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In Infested Planet, the only good bug is a dead bug

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Infested Planet

The press release I received for Infested Planet—a real time tactical combat game hitting Mac and PC on March 6th—states that the game “… is about as close to a Starship Troopers strategy game as you’re going to get.” I hadn’t previously known I wanted to get close to a Starship Troopers strategy game, but I guess I do. I feel that way about all Clancy Brown movies.

Let’s make it clear, though; Infested Planet is not a Starship Troopers game, and Clancy Brown is not breaking anyone’s bones. Rather this is an Early Access game from Rocket Bear Games that’s getting its final Steam release on March 6th. In it, you’ll command a team of five soldiers against an alien horde of 100,000. Hence the previous comparison.

The enemy is closing in around you. Your soldiers are being flanked and the perimeter is slowly collapsing under a vicious alien assault. Robotic turrets will not last much longer. Just a little more and the bugs will swarm into your unprotected base. What are your orders?

You order your soldiers to fall back to a defensive chokepoint and rebuild your defenses. Sacrifice the forward squads to gain some extra time. Gather your team while equipping them with flamethrowers and laser guns. Start building a siege cannon for fire support. Then, while the aliens are busy, flank their main hives to destroy and capture them.

You have just pulled off a tactical victory—but there’s no time to rest.

The aliens are constantly mutating. One moment your shotguns are ripping through the horde, the next the aliens grow hard, bullet-proof armour. You must adapt as well. Equip your team with stealth suits, miniguns, grenade launchers—your commands will decide the battle’s outcome.

Infested Planet features:

  • A lengthy campaign where you develop new weapons
  • Procedural maps and random mutation system keep the game fresh
  • 21 Human weapons and buildings for you to wield
  • 33 Alien mutations to keep you on your toes
  • Fight thousands of enemies at once

Check out Infested Planet on Steam. Early Access now, full release on March 6th. And remember…service guarantees citizenship.

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