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a game by Afterschool Studio
Platform: PC (2022)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Sandbox Games, Strategy Games, Pixel Art Games, Sci-Fi RPG, Turn Based RPG

Set for release on May 12, Cantata is a tactical strategy game. The title is developed by Afterschool Studio, and published by Modern Wolf. Critics and players were able to explore the game through early access, and the reception was positive overall. Available on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and macOS, this indie title takes place in a dystopian future, and throws players in the middle of a war for survival.

The Three Factions

In a world populated by war and violence, thousands of soldiers and weapons of mass destruction are constantly present. With hundreds of landings amplifying, even more, the combat, the planet of Shoal becomes home to a battle between the galaxy’s most ancient and newest civilizations. This is the backdrop from which the adventure of players will begin.

Cantata states itself as a “character-driven” tactical strategy game, that tasks you with influencing the outcomes of the war. There are three different groups fighting for control over the galaxy - the humans, the machines, and the Aliens. And here is where the game starts for players, you have three different commanding officers from each faction to choose from. After that is up to you to use the power and abilities of each faction, to expand, conquer and control this new world.

Slow and Steady Wins The Race

Cantata invites exploration from players, the system is designed to create challenges. Terrain recognition, different building patterns, and a combat approach are the core of the game. Cantata is a simple game at first glance, but soon players will discover that the game is layered and has depth. This means that it is easy to get into the game and simply enjoy it, but mastering Cantata will require patience and dedication.

The game has pixelated artwork, and an isometric camera that is very reminiscent of classic RTS titles such as Starcraft, and Age of Empires. Other core mechanics such as resource management, action pints, upgrade choices, logistic choices, and even managing supply lines make the game interesting and action-packed.

To top Cantata off, the game made it very clear that they support community-created content one-hundred percent. Players can create entire levels on the game’s level editor, and import their own sprites, units and effect. This ensures that players can create levels that they find engaging and interesting, while promoting longevity for Cantata. After all, if there are countless new maps, units and levels constantly being released, the game will feel fresh longer.


Cantata has impressed fans and critics alike through its early access. The game is now bound for release and it has proven that it understands the genre. It provides everything you would hope for in a strategy game.


Players that enjoyed Factorio, Starcraft, Stellaris, Rimworld, or Age of Empires will find Cantata to be a delightful surprise.


  • Easy to Play
  • Extensive Community Support
  • Colorful and Cool Design
  • All The Mechanics You’d Expect From The Genre
  • Unique Factions and Abilities
  • Simple Level Creation Tool


  • Definitely Created For A Niche of Gamers
  • Amount of Mechanics Can Overwhelm Newcomers

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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