Greed is a powerful thing, able to drive men to destructive lengths to achieve whatever it is they are after. Consequently, it has its own circle of hell, but that’s a story for a different day. No, I am here to discuss a little game called Greed Corp, a beautiful piece from W!Games and one of the best land grab games I have played to date. While simple in thought and design, Greed Corp finds success in one of the genres that I have never really fully enjoyed. Read on for our review of Greed Corp and to find out why this is a no-brainer purchase for those looking for a fun time.
Taking several nods from classic games like Catan or Carcassonne, as well as resent endeavors such as Band of Bugs, Greed Corp is about taking land and using resources to find a path to victory. While the first two aforementioned titles are mainly about cooperation to overcome challenges, Greed Corp is about winning with any means necessary. The main idea of the game is to pit four sides against each other, give them a small land mass on which to fight, and allow them to utilize what resources they collect. In a sort of ironic reflection of our modern world, the world begins to crumble away as resources are spent, making the sacrifice of space to gain extra power that much more of an important variable in a player’s game plan for victory.
The game, as I mentioned before, is actually very simple. There are just four units to be made, but each plays an extremely significant role in things. The most important are the harvesters, which will collect resources from the land around them. Armories will produce your sole ground unit, the walkers. These are used to travel amongst the land to destroy an opponent’s personal army. Cannons are the ranged units, which will fire strong artillery shells to literally blow the land out from underneath your opponents. Lastly are the transport units, the carrier. These will carry your walkers to vital places on the map and make taking more land that much faster.
It feels quite odd while playing this game, mainly because it is never certain who is truly in the lead. While an individual can be in control of the most units, a chain reaction could occur and subsequently wipe out the entire team. It’s this uncertainty that feeds the need to play more, while always keeping the game new and exciting. While there is a lengthy single player campaign to help develop your skills, most of this fun will be had in the multiplayer offerings. Unfortunately, since there are few people playing the game daily, it can be difficult to find a match. Luckily, local multiplayer is available so as long as you have a steady stream of friends, there always exists the chance to experience great fun with this title.
Greed Corp is a unique experience that should be had by any gamer, even if land grab games don’t appeal to them. I went into this game expecting little, but got a great amount of fun in return. The game is extremely easy to learn, and it certainly pays off in the long run. I only had one small gripe, and that would be the fact that the tutorial was fairly lacking. Although it did play out an entire match for you, it didn’t explain what exactly you were doing. It just ran through the motions of what an experienced player would do. Because of this, playing a few quick games to get a true idea of how to play will be in order, but if you enjoy it as much as I did, your spent time will pay off.