|Genre: Adventure & RPG|
|Min OS X: 10.4|
Geneforge 5: Overthrow is the last installment of the Geneforge series from Spiderweb Software. You, as a shaped amnesiac, are sent to obey the whims of the various shapers strewn around one of the few safe areas left in the world. Will you choose to follow the shapers or switch to the side of the rebels?
For your first run through, you'll more than likely end up being a rebel. In the way the story is presented, you really can't admire or want to follow any of the non-rebel shapers. They all tend to beat up on the little guys or act completely uncaring towards the plight of the minions around them, which doesn't particularly endear you to them.
Thank goodness Geneforge 5: Overthrow (G5) is entertaining enough to merit multiple playthroughs. The gameplay is split up into three different segments, combat mode, walking mode, and map mode. In map mode, you're presented with the world map and just click on the connected segments you want to move to. Once you enter one of those segments, you'll be in walking mode. In this mode you click to move around, pick up items, create creatures, and interact with a variety of gizmos scattered across the map. This is where you'll be spending the majority of your time. Thankfully, the maps are all small enough to go from one side to the other with a single click. Also, the pathfinding is quite good, so you'll only rarely catch your creatures or your main character getting stuck on something.
In walking mode, when a monster sees you or you want to try your hand at destroying a city, you can enter combat mode. In this mode, you click to move but are now restrained by AP points. Whenever you perform an action like moving, getting items, using gizmos, attacking, or casting a spell, your APs will decrease. When they go to zero or you end your turn, the next creature in line will perform its move. It's a very simple system, but it does make the combat feel quite tactical. You can take an enemy horde into a confined space and have your tank block the enemies while your ranged attackers blow them to shreds, you can daze a large group with a spell in order to run out of their sight, and you can even play the game solo while charming enemies to fight for you. If you like playing as a ridiculously overpowered general, you'll love this combat system.