106 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
First of all: Crossworlds = enhanced Armored Princess for PC gamers. The stand-alone Armored Princess is intended for Mac users, since there's no Crossworlds for Mac.
Secondly: this is probably the best King's Bounty there is. It has all the good stuff - pleasurable grind, silly-but-fun storyline, plenty of different units and spells etc. without the negatives of the later games (i.e. game-breaking bugs, excessive back-and-forth-running, so-so balance).
+ nice atmosphere + constant feeling of progress + plenty to do (50+ hours per playthrough easily) + holds its grip until the very end
+/- lots and lots of text, but it's skimmable and light-heartedly funny
44 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
FIRST: Everyone is correct, purchase 'King's Bounty: Crossworlds" as it includes the base game and both expansions for $5 more than the standard edition but $5 less than the platinum edition.
SECOND: Actually really enjoy this game so far, especially considering I'm just now diving into strategy games. The mechanics take a little bit to figure out but after about an hour you should have a pretty firm grasp of what does what. The graphics are pretty darn good if a little cartoony but that doesn't bother me any. I really like the mix of strategy/fantasy rpg. It's actually a lot of fun, sorta like playing fantasy chess if you will. There doesn't seem to be much of any voice acting, again not a problem for me but just be prepared to do a lot of reading to get the back story and follow what is going on.
Would definitely recommend a buy if you like these kind of games. I'm terrible at and have always hated strategy games but this one is pretty darn fun. Also my first time reviewing a game on steam so, that should tell you something.
Short forward: if you're not knowing what kind of game it is, go the last third of this review...
You know, in the early 90's, King's Bounty, along with Prince of Persia, Leisure Suit Larry, Sim City (optionally Civilization or Dune: the battle for Arrakis) and some more... was nearly at every PC around. Yeah. They just were there. Like Windows 95 went out a bit later with the Solitaire, Pinball and Minesweeper.
Right now, the disassociation of human individuals gone further, and you can easily find many gaming people who never played anything that you did. I even forgot when I had started Minesweeper myself for the last time!.. In all that chaos, in all that variety of thousands of games on the market, I think we all should have some safe haven. Some basic ground, some core stuff on your hardware which you can play anytime, anyplace, and almost any mood and condition. The games that you can take with you on the long space flight, without the risk to blow your back, or the PC, or the entire spaceship. Which can entertain you 10 (at least 9) times out of 10.
I'm sorry for the intro this long. The point is... King's Bounty from Katauri might be just one of those "basic games". You can play it calm and easy, and even let it go to your little daughter, without the fear for her morale or braincells. You can play it hard, earning the leading places in the charts, with fantastic K/D score and all. Of all the titles which Katauri released by that name, Crossworlds is the most complete experience. So, if you don't want to buy them all in a bundle, I suggest go for Crossworlds. Or for the first title, the Legend, which is shorter, however.
Well... there's one thing I have to mention there. Just as with Stalker title, Clear Skies and Call of Pripyat - were just the addons to the basic game Shadow of Chernobyl, although in some aspects they had many enhancements. But not enough to call them "Stalker 2 and 3". The same, and even more obvious, goes with the whole line of Katauri's King's Bounty. Crossworlds, basically, is the DLC for the DLC Armored Princess for the basic game King's Bounty the Legend. But all three were released and presented separetely. And while it's fair for the Armored Princess - there were new story, new mechanics and all... Crossworlds is just a bit upgraded Armored Princess, with the same main story, but some more quests, and two additional short arena modes. So, if you have bought and played through Armored Princess before, you'll be disapponted at this rip-off. However, if you haven't had such experience, and just want to choose the one of the whole King's Bounty line, without paying for the whole line... Well, with the Crossworlds you'll get the most of them all.
Oh, well. Finally. What's it all about? King's Bounty is a half-RPG, with one main character, riding on the map, talking to various NPCs, solving their quests, collecting artifacts and other prizes, and fighting all the injustice in the world (in case of this title - of the many worlds). The battles is another half of the game, they are turn-based, with many units at your hand, each of them with various powers and skills... And in that second half all is looking much like glorious and legendary Heroes of Might and Magic... until you know the fact that original King's Bounty was earlier, and basically made HoMM happened. However, they're not the same. HoMM is much more a strategy, with resources, building castles, many heroes by your command... And King's Bounty is the story of one. The mightiest, the bravest... And, again, in case of the Crossworlds and Armored Princess - the prettiest heroine. I would prefer not to spend too much of your time telling of the plethora of gaming mechanics, such as companions, dragon pet, collecting parts of the sea map before sailing further... There are just too many of those "little things". Just say they are gross in complex.
The short conclusion: King's Bounty the Crossworld is one of the best "all-around" games. Casual enough, hardcore enough - just apply the difficulty. A very good adventure through seas, lands, worlds and time. My mark is 8/10, as nothing is perfect, but, just once again - that is one of those games which I would like being installed on my PC while travelling something about as close as Alpha Centauri.
This game is just too pretty for words, and it runs very well on my almost 5 year old laptop on mostly high settings. Heck, even on all low settings the game is still beautiful.
Now to the gameplay: The combat plays very much like the HoMM series, yet is still quite unique and diverse. I'm someone who finds it rather difficult getting into HoMM-like games because I love that series so much, but this game... is so unique and fun that I can't help but love everything about it. I love the free-roaming, the easy to use interface, the sea faring and quirky humour. I love the different units and all their special abilities, I lovelovelove my dragon which is so useful! Even the music is breathtakingly beautiful and sets the mood so well.
This game is definitely worth the price. I grabbed it on a sale hoping to god it would run okay-ish on my laptop. It does and is worth every cent!
Having been a long time fan of Heores of Might and Magic 1,2 and 3 this popped up in my steam "you may like" list; and boy was it right! Such a great game I had to buy all of them. Not only is it visually stunning for its time period but the tactic and strategy are surperb! I wasn't sure at first how I'd like not having to build up a Castle and economy but it totally works for it. The combat is top notch, I found myself using almost every spell I accquired, which normally doesn't happen in these games. You find the best one and its attack, cast, move and repeat. The tactical combat is a challenge, (I play on Impossible so not sure on other difficulties) and I found myself having to use many of the different units found through out the land. All and all its most certainly worth the money and I will be playing this game many more times. 10/10
King's bounty plays a lot like Heroes of Might and Magic, whenever you have an encounter on the overworld you have stacked units on a hex board with turn based combat. You get a dragon that can cast a spell per turn (increased turn cooldown depending which spell you choose) and your hero character (the armored princess) can cast a spell per turn. Your hero character equips armor and weapons that change your hero's stats. The hero isn't involved in combat other than spells but your stats are attributed to your units in combat. Overall King's bounty is one of my favorite games and it is oddly addicting.
This version of King's Bounty is the same as the armored Princess but 2 more stories to go along with the game. The Cross worlds is much more better cause it a remake of the orginal one but there more spells quests and troops you can choose from. Plus I love the fact this game takes over 24 hours to beat.
20 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
210.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Similar to Heroes of Might and Magic, King's Bounty will keep you coming back if you are strategy fan. It does away with city building, and focuses on combat, hero building, and troop selection. Add a pet dragon that can turn the tide of battle, numerous artifacts you can find or buy, a varied pool of troops to select from, and a well thought out hero skill tree, King's Bounty Crossworlds is fantastic.
Highly recommended if you like fantasy strategy games that are challenging, and doubly recommended if you loved Heroes of Might and Magic.