Griftlands (2019)

Roguelikes and deckbuilders are very popular genres since the smashing successes of Slay the Spire and Hades, just to name a (very) few. In fact, those genres are so popular that it can sometimes be difficult to stand out from the crowd. But it’s not an issue for Klei Entertainment (Don’t Starve, Oxygen Not Included), the team behind Griftlands.

Griftlands stands out thanks to its unique two-decks game mechanic; you have to build out your usual combat deck, which will help you out in fights. But you also need to take care of a negotiation deck, useful when you need to sweet talk characters. The game puts a lot of emphasis on its narrative, an aspect that’s usually a little overlooked in most games of the genre. You can create your own path in the griftlands: will you fight for the greedy corporations, or will you take the side of the not-much-nicer unions? Will you be a hero, a traitor or a little bit of everything?

Thanks to funny, well-written dialogues, flawed yet lovable protagonists and a fighting/persuasion deckbuilding gameplay that is both unique and addictive, Griftlands is a game you don’t want to miss!

Review by Pier-Luc Ouellet




Indie Games

Canadian connection

Developed by Klei Entertainment
Vancouver, BC