Review: Antihero (Steam)

Antihero is a fast turn-based strategy game with an (Oliver) Twist. Recruit street urchins, hire thugs, start a gang, upgrade your guild, steal everything… and bribe, blackmail, and assassinate your way to victory.

Pros:

  • Nice hand drawn graphics.
  • 123MB Download size.
  • Steam Achievements.
  • Graphic options- Fullscreen and resolution.
  • Three modes- Campaign, Online and Skirmish.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial pop ups.
  • Simple controls- Can all be played with just the mouse.
  • Strategy board game game play.
  • The idea of the game is to build a crew and rob buildings and generate money to take out the other gang but also acquire victory points done by completing tasks.
  • Scout areas to uncover them and reveal buildings.
  • Burgle buildings to make cash and send in urchins to take them over and create cash flow.
  • One v One scenario and to win you must get the needed victory points first.
  • Skirmish- You can do Vs AI or play hot seat local multiplayer with full customization rules.
  • Earn victory points by bribing officials, Assassinating the targets or blackmail.
  • Hire new characters to your crew and upgrade them to buff stats or add action points or how much money they loot each time or generate.
  • Bite sized levels in campaign with each game lasting around 20 minutes or so.
  • Five maps to play on.
  • Voiced characters and cut scenes.
  • Online is quick and easy to use.
  • It is fun to play.
  • It comes across as simple and basic but it is in fact a very deep rewarding experience.
  • You can evict, Lay traps in buildings for your enemies to gain control.
  • Third party gangs can block you or steal your urchins away.

Cons:

  • Not many graphic options.
  • A lot of randomness especially in relation to buildings. You can get dealt a bad hand and that ruins your game straight off the bat.
  • No Steam cards.
  • Online requires you to setup an account.
  • AI can either be extremely easy or devilishly hard.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Takes a few games to get the feel for it all and know whats what.
  • Outside of online or local multiplayer its very much a one and done deal with little reason to come back.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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