Tankyou Very Much: Panzer Corps Free Weekend

Panzer Corps [official site], the heir to the Panzer General series of WWII strategy games, is free to play this weekend through Steam. The free weekend has already begun (unlike the actual weekend, I grumble into my third coffee of the morning) and “during that time there will be a 75% discount on the base game and a 50% discount on all the DLCs” say publishers Slitherine. That’s £3.74 for the base game and £30.49 for the gargantuan collection. A splendid opportunity to take these monstrous vehicles for a test drive.

The Corps found a place in our list of the Best Strategy Games on PC, where I attempted to convince everyone with an interest in historical strategy to give it a shot:

Panzer Corps targets players’ intelligence rather than their knowledge, and works to encourage and reward smart tactical approaches and a basic understanding of operational strategy. Everything you need to know to make a decision is readily at hand in the unobtrusive and helpful interface, and within a couple of hours, you’ll be ready to take the stabiliser wheels off your tanks and start cooking up some experimental plans of your own.

Panzer Corps is the Lego set next to Gary Grigsby’s Meccano, and that’s absolutely fine. Who doesn’t want to play with Lego every once in a while?

If you’ve dabbled with Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon’s orks and Imperium take on the formula, you’ll have a good idea what to expect from Panzer Corps. The free weekend ends Monday and there will be livestreams of the game throughout the weekend over at Slitherine’s Twitch channel.

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5 Comments

  1. crowleyhammer says:

    Could not get into this series, a bit too puzzle like for my tastes.

    • Shiloh says:

      All wargames are essentially puzzle-like I think, but I get what you mean. Unity of Command was another one which I sort of like (and do play occasionally if I’m not in the mood for a Grigsby/Tiller/Kroger fest), but it’s generally a bit too abstract for my grognard-y tastes.

      • All is Well says:

        I like Unity of Command as well, but I found it is very puzzle-like, at least if you want to earn Brilliant or Decisive victories, in the sense that each scenario has a very narrow set of correct solutions.

    • Unsheep says:

      That was exactly my problem with these games, they felt more like puzzle games than strategy games. Searching for the single correct approach through trial and error made them feel completely linear.

      There has to be more than one solution to a task or objective for something to qualify as a strategy game in my opinion. So as strategy games this series is not that good.

      The solutions often didn’t make any sense for that matter, as you didn’t win by wiping out your enemies but by irresponsibly rushing towards objectives as quickly as possible.

      There are far better historical strategy games around than this series.

  2. MaxMcG says:

    Order of Battle is also another PG clone that’s a lot of fun. It’s a little easier than Panzer Corps I think.