Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy game where mechs come into play. In a post-apocalyptic timeline where civilians are terrorized by creatures known as the Vex, you as the protagonist have to go out and save them. While venturing out, players have to take on missions which they either have to defend the people or sometimes kill creatures in a certain amount of turns. However, Into the Breach also has some unique aspects of its own.
Platform Reviewed: PC
Platforms Available: PC
Developer: Subset Games
Publisher: Subset Games
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Graphics: Above Average
Into the Breach took a different approach. Instead of focusing heavily on graphics, they focused more on the smoothness of gameplay. However, this doesn’t mean that the graphics are bad. It’s just that some players who base their ratings on aesthetics may not appreciate this game on first sight. Its graphics may, however, serve as a nostalgia trip for older players who have seen the development of graphics over the years. Think, Nintendo Gameboy Advanced SP kind of graphics but more refined.
Storyline: What story?
The game doesn’t seem to have a story but what tells the story are the multiple missions. Unlike the other games that are story-driven, the game is more mission-driven without much conversation. Your task is basically to clear as many missions as you can to keep on moving to the next mission. However, the missions do have bonus missions which can give you an extra challenge for you to play.
It’s clear the devs for Into the Breach gave more priority to gameplay than everything else. Despite being a turn-based game, Into the Breach has a lot of map mechanics in which players can enjoy. For starters, friendly units can receive damage even if not targeted. Power Grids in the game can also take damage (which I, unfortunately, learned the hard way). Also, the map has edges which introduces a new mechanic to the game: enemies can be thrown off and be killed in an OHKO (one hit K.O.)!
Despite the heavy mechanics, it does offer some level of forgiveness by showing what the enemy would attack next. Majority of the mechs moves also are a knockback skill which can save your power grids and civilians from dying to the Vex. A pretty interesting take, for a turn-based game.
Over-all: It’s Okay
For those who are into turn games and mechs, this game will definitely pique your interest and satisfy your fancy. And especially for those who are into challenges, this game will definitely challenge your brain to outwit your opponent before you fail one of those bonus missions. Though, if you’re looking for something a little more story-based, you may want to look somewhere else as there is no linear path of story for Into the Breach.