About This Game
In an alternate reality in 1920s Europa, it’s been several years since the "Great War", but the ashes of the conflict are still hot and the war is entering a new phase. The first conflict saw the emergence of some incredible engines of war known as Mechs. Built by "The Factory", an independent city-state which has since become the object of everyone’s desire, these technological monstrosities roam the snowy landscapes of Europa.
Be the hero of one of the five factions – Saxony Empire, Crimean Khanate, Rusviet Union, Polania Republic or Nordic Kingdom – and become the richest and most powerful nation in all of Europa during these dark times! To assure the victory of your people, you will need to explore and conquer new territories, enlist new recruits and deploy your forces by building formidable and terrifying combat Mechs. Replay history in a fictional past full of mechanical engines and technology, where each choice you make will be critical. Choose your battles with care, because in Scythe, victory is achieved with and for the people!
- Asymmetry: every player starts the game with different resources (energy, coins, keen combat sense, popularity…), a different starting location and a secret objective. The starting positions are specifically set to contribute to the uniqueness of every faction and the asymmetrical nature of the game.
- Strategy: Scythe offers players almost complete control over their fate. The only elements of chance apart from each player’s individual secrete objective card are the Encounter cards, which players draw to interact with the citizens of newly explored lands. Combat is also handled by way of choice; no luck or chance is involved.
- Engine Building: Players can improve their construction abilities to become more efficient, build structures that improve their position on the map, enlist new recruits into their faction, activate mechs to dissuade opponents from invading and expand their borders to reap greater types and quantities of resources. This aspect creates a feeling of energy and progression over the course of the entire game. The order in which players get to develop their economy and technologies adds to the unique feel of every game, even when playing as the same faction several times.
- Official adaptation of the award-winning board game.
- 4X strategy game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) .
- Customize the mat to sharpen your strategy.
- Choose a specialty for unique games: Agriculturalist, Industrialist, Engineer, Patriot or Mechanic.
- Fight against three levels of AI and/or your friends in hotseat or in online multiplayer.
- Check out artistic genius Jakub Rozalski’s retro-futuristic illustrations!
- OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
- Processor: Dual Core 3.0 GHz
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 11 class GPU with 1024MB VRAM
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 2 GB available space
Do I recommend this game?… yes and no.
Yes, if you already know how to play the game.
No, if you are new/ intrigued and looking for first impressions.
This review is bias because Scythe is by far my favourite physical board game to date. So I’m giving it a good rating because of that. I already know how to play so therfore I love it.
What this digital version of the game is in desperate need of is a UI overhaul, that’s all.
At the moment the UI just confuses even simple concepts. This will be a nightmare for new players.
I’ve played this game a bit more now and the user interface is slightly better (combat cards look more like they do in the physical game). I still think it needs an overhaul, I wish they just used the boards like in the physical game, or at least give the option.
I’m really looking forward to the addition of expansions as they are all great…just hope they come soon (mainly the rise of fenris because it’s a brilliant expansion and it will basically give the digital version a campaign mode).
Also im sure everyone is aware by now but this game DOES include online multiplayer. two types. play & stay and play & go. this is obviously a great addition to the game.
All in all i would recommend this game now… it’s better than it was and it can surely only get better from here.
Two main negatives:
– The AI is pretty bad on any difficulty, as usual
– The UI could see some improvements: Often it requires quite a few clicks to do what you want to do.
But those aren’t major and I’ve had a lot of fun playing it.
I want every meaningful section of the game spelled out for me and a handheld walkthrough of a few turns, with topics flowing into each other in meaningful way. Have an intro video, have a basic tutorial of what things mean, have an advanced playable tutorial on how different elements interact within the game. Provide all the resources your players need to enjoy the game without extra work.
Would especially recommended to boardgamers who were very interested but didn’t invest in the cardboard version because of setup times, player count, inadequate solo option etc., and to pc strategy players who enjoy a little learning, some planning, looking one or two steps ahead, and the pure satisfaction of executing something you intended.
The AI and single player are a decent implementation if that’s what you’re looking for or the Play & Stay solve a lot of my concerns with Play & Go.
Sometimes when pressing the undo button, the game will go back whatever amount of turns it pleases, rather than just one.
AI is not very good.
Getting multiplayer to work is almost impossible.
Scythe as in the board game in real life is a great game to play with friends on. The digital version is great if you need to test or clarify something the rulebook says. I.E. "Like how the mill works."
Developers are updating the game. I’ll recommend when they get more of the bugs sorted out, expansions need to be added, let us set undo to unlimited by default and get multiplayer working correctly.
So far I am not impressed. They should’ve looked at how the game was implemented on Tabletopia and go from there. The tutorial is horrible for anyone not familiar with the actual boardgame and does not explain the games numerous mechanics very well to the newcomer. If you have never played this game before I highly recommend you familiarize yourself on Tabletopia or watch the Youtube video on the "Watch It Played" channel.
I really wish they would have left the player boards the same instead of dumbing them down because now they are a jumbled mess of iconography. Overall the intial game needs a lot of work. I am aware this is an early access but I hope they get things smoothed out before the big release otherwise they will deter a lot of players.
As it stands right now I want to recommend it but this iteration of the game in the state it is in I can not in good consious recommend it.