January 9, 2023
Puzzle games are always attractive to a wide range of gamers, from casual players who only enjoy simplistic games, to the more serious ones who play games regularly and are good at them. Greed Corp. may not be the best example of a 100% puzzle title, but it will still get your brain working a bit more actively than your regular shooter. And if you think you've become good enough to keep outsmarting the AI, wait till you see the multiplayer options!
The game is played in a standard turn-based format, on maps divided into hexagonal shapes. The interesting thing here is that the entire premise of the game revolves around a world that's near a collapse, and this is reflected directly in the gameplay – all of the levels are built over a deep abyss, with the hexagonal tiles represented by gigantic pillars sticking out from it. Various actions, both yours and your enemies', will cause the land to deform as the tiles break and fall down into the abyss. You'll need to plan your play very carefully if you don't want to find yourself on one of those tiles as it goes down.
The majority of the gameplay revolves around a varied economic system, and you'll need to build structures and train units to progress and defeat your enemies. The multiplayer has been done very well, and doesn't suffer from the general feeling of boredom that most turn-based games induce – it's common in this genre, as the game is always fun while you're making your own move, but waiting for your enemy to finish theirs becomes more and more of a chore. Not in Greed Corp., as the turns don't take a lot of time to execute, and it's interesting to watch the enemy as well.
Graphics and System Requirements
A very unique art style represents Greed Corp's world – all of the tiles are colored in various bright shades to reflect their properties, the units look simply amazing (and somewhat adorable), and the quality of the animations and effects is simply superb. You'll find some very high-quality models representing the characters, both from an artistic and a technical viewpoint – not only do they look good, but since most of the detail is represented through heightmapped textures, the models themselves aren't very high on the polygon count, and the game ends up very optimized.
Speaking of which, its system requirements aren't that high if you're playing on the PC, and even lower-end machines should be able to enjoy it in its fullest. And even if you don't cut it 100%, don't worry – it is, after all, a turn-based title, and doesn't require a great dose of reflexes to be good at it.
Make sure you try out all the different modes available in multiplayer, as the game may seem a bit too repetitive after a few rounds – but that's easily remedied by the high number of different modes.
It's great when we see unique titles like this one – Greed Corp. is both a great game to kill some time with, and something you can build skill in. A fantastic title that's worth at least a couple of looks.