Star Relic is a turn based strategy game that takes place in outer space. There are different races of aliens or something like that, but I didn’t pay attention during the opening credits. Basically, you are pitted in a hexagon of hexagons against another alien race. Whoever blows up the other’s base first is the winner.
In the middle of the playing field is a planet. Everything, turn by turn, rotates around that planet. This is the coolest part. You have to anticipate where the different asteroids, etc are going to be during the next turn. This really mixes it up, and the balance of power shifts frequently because of it.
You ’summon’ your guys out of a warp gate. There are very different kinds of ships, and yes, they are upgradeable. There are 3 different factors to each ship. There are moves, the range of the weapons, and the strength of the weapons. Each race has its own style of ships which each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
You make your moves, try to kill some guys, and then you end your turn by clicking on the planet in the middle of the galaxy. Then there is a rotation, the other guy makes his moves, and then the battlefield rotates. And so on and so forth. You get an upgrade after each victory, which means that you can beef up your ships.
Gameplay gets a bit repetitive. I kind of got the hang of it in the first round, and it was not a problem from then on out.
The graphics are pretty cool though, and I like the idea that they tried to balance out the alien races. I should try to beat it with all the races. But that’s probably not going to happen, because I really don’t have the interest. It just isn’t my type of game.
Fun game. I like playing turn based strategies because it means that you can take a break whenever you want, and this is novel for the first couple rounds, but you might get bored. I don’t know. Definitely worth a try though.
|Turn based space battles. Now with orbits.|