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You control three different mechs and are given an objective for that map along with a fixed number of turns to complete that objective. Your aim is to protect buildings and the related power grid. To do this you need careful planning and close observation of the moves each enemy will be taking next.
It's a game about countering attacks and trying to minimise unforeseen consequences of your actions. Unlike other tactical games, Into The Breach keeps things on a small scale. Rather than increasing level size, it's the complexity and number of enemies that make things steadily harder.
As you progress you work through a series of different island locations. You choose the order you tackle these and must choose carefully as each one has conditions that can affect combat scenarios, and more hazardous conditions can gain greater rewards from completing the scenarios on each.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Into The Breach 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence and Language. Players position mechs and mobile weapons around a grid and take turns launching attacks against aliens. Mission objectives sometimes list the minimum number of enemies that must be killed. Battles are highlighted by explosions and small green splashes that briefly appear when aliens are defeated. The words “a*s” and “*!@?*” appear in the game text.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. This is a game that leans on the skills of forward planning and strategic moves. However, unlike Chess, here you can see what the next move your opponents will make so it’s actually well suited for younger players who don’t like surprise moments of defeat.
Release Date: 27/02/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Stadia, Switch and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 17 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid, Hand-Made and Pixels