Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC
- Publisher: Laser Guided Games, LLC
- Developer: Laser Guided Games, LLC
- Release Date: Dec 7, 2017
- Price:$19.99 (Early Access)
- Rating: NR
- Genre: RTS, Strategy
- Players: 1 (Online 2-4)
- Official Website: https://laserguidedgames.com/gg/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
As we mentioned earlier, Golem Gates may look like just another RTS game but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Golem Gates infuses a deck building system and deck orientated gameplay with strategy gameplay. Now, you might be wondering how does that make Golem Gates play? Well, let’s discuss that element first.
When you begin Golem Gates tutorial, you’ll realize how the system works quite quickly. Players control a being known as the Harbinger who summons units via Glyphs. These Glyphs act as cards and every so often, new Glyphs appear in your arsenal—which is essentially your hand—and can be summoned as once you build up energy. Your objective—at least in the tutorial—is to learn how to build both attacking units and defensive ones via Glyphs. What’s cool about Glyphs is that they can be summoned anywhere you have eyes to meaning as long as you can see the area on the map you can summon troops to it. Though like Magic: The Gathering, there’s luck here as sometimes a bad series of draws or a poorly made deck can lead to a quick defeat even on the tutorial.
Now, you do have other Glyphs to use than just defensive units and attacking ones. The Harbinger can actually use special attack Glyphs—again, think of attacking spells from Magic: The Gathering—which can numerous things like unleashing fireballs on enemies or even healing your troops. You’ll need to mix up how you use these spells and your Glyphs if you want to take down the enemy unit which can be daunting as they too can summon troops and unleash spells on you. Golem Gates plays like a true marriage of card games and RTS games which makes for a rather awesome gameplay experience if we do say so ourselves.
Being an Early Access title, Golem Gates only has a few modes and maps to choose from. We dabbled with both co-op—which is a survival mode where you fight off waves with an ally or alone for 15 minutes—and matchmaking multiplayer which offers several ways to play. Here, players can either choose to play 4 players free for all, Duel—which is 1 vs 1—and or 2 vs 2. Regardless of our choice though, we did hit our first issue with Golem Gates and that is a lack of players. We tried multiple times—as of writing this review—and never got paired with another human. That always worries us here at Honey’s Anime as games like Golem Gates live and breathe on a living community of players but given that its an Early Access title we’ll only hope that Golem Gates gains more populous when the full game releases in 2018.
Lastly, let us talk about the graphics and music in Golem Gates. In terms of graphics, Golem Gates is very impressive no matter the settings. We loved the unique design in the Harbingers and troops that really made this world feel like a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting. Equally, we were floored by the wonderful OST that keeps battles feeling truly epic and intense. With a lot of RTS titles, we usually choose our own music to play in the background but with Golem Gates, we left the music on high and loved every moment of it. If we had any gripes with anything graphically in Golem Gates though we’d have to say the level design leaves a rather okay taste with us. We hope there are more maps to play from in the full release and that some have more life to them but given Golem Gates is again a post-apocalyptic title we feel this more of a nitpick at the end of the day.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Fun deck building and RTS fusion gameplay
- Amazing soundtrack with a strong sci-fi theme to it
- Great character designs
- Multiplayer seems to be fun even with just AI Bots
- Has a lot of potential for an Early Access title
- Level design is a tad too repetitive
- No online population worries us