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Friday, November 25, 2016

List: Obscure RTS Games

This is a list of RTS games either no one or very few have ever heard about. Obscure games are those are not on Steam or have lesser than 10,000 reviews or are not on a top list anywhere. Not-That-Obscure Games are those that are obscure by the fact they aren't Command and Conquer or Starcraft or from a well-known RTS developer.

Deep Quest
Submarine Titans (All-Time Favorite)
Harpoon series
Pacific Storm series
King Arthur: Role Playing Wargame series
Kohan series
Globulation series (free)
Glest series (free)
Sun Age: Battle for Elysium (Kinguin Steam; starting at $10, usually $15)
Machines At War series
Warrior Kings series
Warlords Battlecry series
Battle Realms
Order of War
Warzone 2100 (free)
Armies of Exigo
Close Combat series
Universe A War: Earth Assault (First Impressions)
Star Wars Galactic Battleground
Tooth and Tail (upcoming)
Outpost 2: Divided Destiny (free)
Ultimate General series
Infested Planet (Kinguin Steam; starting at $4, usually $15)
Drone Swarm (upcoming)
Battleships Forever (free; Game Jolt)
Joint Task Force
Maelstrom: Battle for Earth Begins (Kinguin Steam; starting at less than $1, usually $6)
War Front: Turning Point
Ground Control series
Dark Reign series
Original War
Scourge of War
Knights of Honor
Star Command Revolution
Highland Warriors
The Guild
Kingdom Under Fire

DEFCON (Kinguin Steam; starting at $2, usually $9)
Anno series
Banished (Kinguin Steam; starting at $5, usually $20)
Dwarf Fortress
Creeper series
AI War series (Kinguin Steam; starting at $3, usually $10)
Majesty series
Impossible Creatures (First Impressions)
The Settlers series
Iron Harvest (upcoming)
Planetary Annihilation (Kinguin Steam; starting at $3, usually $29)
Prison Architect (Kinguin Steam; starting at $4, usually $29)
Rimworld (Kinguin Steam; starting at $23, usually $30)
World In Conflict
Tom Clancy's EndWar (First Impressions)
Art of War: Red Tides (free to play on Steam)
Men of War: Assault Squad series
Total Annihilation series

Paradox games
Eugen System games
Dawn of War series
Company of Heroes series
Sins of a Solar Empire series
Stardock games
Battle for Middle Earth series
Supreme Commander series
Total War series

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

First Impressions: Impossible Creatures

Impossible Creatures is an RTS about creating your own units out of animal hybrids with a genetic combiner of some sort with what seems to be 1930's technology. I've always wanted to play it ever since I saw a copy at a friend's house about 10 years ago. And now I have!

I blazed through the tutorial. It had the usual camera controls, RTS basics of selecting and attacking and building and harvesting and research, and whatnot. The quick animal combining tutorial was cool. It gave me some constraints of just a few animals to use for the tutorial.

The presence of friendly fire surprised me. My artillery, which were ram-ape hybrids throwing rocks, were accidentally killing off my animal army as we bombard the enemy's structures. The enemy buildings also took longer than usual to destroy, which seems a bit annoying.

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