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Here's something a little different for you: All Quiet in the Trenches recently hit Early Access on Steam, blending together a narrative turn-based strategy RPG with a first world war setting. It has Native Linux support but no Steam Deck rating just yet.

More about it: "In the game, you're playing as a German Unteroffizier - a sergeant - on the Western Front of World War One. You're responsible for a handful of soldiers and have to make meaningful decisions. You lead them in battle trying to strike a precarious balance between the ambitions of your superiors and the survival of your men. Your actions will not change the war. They will however change the lives of your soldiers. You cannot win, but maybe they can survive."

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The developer, Totally Not Aliens, are based in Bamberg, Germany and say it's meant to be taken as an anti-war game. They plan to keep it in Early Access for 1-2 years as they expand it to cover up to the end of the war in November 1918 with it currently having from early 1915 to early 1916.

Check it out on the Steam page.

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Cloversheen Jan 29
An interesting idea, I hope they can reach their vision!

I like that you can't change the war. It is still terrible, being a soldier still sucks, but saving just one life or at least making that one life a little bit more bearable is a task worth doing.

Also the somewhat cartoony art style actually works for me here, the war becomes a backdrop not the focus.

Germany saw fit to support the development as well so that's cool!
Dorrit Jan 29
Quoting: CloversheenGermany saw fit to support the development as well
Where did you get that?
At the bottom of the store page:
Supported by Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure - German Bundestag
Cloversheen Jan 30
Quoting: Dorrit
Quoting: CloversheenGermany saw fit to support the development as well
Where did you get that?
As HendrinMckay mentioned it is on the steam page, but it is also in the trailer linked in the article if you check in the bottom right towards the end.


Last edited by Cloversheen on 30 January 2024 at 4:11 am UTC
Just remember to have a cunning plan to avoid going over the top.
Thyuchev Jan 30
And on the exact same point of view from the opposite camp, "Valiant Hearts: The Great War" (2014) from Ubisoft is a nice little game, with a similar tone. The french name of the title is way better in my opinion : "Soldats inconnus : Mémoires de la Grande Guerre" (unknown soldiers : memoirs of the great war)

Watching the video, I even remembered a way older game when I saw that nurse diary filling itself : "Wings!" from Cinemaware, but that was in the last century. You played a pilot during that war, and between missions you could see little bits of life from the squadron... then on the last mission, you learned that your friends were killed or severely wounded, and the diary alternated between joy and despair. That was such a gem for a 1990 game ! The remake from 2012 is not that good, unfortunately.
Dorrit Jan 30
Quoting: HendrinMckaySupported by Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
I'd like governments and NGOs (a.k.a. governments in disguise) and whatever official institution out there would keep their filthy corrupted money out of gaming. And software in general. And everything.
But then, that's what corrupted money is there for
You cannot win, but maybe they can survive.

that is one hell of a tagline, how much bleaker can it get?
Quoting: Dorrit
Quoting: HendrinMckaySupported by Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
I'd like governments and NGOs (a.k.a. governments in disguise) and whatever official institution out there would keep their filthy corrupted money out of gaming. And software in general. And everything.
But then, that's what corrupted money is there for
Yes, well, I wish big corporations would keep their filthy corrupting money out of everything. Unfortunately for the world, you seem much closer to your wish than I am to mine. Which is the main reason the governments' money is corrupted.
Cloversheen Jan 31
Quoting: Dorrit
Quoting: HendrinMckaySupported by Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
I'd like governments and NGOs (a.k.a. governments in disguise) and whatever official institution out there would keep their filthy corrupted money out of gaming. And software in general. And everything.
But then, that's what corrupted money is there for
"The government's money is always corrupt when someone else gets them, but not when I get them."

Societies have always (and should continue to) fund culture and arts. It also massively funds research that makes our lives better but perhaps doesn't always pay well or has a one time cost as opposed to a way to impose a recurring cost.
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