Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 12, 2016
    60
    Atlas Reactor has enough going for it that it is definitely worth trying out if you are in the mood for a tactical turn-based game. As someone who isn’t huge fan of turn-based games, I can’t say Atlas Reactor does anything to convince me that I should play it every day. While there is so much to do in Atlas Reactor, including Ranked PvP, daily contracts and even a poor story mode (essentially more contracts), I simply don’t find the game enjoyable enough to keep going back to. That being said, the game is F2P (to a certain extent) and what you play during that time will be enough to convince you whether or not you’ll want to spend money on it.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 49
  2. Negative: 11 out of 49
  1. Oct 8, 2016
    10
    Atlas Reactor is a gem among games. Think multiplayer XCOM and you have 20 seconds to figure out what you're doing with your character whileAtlas Reactor is a gem among games. Think multiplayer XCOM and you have 20 seconds to figure out what you're doing with your character while you talk and strategize with your team of four. I actually created a log in on Metacritic just to say that. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2016
    10
    I found out about Atlas Reactor from a Facebook post that was a montage of people reacting to game play. When i heard it was Turn based iI found out about Atlas Reactor from a Facebook post that was a montage of people reacting to game play. When i heard it was Turn based i cringed a little bit BUT dont let that fool you. Being that turn based is my least favorite genre of game I can honestly say this is not your grandmothers turn based game.

    This is a face paced all thrills no filler game. Each match starts out carefree and by turn 20 rolls around, your head is in your hand and your thinking face is full force. Fill with crazy "OH CRAP" and "WHAT AM I DOING" moments this game is sure to suck you in for hours at a time. If you want to laugh and have some fun while putting the smack down on the other team you MUST check out this game.
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  3. Oct 5, 2016
    10
    Atlas reactor is surprisingly fine and tense game - as long as if you like games which require you to think quickly and tactically instead ofAtlas reactor is surprisingly fine and tense game - as long as if you like games which require you to think quickly and tactically instead of being the fastest mouse clicker on the block. It is quite amazing how dynamic the game is even though it is turn based.

    In short, in the game you are controlling one of 4 different freelancers on your team. Freelancer is a character with unique fighting abilities, fitting loosely into damage dealer, front line tank and support (generally healing) classes. Your team is pitted against opponents on a relatively small maps which ensure dynamic fight. The first team to score 5 kills or most kills after 20 turns wins. The match takes usually less than 15 minutes, with some extra long matches being below 20.

    The game may become a classic with huge following; whether that will happen, it is hard to say at the moment. The balance of characters if already rather fine, the matchmaking works, the game is fluid and dynamic and will give you quite some emotions. Skill matters, as well as teamwork. The characters are very varied and unique. The classes are rather loosely defined and the variation within is significant. The unique abilities of characters are unique, which makes it more appreciated how well those are balanced. The balance is enhanced by the match-maker which often chooses similar characters on opposite teams (but not mirrors). So you feel that game is fair - even if you believe one of the freelancers is stronger than the other, often both teams have it.

    There are some downsides - the voice chat requires external application and at the moment is not widely used - making communication tricky. The time limit for your turn is 15s, which can be short, especially if you learn late what your teammates are doing (their moves are shown once they plot them) and want to make last moment adjustments. The game needs more maps, more fluent communication in teams and perhaps some other modes than 4 vs 4. For example, myself, I am waiting for a mode in which you control all 4 characters in your team for ultimate experience. Nonetheless, the game is already very entertaining and unique, with great much future potential. It is also easy to grab, but difficult to master.

    Most importantly, it is absolutely no pay to win, even if you play for free. Only skill of you, your teammates, and teamwork matters - money will only get you new skins for your characters and other purely graphical enhancements.

    Graphics is ok. For me, I do not like the style too much - but in the age of shiny graphics, it fits the bill.

    You can try it for free - you will not be able to play all characters, but it will give you the taste of the game. Maybe I am wrong, but if the game is matured a bit and perhaps enhanced with simpler (maybe even 2d) graphics for quick plotting, as well as more fluent communication between teammates, it has potential to become a very solid e-sport game to be played for decades. On the other hand, if the developers will move in wrong direction, it may just die... Currently it is a unique game - surely clones will follow if it gets as much success as I believe it deserves.

    I was hesitating about the score - finally give it 10 as it is a bold move into where few (or nobody) was before and the design works. It is also more finished than most games at release. The problems are generally minor and common to other team based games, even those which are on the market for many years. Graphics is a matter of taste - and you may like it... No pay to win, skill and teamwork are the only factors affecting the game. Easy to pick, but very complex to master.
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