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Indie turn-based RPG Steam games worth checking out
By Sam Jones - 11th Feb 2019Games
Fantasy worlds just itching to be explored
Running into a fight hacking and slashing your way through hordes of enemies is fun, but planning ahead with strategy and precision is still just as satisfying.
Turn-based games test a player's ability to cope under pressure, whether it's deciding your next move in the heat of battle or choosing whether to venture into unknown territory. With turn-based RPGs, many elements come into play, resulting in hours of strategical fun in both realistic and fantasy-based worlds.
There are plenty of awesome games that slot into this genre, and we've picked some Indie turn-based RPGs right here that you should definitely check out.
Strategy RPG Elven Legacy sees players control one of two races, the orcs or the elves, in tactical turn-based combat across a hexagonal map, and embark on a quest to track down a deadly human sorcerer who wields magic that could potentially destroy your world.
Players will need to move troops across the map in order to capture settlements and gain the upper hand on opposing factions close by. Described by critics as "even more captivating than its predecessor [Fantasy Wars]", Elven Legacy invites you into a world filled with ancient powers, mystical beasts and hours upon hours of strategical warfare.
Elven Legacy and the three expansions are available for just $1 in the Eleven Legacy Complete Bundle until February 19th.
For the King
For The King is a challenging Indie title that carefully mixes strategy with JRPG combat and and roguelike elements. Players must lead a party - whether it's in single-player, local, or online co-op - across the kingdom of Fahrul to fight creatures, sail the wild seas and delve into the dark underworld.
You can either split your party up and cover more ground, or stick together for protection as you venture into the unknown, on a quest that is a matter of life or death.
Thea: The Awakening
turn-based survival RPG Thea: The Awakening which features a captivating story uncovered through a series of in-game events and a unique combat based on a complex card battle game.
The wide range of gameplay features allows you to proceed through the world of Thea the way you prefer it. You can choose to stay in your village and build up defenses or go out exploring the world.
You can also try to resolve conflict through assassination, stealth or diplomacy, so that a fight isn’t the only way out. With over 200 non-linear story events and over 100 different creatures, a trip through the world of Thea will surely be an exciting one.
The Banner Saga
Explore the Viking world of The Banner Saga, a turn-based strategy RPG where the player's choice drives their own narrative. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
Victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle, and what decisions you make afterwards. Choose from over 25 playable characters from two different races - human and varl, the horned giants – and embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from seven different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
Mordheim: City of the Damned
Set in the world of Warhammer, Mordheim: City of the Damned is a turn-based tactical adaptation of the popular tabletop game - combining RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization.
Choose from iconic Mordheim warbands - Sisters of Sigmar, the Cult of the Possessed, Skaven, Mercenaries from the Empire - and lead your troops to battle. Recruit new units, equip them with enhanced gear. Evolve and customize your warband with the experience gained from each successful mission, transforming them into a terrifying force on the battlefield.
Don't miss out on the Eleven Legacy Complete Bundle for just $1, available until February 19th.