Cantata is fascinating but sometimes ponderous logistics porn

There are some games where I only need to see the briefest of glimpses to know that, oh yes, this is for me. Cantata is on that list. One look at its kaleidoscopic map full of funky little troops and alien topography was all it took for me to desperately need to know more—to see what all these evocative units and strange buildings do, and find out what this striking sci-fi war is all about. 

It is an unconventional wargame that’s inspired comparisons with a lot of important games, from Alpha Centauri to Into the Breach. There are shades of Advance Wars, and a logistics system that’s been compared to Factorio. These comparisons are fair, but Cantata is very much charting its own course, and when all the disparate elements that conjure up these classic games come together, there’s very little actually like it. 

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Chiselled down to the bare essentials, Cantata is a turn-based wargame with a particular focus on logistics, specifically the transfer of goods and resources from one building to another in an expanding network that keeps your warmongering ticking along. To build the jeep-like rickshaw vehicle, for instance, you need fuel from one building and metal from another, so you link them up together and make sure every node in the chain is well supplied. 

https://www.pcgamer.com/cantata-is-fascinating-but-sometimes-ponderous-logistics-porn/

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