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Aztez

10 months ago

Feature: Monochromatic Aztec fighting game

Have You Played… Aztez?

Maybe you heard the story. An indie darling in 2012, eventually released into a changed world in 2017, commercial disaster and, at least, widespread coverage of said disaster after the fact. I played Aztez; I gave it a few paragraphs in our weekly Unknown Pleasures round-up, genuinely unaware of how bright its light had once been and thinking of it as just another cool under-the-radar…

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1 year ago

Bloody beat ’em up/strategy hybrid Aztez out now

Aztez [official site] blends two genres that wouldn't normally mix: turn-based strategy and beat 'em up. The strategising happens on a hex-based map – you control an elite combat unit of the Aztec Empire sent out to kill "warriors and mythological foes alike". When you invade another tile it switches into real-time brawling, with a hand drawn black-and-white art style where there only colour is the…

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Feature: More diamonds in the rough

Unknown Pleasures: the best overlooked Steam games of the past week

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly selection of the best lesser-hyped games on Steam that you've almost certainly missed. This week: walking simulation, horse simulation, hang-gliding simulation, Aztec combat simulation, dog-in-a-dungeon simulation and Portal recreation.

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Aztez starts biff-o-strategising this summer

The unlikely combo of hexy turn-based strategy and real-time beat 'em up will coalesce in Aztez [official site] this summer, developers Team Colorblind have announced. Sure, you might have strategised as the Aztec Empire before but probably not also taken to the battlefield yourself to shred enemies and shower in blood with mid-air mega-combos. It's a curious idea, though it does seem relatively tame after…

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5 years ago

Aztez Trailer Lays It Out In Black And White (And Red)

We first mentioned monochrome side-scrolling brawler (with strategy bits), Aztez, back in the dark times of July of last year. It seems it's take another year and half to spool itself to release, with the game now due in early 2014. As Adam noted when we first saw this, artist/designer Ben Ruiz seems to be a gentleman who knows his fighting-game talk, so this could…

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6 years ago

Turn-Based Biff ‘Em Up: Aztez

Aztez is a game in which men hit one another with swords, a stab and slash 'em up made by a man who has thought deeply about fighting games, written down those thoughts, and then created a system of his own. The detail of the mechanics isn't in overblown special moves but in the length of animations and the timing of button presses. With visuals…

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