There are two kinds of Final Fantasy fans: those that have played Final Fantasy Tactics and constantly talk of its brilliance, and those that keep saying they’ll play it eventually. A new indie game on Steam, Trash of the Titans, offers something for both camps that channels the spirit of Tactics, but gives it a trashy spin.
Essentially, Trash of the Titans is Final Fantasy Tactics, except the strategy game is about dominating the local rubbish heaps. You’re a gaggle of feral creatures; skunks, raccoons, and the like, who refuse to allow rats encroach on their pile of rotting food.
Fights in the RPG take place on a small isometric board, as re-popularized in the roguelike Into the Breach, and they’re turn-based. You use myriad magical abilities and standard attacks to ward off the encroaching invaders, devouring dumpsters worth of trash after every round to boost stats.
It’s like a trash goblin simulator, but nicely rendered in a shadowy purple and red color palette. I’m a fan, because it looks like something that might have come out on the Game Boy Advance. There’s a free demo as part of Steam Next Fest, and you really can’t go wrong. It’s charming and easygoing and funny, but there’s a solid layer of complexity to it as well.
We have a list of the best Steam Next Fest demos for more highlights from the event. Our lists of the best fantasy games and best zombie games will stop you having to dumpster dive for other weird and wonderful games, too.
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