Lately we have begun to see another rise in quality turn-based strategy games (TBS), a genre that has since the dawn of Free-to-Play time, been marred by cheap browser strategy games all created using the same boring and uninspired cookie cutter design.

In fact, the gap between good F2P turn-based strategy games and their B2P counterparts (think games like XCOMM, Civilization and Heroes of Might and Magic), has been quite striking. Finally though, it appears as though we are poised to narrow the gap with GunSwords, a surprisingly NOT browser based turn-based strategy game.

Turn-based strategy games live and die by their combat system and GunSwords is no exception. With that in mind One Button Studio has gone through great lengths to provide a deep strategy experience with an added touch of RPG. The combat system in GunSwords is a fusion of core turn-based features using the traditional hex grid system for movement, fog of war, and power up management.

Beyond this though, a player must first build a squad, choosing from three different classes of fighters and then outfitting them with a variety of weapons and spells. The RPG aspect kicks in with each weapon and spell upgradable up to 10 times, with weapons ranging from the traditional swords and maces, to rocket launchers and rail guns! Quite the stark contrast indeed.

As players do battle with other players they can gain ranks to move up the competitive ladder all the while accruing currency to buy and upgrade their various weapons and fighters.

The game is set to start closed beta is reportedly soon, and after poking around the main website, I have a hunch it may get a browser port to boot. It will be interesting to see if any turn-based squad oriented strategy games can ever garner the fanbase and appeal that mainstream turn-based franchises have. The genre as a whole though certainly has a long ways to go. Fans of turn-based strategy games can sign up for the closed beta on the official site right now.

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  1. C7XR on November 14, 2012

    reminds me of gotcha force look forward to playing this

  2. Rareloot on November 11, 2012

    In theory, this is a game I would love to play.

    However, the execution and atmosphere of the game ( honestly the graphics remind me of the Disney movie Toy Story ) ruined my interest.

  3. rockmeus on November 7, 2012

    trailed looked so good , … reality , its another moba-alike shit 🙂

    • GrueOfDoom on November 8, 2012

      Learn to read, it’s a turn based strategy game, not a MOBA.

  4. Foxcola on November 7, 2012

    Pretty sure game is dead, checked website, and forums no posts has been made for six months.

    • DonieBoy on November 9, 2012

      Hey, the game will be alive on 27 november and there is some forum activity indeed. I guess activity will increse as developers finaly announced the game publicly.

  5. cacalips on November 7, 2012

    POUR THE HOLY OIL OF ZAGMA UPON MY HEAD AND LET IT DRIP DOWN THE STAIRS OF NEVER ENDING ASPIRATIONS AS I AM FIRST!!!!!

    • cacalips on November 7, 2012

      fuk that comment below mine, it wasnt there when I was typing

      • Desert Fox on November 7, 2012

        Oh I’m sorry, did an actual comment ruin your moment of f*ggotry?

      • Samuraii on November 8, 2012

        Sorry 🙂 links need to be checked by admins first, that’s why it wasn’t there.

      • Floralys on November 8, 2012

        Well… you took 5 minutes to write that comment. When a comment takes that long it’s probably someone comments first.

  6. Samuraii on November 7, 2012

    Link? Over here: http://www.gunswords.com

    • Samuraii on November 7, 2012

      Oh, and beta starts 27th of November!

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