Posted: September 6, 2014
It may not look like it, but this is one of the best turn-based strategy games ever...
once you get past the learning-curve (which is actually less steep than the Civ games).
-each game plays out completely different
-The ancient/medieval-fantasy theme is well done
-Equip looted items to unit(s) of your choice
-Level up units
-plenty of personal style in how you play
-as complicated or simple as you want
Cons: (mods may very well exist to fix some of these)
-The music is good but does get repetitive (i can hear it in my head afterwards for days o.0)
-The neutral animals are a bit more aggressive than is realistic imo.
-I wish there was a way to convert/recruit neutral units into your army, particularly ones that are unique to your faction/class, instead of always being forced to fight/kill neutrals.
-graphics are ... simple
-ui interface could be easier to learn
8.5 / 10
Unique turn-based fantasy army building & broad-strategy map domination. Game mechanics take a bit to get used to, but the elegantly balanced scaling-complexity, and replayability more than makes up for the sharper-than-average learning curve.
-Pick one of 6 different "societies" (time-periods which adjust the map generation parameters, making certain tiles more or less common).
-Choose one of 18 different "classes" (army factions), each with unique combinations of units (each has unique units but many have some common units as well) to battle against the other "players"
-(the ai has 10 difficulty levels!).
-At least 9 different types of resources make "money" handling slightly different based on which class/faction you play (it's simpler than it sounds)
-Build your armies, assign leaders to move them around; explore, conquer, and fight your way to victory.
-Almost every unit has room for a bunch of (magic) items, though items are sufficiently rare as to be extremely exciting when found and generally only equipped to your best units (leaders usually).
-Magic users have their own well-crafted system to them with many schools of magic and various spell ingredients/mana used to power them (see resources like sacrifices, herbs, fungus, and gems)
-Combat is automated which may seem crazy at first but is quite well done;
-unit capabilitiesstats are fairly easy to grasp and analyze.