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Stalin vs Martians review

Mediocre
AT A GLANCE
  • Uniquely weird premise
  • Great moments of comedy
  • Simple and easy RTS mechanics
  • A bit too simple
  • Humor won't amuse everyone
  • Only fun for a short while

You know you’re in for a strange ride when the intro sequence to a game is a Soviet flag with the anthem of the USSR playing in its entirety. Yes, this is the game everyone and his dog has been getting in a bit of a lather about, the one with the techno-dancing Stalin and the curious teenage girl bopping along between clips of tanks blowing up aliens.

The plot, such as it is, involves a secret war between the Soviet forces and Martian invaders in Siberia. As a promising commander in the Red Army, your task is to take your cannon fodder infantry and tanks into the surprisingly non-icy wastes and eliminate the extra-terrestrial threat. Then, after a few missions, the game decides to take a breather, showing a mind-boggling music video as a form of intermission.

Strip the game of all its comedy trappings and what you have is a very basic, very arcadey real-time strategy game. The action is generally frenetic and lacking in any real tactics, other than “select all, attack”. It gets boring very quickly and it seems almost certain the game was merely included to give the developers something to drape their Bolshevik-baiting satire over.

You’d have to be a real curmudgeon not to raise at least a smile at the numerous and sometimes overwhelming jokes and comedy interludes that crop up during play. Your units declare that they “like you” when you select them, the music is outlandish, the visuals are colorful and, of course, you can call upon the support of a 40ft tall Stalin to help you crush your Imperialist alien foes under his Communist feet. Stalin vs Martians really should be rubbish – and it is – but for 30 minutes or so, you’ll be having a strange amount of fun.

Jun 11, 2009

More Info

Release date: Apr 29 2009 - PC (US)
Apr 29 2009 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Mezmer Games
Developed by: Dreamlore Games

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4 comments

  • rfry11 - July 13, 2009 8:25 p.m.

    I might just buy this to support the game developers who had the balls to make this..
  • Stabby_Joe - June 13, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    Wait, this game got a not so bad review!?
  • Corsair89 - June 12, 2009 3:37 a.m.

    In the upper left corner of the first screenshot, those aliens look almost exactly like the alien toys Toy Story.
  • Samsam123 - June 21, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    hahaha, this game looks the tits i might go buy it

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