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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    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: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  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.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
    9
    I've really enjoyed this game. I'm a fan of TBS and roguelikes in general, and this has a good mixture of the two for me.
    There are two
    I've really enjoyed this game. I'm a fan of TBS and roguelikes in general, and this has a good mixture of the two for me.
    There are two parts to the game the strategic map, where you choose what objectives to tackle. You can't tackle all of them, and you can't see much past where you have already fought you way through, so you have to choose carefully. Different missions give different rewards.

    The battle that occurs each day is essentially the TBS/Roguelike part. You have a set of robots you can choose four of six available called "Exos". You build these up as you collect loot and mission rewards. Each "Exo" has it's own flavor (sniper, ninja, siege, science, etc.), and you have good flexibility to tune them to your liking as the game progresses and you gather equipment.

    The gameplay is fast, except when you don't want it to be. It doesn't have a lot of micromanaging and the battles don't get tedious, but at the same time you can find yourself in situations where you stop and think a bit between actions, especially at the higher difficulty levels.

    The game scales well across the different difficulty levels, and throughout the days of the game itself. It is well polished, runs smoothly, has good graphics and good music. All and all thoroughly enjoyable.

    9 out of 10. I ding it only for the equipment management set of screens. You get a lot of equipment in the game and between battles it can be a bit tedious to really tune your exo. This isn't needed so much at the normal or lower difficulty level though.
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  3. Dec 4, 2015
    9
    On first impressions when I started playing this game, I wasn't too impressed. The difficulty seemed all over the place, there were a lot ofOn first impressions when I started playing this game, I wasn't too impressed. The difficulty seemed all over the place, there were a lot of numbers and stats everywhere, and things were confusing. But, if you stay on and keep playing, you eventually start to get a hang of it. There is a bit of a learning curve here, but the game has a very nice tactical depth to it and can be loads of fun.

    Upon starting a new game, you get to select your preferred pilot and 4 mechs/exosuits. Each pilot has a bonus perk of some sort, and each mech has its own strengths and weaknesses, some being more offensively based, others more to do with support stuff, like hacking and stealth. So it's up to you to pick your preferred team.

    The campaign itself has a simple concept - a robot army is going to attack your HQ in 50 days. Do whatever you can to prepare yourself for this attack. Each mission you do in the city counts as a day. You can go for missions where you find shiny new gear for your mechs to make them stronger, or you can go for missions which weaken the enemy and slow their expansion. The best thing is, you can see on a side of a screen the details of what units currently comprise the enemy army, so you can see how it is affected after every mission you do.

    The missions themselves take a form of a randomly-generated dungeon with tile-based movement. You can swap between your mechs at will, but doing so counts as a turn, so you have to be very careful in your advance. It is very easy to make a wrong move and to have several enemies on you at once. Both, your units and enemy units, might feel like glass cannons. You could kill an enemy in 1-2 shots, but so can they! So you have to utilise tactics to outsmart them - use range or perhaps area of effect weapons, or even just pull back and surprise them around the corner. You can even deploy sentry turrets to help you in firefights if you've got any available.

    And in between missions you can customize your mechs with the loot found. The customization is very rich and detailed. Each mech has several slots where gear can fit in, ranging from weapons, to shields, to propulsion systems. It can feel overwhelming at first because there are a lot of things on the screen, but you do get used to it, and everything in the game has a description if you're unsure what something is.

    Speaking of descriptions, they're fantastic. Everything has an edge of humour in it. When you hover over an enemy, an object, or anything else in-game, you see a bit of funny flavour text about it.

    The music is also amazing. I first got interested in the game when I've heard its main theme, which is very beautiful with great vocals, but even the tracks that play during missions are also great.

    I've been enjoying the game so far and started a new campaign already. I would highly suggest to play the first game on an Easy or Casual difficulty level to get familiar with the game. After that, the higher difficulty levels don't seem as bad anymore.

    Great game. Highly recommended for fans of tactics-based games.
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  4. 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,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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  5. Oct 27, 2013
    8
    The gameplay is quite good, rewarding good planning and punishing mistakes enough that each action feels meaningful. The granularity of theThe gameplay is quite good, rewarding good planning and punishing mistakes enough that each action feels meaningful. The granularity of the difficulty levels are well done, it was easy to find a level I was comfortable at without feeling too overwhelmed.

    Like all Arcen games the graphics are... not great, but they get the point across. The soundtrack is nice, Pablo Vega does a good job. The $10 price point is just right, and will be a real deal when it goes on sale.
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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 fromGreat 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,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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