Though it can be a bit reductionist, sometimes the easiest way to convey the essence of a game is to give you an elevator pitch to help out. In the case of Alder’s Blood the best I can come up with is that it’s the love child of X-Com style tactical combat and the grim sensibilities and challenge of Darkest Dungeon. If that gives you the idea that it can be a serious challenge and carries some dire consequences for failure to keep your priorities in balance you’d be right. Battle is enhanced through its focus on stealth and even, at times, avoidance of enemies but the added concern of the scent of your party members being carried in the winds which may allow beasties to sniff them out layers on even more tension and sometimes frustration than usual. While it may not appeal to a wider audience because of its pretty serious degree of challenge, strategy fans who’ve been looking for something to dig into may find it’s just what they’ve been looking for.
Justin Nation, Score: