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Attack of The Earthlings is a great turn-based tactics game. Its gameplay, barring that one stage is very well done and it makes you think hard and plan to accomplish your goals. While it lacks any replay value, I enjoyed the time I spent with it and do not regret the experience at all. If you are fine with a somewhat shorter tactical game, buy it now. Otherwise, wait for a small sale.
If lastability and replay value are the sacrifices needed for tight and innovative design, then Attack of the Earthlings signals a welcome change in a saturated genre. I for one welcome our new insect overlords.
If you’re really into your XCOM’s and Space Hulk, but find the steep curve of the former and the seriousness of the latter too much, then this is a welcome change. It brings the brightness and colour back to mass-murdering aliens, alongside the wacky, irreverant humour and self-deprecation that the British are so delightful wonderful at.
Indeed, in an age where titles are designed as sprawling live services, a more focused campaign can help a game to stand out. Fortunately, Attack of the Earthlings has much more in its favour than being a throwback to a simpler age thanks to its cheery tone and novelty. The game is far from revolutionary, but it bears a sense of individuality that many others lack. The greatest disappointment is that the title will likely never reach the audience it deserves.
A genuinely funny, engaging turned based strategy with a great theme. Attack of The Earthlings has a strong core concept, but feel constricted by length. Player options are plentiful, but never required for success. Still, it's unique, well-written, and lovingly crafted. Fans of the genre should find something to love, even if it's 'game over, man' far too quickly.
Attack of the Earthlings is terrific indie strategy title that pushes you to be careful and manage your turns and resources. It’s morbid and overly violent at times, but it’s surprisingly clever and charming at the same time, and you get the sense that it has a lot to say.
It is by no means a masterpiece, but Attack of the Earthlings provides a fun and a solid strategy experience for those who aren't looking for something extremely deep. The levels have a good layout, and there's a wide variety of smart and dumb enemies to keep you invested. Your offensive abilities, from setting up traps to body disposal, are fun, and the humor keeps things lively. It is a short experience that doesn't have much replayability due to the lack of variable difficulty, but you'll still enjoy your time with Attack of the Earthlings.
A fun turn-based game, with a catchy narrative and some good ideas. Too bad for the lack of longevity and a low replayability. It won't be a smash hit, but if you are into this type of games you should give it a try.
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Overall, I’d award this game the number I asked you to remember earlier out of 10. Because I want you to hear exactly what this game is before you buy it, in detail. But if you must know: yes. Reccomended.
All things considered, Attack of the Earthlings is a good, fun and funny game. While it's fairly short and has very limited replay value, the time you spend with it is genuinely fun. More than that, it's funny where most games will feel forced or simply re-use aspects to their death. It may not surpass even other indie titles like Xenonauts. This doesn't detract from what is an altogether good experience and one that's well worth playing if you're a fan of the genre.
Whilst clunky controls and uninspiring visuals hamper proceedings, Attack of the Earthlings nonetheless offers an intoxicating mix of satisfying strategy, well designed levels and guffaw inducing humour.
Overall this is a competent and enjoyable tactical strategy game, the story is good even if the missions can become a little samey, the game isn’t going to live up to the much more polished games in the genre but given the price difference this is well worth the money.
In the end, I feel like Attack of the Earthlings is worth your money if you’re in the market for an XCOM like game and you’ve already played both XCOM games to death. For £14.99, it’s just at the right price. Any more for this fairly short experience would tip the scales in a negative way. It’s a hilarious, fairly well made XCOM like that will have you laughing out loud more than once. I don’t think it’s a game for everyone, especially if you need a meaty story to sink your teeth into, but it’s definitely worth a go.
Attack of the Earthlings was just a good game to play for one playthrough and be done with it afterward. It is still buggy, straightforward but uninteresting plot, good character models but the turnaround animations are way too slow, the characters are not memorable, visuals common for indie games, and have funny jokes.
Attack of the Earthlings has the ingredients to be a unique entry in the turn-based strategy genre – but it’s missing vital elements that would’ve made the gameplay tolerable.