How do you balance -- and indeed encourage -- a war between factions without letting either side obliterate the other? How do you rule over gods, creatures, and men who refuse to obey you? How do you build a landscape of villages when bandits and mythology are conspiring to tear it down?
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Mixed (254 reviews) - 42% of the 254 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 23, 2013

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"I can never play Skyward Collapse again. I work from home. Frankly, having it – and the accompanying temptation – within arm's reach would be detrimental to my productivity."
Richard Mitchell, Joystiq

"Skyward Collapse offers a unique twist on a stagnant genre"
9/10 - Rob Savillo , GamesBeat

About This Game

How do you balance -- and indeed encourage -- a war between factions without letting either side obliterate the other? How do you rule over gods, creatures, and men who refuse to obey you? How do you build a landscape of villages when bandits and mythology are conspiring to tear it down? Skyward Collapse places you into the role of The Creator, and frees you to tackle these problems your own way. Brought to you by the developer of the modern strategy classic AI War: Fleet Command, Arcen's second full strategy title is equally unique (but far easier to learn): a turn-based 4x strategic god-game.

Your task is to build and populate the floating continent of Luminith. You create -- but cannot control -- gods, creatures, and artifacts from both Greek and Norse mythology. The power you wield with these is immense: Heimdall's horn causes everyone outdoors to drop dead, for crying out loud. Your task is to keep both factions alive and fighting until The Master calls you home -- but this is harder than it sounds. Bandit Keeps pop up periodically, as do Woes such as floods, serial killers, guild strikes, and vegetarian uprisings. Every game plays out differently, and you'll need even the craziest of your powers in order to survive what lies in store for you.

Game Features

  • A turn-based strategic god-game where you control neither faction, but instead strive to maintain the balance of power.
  • Make towns and war as the boardgame-like floating continent continues to construct itself around you.
  • Persuade your minions into doing what you want by controlling the circumstances of their (brief) lives.
  • 16 gods, each with unique passive abilities and three active powers, help you further your goals as you pass into the Age of Monsters.
  • Level up your player profile by winning games. Twelve unlockable buildings in all!
  • Straightforward controls paired with an intuitive and helpful interface make this an easy title to pick up... but the strategy runs deep.
  • Multiple difficulty levels let you play a very relaxed game up to a nail-bitingly difficult one. There's no one best way to win!
  • Co-op multiplayer for up to 8 players.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor:1.6Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Resolution at least 720px high, and 1024px wide.
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OSX Intel CPU and "Leopard" 10.5 or later.
    • Processor:1.6Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Resolution at least 720px high, and 1024px wide.
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.10 or later, although other unsupported distros may very well work
    • Processor:1.6Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Resolution at least 720px high, and 1024px wide.
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I wanted to like this game I really did. The concept is very different from someother strategy god-type games. However the excution is lacking to say the least... And while it seems like a novel idea to try to "keep the balance", it becomes very dull very fast. While it could be said this game is "unique", I wouldn't rush to define it as good. I would liken this to playing a game of chess against yourself; it's not my jam but hey, maybe it's yours?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
kyward Collapse is an odd little turn-based strategy game where the player controls the building but not the movements of both sides of an ongoing war.The core idea of a balancing a strategy game with limited player control is intriguing
Skyward Collapse is a game that requires some dedication and time investment to really learn it. You have to forgive the fact that there is no animation at all - characters slide around the world like pieces on a board game. And I'm going to say right up front to buy this game with the Nihon no Mura expansion. It's only a little extra for it, and you won't want to be without the Super Smite ability that comes with it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
I am sad to see this game get such negative reviews, because I liked it. The idea is to keep 2 civilizations balanced as they go to war with each other, and prevent each civilization from destroying the other, for as long as possible. The civs have unique units, like minotaurs and such, and you can build Military buildings and infastructure in one side if its in danger. But be careful! the military infastructure might tip the scales, but then the other side will be in danger. I remember this as a very fun game. Not sure why its getting so much negativity.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Not exactly the best

The premise of the game is to build up 2 distinct factions warring with each other. And to keep things interesting a thrid mean faction shows up and trying to wreck the balance between your trying to create between your two. I think idea behind this game is good it just doesn't turn out to be satifying to play.

A fun thing to expirement with but not something I'd want vest my time in.
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69 of 82 people (84%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
This is probably the first Arcen game that didn't hit the mark. All of their games so far have been fresh and quite fun, but have also always been flawed. None of them have been perfect, but they were innovative, and always try a different formula of game and were ultimately fun to mess around.

Skyward Collapse is another really cool idea, but the game doesn't come together. Resource management is tedious, the idea is really cool, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Turns keep taking longer, and every turn becomes a bit more boring than the last. I really want to like this game, but the longer it drags on, the more you see the game's flaws come together and create this game where there's a lot of different parts of the game that either don't feel fun, or feel out of place.

If you're interested, make sure you watch some gameplay, or try out some demo's. This game just isn't for me.
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