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 (382 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
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
The game is ok but, in my opinion, it should have been Turned-Based. Make it in real time is a mistake. You end up sending units hastily to the front and when you want to react it's too late. It's a pity, because I like the setting and the comic style.
Posted: September 27
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 11
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
I felt the need to evalute this game after reading most of the negative feedback in the recommendations, mostly from people giving up on it because of how hard the game is. True the game is frustrating, but I found looking for each level's solution quite challenging, rewarding, and eventually quite fun.
Having deck building elements, it'll require you to figure out which cards are good and which ones are bad, and test your decks, several times if needed. Kind of like those games such as Metal gear Acid or PSOIII, which I personally loved.
The art and story are also baffingly good, which is a strong reason to hang on and complete the whole game.
Typically this is the type of game which you can rapidly be disappointed in, and a demo would really profit everybody imo, so I'd recommend you try it beforehand, one way or another.
If you're the impatient type, you can safely pass on that game though.
Posted: September 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
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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Posted: October 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.5 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Ironclad Tactics was an awesome game for the time I got to play it. At first I wasn't so sure about, it didn't really seem like my kind of game, but I gave it a try and I loved it. For me they explained things so easily, everything flowed really smoothly. The game itself looks fantastic and the art style fits perfectly. The music isn't my favourite but it fits the game really well. Overall I think the game is about an 8.5 out of 10. I'm only giving it 8.5 because it's It's not exactly my favourite type of game that I can just play nonstop, it requires a good amount of thinking and proccessing your next move. I will hopefully buy the full game soon. Actually I'm going to do it right now.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Its alright. I guess, maybe worth 5$. The story is great, and the comics fun, but the action is more stressful than fun, and too random to be terribly strategic.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
this game is awsum
Posted: October 2
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
I like it.
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
its sucks
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
i found this game nothing but broing because is it jutsc the same as any of the online games like it which are free
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
This game is just flat out boring I was playing it when it was free for limited time and absolutely do not recomend it.
Posted: October 1
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
THIS GAME SUCKS,DONT INSTALL IT BRO!!!
Posted: October 18
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Luck is a very big factor in most matches.
Posted: October 3
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2.2 hrs on record
umm does anyone else have the problem in which i already have the game yet i can not play it?
Posted: September 26
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5.2 hrs on record
A very fast-paced Rts game. It had a very good comic book style story, and very well designed game mechanics. This game made me rage incredibly hard at certain points, but thats not entirly the games fault. Overall a nice game to play if youve got nothing else to do (plus theres multiplayer)
Posted: September 26
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0.2 hrs on record
Boring, dull, and just plain unfun
Posted: September 26
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0.2 hrs on record
Cool game :D
Posted: September 26
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2.8 hrs on record
The game was very well made even the graphics
Posted: September 27
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