Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets; build a machine that can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else desperate enemies have at their disposal; create a trundling behemoth, or take clumsily to the skies and cause carnage in fully destructible environments. Ultimately, you must conquer every Kingdom by crippling their castles and killing their men and livestock, in an as creative or clinical a manner as possible…
Windows XP or latest
Processor: Core 2 Duo
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: Direct X 9.0c Compatible Hard Drive Space: 800 MB
BESIEGE for less than $9 USD
With these words Besiege is introduced on Steam, one of the most popular video gaming platforms for launching indie games. Many great games have seen the light of day for the first time thanks to this site and lots of them are finding great results, as the community is always eager to find new and original games that offer better elements than the common blockbuster.
Steam is well known for being a platform of excellence for small to medium studios to test their games and get real feedback on their job, here. Besiege is no different, and I must tell you, right now it still is in alpha mode and is only available for PC, so feel lucky if you have one, because after reading this article you will want to put your hands on it. Because it is in alpha, early adopters can grab it for the low price of $9 usd.
The studio has already announced that they are working hard on bringing the game to both Linux and Mac OS systems, but no date has been given so far. The point is valid enough: the focus is delivering a polished game for one platform, and then think about bringing it to others. Programmers shouldn’t be too worried about this as Unity is one of the best encoding tools for video games and since it is the base of Besiege I’m sure we can expect both Mac and Linux versions to be available soon.
When I first came across Besiege I was captived by the designs and game art. The concept was medieval stuff, yes, but still some originality was being displayed on my screen. The first element to grab my attention was the trailer and inside it a weird block building system showing how to create a catapult.
It was very refreshing, and made me think of Lego or some sort of building game.After watching the video I read about the game, that’s when I decided that I needed the alpha access. A few hours later I had the game on my Steam account and started playing Besiege.
I have been playing over the 15 levels offered by the game so far and must tell that I had a hard time putting it down. Each level can be replayed and it is really fun trying to find different ways to solve the puzzles, not to mention that explosions taking all over the screen are always a great element.
Now let’s go over the concepts behind the game and analyse it in detail to show you why Besiege has been rated “Game of the Month” in this issue. I’m sure you are going to love it as much as I did!
Being creative was never that fun
It might be a fetish from past memories involving Lego or Playmobil, but every time I come across a building game I feel very excited.
I know that there are many games out there that let you build things, like Minecraft, but what sets Besiege apart
is that it aims for more mature players by offering a wide variety of building options that allows you to create deadly weapons with only one goal in mind: destroy everything in your sight.
Yes, sir, in Besiege you are the attacking force and you want everybody to fear you. Why? Because of your deadly creations. Do weapons of mass destruction capable of erasing entire towns from the map sound like fun to you? Well, fun it is.
Let’s say that you have all sorts of building blocks to create your master invention. Would it be a fire breather, a deadly catapult or a flying device?
Everything is possible in Besiege, all you need is to mastermind and create all sorts of designs that will help you in achieving your mission, the ultimate goal being to conquer the world.
In Besiege architecture merges with physics and success in battle will be directly connected to the way you can use the available elements and how to plan for the use of your creations. So aside from fire and heavy weapons your best shot is balancing the speed, weight and movement as tatics for your weaponry.
Besiege can also be considered a puzzle game, as you are going to need to go over levels more than once until you can defeat each challenge. Size is also important, even when you can build a massive weapon of annihilation, sometimes it is better to go easy and create a tiny simple device that’s able to reach otherwise unreachable places.
Keep it simple, that’s the secret behind success in Besiege.
All sorts of materials at your disposal
The most important thing within a building game is the wide variety of elements you can use to create compositions. Besiege knows this and many elements are offered in order to deliver a complete and fulfilling building experience.
You will have an arsenal of weapons at your disposal as well as armour and elements that add mobility to your machines. Every time a new level starts you have the opportunity to create a whole new destruction system. You can use as many blocks as you want but always remaining inside the virtual limits presented by the game. Space is limited within the confines of a cube, but don’t worry: you have plenty of space to get your job done.
Cannons, wheels, blades, fire breathers and many more items will be part of your arsenal and it is up to you to decide how you place them. I personally find cannons very fun to use, as they will blow everything up.
Adding wheels to your designs will allow you to drive your machine around the map, making it easier for you to destroy everything on your sight.
Depending on the kind of mission you need to go for, different machines will be required to destroy buildings, sometimes you will be facing large armies and even the combination of both elements, so you’ll need to take your time when designing.
Bombs are also included in your items list. Even when you have all items available from the beginning of the game, you will need to learn about each of them. After all, placing a cannon, say, on the top of a tower could make it fall apart. This is a try-and- see game that will keep you busy for hours.
Blood will be another element on your screen, so get used to exploding sheep and troops. Every time you run over a human or animal you see the red stuff all over the place. No doubt this can be fun for some people, but I personally find it unnecessary. It is ok, though.
The game has 15 levels to offer so far, each of these levels differ from one to the other in very interesting ways and here is where you can find the puzzle element. Maybe you have just built an amazing destruction machine and used it to kill several troops by running over them in the last level, but in a new and upcoming level you need to blow up an sculpture on the top of a hill. So, yes, you might need to start from zero and create a whole new demolishing device.
State of the game
As I have stated, the game is still in alpha version and it is currently at version 0.02. Despite this, the game feels pretty polished and all I can ask for for is more levels. The studio has announced that the price will include further updates (if any), so no promises are being made here, but at least they are keeping it honest.
It is rare to get to see a game in alpha state with such quality to offer, and if you ask me I would recommend it without thinking about it. Besiege is a good example of creativity and offers a breath of fresh air to all those looking for new challenges and who enjoy thinking and solving problems – in this case, physics problems.
In conclusion, Besiege is a game that takes advantage of everything Unity has to offer and delivers a very pleasant gaming experience. Also, for that price you can’t go wrong, so it is highly recommended by Unt3DMag.
If you plan on following our advice, I have here the minimum requirements the game demands and, as I said in the beginning of the article, Mac and Linux versions are planned for the future, but no release date has been set yet.
Publisher: Spiderling Games
Web Site: Besiege