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No Plan B needed here apparently, as your first idea always works right? You better hope so. No Plan B is a tactical strategy game from GFX47, the creator of the AI combat arena Gladiabots.

Looking a little like Door Kickers, No Plan B has you plan how your team will storm various buildings using a special timeline system. This unique way to plan looks brilliant, as you keep dragging around your combatants as you hop between different time points to get them all synced up.

I absolutely love how that timeline feature works and you can see some early footage below:

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The whole idea of needing to get things just right is sure to put some off, however, not every game needs to be forgiving. Sometimes, you just need to be thoroughly challenged on how you think and that seems to be what it's going for. From what the developer said on Twitter, it might be that it gives you a new "seed" (random placement of things) if you fail.

Feature Highlight:

  • Plan every move of your team members and sync them using the new timeline system.
  • Preview your strategy. Did you cover every angle? Are your room entries simultaneous?
  • Proceed and watch your team execute your perfect plan. At least let's hope it IS perfect, you have No Plan B!
  • Design the map layout: small or big map? where do you want covers to be placed? how many entry points?
  • The player team: do you want to play the good guys or the bad guys?
  • The NPCs: where will they spawn? which predefined AI should they use?
  • The mission objective: heist the bank (with or without casualties)? rescue the hostages? survive and extract from a zombie attack?

Modding and user-content creation is going to be at the heart of No Plan B, as the developer said it will have an in-game editor which will allow you to adjust maps, teams, NPCs, objectives and so on.

Gladiabots, their previous title, is really good and worth a look too if you love strategy games. The way you create an AI by dragging things around, and linking everything up to face off against other teams is really unique too. You can actually download Gladiabots on itch.io right now with 100% off until March 28th.

Just like Gladiabots, it seems No Plan B will support Linux. You can follow No Plan B on Steam.

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8 comments

razing32 18 Mar
uhm
The whole SWAT team got massacred.
Not a great example of how the system works.
They should show a fail state and a win state. Like more of what the system is capable of/ how to play.
Liam Dawe 18 Mar
Quoting: razing32uhm
The whole SWAT team got massacred.
Not a great example of how the system works.
They should show a fail state and a win state. Like more of what the system is capable of/ how to play.
Why does it not make it a good example, if they lose? It's a perfect example, shows exactly how it works, that's the point. You don't need to show every feature in every game with the player winning, weird way to think.
BOYSSSSS 18 Mar
You can download Gladiabots on itch from the browser, but you can't claim it, so it's not really 100% off. I noticed other games that have the same problem. I don't know if it's intentional, but in the itch client when I click to install the game I get "No compatible uploads were found for this title".
mirv 18 Mar
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I'm getting a Rainbow Six vibe (the original game), which I thoroughly enjoyed. Planning all the actions, seeing how they play out, tweaking on the fly as necessary. Obviously this isn't going to be the same (if I wanted exactly the same, I'd just go back and play Rainbow Six), but I do enjoy the basic concept and so far things are looking competently put together.

Another game for me to keep an eye out for, cheers.
eldaking 18 Mar
Quoting: razing32uhm
The whole SWAT team got massacred.
Not a great example of how the system works.
They should show a fail state and a win state. Like more of what the system is capable of/ how to play.

That is certainly intentional. It isn't trying to show how to play; it is trying to show that this is a difficult, unforgiving game.
GFX47 18 Mar
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Quoting: BOYSSSSSYou can download Gladiabots on itch from the browser, but you can't claim it, so it's not really 100% off. I noticed other games that have the same problem. I don't know if it's intentional, but in the itch client when I click to install the game I get "No compatible uploads were found for this title".

Hey! Let me clarify it: this "sale" is actually more like a temporary giveaway for the confinement period : players can download and play the game for free during the next 2 weeks but it will expire after that. Sorry for the confusion.
scaine 19 Mar
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Quoting: GFX47
Quoting: BOYSSSSSYou can download Gladiabots on itch from the browser, but you can't claim it, so it's not really 100% off. I noticed other games that have the same problem. I don't know if it's intentional, but in the itch client when I click to install the game I get "No compatible uploads were found for this title".

Hey! Let me clarify it: this "sale" is actually more like a temporary giveaway for the confinement period : players can download and play the game for free during the next 2 weeks but it will expire after that. Sorry for the confusion.

Sounds like a Steam "Free Weekend" kind of deal, but for longer. Nice.

This reminds me of a mix between Frozen Synapse and Doorkickers. Very slick. If only I was any good at these games, I might get into them more!
GFX47 19 Mar
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Here are a few more details about the "No Plan B" gameplay mechanic: https://steamcommunity.com/games/1269020/announcements/detail/1840223680965614803
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