No Man’s Land
Released only a few days ago, Wasteland Lords hopes to bring the brutal world of Mad Max to life in a cartoonish way. Published by Longcheng Ltd. Wasteland Lords is a strategy game with rogue-like elements. Set in a nuked-out wasteland players must venture out into the barren unknown in search of supplies to build up their own underground base.
The game seems to take after Fallout Shelter, another post-apocalyptic base building game. Where these two games drastically diverge is in their combat. Wasteland Lords is a strategy game as much as it is a base builder. Throughout your time playing the game you’ll conduct raids on other settlements and get into all-out wars with your enemies which can be fought a few ways.
In troop battles you use the full force of your army and pit it against your enemies. Only the strongest, most powerful army comes out on top and a powerful army needs mechs. Mech battles make up another part of Wasteland Lords gameplay and require more strategy. Mechs are customizable with parts and weapons found throughout the game. The fights have you move your mechs around a board in turn-based fashion. Use your mech’s unique abilities to exploit enemy weaknesses without getting taken out yourself.
Some resources can be found aboveground but there’s also plenty of loot to be found under your feet. Wasteland Lords features rogue-like gameplay where you send robots into the mines to find valuable minerals. Monsters roam the caverns looking to tear apart anything that intrudes on their territory. You’ll need to carefully maneuver your robots away from the monsters in order to escape with the loot otherwise the loot and robots will be permanently destroyed.
It seems like Wasteland Lords is pulling off a balancing act with plenty of different gameplay wrapped up in one package. Whether or not it succeeds will be explored next week in Hardcore Droid’s review of Wasteland Lords.