King's Bounty: The Legend
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"King's Bounty: The Legend is superb. The AI is decent enough, the combat is great fun, and it's imaginative, varied, and hilarious. It's a game where wives and children give bonuses to your combat stats, for crying out loud, and you can match up pirates, zombies, and unicorns in a brutal battle royale." - WorthPlaying.com
"Rare are the games that have you muttering "Well, I didn't know that could happen!" after more than 30 hours, and the fact I could have written another 2000 words describing weird and wonderful moments you're best discovering for yourself is all the recommendation you should need." - Eurogamer.net
King’s Bounty: The Legend is an adventure RPG with tactical turn-based battles unfolding in a fairytale fantasy world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses. The player leads their character through the game world; exploring it; commanding armies in battle; and completing required and bonus quests. The game falls into two separate modes: Adventure Mode and Combat Mode. In adventure mode, the player controls the character in real-time, taking him through the adventure map seeking treasure, and completing quests. In combat mode, the player takes on the role of war chief, leading their troops through battle in a chess-like format.
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Not quite as good as HoMM, but solid.Lunarsilkdragon | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all Lunarsilkdragon's reviews »
If you've played a lot of Heroes of Might and Magic and are looking for something similar, this is the game for you. It's the best HoMM clone I have seen so far. I you have not played ane of the HoMM-games, I recommend you play them first and then move on to this.
Now don't get me wrong, this is a solid game, although the universe and atmosphere won't drag you in like HoMM did. The graphics are good, and I have not noticed any bugs. The writing is mediocre and could use some work, but I don't feel like the story is that important in this game, as you will be mostly fighting.
That brings me to the best part of the game: The Combat! The combat is as solid as solid can be. A great variety of creatures to command, great UI, great magic system (especially the "Chest of Rage", but you will find out more about that if you play the game), reasonably good AI that can challenge you and overall combat goodness.
Although the rest of the game just feels a bit like ride to the next battle, they make it worth and once you get started with the fights, it's hard to put down the game.
Royal Treasure Hunter Wanted!Guardian412 | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »
King's Bounty: The Legend is one of the finest remake of it's time and it is a well polished game with great replay value. It is a game what people of every age, - people with a young soul -, may love as it has a true fairy tale charm which is capable to grab you right from the beginning with its art and music, and then addictive gameplay, to then never let you go. A hero (a.k.a. Royal Treasure Hunter), a long fantasy fairy tale adventure (a.k.a. the Quest), dark woods, caves and icy plains to discover, a brave tiny army and hundres of evil enemies to face in a great Turn Based Strategy / chess-like game. The game itself is very long one with plenty areas to discover and dozens or even a hundred quests to complete. There's a lot to like in King's Bounty: The Legend as it is highly entertaining and a very-very-very addictive strategy and adventure game, which is successfully mixing the 21st century values with the design elements and atmosphere of the games of the 1990s.
Just wowinsanegentlemen | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all insanegentlemen's reviews »
So I got this game on one of the humble weekly deals and i was seriously surprised by how great and entertaining it is not only that but how clever it is, playing through this RPG/ tactic strategy which keeps amazing me at all the new features that keep popping up. The units are all great in there own special way but one of my favourite features has to be the chest of rage it improved and even changed my whole view on a game I loved even before I could use it. This is a well worth your money game which will not let you get bored I look forward to completing it and playing the rest because it is a giant game as well as great.
One of the greater strategy RPGs I got played!chakad | July 31, 2013 | See all chakad's reviews »
was a bit skeptical of it (im a fan of heroes of m&m) but as i started to play it - i loved every part of it ^^ already finished it once (as paladin) now playing it again as mage!
the ai of the game is quit good (if you play on the hardest lvl) and the story is excellent! so id the music and graphics!
easy and fun to play interface and a lot of development option.
simple to say if you love strategy + rpg - you better get this one ^^
Never looked back to HoMM againmahon | July 27, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
I bought it when I wanted something similar to the Heroes of Might and Magic series, and I think I found a decent alternative. Even just the number of hours spent playing this game vouches for its playability! The general concept is very similar to the HoMM series, but you don't expand your empire, don't conquer castles. You travel the land (well, many lands and islands), meet various NPCs, pursue various quests and battle countless enemies. And this all is accompanied by pleasant music and colorful nice 3D graphics.
I must say that since I found this one, I never looked back to the HoMM series. If the base game (very long, which is good for somebody who enjoyed it) is not enough, there are expansions adding new storylines and characters. Great game for a great price!