Steam Link Spotlight - Warsaw

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 31st, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a new feature where we take a look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry talked about The Banner Saga 3. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience over here.

This week, I took a look at Warsaw, a sort of open-ended survival strategy game set during World War II. You command a small but mighty band of resistance troops working to drive the Nazis out of Poland.

This game bears quite a resemblance to Darkest Dungeon, which ended up making its way to the App Store just fine, so it’s no wonder this game plays well on touch screens. With direct mouse control, it’s pretty easy to unleash attacks, take cover, and wander the war-torn city using simple taps.

Interestingly, I find playing Warsaw via the Steam Link app a more pleasant experience than playing Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition natively on iOS. I bet a big part of this has to do more with the game structure than anything to do with controls, but it’s still surprising to me. Warsaw takes a lot of my beefs with Red Hook Studios’s breakout hit and actually tunes them to be better suited for mobile play.

You don’t have to deal with real-time events in Warsaw like you do in Darkest Dungeon. This game also makes it really clear what units you should hold onto and who is expendable. These changes—small as they may seem—give a little padding to what is otherwise a hard-as-nails experience.

If you want to see for yourself how Warsaw plays using touch, check out the video above. I played through two missions with virtually no issues. There’s definitely some refinement in the menu commands that will need to happen if Warsaw plans to come to mobile, but in the meantime, you can still have plenty of fun with it via Steam Link.

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