Fantasy tactical gem Ravenmark swoops onto PC11 Sep 2015 0
Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who
The terrific Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion made its transition from iOS to PC this week, which is all sorts of smashing. Over at our sister site Pocket Tactics, this turn-based fantasy tactical game got a rare 5 out of 5 review back in 2012. Singaporean outfit Witching Hour are re-releasing the game with content exclusive to the PC edition.
Make no mistake, its mobile origins aren’t a signal of superfluity. Ravenmark is a deep tactical affair with formation-centric combat that channels De Bellis Multitudinis through the lens of a flintlock Dark Ages. Everything you’d expect from a solid tabletop affair is here. A WEGO turn system is put to good effect, making each encounter more than stodgy back-and-forth wailing with turns balanced on anticipating enemy movement. There’s also a delightful delegation mechanic inferring the limit of command communication; only so many units that can be shunted about per turn, so choice wisely.
The backdrop to all of this is a wholly original fantasy world which Witching Hour describes between battles in great detail. Legions of cuirassed swordsmen, flanked by mounted lancers, bolster against rangy slingers and charioteers in mountain passes. Frontlines of man-eating amphibian titans backed by Justinian halberdiers. Skeletal clockwork walkers marauding the periphery. Three decaying empires at the brink. It doesn’t fall far from the usual tropes, but if you measure the lore and art by earnestness, Ravenmark is worth a look beyond its meaty tactical core.