Product Type: other PC games
Newest Review: ... buildings collecting money that heroes have spent buying potions or drink and other various things. In this way you have to protect you ... more
Why aren't more games like this?
Member Name: screedsean
Advantages: virtually no bugs and a new type of game that is very enjoyable
Disadvantages: Heroes dont always do what you want them too
In this game you play the future king of Ardania and you must construct medieval buildings and train warriors and 'heroes' to defend your realm, kill the enemy and complete the task set to you in each level. The way that this game is different from most other games though is that in this game you cannot control what each person does as they have their own free will which varies the gameplay and you have to change your strategy for.
To help you direct your heroes you can place attack or explore reward flags so they gain money when they go to the flag and explore or stack. Also different heroes have different personalities and explore differently and attack or run away from things differently so your strategy has to adapt to different environments and tasks.
As your town grows you can upgrade building and your palace to build new buildings and to build buildings you need to spend gold which is collected by a tax collector that goes round the buildings collecting money that heroes have spent buying potions or drink and other various things. In this way you have to protect you tax collector from attacks with either heroes or spells cast from buildings.
While your town is building different things appear such as sewer entrances and graveyards which can spawn enemies at random intervals. Not too much of a problem as they are only low level enemies but another thing to take into account. As you go through levels though your heroes grow too and gain experience and progress through levels learning new spells or becoming stronger.
Each level is based around a different map and has a different objective for you to complete so the gameplay is nicely varied. In each map there are numerous treasure chests and pre build places or enemy dens to help and/or hinder your progress.
As this game is quite old now the graphics are not the best but they are still colourful and vibrant. You will not need a cutting edge computer to run this game though which is good so it will load quickly and will not stutter or give too much strain to your computer. Just to note the game runs in 4:3 viewing. Once you're playing the game you don't notice or mind too much about the graphics and just love the game for what it is.
Sound wise I would say that the background sound is about average for this age of game and some of the music is a nice accompaniment to missions and the effects of what is happening in the game help a lot though are slightly overwhelming when lots is going on at once.
If you like these kinds of games where you build things and train people then you will like this game as it adds a new dimension to these kinds of games and I really want more games to come out that work like this. Overall the game takes a good thirty hours to complete but there are add-ons available like the northern expansion that are very good and allow for new buildings and heroes to be made. Highly recommended.
Minimum CPU Type: Pentium
Minimum CPU Speed: 166 MHz
Minimum RAM Required: 32 MB
Minimum Hard Disk Space: 300 MB
Graphics Type: SVGA
Graphics Resolution: Multiple Resolutions
Colour Depth: High Colour
Summary: A great game that is just a bit different