flotilla
Metacritic: 72/100
Release: Feb 2010
Reviewed on: PC

Flotilla

Site Score
7.5
Good: Adventure with a friend – Large number of random events – Unique gameplay
Bad: Needs more tutorial – Difficultly makes your early adventures frustrating
User Score
8.0
(30 votes)
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Flotilla gives you a bite sized space exploration and combat game that gives you 7 months to explore the galaxy and encounter as many random events as possible.

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Flotilla ensures that no two games are the same thanks to the many randomised elements of the adventure portion of the game. This adventure mode will start you with two ships and only 7 months to live due to a life threatening illness. This decision keeps individual games to a reasonable length (if you survive that long) and requires you to think carefully about what you want to accomplish.

For players that would prefer to explore more of the randomised galaxy then hardcore mode extends your available time in space but does introduce more difficult enemies. Flotilla also has a skirmish option if you want to touch up on your battle skills .

Gameplay in Flotilla involves players moving between planets where random events are triggered. These can include picking up hitch-hikers, running into pirates or finding special upgrades to improve your ship stats.

When you do encounter one of these random events that trigger combat the game moves to a turn based grid where you’ll command your ships. Flotilla offers a full range of movements with ships able to move in all directions and a variety of attack options.

Ships come in a variety of types that each have their own attack styles and thus strategies but ultimately your goal is to get underneath or around your enemy to attack the weaker rear and underbelly of ships. In order to do this you’ll have to mix your options which include attack move (move and fire), flank move (increased movement speed but weapons are disabled) and focus fire (increased fire rate but decreased movement speed).

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Once you’ve assigned your instructions for a given turn the game will play out your chosen action at the same time as enemy movements which does require you to consider what your opponent is planning.

The huge amount of replay value and the ability to pull a friend along for the journey makes Flotilla worth every dollar as you adventure through a randomised galaxy again and again.

Summary:

  • Explore a randomised galaxy with only 7 months to live.
  • Try hardcore mode for a longer and more challenging adventure or battle in skirmish mode.
  • Turn based spaceship combat with plenty of depth.
  • Easy to learn basics but plenty to master.
  • Review the log of your adventure and replay battles.

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Flotilla, 8.0 out of 10 based on 30 ratings

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