Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics – Solid But Unspectacular Tactical Action

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Puppet Master.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics seeks to recreate the major plot beats and battles from Netflix’s recent – and absolutely excellent – Dark Crystal prequel series in turn-based tactical strategy form. An expensive, multi-episode forerunner to the seemingly long-forgotten 1982 movie masterpiece was a somewhat unexpected announcement when it was first made by Netflix, but perhaps not quite as unexpected as this top-down tie-in that sees you take control of a bunch of your favourite Gelflings and their various goofball pals as you seek to gather together the forces of good from across the land of Thra and strike a killer blow against the evil plans of the sinister Skeksis.

First off, obviously, if you’ve seen the new show or are a long-time fan of the movie, you’re going to get a lot more out of this game than just going in blind. From the off, missions are lifted directly from the events of Age of Resistance and follow the series closely, while some of the nicer surprises in terms of characters who join your party as you make your way through the campaign come in the form of some returning faces from the 1982 original. More intriguingly for fans, some of the scraps and situations you find yourself in here are things that are mentioned in Age of Resistance but happen off-screen, so you’re getting to see them for the first time.

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