Friday Filter: Indie Edition

By Marcello Perricone 12 Jan 2018 0

With everything from Counter-Strike to Football Manager being listed in Steam's 'Strategy' category, it can be hard to decide what is worth your time. That's where we come in: every couple of weeks, we look into the depths of the Steam Store and filter the noise to bring you the best and newest titles that actually fit the category.

This list was assembled via the "New Releases" and "New and Trending" tabs of Steam's Strategy tag, and covers 22/12 through to 12/01. Check it out!

 

Goblins of Elderstone (Released: 9 Jan, 2018)

Also tagged as: Early Access, Simulation, Indie

A very novel title, this is actually a city-building game focused on building your very own goblin tribe. With free-form building, diplomacy, trade, war, and raiding all included, this looks like a very promising (and extremely cute) game. With gameplay inspired by Anno, Banished, and Rimworld, this is a very interesting take on the city-builder genre that forgoes the human focus that every other similar title has. Kinda makes you wonder how nobody thought of it before.

Hinterhalt (Released: 1 Jan, 2017)

Also tagged as: Action, Gore, Early Access

A simple and fun World War II RTS, this title allows you to command your army, build fortifications, and utilise artillery to achieve victory. It includes a skirmish and campaign option, alongside the now obligatory zombie game mode. With a cartoonish low poly art style and complex AI, this might be able to tide over your 1940's war cravings after that atrocious CoD release.

Wooden Battles (Released: 22 Dec, 2017)

Also tagged as: Casual, Simulation, Action

I 'm a sucker for physics. Any game which shows stuff going boom on a realistic physics-system enviroment has my attention, and this little casual title is one of those. A virtual recreation of the kind of toys most boys (and some girls) played with, this simple strategy game/puzzle is all about building your own little wooden base and positiong your troops with command, before letting both armies have a go at each other.

While simple, the art style and physics-system add a degree of charm and unpredicatability to the whole endeavour, forcing you to think steps ahead in order to win. Check it out.


That's it for this edition of Friday Filter - keep an eye out for future updates as we filter out the noise of Steam's 'Strategy' tab. Seen anything else you like or tried any of the above? Let us know in the comments!

And from all of us here at Strategy Gamer, Happy Holidays!

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