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Possibly one of the most stylish turn-based strategy games around and one that's also rather difficult, Overland just had a big 1.2 update released with some funny new additions.

A post-apocalyptic road-trip game all about making tough decisions. You thought XCOM 2 was difficult? Overland can be quite on the brutal side. Small maps that don't give you a lot of wiggle room, with one misstep it might all be over. Every noise you make only brings weird creatures closer and you've got to get moving across the United States.

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Here's some highlights of what's new in Overland 1.2:

  • Pugs! They're very cute I promise
  • Rest stops! Take a breather halfway through each biome (if you need one).
  • New introduction and prologue! Includes spooky lore :O
  • 3 new difficulty settings! Includes a new normal mode for players new to the adventure.
  • 7 new gameplay modifiers including all-dogs mode, tourist mode, and expert settings
  • Updated badges and stats display
  • Browse records of past trips!
  • Dialog, item, and environment updates

Released back in September 2019, it's wonderful to see it expand. The developer Finji mentioned game development "during a plague year is never really exactly how you want things to go, but we've been creating and testing these changes since about January, and are so happy with how they've turned out" when talking about the 1.2 update.

I have to admit, the inclusion of a dog only mode seems pretty hilarious and it might be my new favourite thing.

Must save the Pug!

Finding another dog and inviting them into my crew might be the sweetest thing I've seen in a turn-based strategy game, as they both give a little "woof" and wag their tails and suddenly I've got a two-dog crew driving across the USA during the end of the world. It's weirdly wholesome, until one of them dies that is — so sad.

You can pick up Overland from and Steam.

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PopeRigby Sep 27, 2020
This one was in the racial justice bundle, right?
Anza Sep 27, 2020
Quoting: PopeRigbyThis one was in the racial justice bundle, right?

Not in the Humbles bundle at least. There was Overgrowth and Overlord II though...

It's always possible that it has been in some other bundle.
tuubi Sep 27, 2020
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: PopeRigbyThis one was in the racial justice bundle, right?

Not in the Humbles bundle at least. There was Overgrowth and Overlord II though...

It's always possible that it has been in some other bundle.
It was in the "Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality".
morbius Sep 28, 2020
The game is much better now, though I still wouldn't call it good. In this new Normal mode, you have three actions per turn, which give you a whole lot of new possibilities. Previously with just two actions, there was no point it trying to fight, you grab what you can and run away. And the stupidest thing, previously you couldn't organize inventory while making a stop between stages. The game was released way before it was ready and it is still missing more content.
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