A deep indie strategy RPG with destructible battlefields; the ability to build bridges, traps, and barricades; the ability to shove enemies off cliffs and into lava; and full-fledged mod support.
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Mostly Positive (63 reviews) - 71% of the 63 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 16, 2015

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February 28

New engine in development!

Hey folks! It's been a while since the last update, so I figured I'd let you all know what's going on with Telepath Tactics.

As some of you know, there are a couple of bugs in Telepath Tactics that I was never able to fully correct despite months of sustained effort. No number of changes to the code seemed to fix these things; I eventually came to the conclusion that I must have run into limitations in the underlying engine.

At this point, the rational business decision would have probably been to go, "Oh well, I guess those bugs are just there to stay," then move on to another project. But that's not my style. Instead, I've been slowly but surely rebuilding the entire engine from scratch in a brand-new development environment.

The Telepath Tactics engine is complex (and also I have a day job), so this has been taking me a while--but this new version of the engine already has some significant improvements: better UI, 3D representation of the battlefield, camera smoothing and zooming, better performance, and some cool new capabilities that I'm not ready to talk about juuuust yet. ;)

When all is said and done, I hope to use it to put out a special, improved edition of Telepath Tactics. If you're eager for more details, you can follow along with my progress here on the Sinister Design forums.

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“When the battle begins however, Telepath Tactics begins to show off what it does best; the combat and encounters of Telepath Tactics are every bit as good and as strategic as any Fire Emblem or Disgaea title.”
95.8 / 100 – ModVive

“I played the battles like fantastical chess, agonising about every move and every decision, hitting End Turn with that sweet mix of excitement about what I’d achieved and terror about what would happen due to my oversights or recklessness. It’s good stuff, and *tight* despite having so very many moving parts.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Telepath Tactics knows what made Fire Emblem great. It's the best deconstruction and reconstruction of that formula. The brilliant writing, music, and design are some of the sharpest fine-tuning in tactical RPG history — indie or otherwise.”
Plus 10 Damage

About This Game

The indie lovechild of Fire Emblem and Disgaea, Telepath Tactics is a strategy RPG with destructible battlefields, bridge- and barricade-building, and the ability to fling enemies off cliffs and into lava.

Play through a story-driven campaign with dozens of unique characters in a steampunk fantasy universe filled with telepathic generals, tribes of bipedal komodo dragons, and knights who ride atop giant, armored praying mantises:

It was deep winter when young Emma and Sabrina Strider fled slavery in the mines of Kovit. Exhausted and on the verge of starvation, they were found and taken in by a tribe of Lissit, reptilian warriors, who raised the sisters as their own. Now Emma trains tirelessly, bent on revenge and the prospect of rescuing their ailing father from bondage. But the years are never kind to a miner, and time grows desperately short. The sisters will need all of their wits—and the help of some unlikely allies—if they are to succeed…

  • Shove enemies off of cliffs! Fling enemies into environmental hazards like traps, water, and lava!
  • Destroy walls, freeze water, build bridges and lay explosives, changing the face of the battlefield to your advantage!
  • Build an army from among 23 different classes; learn more than 110 distinct attacks as you level up your characters, then promote those characters to powerful prestige classes!
  • Deal with merchants to keep your army well-supplied; make hard choices about your priorities both on and off the battlefield.
  • Play with friends in 2-6 player hotseat multiplayer matches with randomized item drops, multiple play modes, and support for army alliances!
  • Use the Telepath Tactics map editor to build your own campaigns, and download other peoples’ creations to play!

(The map editor is free, and can be procured here.)
(Note that this game does NOT have online multiplayer--as described above, it has hotseat multiplayer.)

System Requirements

    • OS: Vista or more recent
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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