Turn-based strategy games – for a different type of gamer
Turn-based games go way back. Before the invention of the computer or consoles. They are the direct descendants of board games. Of course, you could even consider card games, dice games, and more into their lineage as well. What differentiates them is that, unlike card and dice games that are based on a lot of luck, turn-based games are more about strategy.
There’s plenty to choose from in the genre too. You’ve got roguelike dungeon-crawlers, world conquerors, and tactical RPGs. With such variety, there’s something for everyone to sink their teeth, and time into.
How complex are they?
One thing that can turn off new players from turn-based strategy games is the learning curve. Some games are difficult to understand and get good at quickly. As an example, a regular FPS might have 5-10 weapons, 4-5 main game modes, and a straightforward team vs team system.
Turn-based games however can be much more layered. You could have 20 different spells available, 30 units per side, conversation options, and other overwhelming options. When you add a multiplayer option, with time limits for your choices, this can be too much for some new players.
The best way to combat this hiccup though is via detailed tutorials or removing the time limits. Allowing players to take as much time as they like means players have a much easier time getting a hang of the mechanics, thinking out their moves, and even time to google any issues they might be having.
With this change in approach, turn-based games can be more relaxing and more fulfilling for the average player than a real-time one such as an FPS or sports games.
Turn-based vs real-time
Both types of games appeal to very different types of gamers, each with its strengths and weaknesses. Real-time games have the benefit of not knowing what you’re going to get each game, you don’t know who your opponents are, or what the skill level of your own team will be, or even whether the environment you’re playing in will remain the same.
Turn-based games are different. Once you understand the game mechanics and understand that ‘x’ action taken leads to ‘y’ result, then you can start to strategize when you’re going to take ‘x’ action, and plan your moves accordingly as you more closely predict the outcome.
This leads to the discussion of the benefits of multiplayer vs. single-player games.
While turn-based games can be made into multiplayer ones, such as traditional games like Chess, there is rarely a hardcore enough audience that would take part, and those that do take part are often advanced veterans leaving new users in the dust.
The best then are the turn-based games that focus solely on a single-player strategy. The benefits far outweigh any of the cons, and new users can freely become experts in their own time. There is no waiting for the other player to finish thinking, and you aren’t thrust into a real-time lobby where you might become overwhelmed.
If you have any favorite turn-based games, even classic tabletops, then let us know!