Indie Spotlight is a new, regularly posted segment written by me that will highlight some really good and often overlooked Indie games that are available on Steam. If you’re someone who enjoys the indie side of Steam, this may be the segment for you.
The first game for this segment, as you can probably see from the title, is the aptly named, Blades of the Righteous. This is a neat little turn-based strategy game that involves two main aspects, micro-managing a fantasy kingdom and fighting enemies in a turn-based battle. Developed by Vladimir Slav, this indie gem is definitely worth your time, and allow me to explain why…
Vladimir does an excellent job of creating a game that contains a simplistic concept, but has a lot of depth through the excellent battle system. Now whilst the game does have a few niggling UI issues with the tooltips and the occasional bug, Vladimir works proactively to ensure updates are rolled out on a consistent basis, which is very nice to see.
The bread and butter of this game involves battling the spawn of enemies that randomly show up on your map. These battles are often short, but do require you to engage your brain to ensure your troop placement is optimal and you also have to use your spells/abilities efficiently due to the cool down they often have. As the game progresses, your approach to the battles will have to be more tactical and considerate. You are able to customise your troops by buying various upgrades and items that will hone their skills as the game progresses. The game’s campaign only lasts a few hours per run but there is definite replay value due to the various team composition and the random nature of the enemy spawns and events.
The game does have a very simplistic aesthetic, with some neat animations for the different troops and enemies in the game. The resolution seems to be locked with a simple option for toggling fullscreen. This might be annoying for some people due to the presence of black bars around the screen but honestly its not too much of a hindrance. The soundtrack is nothing stellar, but works alright without being overly monotonous.
Overall, I would definitely recommend you try this game out if you’re looking to scratch that ‘one more turn’ itch. For $2.99 USD, you cannot go wrong with a neat little turn-based game from Vladimir that definitely offers a few hours of fun. Constant updates also mean that the game is always improving. For now, this definitely gets my seal of approval.
Buy this if you like: XCOM, Renowned Explorers.