Greed Corp Micro-Review: Is Greed Good?

Running a corporation is hard. It's even harder when your business is mining, and there's less and less land to mine. Competition heats up. Time to bust out the cannons.

Greed Corp, developed by W!Games, is a turn-based strategy game that puts players in charge of a mining operation. But as players mine the land with machines called "harvesters", causing the earth to crumble below. Mining, however, enables players to buy robots called "walkers", armouries to make more walkers, cannons (and cannon shells) and transport carriers. The goal isn't just to harvest your own titles, but to take over your competitors tiles, destroying them (and often their land) in the process. Matches can last anywhere between 15 and 40 minutes, and if you lose, that's it. Start the same match over. It's a game of last man standing.

Just because greed might be good, does that mean that Greed Corp is good?


This Game is Relevant: Big business and its greed is always a timely topic. While the current global economic recession was caused in part by the bond market, white-collar greed seems more relevant than ever. Greed Corp could very well be the most relevant game released so far this year. There is something simple and straightforward and yet deeply profound about having players destroy the environment to raise money to destroy their competition. It's a vicious cycle and utterly fascinating and depressing.

Presentation, Presentation, Presentation: With its cute, almost Pixar-like robots and harvesters, Greed Corp is a visual treat. As each match progresses, the light changes from late afternoon to evening to gloomy night. It is all offset by the ragtime style jazz music playing throughout the game, giving the game undeniable charm.

And The Game Itself: For a turn-based strategy game like Greed Corp, everything really rests on whether or not the game itself works. And Greed Corp does, brilliantly. Once the mechanic is mastered, Greed Corp is insanely fun and provides the depth and pure playing pleasure of the best of any board game. Greed Corp isn't merely a good video game - it's a good game.

Greed Corp is an immensely enjoyable title. It is not a perfect game by any means. I wish the tutorial prepared players better for the campaign. Also, I wish that the single player campaign was more forgiving. I never quite felt I got positive reinforcement from the title - perhaps it is not aimed at a player of my skill level. Regardless, I enjoyed the game very much. And I imagine you would, too.

Greed Corp was developed by W!Games. Released on XBLA and PSN on February 24 and 25 respectively. Retails for 800 Microsoft Points or $US9.99. A copy of the game was given to us by the publisher for reviewing purposes. Played 20 levels of the single player matches and tested multi-player.

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