Percentile Rank

Into The Breach is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 66 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

90%

Critics Recommend

Based on 66 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Feb 26, 2018

The follow-up to FTL is just as punishing - and just as elegant.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 27, 2018

If you play PC video games at all whatsoever, buy Into the Breach.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 27, 2018

I cannot currently think of any reason why I would ever uninstall Into The Breach

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 27, 2018

It may be a hard game, but the temptation to improve was irresistible. I didn't want to stop playing.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 7, 2018

Into The Breach has given me faith again in the polish and the promise of the indie game developer, and reminds me that amazing things can be achieved on the smallest of canvasses.

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GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Mar 15, 2018

Into The Breach is a tour-de-force of tight design, an excellent execution of an idea, and a wonderful take on turn-based strategic combat. I have pretty much nothing bad to say about it. My only wish right now is that there was more of it, that its permutations would stretch on forever, that there’d be islands that I’d ever be able to conquer, more different Vek than I’d ever be able to fight, and more different bonus objectives than I’d ever see. But I understand, design-wise, why this could never be the case. I think Subset have achieved something pretty special here; I look forward to coming back to it in all my future timelines.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2019

Subset also deserves credit for the game’s deliberately limited, laser-focused scope. Every aspect of Into The Breach’s design—the gorgeous soundtrack, the bleak storytelling, even the way characters quip about the in-game reset button—contributes to making the player’s battles feel like a life-or-death, “We’re canceling the apocalypse” moment.

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Scored Reviews

Kinglink Reviews
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Jul 19, 2018

A Worthy “sequel” to FTL, and a really interesting and fun strategic game. It feels like Advance Wars in many ways and is remarkably playable and enjoyable.

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Guardian
Mar 5, 2018

Pitting giant mechs against alien bugs, this winningly focused post-apocalyptic spree eschews resource management in favour of living moment by moment

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The Game is a Lie
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

Much more than a turn-based strategy game, than a sci-fi game or than just any other indie game, Into the Breach is a masterpiece. Challenging without being unfair, complex without being overwhelming and familiar without being cliché, it's perfectly balanced to provide a unique experience.

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TrustedReviews
Mar 6, 2018

Subset games has achieved a mastery of the microdrama, and as such, Into The Breach is about as essential as indie games get.

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Saving Content
Mar 7, 2018

Into the Breach is enthralling from the moment you start playing, and doesn’t let go. Every calculated move by the enemy can be countered. Every mistake is your own. And as death will come swift and often, in time, so too will victory. And being victorious has a greater sense of accomplishment because it feels earned with each battle being hard fought. Subset Games have crafted a game that absolutely excellent from the gameplay to the music. Into the Breach is near perfection.

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Gameplanet
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

With Into the Breach Subset Games rewrites the tactical gameplay rulebook by removing most of its pages. In doing so, it has created a superlative strategy game.

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Digital Trends
Feb 26, 2018

Subset Games has delivered one of the tightest strategy games we've ever seen.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2018

After the seminal FTL: Faster Than Light, Subset Games eludes the so-called "sophomore slump" by contributing yet another extraordinary touchstone in the gaming industry, Into the Breach.

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Paste Magazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

If you commit and dig in, you'll be rewarded with that rare feeling of accomplishment in a videogame. Not because you leveled up or because you managed to get one over on the game, but because the puzzle feeling of Into The Breach makes the game appear to be extremely fair. I never feel like I've been tricked when I lose, and I never feel like I've done something out of bounds when I win.

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Wccftech
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

Into The Breach blends turn-based strategy and puzzles games on such a tiny, yet perfect scale that it has raised the bar for both genres at the same time.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2018

One of the best strategy games on the market, bringing a unique sense of fun to the genre. A must-play title.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

The simple presentation belies a deep and engaging gameplay loop that unfolds over multiple playthroughs, as new unlocks completely change required tactics

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PC Gamer
93 / 100
93 / 100
Feb 27, 2018

Exacting, agonising, challenging, and intensely rewarding, Into the Breach delivers in the tiniest package the most perfectly formed tactics around.

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Everyeye.it
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

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VGProfessional
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2018

Into the Breach is a simple yet engaging strategy title that pushes you to carefully consider every move, and makes victory seem that much more rewarding as a result. It’s quite an addictive title, and expect to spend quite a bit of time mastering it and feeling like you might be able to eke out a victory in the great war between man and insect.

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Old Grizzled Gamers
91 / 100
91 / 100
Mar 5, 2018

A refined, masterfully executed and hugely atmospheric turn based tactics game. The framework of Into The Breach is a little light on content, but the variety of missions approaches and challenging scenarios that emerge from its elegant systems provide hours of compulsive, bug crushing strategy goodness.

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Gamersky
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

Not like other SLG, pushing is much more important than damage in Into the Breach. Your strategies must change a lot to fit the new rules, which makes the game interesting and unique. Besides, you can find roguelike elements, a great variety of mechs, and challenging enemies in it too. It is definitely one of the biggest surprise you can get these days.

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3DNews
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2018

It's quite easy to spent a sleepless night with Into the Breach's addictive tactical gameplay and tons of options to customize our party. This game do not forgive mistakes, but gives you an opportunity to think and find solutions to many interesting tactical puzzles.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2018

Into the breach is a shiny little gem of an indie game, with an almost perfect gameplay, a huge level of customisation and an endless replayability. In just a few days it has become one of the most addictive gaming drugs ever.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

The wide variety of mech and pilot abilities make Into The Breach's tactical combat deep, satisfying, and replayable. Every turn creates a new complex puzzle, and though sometimes there's no perfect solution, finding the best way to minimize damage creates frequent eureka moments as you learn to make the most of the abilities you're given to work with. It's a small-looking tactics game that's kept me playing more intently than most big ones.

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GRYOnline.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

This turn-based game is worth every penny: the developers have created a superb and minimalistic strategy game, which has an excellent system of achievements making you crave for more and more and more... Remember – defeat is only a beginning and the satisfaction is great!

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Feb 28, 2018

An almost perfectly formed strategy game, that hides near infinite variety and depth beneath its deceptively simple presentation.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

Into the Breach sticks with you even when you're not playing it. You rewind every step you'd made thinking about differents solutions while you reset once more the time line thinking "this time will be the good one". Spoiler: "it won't"

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Jump Dash Roll
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 6, 2018

A stripped-down strategy game which will hook you in from the get-go, Into The Breach is another triumph from a tiny studio.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

A fun but challenging strategy game that blends a fun time-travel aesthetic with great turn-based mechanics. Interesting time pressure gameplay makes every battle rewarding. Heartily recommended.

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The Games Machine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Subset Games are the leading authority of addictive puzzle games, and Into the Breach is their magnum opus: game over after game over, you'll discover a puzzle game capable of keeping you engaged and entertained. Into the Breach needs to be slowly savoured, tasted and finally loved. Unless you hate the genre, that is.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 18, 2018

Into the Breach is one of those gems that will be talked about for the rest of 2018; a game that will come up in game of the year discussions and beyond, because it's just that good.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 1, 2018

Into the Breach is brilliant in how it approaches the strategy game genre. By giving the player all the information they need, it's easy to see where exactly you went wrong, and what you could've done to prevent it.

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GameSkinny
Feb 28, 2018

This 8-bit gaming triumph proves you don't need overly complicated mechanics or 3D graphics to provide a stellar strategy experience.

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BaziCenter
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 24, 2018

Into the Breach is a prime example that shows no matter the budget, not matter the technology, no matter the graphics, you can always make a great game if you have that wonderful idea. Focusing solely on gameplay at the expense of everything else, Into the Breach is just one of the most entertaining games you've ever experienced.

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Screen Rant
Aug 31, 2018

Into The Breach arrives to the Nintendo Switch in a surprise release, and it's a must-play for fans of tactical games with the mettle to persevere.

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viewport
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 9, 2018

Into the Breach evokes a feeling that only the best strategy games can accomplish: it makes me feel smart.

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Boomstick Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018
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NoobFeed
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 5, 2018

Complex under its minimalistic shell, Into The Breach is an excellent turn-based tactics game.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2018

Into The Breach is a fantastic turn based strategy with everything tuned at its finest. Its got high replayability, fun combat and the perfect UI. If you're a strategy lover, this is a highly recommended game

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We Got This Covered
Feb 26, 2018

Into the Breach borrows confidently from FTL's successes, but differentiates itself as a tight, highly replayable tactics game built around avoiding non-combatant casualties and collateral damage.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2018

Strong art and music combine with excellent mechanics and an emphasis on strategy and players choice to create one of the best strategy games in years.

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Invision Community
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 2, 2018

I am a huge fan of FTL, its premise, game play, style and utter nonsense randomized paths and subset games have only gone a dropped another gaming bomb on me. Into The Breach has been an incredible game to play.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 27, 2018

Subset Games' FTL follow-up is a pristine and pragmatic tactical gem with dynamic conflicts that will inspire you to jump Into the Breach again, and again, and again.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2018

Undoubtedly, one of the best features of the game is unlocking new mechs and creating your own squads, and it is that element that will keep me coming back to the game. Hop into a breach and pick up this game yesterday, soldier. It's Vek-hunting season.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 31, 2018

Into The Breach is a fantastic example of how you can play around with an established genre. Taking turn-based strategy and letting you see what is about to happen changes everything about what would normally play out. The feeling of intellectual superiority you feel when you outsmart the aliens is incredible and will keep you playing through every loss you will experience. Best of all the bite-size maps fit onto the Switch so perfectly that the idea of playing it on a PC is absurd. This is a game made for a handheld, and damn is it good.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 4, 2018

Into The Breach is a brutal, uncompromising game of making hard decisions and living with your mistakes, but the short length of battles and endless variety of playthroughs makes for an extremely addictive experience. Though the graphics are nothing special, the gameplay is some of the very best you'll find in the strategy genre on the Switch, and we can easily recommend this to anybody who's looking for an in-depth game that'll make you think. Into The Breach feels right at home on the Switch, and whether you play more at home or on the go, you're more than likely to get plenty of value out of this release.

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GamePro
88 / 100
88 / 100
Dec 27, 2018

Motivating turn based strategy roguelike with tactical depth, which remains exciting in every single lap despite simple graphics.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Mar 10, 2018

It may not consume your whole year like FTL did, but Into The Breach is a tighter and more concentrated experience that's well worth the money.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

If you’re not a major tactical strategy fan you’ll probably feel a bit overwhelmed by the challenge Into the Breach poses, but if this is your wheelhouse it should absolutely satisfy. While less elaborate than the likes of Kingdom Battle the pacing and style are also probably better suited to play on the go or enjoyment in quick bursts since most maps are about surviving a set number of turns rather than having to eliminate all threats. While it isn’t likely appropriate for a mainstream audience with its steep learning curve fans of strategy games will likely enjoy this addition to the Switch library.

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VGN
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

Into the Breach is another title that confirms Subset Games ability to innovate turn-based strategy with creativity and a simple approach. Playing chess with altering time robots has never been so utterly delightful!

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Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

The pixel art style and isometric strategy battles remind me of all the good parts of games like Final Fantasy Tactics. Subset Games have a lot of experience in developing rich roguelikes, with previous title FTL standing out, and they’ve used that experience to blend with this strategy game to make a title that is definitely worth a look.

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Worth Playing
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

Into the Breach presses all the right buttons to keep tactical strategy fans hooked, and many will come back over and over again despite any shortcomings they may perceive. I, for one, plan to waste away many more afternoons saving the world from an infestation of bugs. Then, once I finish spraying my house and yard, I plan to play some more Into the Breach.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 8, 2018

Into the Breach is an excellent tactical game. It feels like a game of chess with robots and aliens, and it offers a very deep gameplay behind its simplistic looks.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 10, 2018

Tight, lean, and expertly crafted, rarely is so much accomplished with so little.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2018

Into the Breach is a mechanically perfect game that is surrounded by mediocre design decisions. I absolutely adore the tactics-style gameplay and how simplistically the game can convey so much information. But with the only run variance being the three pilotable mechs and the potential upgrades, things just start to feel "same-y" after not too long. For those, like myself, who can easily fall in love with intelligently designed mechanics, there is a lot to love about Into the Breach, but it's not as well-rounded as it could be.

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Game Revolution
Mar 11, 2018

I enjoyed my time with Into the Breach, and it's a great game to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time. I hope that it finds its way to mobile devices or the Nintendo Switch because it would be perfect for playing on the go.

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Fandom
4 / 5.0
Fandom

Top Critic

4 / 5.0
Mar 1, 2018

Subset has taken positional play in turn-based tactics to its extreme. The result is at once unique, accessible, and mindbending. Every round is a newly created puzzle with perfectly pitched difficulty, and that is seriously impressive design.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

A good roguelite strategic game with focus on tactics and on the rise of the personal ability. Unfortunately there are same balancing problems, but nothing that could ruin the experience.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2018

Little big turn-based strategy with simple graphics does not disappoint you. It is unique, just a bit eventless after several attempts.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 19, 2018

Into The Breach may not be a groundbreaking new incursion in the world of turn-based strategy games but it's certainly a competent effort, even if orthodox at that. A very challenging game with good gameplay mechanics and a variety of levels, Into The Breach could just use a more elaborate plot and some more tutorials to score a few extra points with the players.

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Niche Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2018

I gave Into the Breach about ten hours of my time, and while I don't feel like that time was wasted, I also have no desire to go back and play it again. After one or two playthroughs, you'll have seen just about everything the game has to offer.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 11, 2018

I enjoyed my time with the game well enough -- just don't expect to be converted if you're not already into these types of adventures.

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Sirus Gaming
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2018

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.

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