It's the late 26th century. Earth is recovering from a catastrophic explosion that exterminated the majority of the population and made most of the surface unhabitable. The surviving humans organised themselves along four radically different ideologies: Harmony, Dominance, Progress and Salvation. Followers of the four Paths live in a fragile peace, living in almost complete isolation next to each other.
Now an even more terrible cataclysm is looming on the horizon; an asteroid is heading towards Earth. The time travel technology discovered in the wake of the old cataclysm is the best way to prepare for the impending impact; and it is up to the Leaders if they see it as a threat or as a potential.
Each player picks one of the four paths to play and obtains their resources, water and energy indicated on their chosen path. Your ultimate goal is to prepare for an upcoming asteroid impact, secure the future of your people and overcome the other three paths as the dominant ideology in shaping humanity's future.
Throughout the game, you play through seven rounds, or 'eras' which each symbolise several years in time. The asteroid impact occurs after the fourth era which then changes how the following eras play out, and then triggers the countdown to the end of the game.
There are three different game concepts:
- Exosuits - at the start of each era, each player can choose to power-up up to 6 Exosuits.
- Taking actions with workers - players alternate taking actions using their workers.
- Time Travel - request resources and manpower from their future.
The game ends after the collapse of the World Capital due to the asteroid impact. There are different ways to score victory points, which include constructing buildings and superprojects, making scientific breakthroughs, using time travel, achieving high morale and evacuating the collapsing World Capital.
In a nutshell, Anachrony is one beast of a worker placement game, along with the Exosuit Commander Pack expansion. There's an impressive time travelling mechanic and a pretty good replay value, as the 4 paths can be varied slightly depending on the choices that you make throughout.