Templar Battleforce is an addictive mix of strategic combat and army building with the precision of an RPG. Step into the pilot suit of a Leviathan mech and lead the Templar Knights in battle against fierce enemies.
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Release Date: Sep 21, 2015

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July 22

Update #42: New War Gear + Ordnance Upgrade + Flame Turrets



This week, we're rolling out a new set of enhancements. We've taken some time to re-balance and improve some of the starting war gear in the game, switching the Multi-Target Ocular with the Security Ocular, which better fits its Templar classes. We've improved some of the late-game gear for Scouts and your Captain, including the Pilot Sensorkit.

After last weeks update to make Tact Point turrets animate and fire, we've given new excitement to the Flame Defenses on your Tact Points -- they now spew persistent napalm attacks against your targets. If the original damage doesn't kill them, its possible the follow-up flame damage will!

Finally, we've improved the defensive Ordnances that buff your armor and special types of resistance.

Please leave a review to help us continue updates, features, and new content!

v2.3.13 - 7/16/2016
- Flame Turret on Tact Point spews napalm flame
- Added new starting Gear: Scoped Pilot Kit
- Improved War Gear: Prescience Sense, Pilot Sensorkit, replaced Multi-Target Ocular with Security Ocular
- Improved effect of Radiation/Flame/Deflect/Irid Field Kit Ordanances
- Improved challenge of level 20+ enemies

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July 13

Update #41: Tact Points Fire Back + New Ordnance



This week, we've updated the visuals for Tact Point defenses, allowing them to both animate their return attacks against encroaching enemies, as well as clearly printing out the Damage done by the defensive upgrades on the screen. With this development in, we will now look to expand the variety of defensive upgrades a bit more in future releases.

We've also added a new Ordnance, the Paladin Resupply, which will resupply the Warding Fire, Inspiration and Shieldbearer Talents. All 3 are very powerful Talents, so the Ordnance is well worth its 400 SP cost!

Thanks to @lurker for pointing out some issues with the scoring system that have been now been resolved!

v2.3.11 - 7/12/2016
- Tact Point Defenses animate their attacks against enemies
- Damage from Tact Point defenses against enemies shown
- Added new Ordnance, Paladin Resupply - Warding Fire, Inspiration, Shieldbearer
- Fixed bugs with enemy kill-count in scoring system
- Fixed reported map bugs

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About This Game

Templar Battleforce is an addictive mix of strategic combat and army building with the precision gameplay of RPGs. Step into a Leviathan mech and lead the Templar Knights in battle against fierce Xenos. Create your own unique Battleforce by recruiting an array of Templar specialists -- and invent distinct strategies for your fireteams. Deploy your forces in tactical scenarios that challenge both novice and veteran alike. Put your best strategies to the test and see if you can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in this futuristic turn-based wargame.

Armored in the Leviathan battle mechs, your mighty Templars will face hordes of terrifying Xenos, rogue human factions, and the ancient Narvidian threat. Slash and blast your way across a deep and deadly sci-fi universe -- waging war with cunning Scouts, righteous Soldiers, flamethrowing Hydras, specialized Engineers, deadly Sentry Turrets, and the indomitable Berserks.

Lead your squad as they blast, hack, and burn their way through the galaxy!


  • Command your Templars in turn-based tactical warfare across 55+ unique scenarios
  • Face diverse challenges in every deployment: corridor-to-corridor, open desert warfare, territory control (capturing tactical points), defensive last stands, scorched-earth retreats, infiltration deep behind enemy lines, and complex puzzles
  • Lead your squad in battle against immense and mighty bosses
  • Immerse yourself in a branching sci-fi storyline and explore a vast sci-fi lore
  • Deploy specialist Templars and discover unique fireteam combinations with stealth, grenades, defensive overwatch, scorching flamethrowers, hindering attacks, and sentry turrets
  • Face 25+ diverse enemy units: the Xeno, the Narvidians, and rogue human factions
  • Build your unique battleforce with exacting precision, recruit and design every squad member
  • Customize the appearance, armor design, talents, and equipment of your veteran Templars
  • Endless combinations of squads, soldiery, and tactics will keep you coming back for more!
  • Replay the campaign with your victorious squad in a New Game+ mode


The Templar Knights are a revered and storied martial order who were the elite forces for the Star Traders during their most challenging conflict: the Galactic War against the Guild.

Their unchallenged prowess derives from two key factors:
  • Leviathan Battle Suits - They pilot 10 foot tall battle mechs known as Leviathan Battle Suits. Once designed for high-pressure environments and exploring gas giants and deep space, these mechs have been adapted for war.
  • Templar Lineage - Templars descend from a Zendu bloodline -- a unique heritage that gives them the ability (with proper training and ritual) to pass all of memories from their lives (and any memories passed down by their ancestors) to a newly born child. This memory gift is known as a Templar’s Lineage – and it is what gives Templars their immense advantage in combat, tactics, engineering, and the ability to drive the hulking Leviathan Battle Suits. The player takes on the role of a Templar Captain who hails from a storied Lineage reaching back 87 Templars -- and who pages back through the memories to help cope with the dire situation at hand.

The Templar Knights are a martial order sworn to protect the Star Traders – the last known free humans. Under the guidance of the Templars and the prophet Shalun, the Star Traders departed the ruins of the Galactic Core, leaving behind desolation wrought by the great Galactic War. Guided by the prophet, the Star Traders sought a new home among the stars. Across the multi-generational journey of the Great Exodus, many ships have been lost, fallen behind, or splintered from the main fleet -- scattering the Star Traders to the galactic winds.

With the Great Exodus coming to an end, the Star Traders founded new colonies on the few remaining habitable worlds. The Templar Knights are called upon once again to defend the Star Traders and their new colonies from an ancient threat.

Templar Battleforce is the fourth Trese Brothers title set in the Star Traders universe. The game follows Templar Assault, the Trese Brothers’ original squad-based warfare game in which players lead squads of Templar Knights against the Xeno threat. Templar Battleforce inherits not only the rich story of its predecessor, but the game’s high tension and corridor-to-corridor combat style. Games created by the Trese Brothers are known for challenging difficulty progressions, so you’ll have the option to play on easy and normal difficulties -- or crank it up into multiple gears of insanely challenging combat!


Trese Brothers Games is one of the premier indie game development studios for desktop and mobile RPG and strategy games. Andrew and Cory Trese founded Trese Brothers Games in 2010 from a shared passion for challenging, highly replayable games. With more than six games on major game platforms and markets, Trese Brothers Games has more than 2.5 million customers . . . and counting.

Come join the family! We’re an indie studio built on the mixed skills of three brothers: Cory is the oldest and our engineering ninja, Andrew is the middle brother who both codes and draws, and Martin is the youngest and the artistic talent behind Templar Battleforce. You can find our team interacting with gamers every day on our forum about everything from features to new content.

We make games we love -- and we hope you’ll love them, too!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windos Vista, or Windows 7 / 8 / 10
    • Graphics: Requires OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires MS Visual Studio C++ Runtime 2012 x86
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    Minimum:
    • Graphics: Requires OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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TrueWOPR
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Hey kids, are you the 40k fans who bought space hulk and felt "this needs something..."
Well I've got a treat for you! And it feels like someone took Space Hulk and XCOM and for some reason decided "Bionic Dues belongs in here someone, I'm sure someone played that..."

Build your own space marine force, and take back everything. I think, I havn't gotten very far. The game is tough.

I'll admit, I love what I play so far, but the art-style is a little off putting and some of the missions can get tedious.

Still reccommended though, especially if on sale.
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poxsey
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This is an amazing game, Good writing, good art style, and a really nice theme. Plus the game runs great on my old cheap PC so that is always a good sign.

I was a Big fan a Star Trader and this game really ties into the others in the setting well. The Trese Brothers continue to surprise me with the quality of their games, and they sell at very reasonable prices.

I would recommend this game for anyone who likes deep strategy RPGs, and if you are a fan of Warhammer 40k or Dune, this game really captures the best elements of those to settings.

The one problem with the game is that I have found my self sitting at my PC and spending hours tweeking my troops and planning for the next mission,

It doesn't suck you in at all. lol

Buy this game!

I love you Trese Brothers keep bringing your amazing worlds to the masses.
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King of Hearts
( 249.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A challenging turn-based... strategy? It compensates for higher difficulities with greater rewards. Has balanced soldier classes with specific or versatile skills and lets you decide how many of which you take with you. Requisition can be split in between classes or specialized for convenience. Soldier stats/abilities can be reset and gear changed between missions, so its easy to experiment and get the"feel" of what is useful, for yourself, without having to reroll.

Enemies are nasty and their numbers are sometimes ridiculous. From fast and numerous Terrox Xeno, through fanatic human cults, to an actual Narvidaan. I even had to use my brain a couple of times.

Luckily, theres terrain advantages and choke points everywhere and its up to you to decide, which of them suit your squads setup and objectives.

The story is simple, but not stupid, it stays on point, I like it.

Its graphics are "weak", but the game runs smoothly and I encountered only ONE bug, which was fixed soon after. Theres no voice over, which would add much to the atmosphere imo, It is not short, but its one of those, that seem short because of how fun they were.

has mechs and aliens
has free new mission updates
has customizable soldiers
has ironman mode

I give it a cool/yes

PLAY THE ****ING GAME!
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Sagil
( 118.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Great little game (I say "little" as it looks fairly simple, but offers many hours of fun) in the spirit of Warhammer 40k. You lead a team of templars against alien races referred to as "xenos" of various types, trying to complete set challenges in each mission. In between missions you level up your templars and research new equipment to customize them further.

There are now detailed in-game (as well as offline) descriptions of mechanics so you can quickly get a good grip of what you are doing. There are still a few balance issues and my main complaint right now is that you can't always play with the team you want, but the development team is very active and responsive and the game is getting more and more polished with each of the many updates.
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StStep
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This game is a sweet mix of character persistance and squad tactics.

Unlike a lot of other tactics games, this one lets you respec your characters whenever, and has no scarcity of items, not considering unique relics. This works due to character's item level, which restricts the total quality of items a character can use. and the requisition tree. The requisition tree works like a tech tree that you branch throughout the campaign, and it determines what classes you have, what items you have, what skills are available, and the max trainable skill levels. I really enjoy repsecing my characters to try out different tactics and builds. Additionally, the gameplay works in such a way that you are rewarded for splitting up your squad into smaller groups to explore. For some reason, I love this, and it's something you are usually heavily penalized for doing in other squad tactic games. Also, the levels are large, and kind of remind me of story tactic games rather than one-of team deathmatch style tactic games.
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Gribly
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I got the mobile version of this game...or at least the one before this one, Templar Assualt. I must say that both games run very similarily. hower this one 'TB' is one of the newer RTS turn based games that are really good, tonnes of variety in play style, a great mix up of units from snipers to close combat paladins...the fact you can grow your battleforce organically (name them, change their icon, change their look in game, customise loadout, choose combat role) means you WILL get attatched to them...and when they die, oh boy its like losing a squad mate or friend. which makes this game really well done.

However many missions do take a long time, and require a reletive amount of tact and inteligeance to play and win. But it wouldn't be RTS or Turn based strategy if it was easy
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matniccantelmi
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Templar Battleforce is a great game made by amazing devs. It is a squad based, tactical combat RPG centered on your very own squad of Templar Knights. Your Knights are part of the last Templars in the new Quadrant, charged with protecting the new home of the Star Traders Union from hostile threats, from the Xeno menace to hidden traitors and Rogue Star Traders.

The game allows a large amount of tactical flexibility, letting any combination of Templars classes succeed with the right tactics and squad advancement. Individual Knights are highly customizable, from their physical and mental qualities, to their training and deployment, each Templar is a valuable asset on the battlefield. Buffs and special ablities are limited, as are the supplies used to deploy Templars and their battlefield Ordnance, adding another layer to the strategy offered by this game.

Combined with the Requestion tree and branching missions, Templar Batttleforce is a great game where every playthrough can be approached differently and still be successful. Don't be mistaken, that success requires strategy, skill, and luck, and victory can and will be costly if you are not careful.

Lastly, the community around the Trese Brothers and their games is fantastic. Feel free to come talk with us over at http://www.startradersrpg.proboards.com
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Phat Guy
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Templar Battleforce reminds me a great deal of Warhammer 40k. That isn't a bad thing as it means you spend most of your time playing a hulking badass in advanced armor wiping out Xeno scum. This game has a really solid turn based system, a pretty expansive upgrade tree, and a great deal of character customization. I highly reccomend it.
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Faray
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Great tactical game. If you are a fan of strategy rpgs such as XCOM you should definitely give this one a shot.

- Many different classes to try out

- Characters can respec so you can't ruin them, but you also have a requisition tree that can't be respected so you still have meaningful choices.

- Maps are interesting. There is rewards for finishing quick, while at the same time many maps have rewards for secondary objectives for finding items, causing you the need to balance speed with exploration

- Story is decent, with some interesting characters.

- Good replay value with the different classes and builds. Missions also allow different paths allowing you to redo the campaign without doing the same maps.

-Devs are active and still updating patches, and even extra content may be added.
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Dante
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Overall, this game is pretty good. The gameplay, albeit a little difficult at times, will never cease to entertain you. It is one of my favourite indie games.

That being said, it is still an indie game, and didn't have the manpower to make everything perfect: Namely, the graphics, music, and story line. The story line isn't bad, per say, but it is clear it was written by a single person with a lot of other things to do, so many plot holes and nonsensical elements exist. A similar story goes with the graphics-- they aren't bad or anything, (and are pretty decent for an indie game) but indie game devs just can't compete with the army of graphics designers large game companies have at their disposal. The music, on the other hand, is a different story. I highly recommend muting it. It is extremely repetitive and a bit distracting.

In spite of these things, I still recommend this game. They do not interfere too much with the game itself at all, and the game itself is pretty awesome. Just mute the music, will ya?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
this game is great it has good strategy and its not easy thats what makes it great also i like the gear system where you have gear points and you get more gear points when you level up it makes leveling up much more than just increasing a couple of stats, also the units of templars are cool, the req tree is a nice addition too it changes your squad by having different units or new guns and equipment for a previous templar ( i would recommend unlocking all the templar classes first) over all great games
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Templar Battleforce reminds me a great deal of Warhammer 40k. That isn't a bad thing as it means you spend most of your time playing a hulking badass in advanced armor wiping out Xeno scum. This game has a really solid turn based system, a pretty expansive upgrade tree, and a great deal of character customization. I highly reccomend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Overall, this game is pretty good. The gameplay, albeit a little difficult at times, will never cease to entertain you. It is one of my favourite indie games.

That being said, it is still an indie game, and didn't have the manpower to make everything perfect: Namely, the graphics, music, and story line. The story line isn't bad, per say, but it is clear it was written by a single person with a lot of other things to do, so many plot holes and nonsensical elements exist. A similar story goes with the graphics-- they aren't bad or anything, (and are pretty decent for an indie game) but indie game devs just can't compete with the army of graphics designers large game companies have at their disposal. The music, on the other hand, is a different story. I highly recommend muting it. It is extremely repetitive and a bit distracting.

In spite of these things, I still recommend this game. They do not interfere too much with the game itself at all, and the game itself is pretty awesome. Just mute the music, will ya?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
118.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Great little game (I say "little" as it looks fairly simple, but offers many hours of fun) in the spirit of Warhammer 40k. You lead a team of templars against alien races referred to as "xenos" of various types, trying to complete set challenges in each mission. In between missions you level up your templars and research new equipment to customize them further.

There are now detailed in-game (as well as offline) descriptions of mechanics so you can quickly get a good grip of what you are doing. There are still a few balance issues and my main complaint right now is that you can't always play with the team you want, but the development team is very active and responsive and the game is getting more and more polished with each of the many updates.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
249.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
A challenging turn-based... strategy? It compensates for higher difficulities with greater rewards. Has balanced soldier classes with specific or versatile skills and lets you decide how many of which you take with you. Requisition can be split in between classes or specialized for convenience. Soldier stats/abilities can be reset and gear changed between missions, so its easy to experiment and get the"feel" of what is useful, for yourself, without having to reroll.

Enemies are nasty and their numbers are sometimes ridiculous. From fast and numerous Terrox Xeno, through fanatic human cults, to an actual Narvidaan. I even had to use my brain a couple of times.

Luckily, theres terrain advantages and choke points everywhere and its up to you to decide, which of them suit your squads setup and objectives.

The story is simple, but not stupid, it stays on point, I like it.

Its graphics are "weak", but the game runs smoothly and I encountered only ONE bug, which was fixed soon after. Theres no voice over, which would add much to the atmosphere imo, It is not short, but its one of those, that seem short because of how fun they were.

has mechs and aliens
has free new mission updates
has customizable soldiers
has ironman mode

I give it a cool/yes

PLAY THE ****ING GAME!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
This game is a sweet mix of character persistance and squad tactics.

Unlike a lot of other tactics games, this one lets you respec your characters whenever, and has no scarcity of items, not considering unique relics. This works due to character's item level, which restricts the total quality of items a character can use. and the requisition tree. The requisition tree works like a tech tree that you branch throughout the campaign, and it determines what classes you have, what items you have, what skills are available, and the max trainable skill levels. I really enjoy repsecing my characters to try out different tactics and builds. Additionally, the gameplay works in such a way that you are rewarded for splitting up your squad into smaller groups to explore. For some reason, I love this, and it's something you are usually heavily penalized for doing in other squad tactic games. Also, the levels are large, and kind of remind me of story tactic games rather than one-of team deathmatch style tactic games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Templar Battleforce is a great game made by amazing devs. It is a squad based, tactical combat RPG centered on your very own squad of Templar Knights. Your Knights are part of the last Templars in the new Quadrant, charged with protecting the new home of the Star Traders Union from hostile threats, from the Xeno menace to hidden traitors and Rogue Star Traders.

The game allows a large amount of tactical flexibility, letting any combination of Templars classes succeed with the right tactics and squad advancement. Individual Knights are highly customizable, from their physical and mental qualities, to their training and deployment, each Templar is a valuable asset on the battlefield. Buffs and special ablities are limited, as are the supplies used to deploy Templars and their battlefield Ordnance, adding another layer to the strategy offered by this game.

Combined with the Requestion tree and branching missions, Templar Batttleforce is a great game where every playthrough can be approached differently and still be successful. Don't be mistaken, that success requires strategy, skill, and luck, and victory can and will be costly if you are not careful.

Lastly, the community around the Trese Brothers and their games is fantastic. Feel free to come talk with us over at http://www.startradersrpg.proboards.com
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I got the mobile version of this game...or at least the one before this one, Templar Assualt. I must say that both games run very similarily. hower this one 'TB' is one of the newer RTS turn based games that are really good, tonnes of variety in play style, a great mix up of units from snipers to close combat paladins...the fact you can grow your battleforce organically (name them, change their icon, change their look in game, customise loadout, choose combat role) means you WILL get attatched to them...and when they die, oh boy its like losing a squad mate or friend. which makes this game really well done.

However many missions do take a long time, and require a reletive amount of tact and inteligeance to play and win. But it wouldn't be RTS or Turn based strategy if it was easy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
This is an amazing game, Good writing, good art style, and a really nice theme. Plus the game runs great on my old cheap PC so that is always a good sign.

I was a Big fan a Star Trader and this game really ties into the others in the setting well. The Trese Brothers continue to surprise me with the quality of their games, and they sell at very reasonable prices.

I would recommend this game for anyone who likes deep strategy RPGs, and if you are a fan of Warhammer 40k or Dune, this game really captures the best elements of those to settings.

The one problem with the game is that I have found my self sitting at my PC and spending hours tweeking my troops and planning for the next mission,

It doesn't suck you in at all. lol

Buy this game!

I love you Trese Brothers keep bringing your amazing worlds to the masses.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Excellent tactical game, with a strong Space Hulk vibe in all the good ways.
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