They Are Billions
|a game by||Numantian Games|
|Platforms:||XBox One, PC, Playstation 4|
|Editor Rating:||8.5/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||RTS Games, Base Building Games, Steampunk Games, Tower Defense Games|
Do you like zombie horde action and real time strategy games? You’ll need to fight back the infection and survive through the days in They are Billions by Numantian Games. This Steampunk themed, zombie survival, resource management game is a brilliant take on a classic format and I’m excited to tell you all about it.
First off, you get to select how long you want to hold the enemies off for, then you are dropped off in randomly generated section of a map and you must fight to survive immediately. Much like Age of Empires, this game has you searching for resources to fuel rapid expansion straight from the get go, you have you scout and allocate the size of the territory you want to make your own and defend.
The differences between these games however are just fantastic.
This is set in a dystopian future and you can learn technological lessons from humans of the past, travelling into the ancient fortresses and improving your society to become a dominant force in the world. As fun as that sounds, and it is, it certainly isn’t easy. You are against the zombies, there are multiple types but the most impressive thing about them is the hordes they form. Although you may be hundreds, they are billions and they swarm, slamming against your defences in numbers so great they look closer to a fluid simulation.
I was shocked (in a good way) to see how frighteningly quickly a zombie outbreak can form in your cities. You must commit to a tight defence on every front and you cannot allow any kinks in your armour.
With 48 missions that provide over 60 hours of gameplay, what makes the game amazing is what I mentioned earlier on; the random location start. Fact is you may start in a really bad place that is not easily defensible with poor resources. It’ll force you to play recklessly and it may spell the end for that session very quickly, this replay value increases play time to a fantastic amount.
Lacking a dedicated ‘Save & Load’ feature, this title is brutal and unforgiving but that’s what makes it so tense and so fun!
I love a great post apocalyptic game. I love learning about what happened to ‘Earth that was’ and all the silly humans that ruined everything. This title is no different on that theme but at least it provides an interesting and unique after-world that the player inhabits. Set in 2260, humanity has been pushed to the brink of extinction. A few thousand remain and have survived in the shelter of a crater, it is your job to restart expansion and push for a new golden age of humanity. A huge world awaits with so much gameplay throughout where you can explore this lost world and discover what happened to the humans of old and why they turned into the nightmare creatures you must slaughter by the thousands.
There is an incredible amount of detail that’s been put into this game, from the buildings to the environment and everything else in the gorgeous Steampunk aesthetic that it flaunts.
You’ll have to ‘git gud’ real fast if you want to succeed in this brutal game but if you like a game that challenges you, you’ll love this. One piece of advice is to read the instruction manual before playing
- Gorgeous aesthetic
- Fantastic fluid gameplay
- Should have an easy mode for casuals to improve player inclusivity
- Save and load should be optional at the start