Skyward Collapse is an ever-ending war through the ages. It’s epic, unpredictable, frustrating and awe-inspiring. Created by Arcen Games, the creators of titles such as Valley of the Wind, Shattered Haven and AI War, bring another masterpiece in a stylistic, turn based tile experience. This little gem brings hours of enjoyment on Steam, for little investment.
Skyward Collapse’s original soundtrack draws you in immediately. It transports you directly into an epic fantasy world, preparing for a battle of the Gods. For me, just the menu musical score rivals that of Skyrim’s. It’s calm and becomes increasingly exciting and makes you feel absolutely grand.
Each element of the game is beautifully crafted. The game board is riddled with tiles that each have their own terrain, which significantly changes the way the game is played. There are mountains, swamps and rivers where only certain tokens can pass certain terrains. The amount of detail put into the artwork creates a picturesque landscape using bright colours and lack of animation; its beauty creates an even greater desire to preserve it. Once a tile is attacked and gets to 0 health, it is destroyed forever.
Creating balance so that the world can progress and continue on, but all the while encouraging a war between factions is puzzling, entertaining and at times, quite frustrating. This is especially considering you don’t actually control any tokens on the board. You create their environment to encourage them to take a certain path, but there are variables such as tiles being replaced or bandits appearing.
The game is absolutely huge, with many mechanics to grasp. The tutorial is long and very wordy; it’s certainly worth going through even if it could do with a bit of improvement. It’s not difficult to pick up how the game works, but there are so many nuances to take note of which will make your experience throughout each age a lot more successful. There are maps and backgrounds to choose from, and to win, all you need to do is reach a certain score.
There are games that focus on first person action, constant movement and quick-decision making. Skyward Collapse allows you to take the time each turn to think about each move, create a strategy and then take it. It isn’t stressful, and the musical score helps with that. It does get frustrating, especially when the land turns to swamp or suddenly a mountain appears in your path, but there are ways to overcome it. You are a God, and you can influence the game in several ways. With great power comes great responsibility – to destroy or create.
- Immersive Experience
- Unpredictability and well balanced
- In-game explanation would have been preferred to a rather long, wordy screen
- Menu Design
Written by Yiánna Paris