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Enemy offers turn-based tactics with a squad of retro game heroes, is now on Greenlight

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Enemy first came to my attention last year, when its Kickstarter campaign (opens in new tab) promised to deliver X-Com-a-like turn-based tactics with a retro game twist. Its items, abilities and, yes, enemies, are all drawn from gaming's 8-bit era, but the action takes place across fully destructible and randomly generated voxel environments. Enemy recently appeared on Steam Greenlight (opens in new tab) , and a new trailer shows how things have progressed.

"Every time you start a new game, the game procedurally generates a new world, using decades-old video games as its building blocks," writes developer Tom Johnson on Enemy's Greenlight page (opens in new tab) . "The result is a collision of genres, where haunted swamps, tropical war zones, and peaceful mushroom villages all stand side-by-side. You'll build up your own custom squad of retro game characters, with a mix of skills ranging from mental health and reaction time, to the use of blasters and the ability to jump five times your own height."

But if Enemy's building blocks seem more console focused, the combat is pure PC – inspired by games like X-Com and Jagged Alliance. "You'll devise strategies based around the unique set of abilities you've chosen for your team, and then execute them step-by-step," Johnson writes, "all while responding to counter-moves made by the enemy. It models the stress of battle on your heroes, who can flee or go berserk if things start to go too wrong. Additionally, everything in the game is destructible."

For more, visit the Enemy website (opens in new tab) .

Phil Savage
Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.