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Sacraboar

A capture the flag real-time strategy game?  Interesting.  Under two bucks during Steam’s summer sale?  Okay, I’ll bite…I can take the plunge for two dollars.  I know how to live dangerously every now and again.

Sacraboar

Sacraboar (PC)

In Sacraboar, two players will be using units to capture the other person’s flag…ermmm…pig.  Yes, they actually refer to the flag as a pig in-game…I almost did a spit-take when the announcer boomed, “We’ve taken the enemy pig!” Each side will have a pool of money that they can use to summon units.  When units are destroyed, money is immediately refunded and players are free to build more units until the money pool runs out again or the population cap is reached.  I was disappointed that there wasn’t actually a way to make money…it simply served as a second “population cap”.

The seven units in the game vary in function, but many operate in a rock-paper-scissors fashion.  The cheaper units can be built en masse without going over the population limit, but are fairly weak.  The stronger, more expensive units take up a lot of your money pool, so you can’t build as many of them as you could the cheaper units.  Some units can only attack the ground and others can’t attack buildings.  You’ll often need a combination of units in play or else you’d be prone to getting wiped out by the units they are weak against.  Having a bunch of destroyers (great versus buildings, no air attacks) will do you no good if you run into firebats (the only air unit).

Sacraboar

Scouts are quick and make good “pig runners.”

One of the seven units is a builder that can construct towers.  I was also disappointed to learn that these towers didn’t function in terms of defense.  Rather, they give you special abilities that you can cast on your units to give them advantages for a short time.  Building a defensive tower unlocks abilities that you can use to heal or shield your units in battle.  Building a resource tower increases your money pool, allowing you to build more units.  The kicker is that towers cannot be placed near each other, and the range in which they must be separated is pretty vast.  You’ll often have towers located in the middle of the map or its branches because there isn’t room anywhere else.

Players will have quite a few options when setting up the game…you’ll have access to many different difficulty levels and be able to play the AI in a skirmish mode, should multiplayer not be your thing.  Matches last about ten to twenty minutes, though can be longer if you up the standard “capture three pigs to win” count.  You can usually pull ahead if you manage to keep your towers up and your enemy’s towers down.

Sacraboar Special Abilities

Special abilities really help turn the tide of a skirmish.

I appreciate what this game tries to do, but in my opinion, it is not worth the standard price of $9.99.  It IS worth the two bucks I paid, maybe even five…but not ten.  There’s just not enough variety or units to keep me coming back for more.  I was disappointed that the towers didn’t serve as defensive buildings that could fortify areas…instead, they become resources that you end up having to protect unless you want to lose your special abilities.  I also enjoy harvesting resources in RTS games…here, I could throw whatever I wanted at whatever I wanted, and if my units got destroyed, I could rebuild them penalty free up to the money pool / population limit.  Others might enjoy this game and it’s possible that I’m alone in my opinion…so my advice is to try the free demo on Steam and make up your own mind.

Final Verdict: 4/10

  1. July 22nd, 2012 at 11:15 | #1

    That steam summer sale has been amazing! We didn’t buy this one, and I probably wont bother with it now after reading this. But, we have bought a bunch of new games for really cheap! 🙂

    • Vincent
      July 22nd, 2012 at 12:21 | #2

      I love it when Steam does this…it’s the only outlet I know of that slashes prices by 80% or more. 🙂 Nice to see you around. One of these days I’ll have to get with you and Sarah and find out what camera and setting you use…my board game pics are always blah and I get frustrated with my $150.00 Sony Cybershot because shots are never consistent. I am also looking into video reviews to add to my articles, but haven’t figured out yet if I want to invest in a video camera or just buy a digital camera that can take both video and good pictures.

      • July 24th, 2012 at 21:44 | #3

        This is one of the many reasons I like Steam! Well, that is a good question about the camera/video camera. I suppose it really depends on how often you would use the video camera. We actually got one at wal-mart that is pretty awesome. It’s water proof, shock proof, and it’s full HD, it was only $110 I think. It also takes pictures that come out pretty good.

        This is the one we have, I know they have it cheaper at Wal-Mart though. 🙂 http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sanyo+xacti&hl=en&safe=off&prmd=imvnsr&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1517&bih=783&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=394289119603678717&sa=X&ei=Hk8PUKXNIovJsgbn4YH4AQ&ved=0CKoBEPMCMAA

  2. July 24th, 2012 at 21:44 | #4

    Oh damn that link didn’t work.. Well it’s the Sanyo xacti. 🙂

    • Vincent
      July 25th, 2012 at 06:05 | #5

      Great, thanks for checking into that. I talked to your sister as well and the one she has doesn’t take videos, so what I may do is go to Best Buy or Ritz Cameras, ask questions, try out products, and then buy it online for cheaper.

      I am planning to add video reviews to compliment my written reviews down the line, but I also want to take better pictures for the written reviews…so I’d mainly be using it for this site. I’m thinking an all-in-one would be cheaper in the long run…I only plan to do 5 minute videos, if that. I just need to make sure it can stand up on a tripod or something. I’m relatively new to the whole photography thing.