Aer­ena: Masters Edi­tion

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Aer­ena is steam­punk speed chess with bells and whis­tles on. But also a rich take on turn-based tac­tics.

Matches take place in small are­nas, pit­ting your team of three units against other play­ers (or AI in prac­tice and sur­vival modes). The aim is to take out your foe’s ship, ei­ther by at­tack­ing it di­rectly or de­feat­ing en­emy units.

It sounds sim­ple, but there’s lots of vari­a­tion. Aer­ena’s 16 units are ap­pre­cia­bly dis­tinct, es­pe­cially in their spe­cial moves. The ham­mer wield­ing dwarf may seem slow and sturdy, but wait un­til he jets off to deal huge kamikaze dam­age. Those gamechang­ing moves are tied to ‘aether’ – en­ergy you gain both by at­tack­ing and be­ing at­tacked. It’s a clever me­chanic, en­sur­ing matches feel un­pre­dictable yet fair.

The de­vel­oper has wisely tied in-app pur­chases to cos­metic skins only and re­moved ads. Si­nan Kubba

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