October 15, 2021

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Steam Next Fest: RFM offers a world of groovy real-time tactics

RFM is a roguelike real-time tactics game set in a groovy retro-future. The art zings! It’s nifty! Your home base apartment comes with a spin on a Grover door and a lovely corner sofa. There’s probably a conversation pit buried in there somewhere. Meanwhile, the music starts all Pink Floyd and then gets very EVA. Those thick, radioactive and distinctly French guitar sounds.

I’m in love a bit. The game plays out on a series of procedural battlefields. There’s a grid and countdown timers, but enemies don’t wait for you to take a turn to take one themselves. Everything is forewarned, but it can still give you that panicky sense that real-time tactics game deliver so beautifully. I fret endlessly as I move around the grid, switching between dash and handgun and a sort of magic explosion, juggling my own timers and trying to stay alive.

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