Ground Pounders

7.3 Overall Score
Gameplay: 7/10
Sounds: 6/10
Graphics: 7/10

Deep and detailed | Very helpful tutorials

Game is buggy | Slow and clunky gameplay

Ground Pounders takes you to a fantasy setting where you will face off against other factions in a way. You choose from one of three factions, get your army set up, build, improve, conquer, and become the best. It is a journey towards taking out the other alien races and claiming victory for your own.

It is your chance to gain power in the universe, bringing your own race above all others. With so much to do and to collect, there is always the chance to bring about destruction and to further the position for your own race. You can always become the best possible force in existence.

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Hex- and turn-based, Ground Pounders gives you a rather familiar, simple setup. The look of the board and the feel playing it are what most fans of these games come to expect. It is comfortable and it works, simple as that. What makes this even better is that it uses the lore of the developer’s hugely popular Sword of the Stars. It is based in the same universe so you will see many of the same things. If you played the original, and love the universe that goes with it, then this is something to pick up. The gameplay is different, but it keeps the lore that you have come to love.

When you start Ground Pounders, you will choose from one of three factions. You have the humans, the Tarka, and the Hivers. All three come with their individual advantages and disadvantages, like any faction. Choose based on how you play. When you have that figured out, you can move on to the units.

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This is all part of creating your perfect army that will destroy the other two factions. With over 80 units available, this is not going to be a problem for you. Choose the ones that best fit your play style and your strategy, and then move on to the destruction part.

Destruction is, of course, not always so easy. Ground Pounders requires thought and work to win. If you have played this type of strategy game in the past, you probably know the unique challenges faced here. Thankfully, you have a lot on your side. Build everything you need to strengthen your side while also taking down anything that gets in the way. Master the many territories, build your combat deck, and continue to improve your unit as you play through the campaigns. The amount of detail here gives you some incredible depth.

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The campaigns and battles are extraordinary. Ground Pounders gives you the type of experience that you should have in a strategy game. The campaigns will bring to life the lore and the action that you love about this universe.

When you are outside of the campaigns and battles, try your hand at the editors. This will give you the chance to make your own battle, which you can then share with others. There is always some type of action awaiting you in this immense world.

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