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  • Summary: Bionic Dues has players guiding multiple classes of Exos through a variety of missions filled with enemy robots that are as buggy as they are angry.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 85
    Bionic Due is not only a necessary purchase for all true rogue-clone fans, but it’d easily be a pride-worthy addition to the game collection of anyone with even a remote interest in this sort of thing. This game is a great laugh and a good challenge; Arcen Games, hat’s off to you chaps.
  2. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Beneath Bionic Dues’ bland appearance lies a thoroughly engrossing strategy game, one which deserves to be played by anyone with a keyboard, a mouse, and a hankering for blowing up evil mechs.
  3. Nov 5, 2013
    75
    A solid game, that gives you an engaging and deep tactical experience. There's not a ton of replayability, though, unless you're deeply into grinding and you tolerate some repetitiveness.
  4. Oct 23, 2013
    70
    Arcen's latest delivers an undeniable rush of triumph once you manage to overcome the final confrontation. Most times you'll fail, however, but if you're not put off by the limitations of the presentation and the sheer brutality of Bionic Dues' challenges, you'll find an enjoyable roguelike that rewards your persistence and determination.
  5. Jan 15, 2014
    65
    This tactical puzzle is fun at first, but quickly outstays its welcome.
  6. Feb 6, 2014
    60
    At its best, with its dystopian future and haphazard revolution, Bionic Dues feels like a Games Workshop game that never was. At its worst it’s like being submerged in a swimming pool of dice and calculator printouts.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Oct 10, 2013
    10
    One of the best and most creative games I have played in a long time. If you like rogue-likes or turn based strategy games you will love this. The mission variation is fantastic and and the meta game of trying to choose which mission to do next and trying to decide when to fight the final battle adds tension to the already tense and fun dungeon crawls. Add to that a great sound track and tons of customization options with procedurally generated loot and you have a very very good game. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2013
    10
    I've played a lot of games like Diablo, XCOM etc etc but this game... THIS GAME keeps me coming back for more! I have not played a game this fun in a LONG LONG time! Kudos to Arcen Games for a brilliantly realized game Expand
  3. May 23, 2014
    9
    A fun and addictive little game. The interface is easy and straightforward as long as the option for mouse movement is NOT selected (If it is, then placing mines and turrets at a specific location is a nightmare). The game is eminently feasible at normal even on the first try. No cheat required. The ability to save when ever you wish is a big plus. There is a lot of replay ability value as your strategy will need to change depending on the lead character you select and the robot team you select. So why nine and not ten? Well, some missions are somewhat repetitious and, once you found the right tactic, there is much less challenge. Anyway, highly recommended specially when, like me, you can get the game at a discount ($5 on GOG!). Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2013
    9
    Wonderful unique turn based roguelite game. The gameplay is fun and the robots are funny. The music is cool. There are plenty of ways to customize what you do and a whole level of difficulties suiting the most casual to the most hardcore players.

    My only gripe with this great game is that it can be tedious and often difficult to go through all of your spoils after a mission and determine what is the best gear for your exos.

    Would recommend this game for sure.
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  5. Oct 10, 2013
    9
    It's been quite a while since I've enjoyed a game this much. I'm consistently passing up the chance to play Dishonored, Saints Row 4, GTA 5, Castlevania: LOS, and many other "must play" games for this. It's the perfect combination of strategy and roguelike.

    There are several types of missions, and which one you choose can have a significant impact on how the game progresses. During the missions, you only control one mech (called "exos" in game) at a time, but you have 4 in you stable. You can swap your exo for another at any time, though it will cost you an action. You lose the mission if all 4 exos are destroyed. There are 6 different exo classes, with an epic variation of each. there are also six different pilots to choose from, each with a unique ability. A new game starts on the city map where you choose from a web of different mission types. As you complete or fail missions, more are revealed. You win the game by either surviving the inevitable final bot onslaught, or lose when your headquarters are destroyed. There is a ton of procedurally generated loot you can use to improve your exos with, which you get from completing missions, find in chests, or buy from the shop.

    The game is highly polished, with excellent visuals, and an astounding soundtrack. Game of the Year, as far as I'm concerned.
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  6. Oct 10, 2013
    8
    Great little strategy game. Take your team against an army of enemy bots. The enemies have a lot of personality, with quirks ranging from being lonely to targeting system bugs to hating cover (and reacting violently to it), to being deadly aggressive. You get loot from each mission which is used to customize your bots, letting you increase weapon range/damage/aoe, or add special abilities like mines & viruses. Definitely worth picking up for $10. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2014
    2
    Overall game idea? Excellent. AI? ABYSMAL. Music/Art? Bargain bin anime level. If you're a fan of tactical games like X-Com, FFT, FTL, etc. or mech games like Armored Core, this game will have appeal to you off the bat. DO NOT TAKE THE BAIT. Got bored after 10-15 missions. Expand

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