I’m not entirely sure why Sang-Froid is called Sang-Froid—literally French for “Cold Blood.” Is it because of the cold, 1850’s Canadian wilderness? Does it have something to do with the composure under pressure (the more modern meaning of sangfroid) displayed by the main characters? Or is it just because this is Canada, and French words are all over that poor country?

Whatever the reasoning may be, Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves is a tower defense/action RPG hybrid, not unlike Orcs Must Die and Dungeon Defenders; however, not exactly like those games either. Whereas most tower defense games have you holding back waves of dozens, if not hundreds of cannon-fodder enemies, Sang-Froid chooses instead to make every one of their enemies unique and powerful foes—everything from ordinary wolves to werewolves to the terrifying wendigo.

Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves Early Access

To survive, you will need to take advantage of every trap, weapon, and spell the game gives you. You will need to plot out the paths each enemy will take, deciding which can be handled with automated traps, which manual traps you will be able to spring, and which enemies you will take head-on. Will you need a zip-line to cross the stage in time, or will some bait keep your enemies at bay long enough? Perhaps a well placed firewall to lead the wolves into a spike trap? Or will you light a fire, taking on your foes one at a time as they surround you and prepare to strike?

Your objectives are simple: make it through the night without losing one of your structures or dying; Sang-Froid gives you the options to take on the werewolf threat however you like. As long as you have a plan. You will need a plan, and when your plans fail—and they WILL fail—you better have back-up plans. The game is unforgiving in it’s nature, and while you can sometimes pull off an improvised victory in a pinch, more times than not a little mistake will lead to a big werewolf in the face.

Artifice Studio, newcomers to the gaming industry, have put together a unique and challenging experience. You can currently pre-order Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves on Steam for under $15, which will get you immediate access to the beta. If you still aren’t sure if this game is for you, be sure to check out my Extended Look gameplay video below.

Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves Extended Look

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