no one plaies the onliene skirmish. But I think if comunity of this game gets to higher level it could change. I recomend this game, buy it you are not going to be disappointed if you are strategy game fan. Fast turns strong enemies and quick tactical thinking makes
the game awesome.
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