At first I bought Hinterland because it was dirt cheap on the Summer Sale and I had a few bucks left in my wallet.. and I was kind of nostalgic for some of the old City Builder series that some of the folks at Tilted Mill had a bit of a hand in towards the end.. but really, I wasn't expecting much.
I'm actually pretty pleasantly surprised, truth be told. At first glance, it's like a kind of toned-down Diablo I, with a few city building/management elements thrown in.. And that's pretty much what it delivers. Perhaps the younger set or the hardcore strategy or simulation players won't like it, but I'm finding it to be.. almost refreshingly nostalgic. It has a pretty "old school" feel to it, and it's fairly challenging and moderately replayable. I imagine the harder difficulties will prove much beefier to get through than the "easy" games I've done so far.. I could see very much how it can scale.
I only have a couple modest criticisms.. The first and foremost is what I would call a "bug".. when attempting to use a rejuvenation potion, I frequently have to drag it to my character's face icon 4 or 5 times, if not more, before I hit the one *little* spot on the picture where it actually *registers* the "hey, drink this" command. Never could get the Potion of Hardening to work, but the standard Potion of Healing worked without a hitch.
The second is more of a general gripe, I confess. A lot of the "city builder" games have this feel of "having to fight the engine when it makes no sense to have to do so." Which kind of breaks immersion. If you're a lord of a city in some kind of fantasy kingdom, I'd expect you'd be able to say.. place an order for goods that your citizens produce, instead of being held at the mercy of whatever random output they feel like offering up that day. It leaves the situation involving a whole lot of "Standing around waiting for product X to show up in the rotation" when you need more of it.. In my case it was "sit through 2 raids waiting for 2 doctors to produce enough healing potions for me to go take over another territory, but no, they would constantly crank out at least 3 rejuvenation potions for every healing potion produced. Likewise, 2 armor smithies set up specifically to try to get a decent suit of plate made before I expired from old age, when both of them had researched it and were dead set on producing wooden shields or some other useless junk.
You'd think a Lord would be able to, you know, *commission* something. Or specify what is to be focused on for production.
But those gripes aside. It's been a fun game. I've enjoyed playing it, and I'd recommend it to others, Perhaps not the really hardcore uber-competitive types.. but for casual gamers who like this sort of thing, especially with a bit of a nostalgic fondness for the oldschool, it's likely to be a pleasant time for a while on a few bucks.