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  • Summary: Lead a group of desperate survivors across a desolate wasteland and discover new stories in this tactical, squad-based roguelike.

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20 Minutes Of Overland Gameplay On The Switch - GDC 2019
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 19, 2019
    90
    Combining strategy, procedural-generation, and survival, Finji's Overland is a challenging, memorable trip across post-apocalyptic America.
  2. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    Overland is a truly curious take on the post-apocalyptic genre, its turn-based gameplay turning an otherwise tired setting into something worth your time. You’ll feel vulnerable, desperate, and anxious on your hellish road trip and while that journey might outright frustrate you at times, it’s one you certainly won’t soon forget.
  3. Sep 19, 2019
    80
    Every movement you commit, every action you command, and every item or character you sacrifice for another will be an apprehensive decision. But taking each of those tough steps makes you even more grateful to hear the soft chime of your car's open-door alarm when you make it back, and the rev of the motor when you escape down the highway, relieved to leave another pack of abnormal creatures behind.
  4. Dec 2, 2019
    80
    A strategy game that is as unique as beautiful. Prepare yourself for the challenge of completing dioramas-puzzles under the stress of noise.
  5. May 11, 2020
    75
    Controls aren’t immediately obvious, and with such limited movements within each turn, you’re a) mostly figuring it out as you go along, and b) dying a lot. For many people, of course, the difficulty is the point, especially when we’re talking about survival horror — which, its isometric puzzle trappings notwithstanding, Overland definitely is. It doesn’t hold your hand (which, for some — i.e. me — may be a drawback), so if you’re tired of the current apocalypse and in the mood for one that’s a little different, it might just do the trick.
  6. Sep 23, 2019
    60
    The post-apocalypse schtick was worn out long ago, so any game using it as a thematic backdrop is always going to have an uphill struggle, but Overland attempts to set itself apart with its diorama-style maps and its McCarthy-esque road trip. While it lacks the more focused combat and systems of the very similar Into the Breach, there’s a lot to like about its bleak combination of fellowship and sacrifice. But with a procedural generation setup that doesn’t always play in its favour and a shallow inventory, its take on Armageddon can be more frustrating than fun.
  7. 60
    Generally, I enjoy turn-based strategy games and I had high expectations for what Overland had to offer. I have no problem with the game trying to move me out of my comfort zone and consider strategies not regularly employed in other titles, but it just wasn’t enough to keep my interest. I think there’s likely a group of people that will appreciate the simplified strategy and minimalistic take, but since I’m not one of them, they can feel free to abandon me like the poor soul in the tutorial.

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  1. Sep 1, 2020
    8
    I really enjoy this turn-based strategy game- the theme, the art style, and even the brutal difficulty. Sure it's not perfectly balanced andI really enjoy this turn-based strategy game- the theme, the art style, and even the brutal difficulty. Sure it's not perfectly balanced and strokes of ill luck can be frustrating, but when you manage to get out of a tough scrape it's immensely satisfying. The game is all about close calls. I highly recommend playing your first few games with the "level restart option" on until you learn the quirks and mechanics of everything (basically there's no instructions so you'll learn by trial and error). I think that's part of the fun and mystery that this post-apocalyptic game provides. Expand