Strain Tactics is a real-time-with-pause tactical game, where you command a squad of soldiers to liberate earth from an alien infestation. Using your helibase, deploy your custom squad and provide air support. Remember to keep your crew sane and motivated while staying clear of alien contamination!
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Very Positive (103) - 85% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 4, 2017

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December 21, 2018

Xmas Drop!

Seasons Greetings, Commanders!

Drone purchase terminals
-Thanks for your suggestions! After some consideration, I've decided to allow for Commanders that have completed HeartBreaker access to brand new Drone purchasing terminals at the Special Warfare Center itself on top of the ones currently at the Drone Trials site. This basically leaves Drone Trials unaffected (for those still itching for a drone fighting challenge), but now in the spirit of convenience, allowing the (c)/(r) rich commanders a quick and painless way to top up their Drone force at the SpecWar site instead.

Colonist Drone bugfix
-Colonist Drone no longer bugs out with its RPG and uses it as intended!
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“If Doorkickers was a cool Michael Mann affair, Strain Tactics is definitely Dog Soldiers-era Neil Marshall.”
4/5 stars – StrategyGamer

“The overall presentation will draw you in, but it is the unique diversity and mind taxing strategy that will have you begging (and playing) for more.”
7/10 – Walawala Games

About This Game

Strain Tactics is a real-time-with-pause tactical game, where you command a squad of soldiers to liberate earth from an alien infestation. Featuring 80 playable characters and over 150 unique items and weapons, the game challenges players to defeat enemies by commanding customizable ground teams from their Helibase overhead. Players can indulge in a variety of scenarios across over 30 different maps, and the sandbox-style mechanics allows users to approach the maps according to their play style.

Key Features

  • Build and command your own 1-5-member heliborne task force.
  • Choose from over 80 playable characters with unique personalities and traits, and equip their 1-3 inventory slots with countless weapon and item combinations.
  • Choreograph your team’s actions in real time with a fast and dynamic drag-control system, alongside traditional RTS-style controls.
  • Freedom to focus on simply positioning your squad and observe like a traditional RTS, or micromanage them like a top-down shooter!
  • Defend your Helibase, and protect your team from above with miniguns, autocannons, and more.
  • Manage your team’s mental health. Keep your squad topped up with happy pills, or deploy emotionless combat droids.
  • Protect your task force from contamination, or watch them erupt into even more strain.
  • Level up your units, and revive fallen team members by body-bagging (or selling their corpses for points).
  • Travel to over 30 unique maps with various scenarios including Hunter-Killer, Escort, Retrieval, Perimeter Defence, and more.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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