Strategy games never get old. Regardless of the gaming platform, they offer something gamers can look forward to. For 2018, gamers can expect a fresh lineup of strategy games with an impressive number of them offering exciting new concepts and features. The basic concept of controlling resources and battling enemy forces or other players is still going to be a common feature for most strategy games but there are some slight differences that make these games interesting. Take a look at our top picks for upcoming unique strategy games in 2018.
Industries of Titan
Industries of Titan is an industrial city-building strategy game wherein the goal is to design, create, and foster the growth an industrial city while competing with others (who are doing the same). The game is named as such because of its setting: Titan, one of the satellites/moons of Saturn. Each player must grow their cities from a few small buildings into a large metropolis. These cities need to have factories to convert raw resources into buildings and powerful devices. The game, though, is not just about building an efficient and powerful economy. There’s also battleship combat, politics, and technological race involved.
Industries of Titan was created by the same team that produced Crypt of the NecroDancer. It is distinctive in its amalgamation of economy-based and air-based fighting gameplay. The cities that can be built look stunning while the addition of aircraft combat creates a new kind of excitement. Gameplay, by the way, is real-time but it is possible to “pause” so you can play at the pace you prefer.
Overland is a PC/Mac/Linux game strategy game with a post-disaster America setting. It’s about surviving in a world that continuously becomes less conducive to human life as hordes of creatures—unclear if they’re aliens or mutated plants or fungi—attack. These creatures are attracted to sound and tend to appear where the human survivors are staying. In the game, the survivors must work as a group and avoid staying in one place to continue surviving. This is not a fighting game. Killing the monsters is possible but risky, hence not advisable. The real goal of the game is to find fuel and supplies to travel around and avoid the assailants.
What makes Overland unique is that it manages to be horror game without the cliche-horror-type-dark-setting and gruesome deaths. It’s a cruel game without being too visually so, at least as far as the “living” players are concerned. However, you will surely feel the stress as you take actions, make sacrifices, and deal with the many challenges as you move along. Additionally, the game does not say much about what players are going to get themselves into. There is no plotline revealed as you start the game. There are no instructions as to where you should be going. You just have to survive and make do with what you can find along the way.
Railway Empire is a PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Linux strategy game that involves the building of elaborate and expansive rail networks. There are more than 40 trains you can play with for which you have to buy or construct rails, railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories, as well as tourist attractions. The goal in doing these is to maintain a railway network that is better than what others have. You have to outdo competitors by coming up with efficient railway networks to support booming industries and by researching new technologies to improve train and railway operations. Spies and saboteurs may also be deployed to one-up the competition.
This game may not be a new concept, but it stands out for being realistic, pragmatic, and flabbergasting. The graphics is a big plus factor. The extraordinary details on the trains, in particular, will likely impress gamers. The game concept is engaging and will offer something new for train buffs. It’s not just about strategizing for the efficient use of resources and designing of rail networks. You will encounter times when research and ingenuity are not going to be enough. You may have to make use of cutthroat strategies to outdo your competitors.
Frostpunk is another city building game but with several twists. With a post-apocalyptic setting, this game requires players to ensure the survival of the cities or societies they build. It features a steampunk ice age scenario in an alternate 19th century that is inhospitable for human life, leaving the human population on the brink of extinction. What you need to do in the game is to nurture a small group of survivors to help gradually restore humankind. You should gather resources to run the generator that provides the warmth the survivors need. You also have a comprehensive Law Tree, which you can manage or modify to run the society you created as you deem fit.
Frostpunk stirs your morality (if you really get into the game) while testing your ability to strategize. It’s not just the usual kill-and-kill-to-survive kind of setup. There are decisions you have to make that makes the game not as easy to deal with. There’s the struggle to maintain one’s moral compass while addressing necessities. The post-apocalyptic ice age scenario adds to the coldly cruel nature of the game. There’s even the option to eat the dead during times of food scarcity by passing a law to allow it.
This PC game may sound boring and ordinary, but it offers something many will likely appreciate. Airport CEO is an economic tycoon game that lets players experience what it is like to manage an airport. Gameplay involves the management of various installations or facilities including control towers, starting lines, sidewalks, roads, and even bus stops. You also get to design the airport terminal with efficient service for passengers in mind.
Airport CEO does not provide the usual combat and conflicts you expect in most strategy games. However, its concept is a great way to take a look into how airport management is like. If you are a frequent air traveler, this game can let you experience how difficult it is to operate airports and design everything to make sure that passengers are safe and satisfied. Albeit not completely accurate with its details, this game is educational. It even allows you to take a dip into human resource management and the signing of contracts with various contractors who play important roles in airport operations.
These are a few of the interesting new games set to be released in 2018. They may not be totally unique or new concepts but the little new things they introduce should make them worth anticipating. A little note: the games featured above may require you to invest some time to get acquainted with them and to savor the thrill of getting into the game. If you prefer something you can play casually, you can try online multiplayer strategy games here. These browser-based games are comparably exciting and do not require you to install anything. Game options are varied, from Viking and Medieval games to modern warfare and post-apocalyptic themed games.