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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A TBS RPGROKET | April 1, 2013 | See all ROKET's reviews »
I want to start by saying this game is crazy hard. I couldnt to save my life progress or earn enough cash to consistently move forward in the game and while I did have fun and loved the exploration and combat - I still felt the difficulty could have been trimmed a tad.
Story: I cant say the story is very important in the game and while it IS there and you do get some voice work and a main quest - it all gets lost as you go through the world and game. Not exactly the high point.
Gameplay: Most of you time will be spent exploring the map with your main character saddled on a horse and galloping across the fantasy land the game is set in. You encounter hostile creatures and find different bits of treasure as you explore and there is definitely a sense of tension as you try to pic and choose your battles. The TBS chess like combat segments are fun but again - I have to elaborate on how difficult the game can be. The AI is ruthless and most stacks still receive a good beating after each battle.
Presentation: The game is pretty and stylized. You dont have spectacular detail or massive maps but you do get crisp character models and pleasant cartoonish graphics that give you something relaxing to look at as you explore.
Overall the game is alright but very hard. Also - it has a really hard time running on Windows 7.
A great strategy RPG.Crazee | Feb. 21, 2013 | See all Crazee's reviews »
This game has elements of RTS in the main map and travel. Allowing you to avoid potential battles and get to treasures when needed.
It has a large amount of turn-based strategy, as this is how combat works. You can select up to five groups of units, from strong warriors to machines, ferocious creatures, the undead and many more. There is a lot of unit diversity, with each bringing their own skill-sets. The amount of creatures you can have in each unit is determined by your leadership, which is upgradeable as the game goes on, allowing you to build a huge army!
Combat takes place on a hex grid, which sometimes can have obstructions or treasures to keep things interesting. Each unit has it's own initiative, and the ability to delay its turn until everyone else has taken theirs. You have the ability to cast spells, which use up mana. You also have some extra abilities from your 'Chest of Rage', which grow in power as the game develops. These abilities us Rage as a resource, which is built up by participating in combat.
The player can level up, and has a skill tree which can be used by consuming runes. There are three different types of runes, one focusing on building a strong and vast army, one centred around intensifying your magical ability, and the other being a hybrid of the two.
The total gametime can be anything up to 70 hours. There is a massive world to explore. Unfortunately it can get slightly repetitive as the game goes on, but it does have an addictive, "just one more battle" quality to it.
Bottom Line: A solid Strategy RPG, that has the potential to entertain for a very long time.
Great choice for fans of the genreAntix | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »
The Disciples and the Heroes of Might & Magic franchises were the two great pillars of fantasy turn-based strategies. Now you can count King's Bounty among them, too. The combat has the depth you'd expect the aforementioned games to have, the overworld however, is different. You traverse in real time and you don't have to worry about logistics and town management, making this a much faster paced and battle-oriented title. The writing is quirky and humorous, with the art style falling in line with that. You can pick between three character classes and they are different enough to alter your playstyle depending on which you pick. Beating the game on normal difficulty will take about 40 hours. All in all an excellent package that is highly recommended to any TBS fan.
Weird and addictive.Give it a chance.fable2 | Jan. 2, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »
This game has a weird kind of charm that really grows on you. At a glance it simply looks like a throwback to the Heroes of Might and Magic series which is a fair assessment. But there's a good deal more hiding beneath the surface.
The game is filled with enough RPG elements and funny quirks that it held my interest from beginning to end. I really enjoyed investing points (i.e. Runes) into my hero's talent trees and seeing the results in and out of battle. Managing spells and inventory items was also fun and always a simple task.
What really kept my interest though was the overall style of this game. The graphics were by no means groundbreaking, but they put forth a big and bright cartoonish style that really brought your army and game characters to life. Environments were exquisitely detailed and really gave a sense of being meticulously hand crafted. The story and characters you meet throughout the journey are usually pretty quirky and odd. You can even take a wife, have children, leave your wife and get a new one if you're into that kind of thing. I also found much hilarity in some of the dialog which I can only imagine was a result of the translation into English. Some dialog is just too ridiculous and nonsensical otherwise.
I enjoyed combat throughout the game but admittedly a little less toward the end. By that time my Mage was so powerful I could simply decimate the enemy before the first round was over and this caused me to want to rush through that content. That said I did spend 30-35 hours playing this game, and I probably won't play it again.
Get this game for cheap and enjoy it. Embrace its quirks, its odd and sometimes flawed dialog, and have fun with it. Now I'm on to to the sequel!
An interesting mix of RPG and RTSpanz3r88 | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
King's Bounty: The Legend is an interesting mix of RPG and RTS. The player can't directly fight in battles, but uses some squadron and assist them using magic and spells. The player can choose the ability and the skills of the character in order to adjust its gameplay strategy. Thisgame is really deep and well done and it's really good for everyone who wants to try a good challenge