Age of Wonders: Planetfall & Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Headline July’s Humble Choice Selection

By Joe Robinson 06 Jul 2020 0

As passionate strategy gamers, we're always on the look out for a good deal. Subscription services arn't typically the things we tend to focus on, but every now and then something will come along that' worth bringing to your attention. The last time Humble Choice tickled our fancy was back in May 2020. June didn't really have anything worth talking about, but now the July games have been announced and there's a couple of great games that make it a decent prospect our readers.

If you’re not sure what Humble Choice is, it’s the retailer’s subscription that replaced the old ‘Humble Monthly’ initiative. Every month they curate at least ten games, and depending on which plan you get you can choose up to a number of those titles to keep forever, along with other perks and discounts.

May 2020’s Humble Choice was pretty good for strategy gamers, offering titles like XCOM 2 and Warhammer 40,000 Gladius: Relics of War. The July 2020 selection also has two great strategy games that are definitely worth checking out. Here’s the full list:

Humble Choice July 2020

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall Deluxe Edition
  • Void Bastards
  • Railway Empire
  • Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Season One
  • Yuppie Psycho
  • Beat Hazard 2
  • Sigma Theory
  • Metal Unit
  • Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive
  • Verlet Swing
  • Basingstoke
  • Earthlock

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock is an excellent space strategy game based on the iconic TV series. Set during a brand new (canon!) campaign amidst the First Cylon War, you are the new Fleet Admiral and must rally the defences of the 12 Colonies to resist the Cylon invaders. It features ‘wego’ tactical combat in that both sides submit orders at the same time and then the game plays them out in defined ‘chunks’ of time before pausing again, and allows you to submit new orders. It’s a gorgeous game, and one of the best tactical space strategy games on the market.

This Humble Choice entry offers the base game and the first ‘Season’ of content, which includes the Reinforcement Pack as well as the expansions Broken Alliance, Anabasis and Sin & Sacrifice. We have reviews on all of these if you want to know more.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the second major strategy game in July’s Humble Choice offering. It’s the latest entry in the iconic Age of Wonders 4X strategy series, which historically have been ‘Civilization-but-Fantasy’ type games with more engaging tactical battles. This time they’ve taken the action into spacceee. You can play one of a number of races that have survived a galaxy-wide collapse and are looking to recolonise the galaxy and find out what happened. Each map is procedurally generated and features lush environments, populated with roaming Xenos, bandits and ruins of the galactic empire. There is a Civ-style strategy layer, but also a turn-based tactical combat layer. Check out our review if you want to learn more.

The rest are an eclectic mix of games, mostly indie but with some gems in there. Railway Empire is a management sim we’ve reviewed before, but we weren’t fans of. We’re not sure if it’s gotten better in the years’ since release.

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If you’re interested in subscribing, the ‘Basic’ package lets you keep up to three games and costs £11.99/$14.99 while the ‘Premium’ package lets you keep up to nine games and costs £15.99/$19.99. 5% of all Humble Choice revenue goes to charity, and you also get 20% off in the Humble Store, amongst other perks.

Until July 30th, 2020, Humble are offering their Premium package for a discounted £9.66 per month, which is roughly a third off the usual price.

In other news, there's only a few days left of the Anno franchise sale, which is offering Anno 2070, Anno 2205 (and DLC) as well as the most recent entry, Anno 1800 for up to 75% off.

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