Burned Land Review

The Burned Land review

The Burned Land 4x video game is an old school throwback to the beginning of the strategy genre. The essence of The Burned Land video game is in its 4x strategy gameplay with a board game rule set. The players are in charge of an Empire and they control and expand it, fighting enemies and gathering resources along the way. But, the gods themselves play an important part in the game.

The developer and publisher of The Burned Land is Koya Game indie studio, which is actually behind numerous projects, more or less popular. They have a few more games out on Steam, like Verlies II and Verlies II – Verlies Origins, which are also a throwback at an FPS RPG.

The Burned Land will delight all lovers of the old school strategy genre!

The story

In The Burned Land strategy, you control a nascent civilization. For those who do not know, “nascent” means recently came to existence and showing future potential. The story puts you in a fantasy world, where the gods’ will is something people have to live with on a daily basis. Naturally, it also pits the players against other civilizations and empires, in a competition over territory, resources, military prowess, and more.


As mentioned, The Burned Land is a 4x game, meaning it is a rendition of a board game strategy. It is based on player turns, like in Heroes of Might & Magic, for instance. You start by controlling nothing more than a small village with 20 or so inhabitants. Your inhabitants are your main resource, sort to say, as the number of idle people determines how many troops or buildings you can produce.

Building and training

In The Burned Land, building and training troops cost resources like in similar strategy games, but you also need people to man the posts. IF you want to build a mine on top of a resource vein, besides the cost of building, it will require several people to work in it.

It’s the same with military troops. You are not producing them out of anything as much as you are actually training your idle inhabitants to become soldiers. There are several types of troops, like scouts, infantry, rangers, etc…


The Burned Land 4x strategy indie game is just that – an indie old school throwback to the starting era of the genre. It looks polished and the models are presented nicely, but the whole setting is a 2D world map and everything happens on it, like in a board game. Of course, it is the game’s detailed mechanics and the endless field of possibilities that are providing the immersion for a strategy lover.

Main game features:

  • Building up a nascent race
  • In-depth management of your population
  • Existing in an evolving world
  • The Gods presence and influence on the game
  • A completely free array of endless possibilities and choices for the player
  • Infinite replayability

The mechanics

Koya Games did think of the fans and made an effort to integrate something new in the game, besides the usual strategy crème. In The Burned Land, races and other empires will react to your own evolution. Depending on your growth, other races may want to trade with you, team up, assimilate, or destroy you. All your actions will bear different repercussions and the consequence of everything you choose to do will affect the world, and eventually come to notice of the gods.

The Burned Land Gods

The gods are initially not a factor, when you start out, as your race and empire are too small and insignificant. However, the more influence you gain over the world, the gods will take notice and will become interested in your growth. Some may aid you, others may encumber you. Or, if you are endangering the balance too much, they might even be set out to destroy you, which is what the end-game is in The Burned Land. Once you get so strong that no other race can pose a threat and you are mightier than all of them combined, the gods themselves will send creatures and rain destruction upon you.

Final Verdict

For a lover of an immersive 4x strategy game, The Burned Land is a perfect choice as it follows all the fan favorite features, but offers new and infinite content. And, the game eventually pits you against the gods, which is in and of itself a huge bonus. The graphics are old school, which is irrelevant to strategists and the game’s mechanics are incredibly well balanced and organized. All in all, it is a recommended play.