Grand strategy with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.  But you must work from the shadows, using superior technology -- bring your cape and cowl.

Mission Briefing
Greetings, Hydral. I will be your computer for this "grand strategy campaign with turn-based tactical combat." I think that's code for "we're going to die."

Our solar system is vast and complicated, and I sense you are a little dimwitted -- so I tell you what, let's start with the simple stuff. Like escaping with this flagship you just hijacked from a bunch of angry robots. That seems important. I also think we can ingratiate ourselves to other races by bringing them the spacefaring technology they are struggling to develop. Then we'll see from there.

Please excuse my impertinence, but I believe you are the last of a murdered race, yes? My records note you Hydrals were the dictators of the solar system, so basically you had it coming. And by "it," I mean the moon that smacked into your homeworld. Hmm. So people really aren't going to like you until they get to know you. Well, your one advantage is only you can use the scattered remnants of advanced Hydral technology. Now all you need is a cape and cowl, and you're a superhero. Still, they outnumber us tens of trillions to one.

Look, I'm not going to tell you what to do. My understanding is that you're trying to form the solar system's first-and-last unified federation, and that's a noble enough cause. But right now nobody wants that except you, and you've got 8 very diverse, very angry races to either unify or exterminate. So... good luck with that. I'll help how I can.

Features

  • Turn-based tactical combat, with up to 5 factions competing at once.
  • Extremely deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. Even just watching everything unfold in Observer mode is entertaining, as nations rise and fall.
  • New-player-friendly ramp-up of complexity as you play, which you can disable if you're already a veteran.
  • Eight races each have very distinct personalities and attributes. Each one even has its own completely unique political system.
  • Difficulty levels split between the grand strategy and turn-based combat portions of the game, both ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Composer Pablo Vega's best soundtrack to date, featuring 54 minutes of music and the vocal finale "Lay Down Your Arms."
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0 comments by cupogoodness on Apr 19th, 2014

From the creators of AI War: Fleet Command comes an all-new grand strategy title with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.  But you must work from the shadows, using superior technology -- bring your cape and cowl. 

TLF is available now on Steam, GOG, Humble Store, and GamersGate. Check out its game page for details, or swing by the forums for the game.


Okay, more than a little hubris in this video.  "Hey, I'll do a video to show people how to play!"  "Why don't I put it on hard strategic mode, and why don't I play on 'Upper Normal' combat difficulty when usually I play on 'Lower Difficulty?'"  That all seems like a smart idea!

So, you get to see me die five or six times, and ultimately it ends in a failure.  I could have pressed on, and probably could have done a decent enough job with that campaign if given time (and generous "save scumming," so to speak -- I wasn't playing on ironman mode, thank goodness!

But the video was already going on long enough, and seeing me floundering around for another few tries attempting to save the Peltians from the Acutians would have to wait for another day.  The video is still pretty instructive, though, because actually it's a good look at how to evaluate a moderately bad situation and try to salvage it.  Hence my uploading it rather than just re-recording it.  I will do another video of myself playing on a more reasonable (for me) difficulty level, though.

Enjoy!

Originally posted by Chris on the Games by Design blog. 

Post comment Comments  (0 - 10 of 11)
Karchedon
Karchedon Apr 21 2014, 4:54am says:

I bought and it is amazing! Ah, next time eater! :))

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vojtailavsky
vojtailavsky Mar 21 2014, 3:23pm says:

Looks very nice .)

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Guest
Guest Mar 11 2014, 11:38pm says:

Looks great! Any chance of seeing a tablet version of this?

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Glandor
Glandor Jan 13 2014, 8:38pm says:

I love how this looks- BUUUT is there any chance we can see some gameplay?

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HeadClot
HeadClot Dec 12 2013, 1:02am says:

Awesome!

Cannot wait for this! You guys make awesome games!

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Reactorcore
Reactorcore Oct 24 2013, 7:37am says:

I wonder if its turn based or real time...

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cupogoodness
cupogoodness Oct 25 2013, 4:48am replied:

Pausable real time. :)

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Eomdor
Eomdor Oct 24 2013, 7:07am says:

Looks good, tracking. Really interested in the part about controlling planets.

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d10sfan
d10sfan Oct 23 2013, 11:50pm says: Online

Looks like fun, thanks for Linux support! :)

+3 votes     reply to comment
tigersfan
tigersfan Dec 9 2013, 1:57pm replied:

At the moment, this is the only thing we are working on, and has been for a while now.

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The Last Federation
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