Strategy has a new name and it’s damn TASTEE. Recruit a team of volatile mercs and execute dramatic gunfights on a mission to take down the Cartel. Out think, outmaneuver, and eliminate enemies in a fresh take on simultaneous turn-based tactics. Precision planning meets epic action.
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Release Date: May 10, 2016

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June 23

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June 8

Update v1.03 - French Localization

As promised, the new software update is now live.

This version includes:

  • Fench localization (text)
  • Some object bug fixes in Hyades and Sierra Vista maps
  • other misc bug fixes

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Reviews

“TASTEE: Lethal Tactics offers a full-featured package of deep strategic combat that manages to avoid overcomplicating things like controls and menus.”
4.5/5 – We Got This Covered

“I can’t recommend this game enough. While the genre is niche and the game takes patience, the depth is rich and has a ton of replayability.”
4.5/5 – Hey PoorPlayer

“It’s fair to say that TASTEE is probably one of the most tactically fulfilling games on the market at the moment, but it’s also incredibly good fun and is not as complicated as it might at first seem.”
8/10 – GameSpew

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About This Game

One of Destructoid’s top indie games to look for in 2016.

This is TASTEE: we do take out.

You are the director, you will coordinate a master plan using every tool at your disposal. Off the books, unsanctioned and highly illegal, you’ll be doing the dirty work the government can’t.

They are elite, elusive, and deliciously dangerous. Independents and rogues, these mercs do not play well with others and we’re going to cram them all into your rundown diner: TASTEE. They’re an unruly powder keg waiting for a spark...but fortunately most of these guys like explosions. This is your team.

Your job is to recruit these hired guns and form the TASTEE team; use them to orchestrate missions to take down the Cartel. Misfits and outcasts, each merc has refined their own personal MO when it comes to death and destruction. Their unique set of skills is exactly what you’ll need to steal guns, interrupt supply lines, save hostages, formulate traps, and execute epic gunfights on your mission to take down The Cowboy - the big boss responsible for a global crime epidemic. Lethal tactics have been authorized… Good luck.

FEATURE SET

Single Player Mission Mode:
  • 30 Missions across 10 locations
  • Recruit mercs, each with their own unique skillset
  • Mission Leaderboards - Replay missions, best your own scores and top others’ to climb the global leaderboards.

A diverse roster of 12 mercenaries, each with their own special abilities and weapons
  • Each character has their own particular skill set, their expertise ranging from clever gadgets to lethal combat abilities
  • 4 distinct character classes: Gunmen, Snipers, Shotgunners, Bombers
  • Mix and match your mercenaries to create the optimal squad for each situation
  • Coordinate attacks by pairing units with complementary skills and abilities. For example, Linus breaks through walls, attacking from unexpected locations and opening paths for teammates; pair his skills with Bodark's swift disarming shot to take enemies by surprise and leave them vulnerable.


10 Unique, Randomized Tactical Maps:
  • Rich, detailed locations highlight dramatic cat-and-mouse armed encounters.
  • Destructible environmental objects - Destroy doors and cover objects to alter the playing field.
  • Randomized Maps Elements - Destructible object placement is randomized on all maps, creating different pathways and strategy possibilities for each match.
  • Learn the maps to formulate strategies - Find ideal sniper locations, quick getaways and lanes to lead your opponent into an ambush.

Competitive Online Multiplayer Play:
  • ELO-ratings based global leaderboards - Defeat other players in the community to move up the rankings and become #1!
  • Asynchronous Online Matches - Play Head-to-Head matches asynchronously - submit your turns at your own pace. E-mail notifications inform you when it's your turn and when someone has challenged you to a match.
  • Cage Matches - Play Head-to-Head matches live - submit your turns before the timer runs out.

Share your Best Match Replays:
  • Just won an incredible match? Share the replay with other Lethal Tactics players!

Practice Mode:
  • Play full matches versus AI.
  • Practice your tactics and test unit combinations.

Steam Achievements:
  • Play all modes to earn them all!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5Ghz (Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2)
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series / Nvidia GTX 200 Series / Intel HD 4400 Series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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HappyClown
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
If you ever wished that Pixar made a tactical game, then this is it.

10/10 more Pixar than Team Fortress 2.
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danmanisa
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I've only played a couple of hours as I type this review and I am a little hesitant to give it too much praise or criticism.

The comparisons to Frozen Synapse and Door Kickers is spot on - that's what this is. In all honsety, I have purchased it becasue I LOVE Frozen Synapse but their servers are dead and I am keenly waiting for Frozen Synapse 2 to be released later this year. So Tastee is a bit of a bridge to that time.

For anyone who has played Frozen Synapse, it's very much the same but with better graphics and a few different variances to the class types. I have found a couple of issues with multiplayer (where it commited my turns before I did anything, another where it would not let me assign any orders to anyone for no reason) but overall, it's intuitive for those who have played similar such games.

Like FS, you can have multiple multiplayer games go on at once - soemthing that may make or break people as the games can go over the course of days (think email chess).

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Barbarossa Bey
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is much more advanced than Omerta.. but it is too complex for me.. you must pay attention to every bit of detail and spend too much time coordinating an attack.. even if you make a perfect preview.. you still have 50% chance of being shot due to enemy's unknown actions...

I tried to enjoy but it just didn't suit me.
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unacomn
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
It's a cross between Doorkickers and Frozen Synapse. Very in-depth control mechanism, you can even plan out possible routes for the enemy to take. It can be very enjoyable to play in multiplayer.
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Vlodril
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLbAbdjlOs

Here is a first look of Tastee Lethal action.

Tastee is a strategy game that plays like frozen synapse (which was pretty good) albeit in a different setting (not cyberpunk but a modern stylized one).

You start with 4 merc and as you do missions you unlock new ones. Each merc has his own special abilities (like track enemies even when you not see them or shoot faster etc).

Players give orders to their group and when they are done end their turn. Then their characters and the enemies move at the same time resolving what happens in the round. One of the things i really like in these type of game
is that you can simulate your turn before actually committing so you can see how it will work out (the game does not simulate enemy movement though so be aware what you see is not necessarily what you'll get).


There are 30 missions (with bonus objectives so you can try multiple ways to go through the map) and 3 multiplayer modes. Game worked pretty smooth as far as i played it (which was only the first couple of missions).

I will probably go back and fully play it at some time . Maybe in the summer.
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TonyDipa
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Eventhough its too difficult for me, i already loved this game. Thats what i was looking for..
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Jnuttengr
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
turn based shooter. seems like a mix of frozen synapse and leviathan warships (but with people instead of boats)

I like it.

1st game I blew up my demoman 10 seconds in with his own weapon. 10/10
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Revoker
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Tastee Frozen Synapse Lethally Primed Tactics. That is the real name of this game, if you are ok with that then enjoy urself.
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Evanz111
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOg-gp1FR9Y

It\'s incredible how easily things can go wrong within the small frame of 15 seconds. No other game has made me realise that better than TASTEE: Lethal Tic Tacs. You have four squad members which you tell what to do (i.e. XCOM), but you have to do it at the same time before committing to your order, and watching them go and do it, not having any idea what the enemy will be doing with their four squad members.

The combat is swift but brutal, each operator having different weapons and abilities at their disposal. They will follow your orders and then any enemy that enters their line of sight will be focused by a narrowing cone of vision that will fire upon the enemy as soon as it has fully closed (i.e. Desperados) - it means placement and direction of your soldiers is arguably the most important thing in the game.

The controls can be awkward at times and the online can be pretty dead, but otherwise the game is great and one of the most unique turn-based strategies I\'ve had the pleasure of playing.
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MrJGhost
( 29.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great game... I agree with what the posiotive reviews said.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
It's a cross between Doorkickers and Frozen Synapse. Very in-depth control mechanism, you can even plan out possible routes for the enemy to take. It can be very enjoyable to play in multiplayer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOg-gp1FR9Y

It\'s incredible how easily things can go wrong within the small frame of 15 seconds. No other game has made me realise that better than TASTEE: Lethal Tic Tacs. You have four squad members which you tell what to do (i.e. XCOM), but you have to do it at the same time before committing to your order, and watching them go and do it, not having any idea what the enemy will be doing with their four squad members.

The combat is swift but brutal, each operator having different weapons and abilities at their disposal. They will follow your orders and then any enemy that enters their line of sight will be focused by a narrowing cone of vision that will fire upon the enemy as soon as it has fully closed (i.e. Desperados) - it means placement and direction of your soldiers is arguably the most important thing in the game.

The controls can be awkward at times and the online can be pretty dead, but otherwise the game is great and one of the most unique turn-based strategies I\'ve had the pleasure of playing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLbAbdjlOs

Here is a first look of Tastee Lethal action.

Tastee is a strategy game that plays like frozen synapse (which was pretty good) albeit in a different setting (not cyberpunk but a modern stylized one).

You start with 4 merc and as you do missions you unlock new ones. Each merc has his own special abilities (like track enemies even when you not see them or shoot faster etc).

Players give orders to their group and when they are done end their turn. Then their characters and the enemies move at the same time resolving what happens in the round. One of the things i really like in these type of game
is that you can simulate your turn before actually committing so you can see how it will work out (the game does not simulate enemy movement though so be aware what you see is not necessarily what you'll get).


There are 30 missions (with bonus objectives so you can try multiple ways to go through the map) and 3 multiplayer modes. Game worked pretty smooth as far as i played it (which was only the first couple of missions).

I will probably go back and fully play it at some time . Maybe in the summer.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This is basically Frozen Synapse with graphics and they have done a good job with it. You could say it's like simultaneous chess if the chess pieces had guns, flash bangs, and grenade launchers. A great little tactful 1v1 game but don't expect fast past action. More like meticulous planning followed by 5 seconds of chaos followed by reviewing what the hell just happened. Then you meticulously plan how to get out of the ♥♥♥♥ you've got yourself into to. I enjoy and highly recommend it.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 20, 2015
I like the potential of this game. Well worth the buy for what it is currently though IMO.

+Various roles
+Graphics
+What few maps they have are fun
+Allows for some very strategic positioning (distractions, fakes, timing, etc.)
+the 'play' ability is an awesome tool to try out new tactics and perfect your attack methods

-Not enough starting maps
-No true Single Player Missions/Campaign mode (only skirmishes)

Overall, I would say you are buying into the 'potential' of this game. Not the first Steam game I purchased in this manner. And I still play those games today, So I was willing to take the risk of the future 'potential' this product may offer.

In the meantime, I'm gonna try that move again where I sent 2 shot-gunners barreling down each side of the map busting in doors and surprising baddies!
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I've never played a Tactics game in my life, I must say I I'll be playing them from now on. Tastee must be noob friendly, because my experience with the first few hours has been smooth and forgiving. Anyone whom is not a tactical fan, or hasn't ever thought about them, should give this a try. :) (The development team has also stated that they will continue to support the game after launch, so that's a bonus.)

Positive:
- Smooth first experience.
- Really intuitive controls.
- The MOMENTS. I was told that the game was a game of moments, but I didn't really get it. Since the game is based around the concept of time start/stop, you often get .1 seconds away from epic moments like sniper shots or bomb explosions, only to have it freeze for the next planning phase.

Negative:
- I experienced a few tiny glitches which fixed themselves with no user intervention, mostly attributed to lag.
- Some controls are prone to user error that one might not notice, but that's my fault for not paying 100% attention when issuing commands.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Product received for free
This game combines turn based combat mechanics with a deep and rich tactical system for both PvE and PvP game play.

Full Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC_gq24_7nk

Textual:
As always, a video conveys the best impression of the game many times over that what a few words can do.

TASTEE is all about slow, planned, tactical and premeditated combat. Every turn is planned out to the last move, position and view angle and the game stands strongest when you take the time to do so.

Now, it needs to be noted that this is a Niche title for sure and that unless you enjoy a slow paced & tactical game play, that it might not be the thing for you. But if you do... boy is this a treat!

A well put together story mode, coupled with a great tutorial set the stage for what you'll learn is some of the most chess-like mind-melding and enjoyable turn based action I've played in ages. With a great variety of maps, an interesting (and mostly balanced) mix of characters to choose form and great use of the environment to obstruct, empower and employ player interaction allows for this game to shine.

Using the games "preview" mode for turns, you can fine tune every action to your hearts content and coupling that with the A-Sync PvP game play (you can do a turn and log out, and then do your next turn when you log back in) means that you'll have multiple matches going on at any time and that you are not bound by a timer or ticker to force you to take your next action. Very cool.

What i'll say as well is that the games controls are quite fiddly. Making you sometimes waste time to get an action "just right". Also the PC Options and performance are bare bones and "acceptable" at best. .

Not perfect, but a damn good turn based tactical action game none the less.

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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 8
Lethal Tactics appears set to be a stellar multiplayer game but that it also features such a significant and deep single player mission mode improves the game’s accessability. Some of the others including the abilities and maps are your standard updates expected from an early access game but they are by no means not important. I particularly like the fact that they’ve added an ELO-based player rankings board. Dependent upon how it is implemented it and the size of the player base it should allow for better matched multiplayer games and more accurate rankings.

SkyBox described the game perfectly in the Steam description by explaining the squad-based turn-based asynchronous nature of the game. There is tremendous depth and potential in the game play both as a single and multiplayer game. Both are very much worth experiencing already. The AI has been programmed expertly and makes the single player game a standout. If you don’t have any friends to play against (you can play other random players) and would prefer to play the single-player game then that is your prerogative and you will not feel at a disadvantage for doing so.

The game play is smooth and intuitive. For a game of this style and nature that is of vital importance. Thankfully SkyBox Labs are absolute standout experts in this area because their experience clearly shines through. This further enables the tense gameplay – you’re drawn in and immersed into each mission (or multiplayer game). You quickly realize that each move could change the outlook on the game so it has that feeling that every little thing matters. Another advantage in this aspect of the game is just how quickly the game progresses. Other games feel lack the pace that this one does. Though I do wonder if playing against slower opponents could lead to a feeling of tedium – which isn’t necessarily a developer created problem but one that may present as a challenge. I could easily see some players attempting to slow the pace of the game down as a tactic.

At this stage of the game I don’t feel that any member of your squad is overpowered. I’m sure that some of you may end up feeling that way but that may likely be that either you or your opponent has mastered the intricacies that each class brings to the table. However, presently, it certainly feels that should you lose any member of your team that you’re at an equal disadvantage regardless of what class it was that you’ve lost. Likewise with the opposition. Therefore the game feels to be well balanced which again is vital for a game of this type to work as intended.

There is a problem in the gameplay in that it can pay huge dividends to ‘turtle’ and hide out in hallways and other spots where you can hide away from your opponent. Sadly, there are certain areas on many maps that you know that you will have first chance to fire upon your enemy. This can determine outcomes of matches and unless the final product fixes this issue I can see those who learn to play each map early having an unassailable advantage early after proper retail release. Other than this there doesn’t appear to be anything of particular note wrong with the game.

There’s more depth in both single and multiplayer aspects of Lethal Tactics to poke a stick at. If it gets the right number of players to have a good competitive scene then there is no reason that it cannot wind up being one of the games of the year of 2016. SkyBox Labs have ushered in a breath of fresh air here and I cannot wait to play more of it.

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34 of 55 people (62%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
316.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
As a former part-time developer on the project, I spent a lot of time with TASTEE. However, as a UI programmer, I didn't play any role in developing the core gameplay. This left me able to look at the game critically as it evolved over time.

If TASTEE wasn't as engaging of a multiplayer experience, my playtime would be much lower. I actually went home and played matches after a day of working on the game. TASTEE takes the cerebral gameplay formula of Frozen Synapse then adds more depth and wraps it all in a polished presentation. There is an impressive amount of strategy required to master this game, and it all looks and feels great.

The single-player aspect of TASTEE is a fully realized feature that may be worth the asking price alone for turn-based tactics fans. The presentation is just as polished as the rest of the game and it's a great way to practice the basic mechanics before going online. Unlocking new mercs is a nice carrot-on-a-stick to push you to the end of the story and a gentle way to learn the units.

TASTEE is a must-play for turn-based tactics fans and Frozen Synapse fans. Even after ~315 hours of playing and working on this game I'll still be coming back!
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26 of 41 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 20, 2015
Takes a little getting used to but after you play a couple matches it is a blast! Works very well so far for an early access game. If you ware looking for a tactical game with 5-10 minute sessions for a quick pickup and play than this is it.

If you wanna see how a game works in a short vid, I made a quick one for you guys https://youtu.be/T3QLsER6WKY
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