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Highlands is a Beautiful and Challenging Game

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If you are looking for a new strategy game, you’ll find that Highlands has everything you need – from breathtaking graphics to a soundtrack that will immerse you completely – and trust me when I say that this is a game you absolutely need in your life!

Highlands is a turn-based strategy game developed by Montreal-based indie dev Burrito Studio (admit it, you’re hungry now, right?) which is led by former Ubisoft developer Alexandre Borgia. It was successfully Kickstarted on October 29th, 2014, with 770 backers! And with reason; the project showed high initiative, great rewards, and an amazing amount of details thrown into the game. The project was successful and the game recently hit the Steam store.  Here are my thoughts and review of the game:

Highlands follows the story of a royal family exiled from their homeland after being under attack by mysterious overlords and  their mechanical armies. The members of the family will have to secure and fortify sectors of the areas they go through and gather items like food and gears to support their friends and team members in order to reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

You will think that the game is easy as pie and them WHAM – right in your teeth. One wrong move, everything is doomed!

When I first plunged into the world of Highlands, I was a little reluctant as strategy games are not my forte, but the graphics and soundtrack appealed to me, so I had to take a deeper look. I was not disappointed, not one bit! The tutorial was easy to understand and follow, the mechanics straight-forward, and I immediately fell in love with the story-line and its characters.

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You will need to use many skills in order to get past even the first stages. You will think that the game is easy as pie and them WHAM – right in your teeth. One wrong move, everything is doomed! Do your best to get out of sticky situations by managing your team, adding crew to your team, separating your crew, and more. I’ve streamed this game for more than four hours and even the chat was helping me come up with strategic moves and hints and tricks as some people had already played the game. It was an amazing experience with this game, and I feel it won’t be the last!

I could not find one single thing I disliked about this game, so it falls into my very short list of perfect scores.

The controls are easy as it is almost a click-only game. Your mouse will do the trick. The user interface feels clean and polished, and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, the graphics are absolutely gorgeous. The map’s animations flow nicely through your screen as the soundtrack will immerse you completely into the game. Several people in chat while I was streaming commented on how the music was so excellent, and I could only agree.

As for the game play, again, straight-forward, easy to understand, and reminiscent of D&D. The attacks are based on ‘die rolls’  depending on your team’s stats. You could roll between 3-12, so could do a ‘natural’ 12, or be hit by a miserable 3, for example. That’s why this game also relies on chance so you will need to take this into account before proceeding into battle.

I could not find one single thing I disliked about this game, so it falls into my very short list of perfect scores. 5 Stars for this amazing game. You owe it to yourself to grab it and spend hours playing it. Any strategy game lovers out there are going to put Highlands on a high pedestal, next to their favourite games, I’m sure.

Now excuse me while I go fortify the heck out of my sectors!

 

  • Gameplay
  • Sounds and Music
  • Eye Candy
  • Burrito Level

Summary

THE GOODS
Great graphics
Beautiful soundtrack
Hours of amazing gameplay

THE BADS
Couldn't find anything! Perfect game for me!

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