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  • Summary: They Are Billions is a Steampunk strategy game set on a post-apocalyptic planet. Build and defend colonies to survive against the billions of the infected that seek to annihilate the few remaining living humans. Can humanity survive after the zombie apocalypse?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 15, 2019
    85
    They Are Billions offers an almost perfect gameplay loop, mixing tower-defence with city building and exploration, as you balance resource-management, defence and offense, all against your ever-impending doom at the hands of a world infested with the undead. The only downside to a game that looks and sounds great, offering a tense experience in a compelling setting, is a campaign that doesn't fully make-use of the gameplay loop perfected by Numantian Games, leaving the campaign feeling weak, compared to the survival mode, which is the real draw.
  2. Jul 1, 2019
    85
    They Are Billions is a game based on just a single trick that’s up its undead sleeve. But it’s a hell of a trick, one that’ll keep you ensnared in its tangled web of survival for dozens and dozens of hours as the undead march upon your best base-building efforts.
  3. Jul 23, 2019
    80
    They Are Billions is an interesting mashup of classic RTS, tower defense, and survival that successfully conjures up that “one more game” feel, assuming you can persevere through countless defeats.
  4. Jul 3, 2019
    75
    Establishing and expanding a colony while defending against increasingly difficult hordes of infected makes for a very engrossing experience in They Are Billions, though some questionable design choices make shambling through the lengthy Singleplayer campaign a bit of a slog at times.
  5. Jul 9, 2019
    75
    They Are Billions is an atmospheric mix of strategy and Tower Defense game. It isn’t without some hiccups, especially in the story mode, but this is such a great and different experience for RTS fans that you should check it out.
  6. Jul 3, 2019
    75
    The mixture of base building, expansion and defense works well - especially in survival mode. The campaign is a big disappointment, though.
  7. Jun 25, 2019
    70
    After starting the game, we soon felt disillusioned. The structure of the missions nevery changes and there isn‘t really a story to the campaign. The are Billions shines the most when playing outside the boundaries of the campaign, especially when playing on high difficulty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. Jun 19, 2019
    10
    An amazing RTS, there is hate for the campaing, dont get why, i love it, but the true greatness of the game is behind survival. 10/10
  2. Jun 20, 2019
    10
    The final camping is awesome, you have so many kind of stages, including quests from the heroes and stages tower defense style, new units andThe final camping is awesome, you have so many kind of stages, including quests from the heroes and stages tower defense style, new units and so many gameplay hours. Definitely the best option ni RTS games. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2019
    10
    Polished. Fun. Hard. Addictive.
    A bit of a hard learning curve.
    Get it and shut up and play.
  4. Jun 22, 2019
    8
    This is most certainly not a game for casual players! (Such as those above who want a boring save button in the middle of a mission)

    In my
    This is most certainly not a game for casual players! (Such as those above who want a boring save button in the middle of a mission)

    In my opinion this game is for people who like to spend long times on single maps trying not to die and to feel the sweet success of having beaten something truly hard.

    I play the campaign on brutal difficulty and find it very challenging and fun.

    The animations of the cutscenes are not hi quality and seem outdated, but that is not why I play a game like this anyway.
    I play for the challenge and if you are looking for a challenge with a game that finally is not a game that lets you forget every mistake by saving some random save-spot in the middle of a mission this is for you.

    The one thing I find sad so far is that the storytelling is a bit meh and that some of the missions feel like just a grind. For example in early missions when I have built up a wonderful defence and then BOOM, the mission ends and my defences have never been tested because no waves or serious zombie hordes came.... That feels like I wasted my time to build all those nicely placed walls because they were never seriously tested.

    I really LOVE that this game does not come with saving slots in the middle of a mission.
    Do it right or fail.

    The survival mode is still the best mode and is a standalone game that is great fun.
    And the survival to me atm is more fun than the campaign.

    One thing I find sad is that there is no decent reward for playing at higher difficulties except some points that don't do anything and punishment in form of a fail counter that takes away from that score.
    This part it not made well.

    This game is hard and should reward those who play brutal or nightmare in a good kind of way.
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  5. Jun 25, 2019
    5
    They Are Billions is a game with a wonderful concept, beautiful sounds and music, the graphics have this cartoonish look and are a pleasure toThey Are Billions is a game with a wonderful concept, beautiful sounds and music, the graphics have this cartoonish look and are a pleasure to see, the gameplay is enjoyable. At this moment, there are three modes to play: Campaign, Survival and Custom games, the latter I didn’t explore it yet but from what’ve researched is actually the most interesting mode.
    Campaign was just released and is being improved after the initial backlash, both Campaign & Survival mode are Ironman, which means you can’t manually save/load while playing, you can lose extremely easily on this game, all you need is a lone zombie to go your tents and you’re finished, and after that you’ll have to start again from scratch. On Survival, the maps are also randomly generated so many times you’ll restart because the Starting Position is bad. You also have a number of different map types, only one is unlocked and you unlock map type by map type by finishing the earlier one with the necessary Score Factor (number zombies & days until the final wave), most of the content is gated.

    This game is good for those who love the challenge but also have the patience & time to invest, I never finished the 1st map type of Survival and I even read on forums people taking as much as 100 hours of game time to do it. It really depends on if you think this’ll be okay for you or not. The game can be extremely frustrating and feel like a waste of time.
    My last Survival map went like this – I was expanding well and having fun, then the announcer said “a wave is coming from the North”, so I prepared for that and sent my troops there but the wave came from the East instead, which is different from North on my book, and as soon they got in, it was a game over. While I had fun, it ended up feeling like a waste of my time, because my time is limited and I don’t have enough to invest on this game until the pay-off becomes good. When I invest time & money on a product, there has to be a pay-off to justify the investment.
    I believe tutorials and even Skirmish mode where you could play specific maps and all map types with the ability to Save/Load would help, and having two Campaign modes where one was Ironman and the other wasn’t would be good and more inclusive instead of being exclusive.

    In conclusion, this game is good for those who are hardcore and have time to invest, for the rest of the gamers demographic it might not be so good, at least at the moment. I’ll still keep an eye for it because I truly love the concept.

    5/10
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  6. Jun 24, 2019
    5
    I totally agree with the Vasot, at the first glance game looks OK, but there are only 3 types of missions ( "hero", "kill swarm(zombies)" andI totally agree with the Vasot, at the first glance game looks OK, but there are only 3 types of missions ( "hero", "kill swarm(zombies)" and "build colony"). Your colony almost always located in the open area, which means that you can be attacked from 4 sides.
    "Build a colony" is the most disappointing mission type, where you should attract 600 colonists, for example (3rd mission), so you should build about 60-80 houses and protect them from zombies, which is more boring and irritating, than challenging task.
    Also, I was got upset, that you open most of the units and buildings using research try where you apply point which you got from completing the missions, accept from this research tree you have very limited variety units and building.
    Also, there is no classic save/load opportunity, you quit and the game remembers this moment and continues from it. You cannot restart the mission, which is a washout. I made a mistake in 1 mission (build a colony) and concentrate on houses for colonists and not army and zombies attacked from 3 sides and units are slow and sometimes stuck in buildings, so I almost loose, so I wish there were restart and quickly save and load options to change your strategy when you find mistakes in your planning.
    Also sometimes buildings explode for no reason, maybe it interesting mechanic for hard or nightmare difficulty, but at normal difficulty (which I played) it also irritates a bit.

    All in all, the game has an interesting theme and some gameplay mechanics, but after playing 3-4 hours I cannot call it enjoyable. I waited that it would be like Frostpunk, interesting and challenging, but about zombies, but this game has more boring and irritating moments, than challenging.
    Maybe I missed something, but I cannot recommend this game at the current state.
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  7. Jul 25, 2019
    0
    This game crashes every 30 minutes on average and absolutely unsuitable for a playing. Oh, and saves are not allowed in this game. NiceThis game crashes every 30 minutes on average and absolutely unsuitable for a playing. Oh, and saves are not allowed in this game. Nice convergence, isn't it? Not that it only crashes, but it freezes your entire PC so you have to switch the power off to forcibly restart it. Expand

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