Released December 2nd 2021, Fights in Tight Spaces is a strategic, martial arts, deck building game with some roguelike aspects elements mixed in for good measure. Developed by Ground Shatter and published by Mode 7, Ground Shatter are known for their other two releases Rico and Sky Scrappers, while Mode 7 have published a number of games, including The Colonists and Tokyo 42.
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Fights in Tight Spaces has a minimalist style, with silhouetted characters in a bare room, split into a grid. Other than the player’s cards, there is mostly block colour, which creates a very distinctive style with a 70’s detective show feel to it that’s visually similar to opening credits of 2006’s Casino Royale. The soundtrack is a notable aspect of the game, available to download as DLC through Steam. It’s fast paced and intense, standing shoulder to shoulder with Supergiant Games’ Hades.
Each card in the game is a martial arts move of some kind, such as ‘wall kick’ or ‘vault’, and you are able to place the cards in a way that allows you to plan ahead for your next move, whilst also hopefully avoiding your attackers next move in the process. Despite initial assumptions, this deck building strategy game is actually only single player, despite the genre often coming with an online or at least co-op component. However, it’s reception on Steam has been ‘very positive’, with the majority of players enjoying the refreshing mixture of genres.
Fights in Tight Spaces is available on Steam for just under £20, and it is also available on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One.