21 people found this review helpful
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 129.1 hrs on record
Posted: Aug 12, 2014 @ 2:53am
Updated: Aug 12, 2014 @ 2:56am

Early Access Review
This game is quite unique in what it has to offer.

There is a depth to this game that is not initially apparent, I think. By sticking to a well-defined set of rules of limited engagement, the developers have effectively created their own version of tactical chess. Recall in chess, not every piece can move as it might like, but they have very restricted types of movement in how they can attack (a pawn can only move forward, usually one space, but must attack diagonally).

This game is similar except any movement is the result of an attack, and not purely done in and of itself. The movement, when it occurs, is well defined and can be anticipated. Having these kinds of limits makes this game distinct from other games like King's Bounty and Eador, Masters of the Broken Realm, which are both great games in their own right. In this respect, I would argue, less is actually more, in terms of the depth this game provides. I really thought Eador was extremely tactical until I played this game, and decided this one had a more "mature" type of strategy than the you-can-move 1, 2 or 3 spaces kind of games.

I believe the overwhelming reason to buy and play this game is to, in essence, play a new type of low-fantasy tactical chess based upon a 36-hex board. This game has all the tactical depth that chess does given in how it works. It may not be balanced, or fair, or even easy to grasp in terms of what this game really is, but it is a gem in its own right.
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Bralin Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:22am 
Excellent analogy comparing the combat to tactical chess, but the game offers a lot more than a string of chess matches. Well-designed plot(s) and twists, character development and equipping, growth of economy, artwork, music, plus the feel of the game goes beyond a string of chess duels...