While it was in the early access phase, Golem Gates received numerous positive reviews. Laser Guided Games recently released the full version of this mixture of real-time strategy (RTS) and card collecting. Let’s clarify one thing – don’t expect Magic: The Gathering or anything like that. However, GG is a decent game that can appeal to players who love the genre.
Keep Your Harbinger Alive
Everything happens in a distant world that was destroyed by wars. You are playing as a Harbinger who is looking to restore peace and make his land a beautiful place once again. However, to do that you need to destroy the Golem Gates and deal with golems and their creators. The good news is that there is still some power of the Ash left in the atmosphere. You can use it on the way to your ultimate goal.
Throughout the game, you need to ensure to keep your Harbinger character alive. That is why you will be playing as a commander issuing orders to the rest of your squad. You activate your teammates by using cards which are called glyphs. Aside from calling units up, you can also set up traps and defensive structures and upgrade your warriors.
Use the Right Glyphs to Win
As we are used in these games, you need a specific amount of energy to use a glyph. You can notice the energy bar at the bottom. Keeping track of it at all times might be crucial to your victory. The bar is filling automatically, but it will take some time to get it all the way up. Naturally, glyphs with bigger power require more energy to spend to activate them.
You can unlock new glyphs for your deck by purchasing them with points you get by playing. Winning against both the computer-controlled and real-life players also brings new cards. At the beginning of a session, your deck consists of only five glyphs, but you expand the choice as the match prolongs. There is no limit to the number of cards you can have, and it solely depends on your tactics. If you don’t like your deck, you can get an entirely new one by putting your character in hibernation for fifteen seconds. Needless to say that it is a considerable risk and that it may lead to your Harbinger dying on the battlefield.
Play Solo or Online
It’s recommendable to play through the solo campaign of Golem Gates to understand the gameplay mechanics. A total of fifteen missions are available, but the plot is far from thick. The single player campaign is only there to prepare you for battling online. Once you think you are ready, you can team up with other players against the AI or play multiplayer battles. Trial and challenges modes are also part of the fun when playing online.
Unfortunately, I can’t say I was thrilled with graphics. Everything is detailed, but it just doesn’t leave an impression on you. Also, it is tricky to distinguish your units at times because they seem too small. Some glitches are also present, such as the one where a member of your squad gets stuck or has issues with choosing the shortest path to the destination.