The Otherside is this week’s Apple Arcade title, bringing some board game, role-playing fun to the subscription service. It’s been developed by Barbacube and is being published by The Label. This marks The Label’s second publishing endeavour on Apple Arcade, with the first being the excellent What The Golf?
The_Otherside is a turn-based strategy title that’s presented as a board game with different pieces and so forth. The aim is to solve a variety of puzzles, battle monsters and destroy spirit anchors that threaten the stability of the dimension.
It plays out from an isometric perspective and is divided into several phases which always play out in the same order. First, the player will perform their turn before the enemy makes their move. This could be creatures moving, attacking or simply spawning. After that will be the board cleaning phase where the game preps for the next player phase.
Each turn the player will have 3 action points they can spend. Most actions you can perform will only cost one AP, though there are some exceptions such as moving further than one room. This will include moving, searching, attacking or using their hero skill, among other things.
Searching rooms will be important as it allows you to collect cards that might contain weapons or other useful items such as wrenches for breaking through doors. However, some rooms will be covered in shadow and you won’t be able to see what’s hidden within them. It could be something useful or some monstrous creature waiting to ambush you. To remove these shadows you’ll have to find and destroy the spirit anchor.
Ridding the world of the shadows and successfully exiting the mission will unlock new elements. This might be weapons, skills or even different board sizes to add more challenge to proceedings. There are also different heroes to unlock, who each have their own active and passive skills to make use of.
The Otherside is available now on Apple Arcade, a subscription service that costs $4.99 per month. For more details on other games that are available on Apple Arcade, check out our dedicated hub page.