Niche Spotlight – Katja’s Abyss: Tactics

Katja's Abyss: Tactics

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Katja’s Abyss: Tactics, a turn-based tactics game with Minesweeper-inspired elements by Kiefer Nemeth.

As Captain Katja, its your job to lead a team of miners into the mysterious and dangerous depths of Montmane. Scan for volatile energy nodes within the cave’s walls and collect the runoff, but be careful not to blow yourself up by digging into them.

Fight waves of cave-dwelling monsters using each of your units’ unique abilities and functions. The game features an 8-mission campaign, as well as an infinite mode.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Katja’s Abyss: Tactics is available on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac (all via Itch.io, and Steam) for $10.99 USD.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

The Story

“Hey, I’m Katja.”

“So you’re the captain they just promoted at Echo Mining Corp, yeah? Listen, you’ve got the task of leading our crew of brave miners and engineers into the dangerous caves of Montmane. Your goal is to collect potent runoff from volatile Nodes of energy in the walls.

This mountain has a mysterious history, though, and you’ll be pivotal in my research. Creatures native to the caves have been warped by the powerful energy in them, so watch your back. For my sake, I’m here to study them!”


Scan the walls to find safe spots to dig with mining units.

Build combat units to attack and defend against monsters that lurk in the caves.

Collect energy from the cave walls to build new units and complete the level.

Make tactical use of each unit’s unique abilities and modification options.

Katja’s Abyss: Tactics has Campaign and Infinite modes. In Campaign Mode, there are 8 sequential levels with a connecting story. Infinite Mode tests your skills in Normal and Deadly difficulties. See how deep you can get!

In the caves, you’ll find Artifacts while digging or fighting monsters. Open the extras menu to read more about these Artifacts and learn about the ancient people whose ruins are left behind in these caves!


  • Executive Producer: Megan Willhoite
  • Lead Developer: Kiefer Nemeth
  • UI Artist: Dante Chambers
  • Environment Artist: Feenicks
  • Character Artist: Gaplan
  • Additional Artists: Prifurin, Ravancloak, Charbile
  • Voice of Katja: Nichole Wilkinson

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