Jagged Alliance: Back in Action (2012)

by Christopher
5 minutes read


A modern revival of the Jagged Alliance series, focusing on tactical combat and strategic planning.


‘Jagged Alliance: Back in Action’ revitalizes the classic strategy game with a modern gaming experience.


The game is set in the fictional island nation of Arulco, which is under the iron grip of a dictator, Deidranna Reitman. The player assumes the role of a mercenary captain contracted to liberate Arulco. The mission is to free the island from Deidranna’s rule, using strategic, diplomatic, and economic tools to keep troops supplied and ready for the next fight.

“Jagged Alliance: Back in Action” is a turn-based tactics game. Outside of battle, characters move in real time. When a battle starts, the game switches to a turn-based system. The game features a unique “plan-and-go” system, where players can issue orders for their characters while the game is paused. This system allows for strategic planning and execution of tactics, making each battle a test of wit and skill.

The game offers a dizzying amount of RPG-like elements, and recruiting mercenaries for one’s squad is a fun process. Each mercenary has specific areas of specialization indicated by a robust list of stats, and associated costs, based on how proficient they are. The soldiers also have their own personalities, conveyed largely through the charmingly-cheesy dialog snippets uttered during missions.

Expansion and DLCs

An expansion pack, “Jagged Alliance: Crossfire,” was released in August 2012. It features a new campaign set in a fictional country of Khanpaa. It also added an optional line of sight mode, fog of war system, and ten new mercenaries. Two downloadable content (DLC) packs were released for the game in May 2012 and June 2012 respectively: “Shades of Red” and “Point Blank”.


Features a diverse roster of mercenaries with unique skills and personalities.


Blends real-time strategy with pause-and-play tactics, emphasizing strategic planning and combat.


Offers a fresh take on the series with challenging gameplay and strategic depth.

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