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Telepath Tactics is a turn-based strategy RPG set in the steampunk universe of Telepath RPG. It features gorgeous pixel art, destructible battlefields, environmental hazards you can shove enemies into, the ability to build bridges and barricades, and a ruleset that adopts best practices from such classic series as Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea.

Play through a Fire Emblem style single player campaign, play matches in 2-to-6 player local multiplayer, or use a robust map editor to build your own battles and campaigns.


Telepath Tactics takes place in an unusual fantasy-steampunk universe. Magic doesn’t exist: instead, there is psionics and steam-powered technology reliant on a volatile, crystalline substance called vibra. Cavaliers don’t ride horses: they ride giant, armored praying mantises. There are no elves, no dwarves, no goblins, no dragons: it’s just humans and a few other, entirely original sentient races (such as the shadowlings, creatures that quite literally feed on human suffering).


It was deep winter when young Emma and Sabrina Strider fled slavery in the mines of Kovit. Exhausted and on the verge of starvation, they were found and taken in by a tribe of Lissit, reptilian warriors, who raised the sisters as their own.

Now Emma trains tirelessly, bent on revenge and the prospect of rescuing their ailing father from bondage. But the years are never kind to a miner, and time grows desperately short. The sisters will need all of their wits–and the help of some unlikely allies–if they are to succeed…


Play through a story-driven single player campaign with dozens of unique characters in a tale of love, death, and intrigue!

Build an army from among 23 different classes! Learn more than 110 distinct attacks as you level up your units, then promote them to powerful prestige classes!

Destroy walls, freeze water, build bridges and lay explosives, changing the face of the battlefield to your advantage!

Capture the high ground to get damage and range bonuses for your ranged attacks!

Shove enemies off of cliffs!

Fling enemies into environmental hazards like traps, water, and lava!

Employ more than 110 different skills and attacks to defeat your enemies, with nasty effects like mind control, blindness, and burning!

Confront aggressive enemy AI that reacts to your moves, grabs items, breaks down your barricades, doggedly pursues your most vulnerable characters, and shoves you into the lava every chance it gets!

Deal with merchants to keep your army well-supplied; make hard choices about your priorities both on and off the battlefield as you march against the slavers who imprisoned your family.

Undertake missions in both hand-crafted scenarios and procedurally generated dungeons and forests!

Tired of single player? Play 2-6 player multiplayer matches with randomized item drops, multiple play modes, and support for team matches!

Employ the easy-to-use Telepath Tactics map editor to create your own scenarios; easily mod in new characters, items, attacks, tilesets, destructible objects, and even brand-new single player campaigns!

Download other peoples’ campaigns, drop them in the User Campaigns folder, and voila: you now have brand-new campaigns available to play!


Get the Game:

Want to help fund the game’s development? We’re now offering two of the most popular reward tiers from the Kickstarter campaign via BMT Micro:

  • $25  Immediate Access - Gain access to Telepath Tactics as development continues, plus receive a DRM-free copy of the finished game upon release.
  • $50    Map Editor- Everything in the $25 tier, plus immediate access to the map editor to create your own battles and campaigns while development continues on the game.

Telepath Tactics is currently in development. Keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook and the main page for updates! Also, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel for the latest videos as development continues.

“Independent studio Sinister Design is working on a Fire Emblem-inspired strategy game, Telepath Tactics, with a robust modding system, which will allow players to create custom campaigns, build bridges, alter the environment and make their own maps.”

“The demo was quite long, and I had to actually pull myself away from one of the two stations because I wanted more people to be able to get their hands on it. Telepath Tactics won my heart pretty quickly, and it should do the same to any other fan of Fire Emblem, Disgaea, or Shining Force.”

“Not just because his positive attitude and enthusiasm have not been matched at the convention so far. It is because his game is so damn delightful to play.”
–Chris Hayes, Indie Game Mag

“With destructible buildings, bridge construction to create new flanking opportunities and the ability to throw people into lava, it sounds like Telepath Tactics may contain all that is necessary for my tactical needs.”
–Adam Smith, Rock Paper Shotgun

“I played the demo and it’s pretty fun. It definitely hearkens back to the old-school games it lists as inspiration, and it expands on elements in past titles by presenting players with a ton of tactical options.”

“You can equate the turn based style of Telepath Tactics to games like Advanced Wars….It offers a very well thought out and varied turn based strategy experience that encourages you to learn continually over the game as you are introduced to new aspects.”
–Alex Wilkinson, Indie Game Mag

“Like all games of war—digital and otherwise—you must learn how to use the terrain to your advantage. You can smash through walls, rob the high ground, build bridges, and lay down explosives. You can also back your foes into undesirable puddles of stuff, like water and lava. For a change, try flinging your best friend off a cliff.”
–Nadia Oxford, GameZebo

“The gameplay recalls Sega’s Shining Force series, mixed with a bit of Advance Wars — as a fan of both, I definitely approve of the direction this one’s taking!”
–Danny Cowan, The Indie Games Blog

“If there’s one thing I love about indie games, it’s that a simple style can hide extreme depth, just like the turn-based strategy games of yore. Telepath Tactics, the new tactics game from Sinister Design, is the latest example.”

“You guys know I’m pretty picky, and even more so when we’re talking about a genre I don’t spend a ton of time with, but Telepath Tactics is definitely unique, deep and will offer a lot of great features that you generally don’t find in games like this. … If you enjoy a good strategy/tactics game from time to time, I can’t do much better than to recommend Telepath Tactics.”
–Nick Reineke, Indie Impressions

“Déjà responsable d’un sympathique (et bientôt testé) Telepath RPG, le très actif Craig Stern reste en plein développement et nous propose de découvrir les premières images de son Tactical à venir. Originalité première? Le multijoueur! En effet, Telepath Tactics se destine avant tout à être un jeu de stratégie tactique entièrement jouable avec et surtout contre ses amis, jusqu’à six joueurs exactement. Il va falloir rendre l’action fluide avec tout ce beau monde à l’écran!”
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“I’m throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening! In all seriousness, though, this is looking better and better with every update. I seriously can’t wait for the finished product. You shall have my money, good sir!”
–Youtube commenter thepooofdoom

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