Combining action and strategy in a unique way, Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves transports you into an epic folktale co-written with best-selling Canadian author Bryan Perro (Amos Daragon, Wariwulf), in which two feuding brothers will have to put aside their differences to save their sister, who is pursued by the Devil himself!
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Release Date: Apr 5, 2013

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"Sang-froid: Tales of Werewolves is one of my favorite recent indicators that strategy gaming is alive [...] Games this good don't come around often enough"
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"...an exhilaration I can't remember feeling in that many other games."
9/10 - Eurogamer

"A beautiful and creative indie gem."
9/10 - PC PowerPlay

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Combining action and strategy in a unique way, Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves transports you into an epic folktale co-written with best-selling Canadian author Bryan Perro (Amos Daragon, Wariwulf), in which two feuding brothers will have to put aside their differences to save their sister, who is pursued by the Devil himself!

This time however, sheer brute strength won't be enough to save the day as your enemies are way stronger than you are. Only your wits and the ability to combine ingenious traps to setup deadly ambushes will give you a chance to see the sun rise again on your frozen piece of forest...

Key Features

  • Plan your strategy! – Take advantage of the calm during the day to fill your forest with all kinds of traps that are as inventive as they are deadly.
  • Hunt your enemies! – When night falls, use the wind and lure the diabolic beasts into your traps using bait... But watch out! You have to be on constant guard to make sure you don't become the prey of the beasts you are tracking!
  • Fight heroically! – If some of the beasts get past your traps, that's when it gets bloody! First you can shoot them with your trusty musket and then eliminate the ones that survive by slaughtering them with your axe! Action and carnage guaranteed!
  • Use fear to your advantage! – All the mechanics of the game revolve around the innovative concept of Fear Factor, which makes your ability to intimidate your enemy your best weapon. For example, use fire to frighten the wolves and scatter their packs.
  • Customize your character! – Choose one of the two O'Carroll brothers and develop your character using a skill system based on role-playing games (RPGs), making your hero as unique as he is powerful!
  • Discover a rich universe! – Immerse yourself in 19th century Canada where legends meet History in a world filled with lore and wonders. Buy historical weapons and items, fight mythical beasts and uncover the truth about werewolves...

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor:dual-core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 9 series or better or ATI HD4000 series or better.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional:This game requires a monitor that supports a 1280X720 @ 60hrz (32 bits) resolution.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor:Intel Core i5 or better or AMD equivalent
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 9 series or better or ATI HD4000 series or better.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional:This game requires a monitor that supports a 1280X720 @ 60hrz (32 bits) resolution.
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Simply put, the most well concealed and shiniest (or 'gemmy', if you will) of hidden gems. Some may criticize the voice acting and writing, but I didn't think it was that bad. As a Canadian, I think they successfully emulated the sort of accent you'd hear when you're far from the cities. It can be comical at times I won't deny that, but I honestly believe the comedy is intentional in those cases.

It says I only have a few minutes played at the moment, but I have beaten this game several times with both brothers, only it was not on my account.

The gameplay is an interesting blend of strategic planning and real-time execution. Also, one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. Seriously, it's that good. You can find the tracks themselves in the game files.

I just friggin' love this game.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
I bought it on sale, and from the first looks it felt kinda boring but now every time I want to skip some usual big name games I go back to Sang-Froid, indeed this soundtrack and well suited atmosphere makes you look like Davy Crockett, except u kill Werewolves. Story is written in some fairly made cutscenes with low level actors, but it is all together packed nicely for a relax trip to snowy wastelands. This game actually reminds me on my childhood. When I were 10 yrs old I loved cartoon made novels by Sergio Bonelli Editore S.p.a. (Zagor Te Nej, Blek Stena, Komadant Mark). Love them now and I highly recommend game for late night before sleep fun time.
Posted: October 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Sang-Froid is a hybrid 3rd person action / tower defense game that excels at neither. In fact, both elements are constantly tripping the other up.

Basic premise: You defend various buildings against monster (mostly wolves and werewolves during the night, and build/upgrade during the day. You kill monsters with both traps and your axe/musket.

On the surface it's a great idea for a game. You're trapped in spooky isolated woods and during the day you have to spend your limited time choosing how to survive the coming sunset.

Why it fails is because the 3rd person movement and controls are so sluggish, the map is far too spread out, and the majority of the traps require you to be present in order to take effect but you can't be everywhere at once.

3rd person action: super clunky melee swings and musket reloading. I realize it's not going to be as fast paced and adreniline pumping as a dedicated action game, but if it's going to be THIS clunky and boring then they should have just ditched it to make this a full on tower defense strategy game. You're not shooting huge guns like Sanctum, you're dealing with clunky axe swinging. There's a system where you have to manage the wolves' fear level; keep them afraid enough so the entire pack doesn't jump you at once. This might have been interesting in a game with better combat, but it's just frustrating because you don't have time to deal with it because your other building are all the way across the map.

Overly large map: The full map (once all locations open up) is larger than most DotA maps and it takes a good 2 minutes to traverse the entire thing. It's way too slow and you have to be everywhere at once. Later on you can build ziplines to travel quicker, but then you have to sit through the slow climbing animations like it's a Zelda game, plus the ziplines cannot go through trees and the whole map in one winding forest. Since it's 3rd person, you can only see what's in sight of your character and have little idea what's happening other than some icons on the map. This is a big problem because...

Non-automated traps: The majority of the traps in the game require you to be present in order to work. You must shoot ropes to drop rocks on wolves. You must light bonfires. You must man turrets. The whole point of traps should be to cover areas you can't be at. If they can't do that then what's the point and why not just make it a full on action game? There are a couple traps that theoretically take care of things when you're not there, but they're unreliable. You can lay down flaming trenches that monsters can't cross, but it's very hard to tell if the trench is completely blocking off a path or if there's one tiny pixel you missed that monsters can pass through, derailing your entire plan and forcing you to start over. Likewise with lethal traps. You can place 3 lethal traps at a chokepoint and sometimes all the monsters will run into them, sometimes none. It's totally random which is the opposite of what a good tower defense game should be.

The story: The devil is summoning monsters to attack you. That's the entire story, but they drag it out with non-animated, horribly acted, boring cutscene after cutscene.


There was a kernal of a good game idea buried in here somewhere. If they were going to make so many traps reliant on you being present, they should have turned it into primarily an action game. If the action was going to suck so much they should have turned it into a pure strategy game. In trying to do both they compromised each other.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Before I start, let me say that steam measures my game time wrong, I've spend at least twice as much with it and there still is plenty of way to go.

Pros :
- very satisfying and tactical gameplay
- large variety of different weapons, tools and strategies available to the player
- different types of enemies, each with their own strengths and weaknesses
- changing environment that requires you to adapt and develop new tactics
- decent layer of character customisation
- constant challenge throughout the campagain, does not get boring
- interesting and well-told story
- good style and music
- does a very good job of introducing the player to the mechanics

Cons :
- graphics, although not terrible, are definitely not a strong side of the game
- combat takes a little getting used to and tends to feel clunky
- campaign is the only mode and it could be a little longer
- wish there were scenarios or a map editor

Note :
This game is not for idiots, therefore if you feel like the level of your inteligence has dimished severly after years of watching anime, playing call of duty and mmo games, don't bother. It is also not for ♥♥♥♥♥ so if failing at a mission makes you want to cry and uninstall, just do it and get a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ operation ( make sure to eat lots of soybeans aswell ).

8/10, very good, go and get it
Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Now, THIS is what I call a good game!

You see, a big part of a game can be decided by it's first impression. Some games do it wrong and plaster your face with 3rd party launchers past Steam and a ton of logos.
When I started Sang-Froid, I was instantly welcomed with a plain loading screen accompanied by the single best intro theme I've heard in months, if not years. Not kidding, I was actually disappointed when the game finished loading and the song got cut off, so much I actually went and found myself the full into song online.

However, after the intro song + narration I was sure I had a neat game at my hands and I wasn't disappointed: Whilst the graphic and animations certainly aren't worthy of an AAA title (and there are a couple animation errors all across the game), they provide exactly the charme the intro already emitted. Overall, a really nice part of the game is it's atmosphere: You indeed feel like playing in the later colonial era, a time filled with issues of belief, mystic and tales. Except for the horrible facial models, everything the game shows and tells you feels really authentic.

Of course we are here to play a game though, not check on a visua novel, so how's the gameplay?
Intriguing, to say the least. The early days start out really simple. Go there, shoot that wolf, axe those other wolves some questions. Quickly you learn that any enemy group with more then two enemies means certain death if you don't fight with a brain (and an eye on your stamina gauge).
But as the day progresses, so does your equipment, your character and, of course, the enemies, both in quality and number.
On daytime, you get the next bit of the story and place traps and other devices. As soon as the sun falls, you run around, trigger the traps and defend up to 5 locations at once. Impossible you say? A nice challenge, I say, given the game has a really fair difficulty curve (and an additional 'difficulty setting' in form of two character, with one being clearly weaker then the other and advertised as 'hard mode').

Overall, Sang-Froid is exactly the kind of great game I would wish every indie title would be.
Though, there IS a little catch: The game has no replayability value. At best, you will go and play it twice, assuming you started with the easier character (I didn't, and are welcoming the difficulty. Albeit this cuts my potential playtime in half.) I'm currently 2/3rds through the game in mere 4 hours.
This feels a tad short, especially if you got to consider the base 15€ price. I personally purchased it in the 90% off deal and therefore are HIGHLY pleased with the price-playtime ration.

Judgement: 9/10 (Can't give it a 10, even though not gamebreaking, those animation glitches ARE annoying at times)
Must-buy if on sale and on 5€ or less.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Let me start this off by saying that I REALLY wanted to enjoy this game; Sang Froid features an original and interesting idea, but is marred by plain out lazy execution.

The first serious problem you will encounter in this game is the terrible pacing. It starts you off in a child-like hand holding tutorial which you must suffer through. The tutorial is explained by an older gentleman in segmented videos. This format leaves absolutely no room for learning or experimentation. The hand holding doesn't stop with the tutorial vidoes either; through out the game you are constantly bombarded by annoying pop ups containing tips.

Another problem, although small, and perhaps unimportant to some, is the poor voice acting, which is painfully apparent. This is honestly some of the worst voice acting I've ever encountered. The acting and dialogue feels incredibly forced and not fluid at all. This lack of fluidity also applies to the cutscenes and animations. The combination of all this makes it impossible for me to be invested in the story.

I was expecting the saving grace for this game to be the combat, unforunately, the combat is actually shallow and uneventful. With the assisted aiming and large packs of enemies, fighting foes turns into a mouse clicking fest in which you will find yourself monotonously smashing the attack button. There is a "fear" mechanic which is meant to play in with the stamina feature. Enemies have a "fear" meter that slowly builds. Upon reaching a certain point of fear, the animal will then attack. In the time spent waiting for an animal's fear to rise to an attacking point, you'll have time to reload your rifle and let your stamina regenerate. So by the time the enemy comes to attack, you're already fully loaded and prepared, which really dictates the pace of fighting into an almost turn based setting. I have no qualms with the day time planning strategizing portion of the combat.

When you combine all these problems with the unintersting and sporadic story, you feel left with a half-♥♥♥♥♥ game with poor atmosphere.

Ultimately, I can only reccomend this game to children, or perhaps even first time gamers who need generous doses of help and guiding.
Posted: September 24
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
I like the setting of farmers defending a village against pesky werewolves with the use of traps and melee + ranged combat. The overall game mechanics are very similar to the "Orcs must die" series, and, unfortunately for "Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves", the controls in the former are a lot more slick and reactive. So for anyone interested in participative tower defense, I'd rather recommend "Orcs must die!"
Posted: October 13
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
I paid 33 cents for this from the humble bundle and still feel ripped off.
Posted: September 29
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A very canadian game about two lumberjack brothers who must protect their fevered sister from hordes of wolves send by the devil.

And then things get weird...

The game could be called a "strategic trap defense game" in spite of Orcs Must Die only much more slow-paced. The
gameplay is split in two parts:
1. The Strategy part, where you place your traps on a strategic map of the in-game location and take preperations for the night to come. There's a variety of different weapons, items and accessoires you can buy in the town, that will help you to survive and you can change your loadout as you like. There are, of course, limitations in form of Action Points and Money. Every trap costs a different amount of Money and AP and once you run out of one (or both) you have to get along with what you prepared. There's also a skill-tree. Every time you level up you gain a skill point which can be used to further advance your traps or abilities in combat.
2. The Combat part, where you fight enemies in a sort-of hack and slash manner and see how well your traps work. Lure the enemies in your traps and kill or weaken them and finish 'em off in close-combat. Your weapons of choice here are a axe and a musket, which has tremendous reloading time so you should reload it whenever you can catch a breath (you can speed it up by mashing the RMB but it still takes time). Naturally not all enemies will be killed by traps, especially since they only work once a night and the latter chapters have much harder and more enemies, so get ready for some unfriendly close encouters but you can deal with that if you prepared yourself well enough during the Strategy part.

The graphics are done in a well-mannered and eye-pleasing cartoony style way. The sound works prefectly (no glitches or anything) and fits the aesthetics and the music is catchy as hell, especially the title tune is really addicting.

There are, however, some technical shortcomings I have to point out:
1. You can't change the settings in-game. You have to go back to the main menu, basically ending your game, to get to the options menu, which is a really poor developer decision even for a indie-game.
2. This is mostly a personal problem but: The Frame rate is really unstable as long as V-Sync isn't active. Frame Rate Cap made the game run like a slideshow for me. Worst part is this really messed up my controls, I had to literally mash the mouse buttons so my character wouldn't just stand there like an idiot and letting himself get killed. Only after I enabled V-Sync the game would run acceptable for me.
3. No Window-Mode, but thats no real issue for me. Just pointing out in case someone wants to know.

Apart from those few problems it's a real fun game and if you like games like Orcs Must Die or are looking for a different kind of strategy game, this one might be for you.
Posted: October 8
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This is one of those games that I wish I had gotten sooner. I let it go by a few times even when it was on sale.

It really does successfully combine 3D tower-defense, strategy and FPS in a really cool way and it's a lot of fun to play.
Posted: October 10
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2.8 hrs on record
More fun than I usually associate with the words "Tower Defense."

Plan well, and you can have a perfect night. Plan poorly and the wolves will eat you.

Quite a variety of upgrades, items and traps to use against your furry enemies.
Posted: October 3
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10.2 hrs on record
A fun action/adventure game with strategy, tower defense and RPG elements and a charming story to boot!
Posted: September 29
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27.6 hrs on record
Easy recommendation; challenging and fun. Cut scenes are uber cheesy, but the gameplay is great.
Posted: September 29
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10.7 hrs on record
I'm not going to go into depths here, but this is a really good game!
Posted: September 30
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26.0 hrs on record
If you grab this gem at a discount, the soundtrack itself is worth the money... and the game? Amazing! TD where you can enter the action... well, actually you have to, else you die :) Once you get the hang of it, you'll just lose the track of time.
Definitely would recommend!
Posted: September 30
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8.1 hrs on record
This game manages something spectacular. It makes me realize how terrible it's graphics are in one moment and completely overlook it in the next, with its amazing gameplay and story.
Simply said: Sang-Froid is a marvel of its kind. It chose a very underused setting, took its mentality, weapons and general feeling and turned it into an extremely challenging tower defense.
This is no "Orcs must Die". Here you face just a hand full of enemies and you can plan all you want, which makes the strategic part much more rewarding. Since its the late 1800, your weapons are flintlock muskets and silvered hatchets, all while you fight to a great folk-song music.
Now... there are some negatives... the cutscenes are terrible, making the still pictures look amazing. The game is relentlessly hard and combat is very stiff. Then again, you play as a lumberjack or a trapper, not a fighter.
And still, it is incredibly rewarding to place your one bullet in a werewolf's head and frighten his comrades with a bonfire, while you watch your character shove your last holy bullet in the muzzle.
Posted: October 1
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I recommend the game very fun!!!!
Posted: October 1
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3.7 hrs on record
Having picked this up for just a couple dollars during a Steam sale I can honestly say I am not sure if I've ever received this much enjoyment for so little money.

I had spotted the game on Greenlight many months ago and was intrigued by the novel and clever premise for a hybrid strategy/tactics/action. Even then at the 15 dollar mark I was strongly considering the purchase if the game turned out to be good fun. Sadly, the game flew in under my radar on release and I forgot all about it until I noticed it at the top of the User Review list on the Steam sales page.

You play as one of two brothers living in the woods on the outskirts of Wolvesdale, somewhere in Canada. The winters are harsh here and the prowling wolves even harsher. Lil' Jos, the burly big brother is more than capable of whopping wolves with his axe, shooting them with his musket, and setting traps. The other Brother, Jack, is a more frail sort and you will have to lean heavily on your ingenuity with traps to succeed with Jack as your choice.

At the start of the game you are first introduced to Jack and soon thereafter, Jos and their sister Josephine. Josephine has come down with a fever after a travesty at the local church parish involving the pastor. I won't spoil the story for you, as it does a fine job of effortlessly tossing the Christian and pagan at you without being heavy handed, offensive or overtly absurd. Christian motifs figure prominently in the story as well as pagan and Native American belief. The characters are well done and push the story along quite well.

Josephine begins to prophecy foreboding events and the two brothers resolve to get her to town for medical treatment. After the nearby bridge has mysteriously burned down, events begin to domino toward ever more sinister happenings. You'll face two varieties of wolves, 2 varieties of werewolves, and a handful of other mythical creatures such as the Amerindian 'Maikan" which amounts to their verison of the werewolf myth, as well as Will-o-Wisps and the like. The Devil plays a major role and is puppetering the corrupted pastor and townsfolk to play out his wicked game in an attempt to destroy the townsfolk, the brothers and their sister. The writing is solid and the voice acting is competent. I'm enjoying the cutscenes story unfold into the missions you are tasked with.

The main game consists of a pre-game tactical strategy map where you purchase and place any number of devious traps to incapacitate and dispose of the hellish fiends. The game has a good learning curve and introduces you to the myriad devices slowly; as it should. This aspect of the game is very reminiscient of the Bullfrog Dungeon Master games of years gone by. Great fun is to be had plotting your tactics to deal with the many waves of enemies that are tasked with destroying your assorted buildings. To write of the many traps and how to use them would amount to a miniature FAQ and so I will leave that to you to research. To say the developers gave you a treasure trove of gadgets is putting it mildly.

At the beginning of each match you are also able to use the money you acquire from defeating the creatures to purchase better weapons, ammo and gear. A coventry nearby can bless your bullets or axes, respectively, so as to deal greater damage to the diabloical creatures. The general store sells an ever increasing number of muskets that have authentic descriptions of their real world counterparts with some very nifty trivia thrown in. You also can purchase new gear and ammo. And the hotel furnishes you with an assortment of liquors that have varying effects on your character in battle.

During the match proper, you will be scurrying as your very life does depend on it. Following the routes you planned during the pre-game phase you will have to be front and center for certain traps to be effective. The deadly net trap requires you to shoot the net and drop it on the creatures below. If you have a bait present under the net you simply take your time and fire. Otherwise, you'll have to get crafty and 'shout' for your enemy to come inspect the area. Bonfires help buff the 'fear factor' that keeps the creatures at a distance as they prowl slowly around you looking to strike. During this time you can reload your musket and go for the headshot without worrying about being ripped to shreds. Fire walls can be strategically placed to alter the route of your enemy. Watchtowers with ziplines to other parts of the map are a lifesaver when you need to 'be there' quickly to prevent destruction of your precious buildings. This is only a smattering of the many traps available. Nevermind all the possibilities on how to use them in conjunction with each other.

And I haven't even touched on the player levels. Much like an RPG, you earn experience points that allow you to upgrade many traits. Typical character buffs like more health, stamina, and the like as well as quicker reloading and stronger traps are available. But there are also quite a few unique buffs such as poisoned bait that damages the devouring creature or increasing the damage done as a 'sniper' if you should decide to try for a shot from one of your watchtowers.

I could go on and on about all the neat features of this game with impunity. The game is well balanced and is a blast to play once you grasp the game mechanics. Most of the game elements will feel familiar to the hobby gamer. But by combining them in such a manner requires an enjoying pause for thought that many modern games no longer ask of you. To have my intelligence and keyboard savvy so tested has been a real treat. The art style is charming and the music very well done. Artifice Studio is officially on my list of promising developers to watch.

I cannot recommend this game strongly enough. Especially for the money. A MUST BUY!
Posted: October 2
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1.9 hrs on record
This Game Is Amazing my friend told me abouth the demo and I was like YOLO Lets buy it he said get the demo first but I didnt and ITS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a tower defence mixed with 3rd person attack/shooter! DEFO BUY IT
Posted: October 2
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13.9 hrs on record
This was a solid and unique game with a fantastic atmosphere that had me enthralled.

The gameplay was polished and unique. Whilst 'Tower Defense' (ugh) is a tag for this product, I would definitely use that category loosely. Whilst it does share some themes common to this genre (ie. stationary placement of damaging structures and traps), I'd consider it holistically a strategy game at heart. It does have a rudimentary levelling system with a diverse skill tree which allows you to design a character specifically to your playing style. You can have a sneaky sniper who zip-lines from one end of the map to the other, or an all out melee brawler focusing on damaging traps and brute force.

The storyline is set in Canada just before Christmas, and was somewhat engaging once you got past the voice-acting(which wasn't really that bad, I'm just picky). Quite a unique story to tell in the game. I haven't seen werewolves done this classically in a game before, as it was a hybrid of western mythology with some native American elements and creatures thrown in which enhanced the gloomy, mysterious atmosphere

Whilst it is only a fairly short game (20 or so levels in total, however the levels are quite quick) it was enough to keep me engaged. I haven't finished it yet, but will be doing so over the next couple of days.

I'd highly recommend this game for anyone who wants a bit of a different play through than your standard RTS game. Perhaps a game whilst you're in-between two epic games.

I bought this game whilst it was heavily discounted, and probably wouldn't have given it much of a look-in otherwise. Now I know what it's like, I would definitely pay full price for this game.

Really looking forward to another chapter in this potential series.


Pros: Polished looks
Unique gameplay
Atmosphere
Originality

Cons: Too short

Posted: October 2
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