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Against the Storm (2021) is a construction-based strategy game where you build outposts, towns and villages in an eternally rainy world. Unlike other city builders, this is a game where you attempt and fail over and over. Each run you use intricate gameplay systems and mechanics to construct your city and protect yourself from the various monsters your building awakes.

Set in an ancient world of eternal rainstorms, your population of humans, beavers and humanoid lizards must establish outpost colonies to expand your dominion, establish trade routes and gather resources with the hope of restoring the once-majestic Smouldering City. You battle blights on crops and trees, face off against the three different rainy seasons and more in an ever-evolving and changing world.

The game map has the Smouldering City at its centre, and a series of tiles around it. On each of these tiles, you can attempt a new colony, which can trade with other colonies and gather resources. In each of these you begin in the woods and must expand into other clearings. However, there are deadly adversaries, such as monsters, blight and fungi, that can threaten to end the colony and set you back, so you always need to be thinking ahead.

In each colony, you need to provide food, housing, water and rest for its population, or you risk it collapsing. If you are successful in maintaining a colony, you can expand your reach to new areas, so you can gather more resources and create new trade routes. Each colony also has a series of randomly assigned bonuses and detriments (ie. harvest yield might be higher but wood gathered might rot faster) which adds yet another level of strategy to the game.

Each of the three races - humans, beavers and lizards - also have unique advantages; beavers, for example, are excellent lumbers and woodworkers, making them ideal for expanding your colonies through the dense trees. There are three different biomes to explore and expand into, each offering different resources and benefits, but also unique dangers you need to adapt to.

It's an incredibly complex game, which offers countless ways to play and provides a deeper experience than similar games, allowing you to get deeper into a unique and strategic system that rewards planning and tactics.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Against the Storm 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Strategy game with Collecting, Creative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 60 hours to complete. The game, which is currently in early access, already has over 40 hours of playable content, where you can strive to complete goals, unlock new trade routes, and make new towns.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Against the Storm usually costs £24.99.

Against the Storm

Steam Store PC £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/10/2021

Out Now: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Strategy (Collecting, Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Weather

Developer: Eremite Games (@EremiteGames)

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