The concept of Aztez is really simple: defeat the Spanish. However, getting to that point is entirely up to you of. Aztez is a turn-based game that allows you to determine what action to take to best protect the empire and ensure that the Spanish don’t take it over. Along the way, you’ll have to decide on things like adding resources over stopping an assassination attempt. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn additional turns which will further increase your chances of gaining better weapons and additional resources to defeat the Spanish.
The combat in Aztez is not complicated to master, but it’s important to remember that the same attack may not work all the enemies. As your empire starts to grow some of the encounters you come across will get more difficult with different enemies. There are two tiers of bonuses with each encounter—it can be based on time, points, or kills. The more bonuses you complete, the better your chance will be to defeat the enemies.
It should be noted that the rewards for completing bonuses are very, very good. Sure, gaining additional resources is nice, but sometimes those special items come in handy at the right time.
While getting to the Spanish might take you five turns, the objective is to keep the game going as long as you can so that you have the necessary items to defeat the Spanish. If you lose while you’re building your empire, everything will reset and you start again. Think of it as a cycle of rinse, wash, and repeat. Each time is different than the last, and you’ll have learned what encounters to try differently. Also, not really having a linear story to follow allows you to have a little more fun with Aztez.
Personally, I haven’t played many turn style based games but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Aztez. Having a little action for each encounter doesn’t make Aztez boring, it makes it fun and enjoyable. The game is stylized when during fight sequences, and it can get bloody quick.
It’s easy to get lost playing Aztez since there aren’t any major moments to help you keep track of your progress. As long as you are playing smart and using your special items, you’ll be on your way to defeating the Spanish.
Aztez is only available for PC at the moment, but it will be available on other platforms at a later time. The game retails for $19.99 on Steam and is available right now.
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Review statement: The copy of this game was supplied by the developer for the sake of this review, on PC.