Can you and a few allies stand against the might of an entire army? Not just holding your ground, but also targeting and eliminating enemy officers, crippling their morale and ultimately turning almost certain defeat into a strategic victory? That is the question Iron Grip: Warlord poses to you.
The huge Confederation of Nallum has invaded its smaller neighboring country, known as Atelia. Confederate armies storm through the south of the country, and only a handful of fierce nomad tribesmen – you among them – offer any real resistance. You choose to fight the Confederates in the ancient fortress-cities of Atelia, vowing to give up no ground to the invaders. The aim of the game is simple: defend your stronghold, while hunting down enemy officers. If you can kill enough officers, you will break the Confederate morale and win.
The game is played mostly from a first-person perspective. You are one of the Atelian Warlords: a powerful and renowned warrior. Your arsenal is large and varied, including heavy machineguns, shotguns with a flame belching secondary fire mode, mines, and home-made AT launchers, among other things. If you invest in equipment and character upgrades, you will have the potential to become a veritable Angel of Death as you strike at the invading Confederate forces, but even an Angel of Death cannot be everywhere at once.
This is where structures and traps come into play. Via a simple overhead interface, you can lay down everything from machinegun nests and AT turrets to poison gas traps and manually detonated fuel dispersion bombs. In traditional turret defense fashion, you can level up your turrets: if you can earn the power required and guard them as they upgrade, you will find yourself with a near impregnable position.
Of course, your defenses will never be 100% secure. There are no certainties in war, and the Confederate enemy have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. Waves of rifle armed conscripts and light armored cars might not test you too much, but when the heavier enemy forces appear it may be a different story. You will end up fighting everything from grenade launching assault troops to rocket barrage tanks. Especially dangerous are the walkers – armed with several machineguns and enormous fireball mortars, they can seriously threaten your defense. Then there are the Herrad Legion Special Forces, who fight with flame-throwers and rocket launchers. Sometimes they will support the main attack waves, and sometimes they will infiltrate your lines through tunnels or through ruined parts of the city and strike unexpectedly behind your lines.
Singleplayer is good fun, but the game really shines in multiplayer coop, where you can fight with up to seven other people. With eight maps and several difficulty levels to beat, not to mention a large variety of possible tactics to try out, there’s plenty of replayability here.
You can get a demo of the game and purchase it from the ISOTX website. If you missed the Steam deal, check out the current sale at GamersGate – from the 8 th to the 14 th of August you can get 50% off!