Into the Breach is a downloadable strategy set in a post-apocalyptic universe. It was created by the Subset Games, the studio known from the big hit from 2012 FTL: Faster Than Light. The title was released on February 27, 2018. In Into the Breach, you have to take control of three powerful mechs from the future to save mankind. Your enemies are huge creatures living underground. Their goal is to destroy civilization, yours – fight with them. In this addictive turn-based strategy, your attempts to save civilization and the world will be made on randomly generated maps.
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Into the Breach – the Gameplay
The clashes with the enemy take place on small, randomly generated small checkerboards. The two-dimensional maps consist of 64 square-shaped boxes, they are the battlefield for our and enemy forces which are both composed of various mechs. Every move the opponent is going to make always known to you. Every time on the small square fields an arrow appears which exactly shows us the incoming blow from the enemy. Such mechanics on the surface look like the trivialized the game, but in reality, it’s the other way round! When you see your opponent’s move, you must decide what you want to protect and possibly defend yourself against the attack. You must sometime sacrifice some assets to save something else.
The maps in Into the Breach contain many surprises. Are you in the desert? At any moment, you can be attacked by a sandstorm or one of your locations can be destroyed by sand. In this game, you have to be vigilant all the time. The missions are short, but they are demanding challenges which require logical thinking and offer a lot of possibilities. Between the missions, you can equip your mechs with new weapons or get new skills.
In the game, you will receive access to four continents. So you have the opportunity to play in green forests, in sandy deserts, on frozen arctic terrains and on the hills covered with the remnants of industrial factories. In all of the locations, you will take part in varied missions with different levels of difficulty. The missions are available in a certain order. Only by completing them, you unlock the next ones. Remember to protect the city! It is civilian buildings that power your mechs. Defend them from the Vek infestation and fight!
The graphics engine used in the game alludes to the two-dimensional titles with pixelated graphics from many years ago. In this game, you will feel the spirit of the good old reliable turn-based strategies. At the same time, you receive advanced and modern mechanics.
In addition to the fact that in Into the Breach you will meet original ideas in terms of game mechanics, you will also receive a title characterized by low hardware requirements. It’s enough to have a computer with 1 GB of RAM, 300 MB of free disk space and a processor with 1.7 GHz clock and you’re ready to enjoy the addictive gameplay.
The game has been designed for different operating systems. Nothing prevents you from enjoying Into the Breach if you are a Linux, Windows or macOS user. Unfortunately this turn-based strategy. not is currently available for Android or Nintendo Switch. So far there hasn’t been also any game demo available.