Niche Spotlight – Ancient Lands: The Tsar Awakening

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Today’s Spotlight is Ancient Lands: The Tsar Awakening, a turn-based tactics game with card management by Anatoliy Sidorov.

You control a band of three heroes fighting against malicious creatures in a fantasy realm inspired by Russian folklore. To do this, you’ll build a deck of cards that represent various special attacks and buffs. New cards can be acquired by spending your quest rewards to purchase packs. The game also heavily focuses on environmental manipulation and traps. You can watch a trailer above.

Ancient Lands: The Tsar Awakening is available on Windows PC via Steam for $14.99.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

Ancient Lands: The Tsar Awakening is a combination of turn-based battles and a card system for gear, which allows you to create many combos in battle and get a unique combat experience.

Manage a squad of three heroes in the turn-based tactical game with card management. Unlock new weapons and collect unique decks for each hero. Combine actions of the heroes and take into account additional weapon buffs to gain an advantage in battle. A lot of enemies will constantly challenge your skills. Use the environment for tactical actions, lure the enemy into a trap, or hurl him into the abyss – your actions decide it all.

This is a fantasy story about three heroes who became involved in the fight against hostile creatures. Where did they come from? What do they need? They must find answers to many questions and fight their source. Darkness is advancing into this world, and it will devour it if they just stand by and do nothing. Do you have what it takes to resist the armies of evil and liberate this land?

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.