Cantata is fascinating but sometimes heavy logistics porn


There are some games where I only need to see the briefest of glimpses to know that, oh yeah, this is for me. Cantata is on that list. One look at its kaleidoscopic map full of funky little troops and alien topography was enough for me to desperately need to know more – see what all these evocative units and weird buildings do and find out what this awesome sci-fi warfare is all about. all about.

It’s an unconventional war game that has inspired comparisons to many major games, from Alpha Centauri to Into the Breach. There are nuances of Advance Wars and a logistics system that has been compared to Factorio. Those comparisons are fair, but Cantata is charting its own course, and when all the disparate elements that evoke these classic games come together, there’s very little similar.

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Carved down to the essentials, Cantata is a turn-based war game with a particular focus on logistics, specifically the transfer of goods and resources from one building to another in an expanding network that keeps its warmongering going. To build the jeep-like rickshaw vehicle, for example, you need fuel from one building and metal from another, so you connect them together and make sure each node in the chain is well-stocked.


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