Cantata are charming but sometimes bulky logistics porn

Some games I only need the briefest glimpse to know, oh yes, this is for me. Cantata is on that list. Check out its kaleidoscope map full of funky little units and alien terrain, I desperately need to learn more – see what all these evocative units and weird buildings do, find out A compelling sci-fi war is what it’s all about.

It’s an unconventional wargame that has inspired comparisons to many important games, from Alpha Centauri to Into the Breach. There are shades of Advance Wars, and a logistics system compared to Factorio. These comparisons are fair, but Cantata is largely charting its own course, and when all the different elements of these classic games come together, few people actually like it.

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Reduced to the most basic elements, Cantata is a turn-based wargame with a special focus on logistics, especially moving goods and resources from one building to another in an ever-expanding network, allowing your belligerence Molecules move on. For example, to build a jeep-like rickshaw, you need fuel from one building and metal from another, so you connect them together and make sure every node in the supply chain is well-supplied.