Kings Bounty: The Legend
"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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Classic and modern at the same timeV2lentin | Oct. 26, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »
King's Bounty: The Legend was probably one of the best games of 2008, if not the best. I haven't played the older HoMM and KB games, but I will review this game from the perspective of a gamer at the first contact with the genre. The Legend is a mix of RPG and TBS that really manages to impress. Even though the fights are turn-based, roaming on the world map is made in real time, allowing the player to evade the fights that are too hard for the moment.
The story revolves around a demon invasion on the land of humans, Endoria. You play the royal treasure seeker, tasked with finding the king's daugther and stopping the evil forces. Throughout the journey, you can get married, each wife coming with different helpful bonuses, and you can even have babies. The hero can equip items that will give bonuses to various abilities, like in any RPG. What sets KB apart from other games like it, is the fact that, in order to get new troops, you'll have to buy them from friendly castles and taverns instead of creating buildings to produce the troops.
The graphics of the game are very beautiful, with amazingly rich detail and bright, vivid colours that give it an almost childish look. The sounds are alos pretty well done, with a fitting soundtrack and very carefully selected sound effects: clashing swords or the howling wolves. There are no vices in the game and all the text is written, but that's not a very big drawback, at least to me.
To every fan of the genre, King's Bounty The Legend is a game that shouldn't be missed.
Best Turn Based Strategy since Heroes IIICynaris | July 13, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »
Which might sound surprising, since the original King's Bounty was the predecessor to the Heroes of Might and Magic series.
While the fundamentals are very much alike however, King's Bounty has it's twists to the formula. For one, you aren't controlling a town, you aren't building anything, you have friendly little castles, with different type of troops, that provides you with a limited amount of units for your disposal. Managing said units, setting up an efficient army is core to this game, otherwise you'll be beaten over and over.
King's Bounty: The Legend is hard, but rewarding. It's story might not be epic, but has it's charm, and the visuals are pretty and easy on the eyes. The game is lots of fun, and lasts a good 60 hours minimum.
Only problem with the game? it doesn't support 16:9 aspect ratio.
Entertaining but Very HardROKET | June 30, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »
I sucked at this game but loved it too. The game was very visually pleasing and a joy to explore. I loved discovering hidden loot, revealing the dark corners of the map and fighting my way to the next areas on the awesome hex turn based boards.
My only problem with the game, however, was actually performance. It wouldnt run on Windows 7 and always gave me a hard time. Other than that, however, the game was great fun if not terribly challenging. There were times where I wondered how the hell I would get anywhere with the trashy army I had amassed.
Overall if you are a fan of turn based rpgs - start here and move on down the series. I love the real time exploration and found the combat very satisfying when I wasnt getting smacked around.
While you wait for Heores VIfaraany3k | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all faraany3k's reviews »
Obviously the inspiration here is Heores of Might and Magic. Game's core gameplay borrows heavily from its well known big brother. But this fact by no means suggest that King Bounty is a cheap copy. Infact production values, graphics and sound design is in most cases are at par with Heroes. The game is a turn based strategy game where we move on the map in turns and then do our actions. During the course of single player camping known as Adventure mode we play as a part of fantasy hero who from humble beginnings become more powerful by acquiring lots of forces and magical abilities. Gameplay is divided into two parts. Firstly is the campaign map , where we journey in search for quests and objectives. The other portion is the more exciting one, where our forces are represented on a chess like battlefield. We move in a turn based fashion and the one with better forces and tactics win this chess like game. Many factors involve which determine win or a defeat. Mastering all these mechanics are a lot of fun and give a huge longevity to this wonderful game.I must point out that due to the nature of genre game might only interest players which have a history of turn based games like Heroes or Civilization Series. But if you like the genre, you will not be disappointed by this wonderful game.
Like Heroes with a twist, not better nor worse, great gameWoundead | Aug. 7, 2011 | See all Woundead's reviews »
This is a great game and a strategic one that is one of the most challenging I have played in recent times. I have played a lot of HoMM(Heroes of Might and Magic) and this game is very much alike. In short; "Keep your troops alive in fights, level up to be stronger and be able to use/train for troops" The major diffrences is that the map view is real time, and you can run past enemies some times to grab the treasure when they patrol and even lure them away to hunt you. Other difference is that you have no castle(there are castle though where you can visit and deposit troops) to build buildings and no restrictions what troops to use. Most troops you buy in 'dwellings' and this is radom generated when you start a new game.
Highly recommended game if you like HoMM and/or a challange. (Personally 128 Hours played according to Steam)