Subdefuge Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the move to their advantage. It's like the board game Diplomacy, but with the complex mechanics handled in a beautifully simple interface.

The game takes place in an underwater world where players use diplomacy and tactics to defeat their opponents. It features minimalist art, except for the specialist portraits, which were drawn by Shane Nakamura.

Players check in a few times each day to assess their situation, issue or modify orders, and engage their fellow players in that diplomacy. You will need to master both strategy and diplomacy to earn your victory, so plan ahead, coordinate with others, and carefully consider the consequences of your actions.

Players don't have to play at the same time to progress the game. Instead, there is a time machine mechanic that lets you issue orders and see them play out. Unlike the board game, this offers a simple visual way to see plans play out and encourages more complex strategies.

The game offers good introduction tutorials and tactical puzzles to help players learn how the game works and the likely results of different strategies.

It's a game you need to play with people who are old enough, and robust enough, to be happy to lie to each other and be lied to. This exposes the enjoyment at the heart of many games: the interactions between the players in the real world rather than the action on the screen.



Release Date: 07/03/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based.



Duration: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. Executing orders in the game doesn't take a long time, but players can spend many hours strategists and discussing their moves with teammates or opponents.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online. You need 4 players for a good game because of the player interactions and double-crossing.


This game is free to start playing, but requires payment to continue at some point. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

After completing level 1 challenges you pay for unlocking the rest of the game.

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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