Trials of Fire is the most complex layered strategy game of 2021

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In addition to our 2021 Major Game Awards, every member of the PC Gamer team has focused on the games they love this year. For the rest of this month, we will release the new employee draft and our main awards.

After Slay the Spire, the roguelike deck builder type was almost ridiculously over-served. I think this excess caused Trial of Fire to get a bit of attention when it launched its Early Access version earlier this year, but it deserves to stand out-it may be the most compelling strategy game to be launched in 2021.

If Trials of Fire are chasing trends, they don’t come from video games—it proudly showcases the influence of board games on its sleeves. In addition to using cards for actions, turn-based battles are also conducted through a hexagonal grid similar to a board game.Between battles, exploring its unique post-apocalyptic fantasy environment feels like an old-fashioned R&D Hexadecimal crawling, when you enter each position, very few narrative events are played.