BC Kings features several new elements not commonly found in strategy games. In addition to gathering resources, training an army and defeating the enemy, you will have to solve adventure and role-playing elements as well. The campaign is built around the epic story of the brave hero Mradin, and his trusty old friend Giesnik.
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Mixed (132 reviews) - 52% of the 132 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 15, 2008

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BC Kings features several new elements not commonly found in strategy games. In addition to gathering resources, training an army and defeating the enemy, you will have to solve adventure and role-playing elements as well.

The campaign is built around the epic story of the brave hero Mradin, and his trusty old friend Giesnik. As you complete the main objectives, you'll run across several side-quests where you can earn Shell-coins that can be spent on upgrading your main characters. Along the way to victory you'll figure out the biggest mysteries of all time, like the purpose of Stonehenge and the mystery of the Yeti, and much more...

  • Story driven campaign with side quests and adventure elements
  • 63 unique units
  • 32 unique buildings
  • 84 technologies to research
  • 8 devastating magic spells

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: 1GHz processor or better
    • Memory: 512MB memory
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated graphics hardware
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9
    • Hard Drive: 300MB of free space
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
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43 of 58 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Everything BC Kings does some other RTS game (usually Warcraft III) did before, and I am hard-pressed to find anything completely original in this title that would warrant a purchase.The theme should have brought about at least something innovative, but this is really Warcraft III with dinosaurs. The gameplay can be enjoyable on occasion, providing a solid RTS experience, but there is a host of ancillary features that are either broken or missing completely. No attack-moves. No online multiplayer. A short campaign. Annoying multi-level maps. Translation issues. There are just too many little problems in BC Kings that add up to one big headache. The lack of innovation seals the deal: there are way too many other RTS games just like BC Kings to make it stand out. Overall 5/10.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2015
Way back in 1997, an extremely well designed RTS game, Age of Empires, blew many players away. Granted the gameplay at the time was similar to the ‘big two’ being Command and Conquer and Warcraft, it stands out due to its storyline as it ties in playing out our history. Personally, I loved it because you get the play out the Stone Age as no other games done this effectively since. Fast forward to 2008, another RTS game arrived where you can play out the Stone Age (with some twists) and filled the landscape with dinosaurs – and who doesn’t like dinosaurs? This game, BC Kings, whilst kept on the traditional RTS formula (explore / build / conquer), it added some RPG elements and encourages exploration as well. A decent game considering it’s an indie title however I wished there were more dinosaurs to play with.

Overall, the game was a blast to play from start to finish with some twists and turns along the way. Yes it does feel like a rip-off from Age of Empires however it’s obvious that there’s a lot of love and care poured into this game. The UI is nicely designed with beautiful pictures that resembles cavemen paintings splashed throughout is an example of devotion. However I praise the developers for trying out something new to the ever-so overused RTS formula where it encourages you to explore, have multiple maps, a spray of RPG and even has a third person view option (well…one mission has this). Some of these innovations plays well and others not so however that’s not to discredited their efforts. It’s a light hearted RTS that’s very enjoyable to play until the very end. Let’s put it this way, when I think of that title, it places a smile in my face and that’s a good thing.

8 / 10

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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
Its a fun quirky strategy game that is fun to play but I bought the game on sale when it was much cheaper. Definitely do not buy it for full price, compared to other RTS games that are made today it is not as good but it brings some of that old-school RTS feel with it and is good for gamers that remember the challenging mechanics and playstyles of old RTS games. It has an interesting campaign and a fun variety of units but the graphics are dated and the online is all but dead. If its on sale though its not a bad deal.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 13, 2011
This is a traditional RTS where you collect four resources which you later use to build structures and create army. The strategy is not revolutionary in any way, though you do have some interesting elements such as a secondary quest system and a possibility to travel between maps. The biggest drawback is the graphics. Everything would have been much better if the devs had paid more attention to the engine. If, on the other hand, you're into old school strategies, but don't mind the graphics, give BC Kings a go. :)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Fun and unique game for 50 cents... normal price of $5 might be a bit steep considering some of the flaws.

The submap feature adds some depth (literally) to each mission, for example one mission the submap is an underground passage that brings you from outside the enemy's gates into the middle of the enemy's base. Unfortunately in some missions it feels a bit overused, sending you back and forth between maps with no apparent reason other than "it's there, so let's use it"; some of the submaps could have easily been implemented as a single map with some "natural" boundary like a mountain or river and a same-map teleport.

One of the campaign missions constantly crashes, which needs a substantial amount of patience (and liberal use of autosave) to eventually work through in order to continue the campaign progress.

Adding to the patience requirement is the speed of your units vs the size of the map vs the amount of back-and-forth required for some missions; basically, some of the game's mechanics result in artificially inflated playtime. One mission took me nearly 2 hours, simply because my hero unit had to walk from one end to the other of 3 different submaps, 2 to 4 times per map. While another mission has you waiting out the enemy's attacks--even if you've managed to gate off the spawn points with walls and guard towers--for what felt like an eternity (maybe it was only 20-30 minutes), before finally opening up a quest that lets you block the spawn points permanently. That quest itself then involves an extremely slow unit, which you then have to direct to each of the furthest corners of the map before actually completing the mission.

There are a considerable number of glaring typos, which appear inconsistently, in various parts of the game. "Got to map" instead of "Go To", "Ho11y Place" instead of "Ho1y", "Train Scuto Rider" instead of "Scout", and others. And for some awful reason, lowercase "L" is represented by the same character graphic as "1"; this can be seen as ear1y as the profi1e se1ect screen that appears before you can do anything e1se... where the defau1t profi1e name is "P1ayer".

These points aside, it's a pretty interesting theme for an RTS, with a fairly entertaining story; it was engaging enough that I stuck through the campaign to the end. Recommend this game only if it's on sale and only if you are resolved enough to suffer a few crashes.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
Very nice combination of Warcraft and AoE in Stone Age with dinosaurs. To everyone, who played and liked those 2 games, this is nice game for you.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
Great game, especially for the low price tag! It gets a little laggy when you start stacking troops. Me and my friend colletively had around 500 troops and several hundred buildings, which caused our games to crash.


Still a great game through that, a lot of replayability!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
Despite the dated and simple graphics (and the music tracks not appealing to me), this game turned out to be quite fun to play. Be prepared to restart some stages a few times as it is all too easy to lose a unit that "must" survive to complete a quest.
BC Kings has some really good design innovation elements, but not all of these are flawlessly implemented. If you are looking for a more polished product that has some similar gameplay elements - look at Warcraft, Warcraft II, Warcraft III.
However the setting for BC Kings is quite unique and the whole Neanderthal setting with cavemen and dinosaurs has a certain quirky appeal to it. With a revamp of the artwork and graphics, some voice-overs and a bit of refinement this game would certainly have more appeal and value.
Overall as it stands you get a game that is fun to play, but it is very much a diamond in the rough.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
An extremely fun and cheap little RTS. The gameplay is identical to Warcraft 3 but if you are a strategy fan you would definitely want to consider picking this up on sale.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
Alright, it's an ok game. If this game was $10, I would not recommend it, but it's good for it's quite cheap price.
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NoobTester
26.5 hrs
Posted: September 14
Finished it today. Game is fine for it's price and it does offer a lot. I had paid only close to 50cents and already got more out of it. It feels and plays like warcraft 3 but let's say without any voice acting. To understand the story all you gotta do is just read, read and read. I am okay with the reading part but if you're someone who doesn't like to read and find it annoying then you might not like it. Graphically game feels dated but its okay as long as it is able to entertain you. The game has some humour into it and does the does nicely or I should rather say cutely which is good enough to bring atleast a smile on your face. It does offer multiplayer option but I haven't tried it. If you're a fan of warcraft like games then you can buy this game and it will not disappoint you. If possible get it on sale, the game is still fun especially for RTS Lovers.


Edit: I didn't encounter any bugs except just one while trying to play a random match. If you add more than 2 match participants(In Random mode) then it's likely to freeze on loading screen besides that in approx. 26+ hours I didn't encounter any bug or whatsoever. Game is very stable.
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courtepattes
0.4 hrs
Posted: May 11
This game seemed so attractive! Warcraft III in a prehistoric setting! What a dream!

(I sincerely think all of it.)

And yet, it is unplayable, ugly beyond your imagination, and intolerably buggy. I spent twenty minutes on it without being able of reaching the camp in the first tutorial mission, as nothing was working properly.

A good flavor of this technical mess is that you have to choose the language game every time you start it between English or Russian... But if you inadvertently click during the time the menu loads, then your click counts as selecting Russian and you have to start the game again.

Also, it doesn't quit properly. With Windows, you have to end the process by Ctrl+Alt+Del, otherwise it will be still running.

As for the game per se, the mouse doesn't always respond and everything freezes every ten seconds.

What a pity.
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jbarnhouse
0.6 hrs
Posted: May 2
Buggy. Waste of my .99
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prestonlien
0.2 hrs
Posted: May 1
Not a great game. Couldn't get into it. On sale for $0.99, so I can't really complain, but not worth it then, in my opinion.
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bunnzy
13.8 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 1
So cheap, so fun, so traditionally RTS/Strategy. But with slight twists, like multiple maps. It's really fun game for how cheap it is, really worth the investment! You'll get a lot of fun out of it, plus a good challenge.
It's extremely traditional though, which is what I liked about it.
I'd whine about the dated graphics, but hell, I still love to load up Age of Empires and have a damn good thwarting, so it doesn't bother me at all!
The units are what you'd expect, which is helpful. The story and the humour is quite good.
Overall, it's totally worth more than what you're going to pay for it, and you're going to have a great time.
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coveinant
26.8 hrs
Posted: April 3
An ok RTS, it's like a scaled down and cheaper version of WC3. Has good gameplay, ok story, and simple controls. Only downside is the camera, frame rate drops if you zoom out any and it will freeze on occasion. Definately get when on sale.
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ssantillan
17.8 hrs
Posted: March 4
I enjoyed this game and was worth the few bucks i spent on it. Its not a hard thinking game just an enjoyable casual expercience. Buy it if you want to play something cause your board or for a child just learning how to play rts's.
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white1498
1.2 hrs
Posted: February 27
crashes way to easliy, fix or burn and refund game
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Bombs
0.7 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 9
Old school, i would give it a thumbs up if the guys tried to polish the game, since they just made only the fundamentals part of the game and did not care about the details and left everything else to be terrible, i decided to not recommend this, stay away from it.
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