A perfect-information strategy game inspired by RTS, deckbuilders, and tabletop games. Outwit your foes by efficiently snowballing your starting resources into a powerful cybernetic army. The free-to-play edition includes full multiplayer with NO PAY-TO-WIN.
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Very Positive (81) - 87% of the 81 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date:
Mar 8, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“At long last, after more than three quarters of a decade in development, Prismata has made its way to Steam Early Access!

Prismata is the first title in a genuinely new genre of strategy game. Prismata's original design was extremely experimental, and it took years of refining, testing, and iterating to bring that design to a high level of balance and polish. Steam Early Access represents the final phase of this long period of feedback-driven development as we add a large amount of new content (missions and units) to the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our current plans contain about 5 months worth of projects and features that we feel are necessary for the game to be considered 'complete'.

That said, we often receive many community suggestions for new features, changes, and quality-of-life improvements that were not in our original plans, and we try to implement them whenever we feel that their benefits exceed their costs. Accordingly, we expect to spend a few extra months on undecided additional features inspired by community suggestions and requests.

We expect that a full transition to the 'released' state will occur during the autumn of 2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“As Prismata's core feature set has already been fully implemented, we expect that Early Access updates will mostly consist of new content, small changes to the game software, and small balance tweaks if needed.

Episodes 2 through 5 of the single-player story campaign will be released one at a time, at roughly 1-month intervals, beginning with Episode 2 in April (Episode 1 is debuting alongside the initial Early Access launch). We'll also be adding several dozen new Prismata units, a number of new events, and many quality-of-life improvements to the game's interface, graphics, and sound.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All of the features listed below in the 'About This Game' section are already fully implemented.

Prismata has undergone continuous alpha testing since late 2014, so we've had years to iron out all the major bugs and optimize usability within the core game. During that time, millions of games were played on the Prismata servers with a relatively low number of crashes and around 99.9% server uptime.

We hope to continue to provide this high level of service during our Early Access period.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Our long-term plan is to offer two versions of Prismata:

  • The Founder's Edition (available now), containing the full 5-episode single-player story campaign.

  • The Lite Edition (available late in Early Access), a free-to-play version of the game with substantially less single player content.

The Founder's Edition is the best value for players who want to experience the full game, and we will not be adjusting its price.

The Lite Edition will launch when we feel that the game and servers are 100% ready. We're very committed to making Prismata accessible to as many people as possible while avoiding the exploitative pay-to-win monetization employed by a lot of CCGs and related products. Prismata will never be a game where you can pay for an advantage in competitive multiplayer.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Most of the changes we made to Prismata during our alpha period came as the result of player feedback, and we expect that the trend will continue during Early Access.

There are many ways you can reach us, including our Discord server, Steam Forums, and subreddit. Lunarch Studios founder Elyot Grant hosts weekly streams on Twitch with open Q&A and suggestion periods.

Additionally, you can report bugs, request features, and make balance suggestions right from inside the Prismata software itself! Each and every piece of in-game feedback you submit goes directly to our inboxes and we read them all!

We're extremely grateful to all of our alpha and Early Access players for their valuable feedback!”
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September 26

Prismata is now free-to-play on Steam!

It's happening!

Prismata has been officially switched over to free-to-play on Steam. And we've got a few amazing reveals for you to check out right now!

New Cover Art

Prismata now has a brand new cover image, featuring Swade, Anya, and a host of our favourite Prismata units. Check it out:

New Trailer

Yep, we have a new trailer too! Check it out here.

Is Prismata pay-to-win now?

NO! NEVER! Prismata will retain its current business model through the free-to-play transition, focusing on premium single-player content and customizable cosmetics. There are absolutely no card packs to buy, or any other paid way of gaining an advantage in competitive multiplayer. The Prismata promise is real. ^_^

See you next update!

~ Elyot Grant
Founder, Lunarch Studios
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September 14

Prismata Puzzle Packs, Road to Glory, Language Support, and a big announcement

Hi everyone!

Earlier this week, we deployed our biggest Prismata update of the year, featuring our new Puzzle Pack, Road to Glory system, multi-language support, and more.

I'm going to tell you all about all that new stuff... but first, a huge announcement:

Prismata is going free-to-play on September 26th!

It's happening!

Prismata will still be considered an Early Access product until we complete the rest of the campaign and launch globally. But going from paid-only Early Access to free Early Access is still a huge deal. We got many thousands of new players every day when we tested a free weekend back in June, so this is when things will really start to heat up!

Also, to be absolutely clear, Prismata will fully retain its competitive integrity through this free-to-play transition. As always, we will offer no paid competitive advantages to players. There are no card packs to buy and no pay-to-win items of any kind on offer (though some of our premium single player content may make you a better player, and our glorious skins and emotes may help you win in style!)

F2P Announcement Celebration stream
To celebrate our F2P announcement, I'll be streaming Prismata over on http://twitch.tv/lunarchstudios all afternoon and evening, as soon as this message goes out! Come hang out, say hi, and ask me anything! I'll be recording a live "dev insights" video as well.

The Puzzle Pack Is Live!

Our 'Challenge Pack 1' is now available for $9.99 and features three unique collections of our most ingenious, clever, and tricky Prismata puzzles. Players can also access this new content by upgrading to Steelsplitter Tier or higher (which can be done in the Prismata shop). There is also a free 3-puzzle preview available to all players. Check them out!

Road to Glory
The road to glory is our new quest system for novice and intermediate players. It features over 30 unique things to do in the game, each with a special reward.

Completing each objective awards you a medal and a valuable prize. Collect enough medals and you'll unlock some incredible rewards! If you complete the entire Road To Glory, you'll be awarded a special avatar frame, certifying your status as a Glorious Swarmwielder.

Both standard and golden versions of the new frame are available. New avatars are available too!

Language support
Multi-language support has finally been added to Prismata. We've only just begun the process of translating the game, but you can mess around with language options now (and even add your own language if you want!)

We've had a number of volunteers in our community offer to help translate Prismata (or parts of it) to their native language, and we're extremely grateful for these offers to help bring the game to more people. If you would like to help, talk to me (Elyot) on the Prismata Discord server or fill out this form.

Community Spotlights
There are a ton of amazing community events happening. Here are a few that we'd like to highlight:

  • RuinedShadows is hosting an open Swiss tourney tomorrow (Saturday) at 4pm ET. Info and signup here.
  • Toble is hosting a 3-second blitz tourney this Sunday! Info here.
  • RuinedShadows hosted the Prismata League season 1 finals last weekend, featuring an incredibly tense series between Apooche and MasN. VOD here.
  • Prismata League season 2 is ongoing. Check out the stats, replays, and more here (you'll have to bypass Steam's warning and paste the google docs link manually).

More updates coming!
Right now, we're busy making last-minute fixes and preparations for the free-to-play debut. The biggest project is adding a new casual difficulty setting to the single player campaign, which we hope to deploy next week. Check back on youtube in a day or so for another dev insights video as well.

Until then, see you!

~ Elyot
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“Prismata is incredible. It’s like a war between RTS build orders, in card form. Genius.”
Jerry "Tycho Brahe" Holkins, Penny Arcade

“A unique and brilliant blend of the strategy found in deck building card games and real time strategy games.”

“It’s impressively fair. Lunarch Studios have stuck to their guns on not selling advantages. I recommend strategy fans give it a try, partly as it defies easy description and mostly because it’s very clever.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

Prismata's new free-to-play edition is radically fair, featuring no card packs, no grinding, and absolutely no pay-to-win. We steadfastly refuse to sell items that provide advantages in competitive multiplayer. Instead, you can support us by purchasing cosmetics or premium single-player content. Thank you! <3

Prepare yourself for the ultimate strategy game.

Prismata—the gripping debut from Lunarch Studios—radically redefines the strategy genre by combining elements of real-time strategy, card games, and tabletop strategy games to create something entirely new and unique.

Competing against other humans or ruthlessly efficient AI, you'll plan devastating attacks through a series of quick-fire turns. Will you outwit your opponents by striking at the perfect moment? Or will you fall victim to a devious trap?

Game Modes

  • Campaign: an enthralling 40-mission story-based single player adventure
  • Casual Match: play friendly games against other humans or one of 30 different AI personalities
  • Combat Training: over 50 hand-crafted puzzles and scenarios dripping with fascinating strategy insights
  • Ranked Play: get paired against opponents of similar skill and compete for a spot on the leaderboards
  • Custom Games: play bots or friends with fully editable unit pools, time controls, handicaps, AI difficulty, and more
  • Expert Challenge: ultra-difficult mission variants for players seeking extreme challenges
  • Event Mode: heart-pounding blitz brawl tourneys and crazy mode-of-the-week events with prizes

The Story

Hundreds of years in the future, humans have engineered a prosperous new civilization on the distant planet Beacon, where the sun never sets. Meanwhile, the planet's frigid dark side has been colonized by an enigmatic faction of intelligent machines that threaten humanity with conflict.

In these new cybernetic times, human soldiers are obsolete. Instead, warfare is conducted swiftly with massive armies of robots. The Swarmwielders—human commanders of these mechanical forces—are the defenders of society, training relentlessly for the day when the machines strike again. However, when their own robots start to mysteriously malfunction, the humans find themselves endangered by something much closer than the machines lurking beyond the fringe.


  • State-of-the-art enemy AI created by Professor David Churchill, winner of the 2013 StarCraft AI competition
  • A custom replay browser where you can watch, share, and analyze game replays
  • New Prismata units added regularly, each with a unique role and purpose in combat
  • 100+ Steam Achievements to unlock
  • Real-time spectator mode: watch live matches featuring top players
  • Absolutely zero pay-to-win—no card packs to open; all units are free for all players
  • Over 500 customizable emotes and 250 awesome unit skins to collect
  • No randomness! Your fate is determined by your skill alone
  • Over 100 trillion unique gameplay scenarios, each with a different optimal strategy to discover


In Prismata, you’ll collect resources, create workers and technologies, assemble an all-conquering army, and trade blows with your opponent until one of you is obliterated. Prismata blends elegant turn-based mechanics with the tactical decision-making elements that are at the heart of real-time strategy games.

Featuring simple and intuitive economic and combat systems, Prismata is incredibly easy to learn. However, no two Prismata matches are ever the same. Every game, players get a new pool of extra buildable units that must be used to their fullest potential. There are always new builds to plan and discover, and new threats to respond to. Each battle is fresh and unique.

Containing no pre-built decks, random advantages, or luck-of-the-draw moments, Prismata’s cat-and-mouse duels celebrate quick-fire tactics, deep thinking, and decisive strategy. Will you execute a perfectly-timed attack, or will you build up a monstrous economy and overpower your opponent with a massive army?

Testimonials from supporters and Kickstarter backers:

"Almost nothing comes close to achieving this level of polish, depth, and replayability."

- Kevin "qxc" Riley, retired StarCraft pro-gamer and game designer

"This game is unbelievable. Someone said it’s like Magic the Gathering meets Chess meets Starcraft and they weren't lying."
- Paradox Gaming Network

"Full skill, full focus, no RNG. It is beautiful!"
- Adrian "Lifecoach" Koy, Hearthstone and Gwent professional

"It's so good. I wake up and I'm like 'Yes, I get to play this game again.' I love it."
- Frederick "Freddybabes" Bird, Gwent Challenger, Open, and Slam champion

"I'm over-the-top addicted. Best game I've ever played."
- Mike "Timex" McDonald, poker professional

"A game I have been looking for all my life."
- Steel_hs

"One of the most intricate, well-thought-out, and best games I have ever played... the first and only game of its unique genre."
- Rachenite

"More worthwhile than any other game."
- Aetherllama

"Truly unique in its ability to refine RTS and card game themes down to the core strategic decisions without the RNG or APM."
- DiamondGP

"Finally, a card game that removes the ‘luck’ aspect."
- hepcecob

"When I start Prismata, it feels like my inner child is opening a bottomless toy box that's always holding something new and exciting."
- daxtrax

"I honestly feel like a genius after I play a good game."
- DDarkray

"Prismata is very approachable, yet there's always more to learn."
- zihkrihk

"I'm a filthy casual and I love playing a quick competitive game."
- RupertE

"10/10 strategy game! Phenomenal concept, unlimited replay value."
- 4nonym0u5

"Why did I even bother with those other games."
- arisuMizuki

"I feel fortunate to live in the age of Prismata—the best game I've ever played."
- Gameking511

"No mortal has 400 real APM. That's why we play Prismata, and leave StarCraft to the demigods."
- jrkirby

"If you ever thought you'd be great at StarCraft if only you had the APM, now you can prove it."
- Lenor4ever

"After 3 years and 11,000 games, I'm still innovating new strategies, and I don't expect that to ever stop."
- Apooche

"Prismata is the best thing that ever happened to me."
- Arkanishu

"It's as good as they say."
- Naitso

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 0.5GB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: *Extremely* old (2006 or earlier) graphics chipsets may not support the hardware graphics acceleration used by Prismata. In this case, the game's performance may be reduced.
    • OS: Mac OS X version 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 0.5GB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: *Extremely* old (2006 or earlier) graphics chipsets may not support the hardware graphics acceleration used by Prismata. In this case, the game's performance may be reduced.

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