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Fort Triumph


Format: PS4
Publisher: All in! Games
Developer: All in! Games
RRP: £15.99
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Age Restrictions: 12+
Release Date: 13 August 2021

Fort Triumph is a fantasy turn-based tactics game where permanent death is a possibility at any moment. Lead a band of heroes with different skill sets through a witty, parody fantasy plot. Missions with various objectives are waiting for you on tiled procedural maps - whether in story mode or skirmish, prepare yourself for a grand adventure...

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The gameplay is fiendishly punishing

Fort Triumph is a fiendishly punishing game. Right from the first level I got my arse handed to me on a plate as I walked straight into trouble. Rather naively, I thought the opening level would be a walk in the park, so I just sort of went on the attack without really thinking about defence. Big mistake.

So, on subsequent play throughs I was a little more guarded... but still I got slaughtered. Eventually I killed all the enemy, but couldn't work out how to free the trapped characters who were locked cages. There was no real help from the actual game... so I had to go online to find out what I was missing.

So far this was not shaping up to be anything but a frustrating experience. I mean there are loads of similar games in the genre including the immensely fun XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 (if you're fed up of the usual warlocks and knights scenarios).

So what does Fort Triumph bring to the table? If I'm being honest... nothing really new, but this genre is so beloved by its fans that more stories and adventures in a similar vein is always welcomed.

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Build your base, gather resources and teach your characters new skills

I did like the fact you could fell trees on your enemies with the use of the whirlwind move. So taking cover comes with its own set of problems. This helps to stop your enemy (or you for that matter) from simply remaining behind cover. It also makes you think a little more about where you are going to move your characters as you plan your strategic attack.

You get to choose between four factions and four classes. Build your base, gather resources and teach your characters new skills. As you progress you gain traits and cross-class skills to make your heroes unique every time you play.

While I did enjoy Fort Triumph - especially it's punishing gameplay - it offers very little that you haven't seen before. Still, it's a welcome addition to the genre.


Nick Smithson

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