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Kings Bounty: The Legend
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Product Description

In a fairy tale fantasy world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses, you are a hero. King's Bounty: The Legend is an adventure game with tactical turn-based battles and role-playing elements. Gameplay is divided into two major sections: adventure mode and battle mode. In adventure mode you control your character in real-time. You move through the adventure map seeking various treasures, fighting monsters and accomplishing quests. In battle mode you lead your troops in tactical turn-based combat. Battles take place on land or sea, in dungeons or castles or even in some items. You yourself don't participate in the combat, but can assist your troops by casting spells or summoning different creatures.

A rich role-playing system including 7 parameters and more than 30 skills and perks and a highly-developed system of tasks and relations More than 70 spells to use on the battle arena and in everyday life An alternative option for magic development are the Spirits of Rage to be summoned in combat More than 60 unique creatures with special abilities and skills ready to fight in your army Dozens of different battle arenas. Unique arenas for castle sieges Various traps and bonuses on battle arenas that can change the course of fight Unique system of live items acting of their own will and changing their essence Ability to start a family, find a wife and have children

Features:
  • Players can play in adventure and combat mode.
  • 3 different classes to pick your character from. Each class alters his characteristics and future development.
  • Real-Time control in the adventure mode and turn-based play in the combat mode

Customer Reviews:

  • Great game for HOMM3 fans
    This is a fantastic spiritual successor to Heroes of Might and Magic 3, which many people have played. The game world feels similar to Warcraft III and is very intuitive to play. The battles are fantastic and challenging against the right opponents, but early on, some players might get annoyed by quick, easy battles that seem to be more of an annoyance than a challenge. The Spirits of Rage system is an excellent addition as well that adds to the strategic options available to players. The story and sidestories, while a little corny and stereotypical fantasy, are nonetheless enthralling enough to keep a player going. There's several "moral" questions in the game as well, and many quests have multiple endings. The Wife/Kid mechanic is also intriguing and interesting to manipulate. Min/Maxers will also be right at home and very pleased with the detailed statistics provided to players on each unit.

    Things that might put people off, however, are kind of related to the things that make the game great. The camera can get a touch annoying at times, since you can only zoom out and pan around a limited amount. Keeping your army at full capacity can very quickly become an exercise in Recruit-Travel-Battle-Travel Back-Recruit-Repeat. Additionally, the limited stores of certain units can be frustrating at times. Finally, the presence of level-appropriate challenges can vary at times, exacerbating the Recruit/Travel/Battle issue. Finally, the lack of an auto-travel option is a little annoying, since you have to physically walk your character from place to place. The game also has dated graphics and animation, though this does make the computer load it exerts really low.

    All in all though, the faults of this game are far outweighed by the positive aspects. It's a great game for strategy gamers, fans of HOMM3, or anyone looking for a great RPG/Strategy game in a Medieval Fantasy setting....more info
  • Awesome awesome awesome!!!
    This game is just great! I love the simplicity of the game play. It stays true to the original King's Bounty but adds just enough zip to make it new and exciting. The story line is charming and reminds me of classic old school RPG's which bring back good memories. The dialogue is funny and the quests and npc's who give them don't take themselves very seriously which makes the game laid back and fun. Although I have only played the demo I highly recommend this game! Oh and the graphics are great too! I'm definitely going to purchase this game very soon!...more info
  • A Fantastic Game Overall!
    Killzone 2 will astonish you with its deferred rendering engine that utilizes multi-sampled anti-aliasing to produce unbelievable graphical fidelity for a home console. Burnout Paradise will have you sweating at a blistering 60 frames-per-second as you soar over skyscrapers crashing through billboards (queue 80s rock DJ!) Madworlds protagonist, Jack, wants to violently seduce you as he chainsaws his way throughout a blood-spattered--Frank Miller enthused--world justly confirming that it really is a mad mad Madworld he lives in. But recently I was plucked out of the hardcore gaming stratosphere to be reminded that gaming isn't always about boiling your blood with crazy gameplay antics or pumping your adrenaline over its procedural merit.

    King's Bounty: The Legend is here to say it is ok to slip back to a more classic style of gameplay and focus on strategy while having a good time. It's ironic that I initially found King's Bounty: The Legend to be precisely the game I wasn't looking for. For the last two years I've been feverishly pushing forward at 180 mph playing everything I can get my hands on. To name a few, I've played through to completion F.E.A.R. 2, Mass Effect (five times), Far Cry 2, Fallout 3 (twice), Dead Space, Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand theft Auto 4 (twice), leveled a Priest to 80 in Warcraft obtaining 4/5 of my Tier 7 gear, and really just about everything else imaginable. I consume games and love every minute of it (hence the name of this blog). But after spending some times with the game I realized I almost missed out on something special and now I'm here to inform my fellow gamers they might be too.

    King's Bounty will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played the Hero's of Might and Magic series. That is to say it's a turn-based tactical RPG that takes place in a fantasy setting. You control one of three character classes (Fighter, Paladin or Mage) in real-time, traversing a map overflowing with treasures, monsters, and NPCs. These NPC bestow quests upon you which push you farther and farther into the recesses of the world. Sometimes you'll just fall into a wacky situation--I once chatted up a stump only to discover he ailed of distraught and was in dire need of help. How could one resist!

    As you progress through the game your character will gain new abilities through the now ubiquitous skill tree, obtain new weapons and armor from merchants and treasure chests, and venture off to new lands. These lands are segmented by portals that whisk you to-and-fro consisting of super-green grasslands, dank mines, eerie swamps, chilly ice-lands, gloomy forests and scorching dungeons.

    The turn-based warfare takes place in a completely separate battle-screen that essentially resembles a chessboard. Though this might sound a bit dowdy, the board is modified throughout the game to vary movement strategies.

    I do not remember the last time I played a game that possessed such a vibrant, colorful, hand-drawn palette. When I saw the menu screen for the first time I just sat there staring at the beautifully drawn image analyzing its absurd level of detail. Unfortunately, once in the game, the game loses that level of impressiveness and moves to something more similar to the Warcraft series. But that's not to say it isn't a good looking game. Although clearly inspired by Blizzard's work, there does seem to be just enough of a departure from it to tell the two apart. Overall it is a very visually appealing game.

    If there is going to be a downside to King's Bounty it will probably be that it really does nothing new in this particular genre, and some might perceive it as borrowing heavily from the above mentioned Heroes of Might and Magic series. The interesting twist is that the original King's Bounty came out in 1991--four years before the Heroes of Might and Magic series. For me personally this was never an issue, but I suspect that this will be a source of contention for some.

    The dialog that carries the story can be a bit monotonous at times as its standard fantasy fare. It's worth noting that the Russian developer, Katauri Interactive, tried to inject some comedic value into the dialog to liven things up.

    With King Bounty I realized I was letting a small portion of the gamer in me miss out on something special just because I was caught up in the mix of things. If you're looking for something to change that up you should give this game a chance--it's worth your money.

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  • Great Game!!!
    First off, I am a huge fan of the older Kings Bounty game. This game is just as good. The only thing that I didnt like was the questing. It is a bit trivial. Go here and grab this and bring it back. Go clear out a cave....etc. One of the great features of the game is the limited armies you get. It allows you to have to change it up when you are out of one of the armies. ...more info
  • Best game I played for the past 2 years
    I got this game as a gift but now that I have finished it, I think it is worth the full price. A great RPG that is a must play. The only flaw is that the game crashed to the desktop a couple of times so do save often....more info
  • If you liked HOMM, you'll love this!
    First of all, I've only been playing the demo so far so my review is based on that experience. I've been playing Heroes of Might and Magic 3 almost daily since it came out in 1999 and this is the first turn based strategy game I've played since then that measures up to the fun of HOMM 3 (including HOMM 4 & 5, neither of which I liked). There are more RPG elements in this game than in HOMM 3. You gather quests from various characters, complete the quests and gain experience. Combat is turn based and you can cast spells and use the Rage box, which calls various monsters to your aid for an attack during combat as long as you have enough Rage points. This is very cool with great graphics and can cause massive damage to your enemy, allowing you to turn the tide of battle if your enemy is stronger than you. Graphics are great and gameplay is very intuitive. My only complaint so far is the game has locked up my system a couple of times, but the problem may be on my end so who knows. I highly recommend this game and will be ordering it soon....more info
  • Excellent update of a 19 year-old classic!
    This is an excellent update / refresh of the classic PC game from 1990. King's Bounty was one of my favorite games for the Amiga "back in the day". KB:TL differs in many ways from the original game, but the core element of turn-based combat on a hex field is pretty much unchanged and is just as entertaining now as it was then.

    What I Liked:
    - Fantastic graphics. The art style is vibrant and colorful. The isometric 3D view is well presented and gives a nice sense of depth and topography.
    - Engaging turn-based tactical combat. Units have varied strengths and skills that require coordination. Balancing out your army with units that are fast (high initiative) vs. ranged attack vs. damage absorbing vs. high movement rate and so on is very satisfying. The game does a good job of forcing you to churn your army and learn different units because a) most units have a limited supply - once you buy them all up you have to switch to something else and b) units do not grow in strength, so while level 1 peasants and swordsmen are fine at the beginning, eventually you will need to switch over to more powerful units to take out the stronger enemies.
    - The skill tree system is simple, clear, and effective. No wall chart like Civilization 4 is required. You can specialize in troop enhancement or magical power or try to blend both.
    - Decent spell system. The spells are well differentiated and have a nice mix of flavor between direct damage, unit enhancement, etc. While it isn't as deep or sophisticated as games like Master of Magic, it is quite functional and provides variety and excitement into the combat.
    - No enemy AI to compete against. While I enjoyed several of the Heroes of Might and Magic games (which were spawned from the original King's Quest game btw) I never cared for the competition element of facing AI controlled heroes who wander the map collecting resources and attacking your troops. It seemed like on lower difficulty levels the AI opponents were just fodder and not much of a challenge, while on harder difficulty levels you could play for 20 hours and then run into an opponent that was so vastly superior to your forces that he wiped you out. In KB the world is static, which is more to my liking. If you come across an army too powerful for you, simply avoid it and come back later after you've gained a few levels and hired stronger units. You don't have to worry about that unit finding your home base and taking you out of the game.

    What I Didn't Like:
    - Software isn't stable. Many people have reported crashes and lock-ups with the game. It worked fine for me, and so it might work fine for you too, but be aware that some people have come across serious errors that prevent them from continuing to play the game. One known problem (as of this writing) is that the game crashes a third of the way into it if you have 64-bit Vista. Hopefully they come out with a patch for that.
    - Graphics glitches. These were minor, but worth mentioning. Water in particular was a problem on my system. Sometimes while rotating the camera when water was on the screen, horizontal planes of light blue would appear and cover up the land beneath them. It was simple to get rid of them (just rotate the view a little more) but they were still annoying. Combat on a beach also had a problem where some units would appear faded out because they had a blue (water colored) overlay on top of them. Again, this is minor but really should have been fixed.
    - Anemic rulebook. This is my biggest complaint with the game. The instruction manual is way too brief and does not contain anywhere near enough information, and the "tutorial" is laughable. For example, nowhere in the instructions does it tell you how to rotate the camera view. I found it completely by accident and it is something that is critical to know (you press and hold the right mouse button and then move the mouse). The "tips" on the load screens are very informative and fill you in on some of the details that aren't in the manual, but on my system they go by so fast you don't have time to read them.
    - No unit stat chart is provided. While it is more of an "action RPG" than a deep strategy game, it still would be helpful to have a table with all the unit types available in the game, their stats (attack, defense, initiative, etc.), special abilities, leadership cost, etc. so you can easily compare different units and plan your army accordingly.
    - Trite storyline & side quests. You expect a decent story in an RPG...even an "action" RPG. The story in KB:TL is strictly passable. The side quests are particularly trite (go get object X from person Y and bring it to me). While this didn't dissuade me from finishing the game, it could have been done better.

    Anyway, I enjoyed the game and encourage fans of the original King's Bounty, the Heroes of Might & Magic games, the Disciples games, and even Diablo fans to check it out. It has that addictive quality of leveling up your character, finding loot, and fighting increasingly difficult opponents that all of those games share.
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  • Extreme Makeover
    I've only played the demo, so things may be different in the full game. However, IMHO, this is simply a graphical makeover of 3DO's original Heroes of Might & Magic. It's pretty to look at, but it's still just HOMM. If you like that kind game, this is a good one. But if you were looking for something like Might & Magic or Wizardry...this isn't it. I do agree with other reviewers, it's good to see a turn based game; they're getting rare....more info
  • SecureROM won't let you patch it
    The game was fine until I applied a patch, which caused SecureROM invalidated my install. Yet another game ruined by this horrific "protection." The only usable copy long-term is the cracked one . . . the legal version is inferior and can't be used beyond a patch....more info