Halfway is a turn-based strategy RPG taking place a few hundred years into the future. Humanity has started colonising new worlds. Until now, they were alone ...
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2014

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January 5

Halfway Version 1.2.5

Version 1.2.5

This update contains a number of bug fixes.

A note to Windows users experiencing crazy mouse cursor behaviour in-game when using high DPI desktop scaling: we don't have a proper solution for this issue yet. Please read the "known issues" forum posting describing how to deactivate DPI scaling for selected applications.

Changes:

  • Fixed rare crash caused by invalid backpack items (medkits, grenades) when opening the ring menu.
  • Updated stim pack item descriptions.
  • Updated description of Joshs active skill.
  • Fixed glitch which allowed to cast steady shot on other squad members.
  • Fixed containers lootable at range after move was interrupted by an enemy.
  • Fixed unconscious units blocking movement of allies after an AI unit passed its position.

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November 15, 2014

The "Halfway [native]" beta

Today we are introducing a public beta branch of Halfway on Steam which runs native code on Windows, Mac OS and Linux instead of relying on a Java Runtime Environment. This build is based on version 1.2.3 and has been created with Excelsior JET.

We are looking for feedback how well this version works on a wide range of user systems. If you are interested in having a look, please read the details and provide feedback here: community forum discussion

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Reviews

“Halfway does not mess around when it comes to difficulty. This is an unashamedly hardcore turn-based experience. And that’s a good thing.”
8/10 – Calm Down Tom

“[...]if you’re wanting an enjoyable sci-fi story with your TBS/RPG elements, then Halfway is more than worth the miniscule price being asked for it. I look forward to the sequel (please).”
7.5/10 – NZGamer

“My tactics insiders' tip for this summer. (German review)”
7.5/10 – PC Games

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About This Game

Halfway is a turn-based strategy RPG taking place a few hundred years into the future. Humanity has begun to colonise new worlds and until now, they were alone…



In Halfway you take control of a small team of survivors faced with a violent invasion onboard the colonial vessel Goliath. As their leader you will guide them through the dark and cramped corridors of the ship to slowly take back control.



If you have any hope of surviving, you’ll have to fight, face your fears and outsmart the enemy!

Key features


  • Tactical turn-based battles are at the core of Halfway. Use cover, position, equipment and skills to your advantage in your battles.

  • Unique characters: Your team is formed of unique characters you pick up along the way. Each one of them brings their own story, skills and experiences to the journey.

  • Find yourself in the middle of an engrossing story-line. Step by step you’ll uncover the mysterious events that took place and what it means for you and all of humanity.

  • Immerse yourself in 10-14 hours of gameplay in a beautiful pixel art environment with a lovely atmospheric soundtrack by Gavin Harrison

  • Modding: Map Editor and full Steam Workshop support for your own custom campaigns and missions




System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL supported sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL supported sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL supported sound card
Helpful customer reviews
66 of 76 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Halfway is a pretty looking sci-fi turn-based strategy RPG, otherwise known as an instant purchase for me. The game looks, runs, and sounds great, with its pixel style retro look and low key, mood setting sci-fi soundtrack. Without even playing, I could tell this would be something I would enjoy on principle alone, but then I played it.

The game flow is par the course for the genre. You move, they move until one side is dead. However, in Halfway, the mechanics are the first stumble. People who've played in the genre can guess the nuances: there's cover bonuses for you and the enemy, certain weapon types perform better up close or far away, and each squad member even has unique statistics and abilities. Some can cover more ground, others can take more hits. Very quickly, however, I realized that while all the pieces and formulas for a great game are there, Halfway seems to have skewed the numbers diastrously. Spot an enemy out of cover down a hall, well within your weapon's given effective range? Expect a base 25-30% chance to hit: that's all. You can, fortunately, give up your squaddie's move for that turn in exchange for increased accuracy, but wait, it merely climbs to 50-55%, if that. Expect several turns where neither side will land a hit. Then you need to spend AP to reload, which makes firing without that accuracy bonus pointless. Oh, and now the enemy's shields are back up. Whoops, now you're out of ammo. Yes, in a game where you're at the mercy of 10-50% chances to hit, you are stuck with limited ammunition. In one mission, I spent fifteen minutes chasing two enemy units around a circular room. They couldn't hit me, but I had run out of ammo from missing my own attacks as well, so I had to resort to punching them to death.

Well, perhaps my two scrubs would grow up to be gunslinging badasses. I was wrong. I pushed on, and soon my squad jumped up to five. While they all had various, interesting specializations, the game was still taking far longer than it needed too, and not just for the mechanical failings stated above. Halfway is also lacking in several minor mechanics that, when paired with its skewed mechanics, it all build up to an annoyance I can't deal with. No auto-ending turns, no auto-switching after a squaddie uses up his turn, no access to options unless you're at the title screen, very little explanation for the statistics.

Halfway would be a spectacular addition to the genre. It almost seems silly to not recommend it solely because hit chances are too low, but while playing, this creates such a maddening environment that I cannot stomach playing for more than a mission at a time. Guns are useless, and cover and tactics doesn't matter when you're chasing mutants up and down hallways to beat them to death. Playing like that shatters the mood of the game and the point of the genre, and as far as I'm concerned, that is inexcuseable.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Having just finished Halfway, I can say this is an incredible game. From the soundtrack, to the unique enemies and battlefields, this game always leaves me guessing. I soon choose favorites among my squad, which was a mistake. The new types made it very difficult to roll out with the same squad every battle and expect to come out ahead. Although this 8-bit game doesn't reinvent the turn-based strategy wheel, it does change things i feel are for the better. Unlike X-com, your squad doesn't level up based on combat experience. There are stims which increase attributes and weapons to be found on almost every map. No one dies, they are rendered unconscious until combat ends, (which doesn't always mean ending the level)

Recently there was the addition of a map editor, which i have yet to try, but I'm very excited to dive into. I've been told that there will be a place where you can upload your own maps, and be able to play on other's.

All in all, this game was exciting (and freakin difficult) until the very end. If a second Halfway happens, you can be sure I'll be picking it up.

81/100
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
When i purchased this game i went in pretty open minded not expecting much. Im a big fan of the Xcom games and Halfway claimed to be the next closest thing, This of course is not the case. The combat system is relatively similar to Xcom, only there are a lot of flaws and can't help but feel that the game is broken.

The accuracy system doesnt seem to be very consistent. Some times when an enemy is round the corner from you, it will let you fire at the enemy with a very low accuaracy rating or will say the target is not visible all together when it clearly is, it is quite temperamentel. Regardless of this minor problem the system still seems flawed. A member of your team could be standing two tiles in front of an enemy with no cover an you will still only have around 30% to 40% chance of hitting them. Although you can upgrade the aim of the character with stimpacks which are rare an dont seem to do much as well as sacrificing a go to improve the accuracy, the accuracy system feels frustratingly flawed.

When it comes to enemes, nine times out of ten they will have the advantage with improved aim, damage and movement. The enemies tend to go head on rather than flank you unless of course you wonder into an ambush. It seems the shots they take barely miss and the amount of tiles they can cover are a lot more than any of your characters regardless of upgrades.

To be fair, for all the faults, the game could have probably redeemed itself with a decent "overwatch" system. But no, disapointment is still upon us. The game uses a crappy "retaliate" system in which a player will only strike an enemy if they are fired upon while the enemy has their turn.

I wanted to like this game, unfortunatley all it is is an extremely watered down Xcom game with all the flaws and none of the perks. 4/10
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
If you're the type of gamer that grew up with an SNES or enjoyed the turn-based classics from that era, this may be something you'd be interested in. I read somewhere, somebody had described this as XCOM with a dash of Aliens, and that's not too far off. The gameplay goes fast enough, with gritty, galactic noir throughout. Percentages, a cover system, ranged and melee, even action points. This isn't exactly formuliac, as it's something we'eve never seen before, but it feels familiar to the player, and draws in sci-fi and action fans alike. These indie wonders are true gems in an otherwise graphically-dependent era in gaming. This game deserves to be played.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
+ Gorgeous atmospheric graphics
+ Random loot
+ Sidequests
+ Lengthy
+ Satisfying turn-based combat

- Some difficulty spikes (when the game forces you to take a smaller party with you (instead of the usual 4 people)
- No way to revive
- Dying restarts the entire level

[Rating: 83/100]
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Really liked this game.
Story is interesting (including the little arcs between the characters), art is really cool, combat is fun.
There are many different squad members to find, varied environments to explore, many different weapons to find.
Sounds are nice.

I think it is mainly the story that kept me playing all the way through to the end.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
This game is pretty fun, but it quickly gets stale. The combat aspect is repetative and seems like a grind without much space for creativity or tactics. I got about 3 hours of fun out of it before deciding I'd had enough, so if you want to have a couple hours of entertainment go for it, but don't expect to be hooked.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Hi guys,

If you were ever wandering weather you should get Halfway game or not here is my humble recommendation of it.
I hope it will clear your mind from all kind of hessitation.

I know the graphics is Pixel-ish and my 5y old son calls it " fizzy" but graphics for me is not essential.
The thing that drag me into this game is :story ,music ,and greed for adventure that Halfway promisses.

I absolutelly have dived into this game .From the very beggining I got drag in a story that minute after minute got more excited and unpredictable.
I have played a lot of tactical games but this one is a gem.
Everything about this game is perfect for me ,this is the game I would love to design If I was a game dev.
The action menu as I call it is design very neat ;when you press right button a pop up menu appears around your main character and here you can choose your actions.

The dialogs are good and dont sound shabby ; loot is important and by all means don't skeep any lockers ,boxes or crates cos you may loose a very significant piece of armor or weapon.

If you go further in game you gonna get new members willing to join your group .Every one of them has different attributes that will help you go through rough times.
Your temporary "base" when you get to it will offer you medical center ,shop ,general store room ,and
a map where you can plan your missions.

I am still discovering this game but I have wanted to share with you guys my humble opinion...

Do not hesitate ,Halfway is worth to buy it...


Love it .


Dan.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Good but frustrating.

Game started out great, was challenging, had to manage supplies and decide what role characters will play in missions. The further you get into the game the more often you'll find yourself with unconsious teammates waiting until the battle is over if you win. And Squad Sizes are always no more than 4 to start the mission with, even though you have 8 people to choose from. There is also a 5 level limit to how often you can safetly level up your characters, after that it will either make them stronger or alter another stat entirely for better or worse.

But then the unthinkable happened. A boss fight requiring me to play as four set people, with two other squadmates I barely used during the game. So I ended up with one person who could aim decently, two shotgun guys that couldnt get close enough to anything before they died in an open room, and another girl who I was thankful she could just shoot bullets in the enemies direction. Top that off with enemies I had to use my most powerful sniper rifles just to put a dent into and it quickly became disaster. The game throughts you for a loop as at this time your so used to only having four members on the team on mission, but it allows you to play as all eight, the mission may actually be doable now.

The music is excellent, story is decent. My only complaint is a steep challenge, but game is fun playing a couple of missions every day.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
The story is interesting but ultimately the game fails because the design is BAD. The game labels itself as an RPG, but there are very few, if any RPG elements. All encounters only have one flavor: Combat. And even in combat, most of the levels have very few solutions. In other words: Try to find out what the designer intended, and if you don't, restart the level. This becomes especially true later on in the game where when your team is very underpowered and enemies become abhorrently hard and come in large numbers.

The game features a save system that only allows you to save at your "home base", meaning that if you missclick and cause one of your characters to walk somewhere in combat you didn't mean to, you'll have a great chance of failing the encounter and you'll have to start over. Let me reiterate here: I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS GAME, it is absolutely abysmal in its execution. There are many better games out there if you want turn based combat, like Shadowrun. Do not get this game, you will be disappointed.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
I've never been so genuinely excited at the beginning and so thoroughly disappointed in the end by a game.
Will be back for a visit if it is....fixed.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Top down turn-based tactical fun, well worth the dollars!

Game premise and basic story have all been done before; a soon to retire marine wakes up on-board a space-ship in which the crew have now been turned into zombies. You explore the ship gathering survivors trying to survive and escape!

Graphics are sprite based and a bit basic, but they get the point across well enough, combined with the music to create a decent atmosphere.
Game-play is age old turn based action points. You want to reload, thats an action point. Combining the usual snap shot and aimed shot premise.

Inventory could use some work to make the weapons a bit more interesting rather than shotty mk2 is better than shotty mk1.

Not got time for X-COM, play a few levels of Halfway to get your TBS fix!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Recommended: This is definitely one to add to the 'get it on a sale list' - it's a solid game with well-designed mechanics and a moderately compelling story that, perhaps lampshaded in its title, seems to run out of new ideas halfway through. It is however most assuredly worth a look if you like a more tactical sort of RPG.

Full review is available here
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I am almost through the game but I would not recommend it. The story reminds me very much of System Shock 2. The gameplay is cumbersome and very repetitive. There is a lot of dialogue to read (white on black....my eyes like that). Inventory management is gruesome. If you are full of stuff, you can't put stuff on the floor to grab and use a medkit that is in a locker. You have to for example reload your gun to open an inventory slot.

The biggest problem is, that the missions are all the same. Grab your sniper rifles (you don't need much else) and kill everything. Cover, tactics, special abilities are not really important.

The game is linear and there is no character interaction possible. It's only 10 € but still...could have been better. Would be a nice game for a tablet maybe.

Have a look at one of my videos to make up your mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR_NTSDGK3A&list=UUFXeyhyWJ6k2ylzyQOuuEpw
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I am a BIG fan of turn-based RPG and strategy-like games.. To the most old school type like Shining Force (sega master system) to the newest X-com.

I was uterly disapointed by this, the graphics looked cool and the sci-fi feel of it was just right. But I dont know, something is missing.. Level after level, it gets boring like hell.. U meet the same enemies over and over again, and there are no EXP system at all! ... And talk about the chance of actualy hittings someone in the game, U MISS ALL THE ♥♥♥♥ING TIME AND THE ENEMY HITS YOU ALL THE ♥♥♥♥IN TIME.. And if there is any kind of action goin on in this game, then I dont get it..
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Having a lot of fun with the game. Story and art has a lot of personality. I'm usually not a fan of this art style but it grabs you in the right places. Described as XCom meets Aliens is good start with maybe a touch of Elysium. Some minor crashes but WELL worth the money. The Hero powers and actives are well thought out and give some breadth to squad layouts. I played for 4hrs and thought it was 1! Did I just feel a jump......

A few minor issues and I only point these out because how much I like the game: I didn't realize reloading used up the entire ammo pack; it should based on ammo count; inventory should be part of the context attack menu, Inventory exit button should be close to the inventory window. Cover is unclear for diagnol shots, Field of view is sometimes confusing. So far enemies always tend to rush which makes waiting in a defensive cover the clear strategy. Still all these issues are part of the appeal, no tutorial, just jump in because the SHTF! The discovery process is part of the game!

Great game! Looking forward to getting to the end

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
this is a pretty cool game i was thinking of doing a series for it but then didint because i didint think anyone would like it but anyway this game is well heres a run down about this game its a mission based game with a simple looting system with some content like stims to boast you skills there is no abbilitys but theres also a store items also are some weapons and ammo i think if you want to follow my rating system here i go

6-10 wolfs

good
it has some awesome rpg gameplay
has a good items spread

cons
the aim hit ratio needs improvements
{what i mean is if im sitting right next to cover my hit ratio if the enemy is right on the other side it should be 100 not 2}
needs more items and a better store
another thing is i could see this doing good as a mmo but it depends
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Great little gem that made me decide to purchase the Humble RPG Bundle, Book 1.

Halfway is a turn-based strategy RPG set in a sci-fi setting aboard a wandering colony ship. Something terrible seems to have happened and a good portion of the story is set around discovering what is going on and trying to find other survivors.

At times the cursor acts a little strange, but it's nothing more than a minor annoyance. I appreciate the pace of the story and each character having their own personality.

All in all, I highly recommend this game, especially if you manage to get it in the RPG bundle with other titles which look rather promising as well (though I have only played this game so far).

I plan on making some mods for the workshop, this will be the first game for which I've done so.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This is a very well made game. It's one of those games, where you can really feel the developer's love and care. The pixel art is great, as is the action and the achievements are really easy to get.
Without spoiling I will say that the story, in general, was okay, but they used the lame structure of:
- what's going on?
- we need to figure out what's going on
- oh my, there're so many strange things happening
- it doesn't matter what's going on, we have to get out of here
- sequel
... and I would love to play the sequel :)

Unlocked all achievements!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
If you are looking for a tad of nostalgia and enjoy a decent story this game is worth the money. I would have enjoyed more, and hope the game makers will do just that. Continue on the story because I want to know what happens after the ending.

I am one of those people that is a sucker for multiple endings, romance and in general everything bioware has done for the RPG games. This game has nothing of the sort, there are information and side missions to be had for gear and stimpacks with in the game by talking to your companions but nothing else. A bit of information about their backgrounds and the like and I do enjoy that part. But it also left a desire for more of a story. The Gameplay is decent as well, the importance of cover and tactics is there but I feel that some characters are far better than others.

I would give it a 7/10
I had a great time and enjoyed the story, felt it could have been done better or bigger as it where, not graphic wise I find the Graphics fun and nostalgic, music was decent. But the story.... good but with a little bit more work it would have been freaking fantastic. definatly worth the euro/dollars to buy it. Thumbs up to the guys that made this, I hope that they will continue the story of this game.
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