In Aarklash: Legacy take command of a mercenary squad in search of truth and guide it through countless battles. Welcome to Aarklash, a land of chaos where incessant battles between the forces of Light, Destiny and Darkness have lasted since the beginning of time.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (322 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 12, 2013

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"The tightest draw to the game, however, is impeccable strategy gameplay that will pull you in and keep you on your toes."
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Reviews

“Cyanide’s Aarklash: Legacy is a must for every fan of tactical party-based RPG”
8.5/10 – Softpedia

“I dare say Aarklash: Legacy is one of my favorite gameplay experiences of the year. For the price Cyanide Studio is asking, you’d be missing out on quite a game to pass this by.”
9/10 – Capsule Computers

“Aarklash's combat is some of the best I've seen in the genre”
8/10 – RTS Guru

About This Game

In Aarklash: Legacy take command of a mercenary squad in search of truth and guide it through countless battles.

Welcome to Aarklash, a land of chaos where incessant battles between the forces of Light, Destiny and Darkness have lasted since the beginning of time. At the heart of this conflict, a group of mercenaries, wrongly accused of crimes against the Lion of Alahan, is being hunted down. Convinced that they are in the right, and intent on fighting their enemies to the bitter end, they will set forth on an epic adventure where they will discover dark secrets. A path strewn with obstacles and many unfriendly characters awaits them. Go into battle and fight for your life! Your actions will determine the destiny of Aarklash…

Inspired by the Confrontation figurines universe, Aarklash: Legacy is a tactical adventure game. The player will find himself at the heart of the intrigue, controlling a group of 4 characters and leading them into battle across the lands of Alahan, Acheron, and the Behemoth. Final victory for the mercenaries is gained by the use of a wide range of powers which are enhanced through looting items and managed via skills trees which can be reset at will. Interaction between the heroes is also important and real bonds will be created between them as the game progress. Both fun and action await you in Aarklash: Legacy!



Key features:
  • Take part in an epic campaign, mixing adventure and tactical combat, following a rich storyline that will transport you into the fantasy world of Aarklash.
  • Thanks to the active pause system, choose the best tactics to succeed in battle.
  • At any time in the game, dissolve your team and then recombine it by choosing 4 characters from the available 8.
  • Through numerous and intense battles, make your heroes work together using group skills.
  • A skill tree will allow you to change the skills of each of your characters. Find the best combinations to take full advantage of the possibilities of your group as a whole.
  • Take on enemies and various organized groups, who also have their own skills!
  • Loot objects from your enemies and progress your group throughout the game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP PC (32 ou 64 bit)
    • Processor: AMD/intel dual-core running at 1,8 GHz (AMD Athlon II and Intel Core2Duo are the oldest CPU architectures recommended)
    • Memory: 1,5 Go for windows XP / 2 Go for Vista, Seven or 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 256MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 4.0 support. ATI/AMD Radeon 3800 series and above and NVIDIA GeForce 8600 series are minimum required graphic cards
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP PC (32 ou 64 bit)
    • Processor: AMD/intel quad-core running at 2,2 GHz (Intel Core I 1st gen or AMD Phenom II x4 or newer architectures are recommended)
    • Memory: 2 Go for 32 bit windows (XP/Vista/7/8) / 3 Go for 64 bit windows (XP/Vista/7/8) GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI/Nvidia dedicated or mobile graphic card with at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 4.0 support. ATI/AMD Radeon HD4800 series and NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 and above are recommended graphic cards
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Aarklash: Legacy is a fairly simple strategy RPG, but with no pretension to greatness, it offers a very satisfying, fast paced experience. The story, setting and characters aren't developed extremely well, but it's still interesting, despite the many typos, translation mistakes and predictability. The game offers you a good choice of character to use, and the battle system is centered around the 4 skills each characters can use. The key to mastering the battle system lies in the synergy between characters, your ability to time your skill usage properly and controlling the battlefield. It's fast paced, the challenge is generally high but fair and the game has no downtime. It's not fantastic, it doesn't offer a huge amount of depth, but it's still a really enjoyable game that is worth playing. Hopefully the devs come up with more and refine the formula.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Aarklash is for people who like real time with pause tactical RPGs that are extremely challenging. If that is your thing, you will love it. I am not one of those people, but I know a well-crafted game when I see it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This is the only RTwP game I've ever played that had non-moronic, click-and-watch/wait combat. This game is linear and not a true RPG, but has rpg elements such as character building and a real inventory and loot/item upgrading. No chargen. This is more of a linear story driven squad TBS or Tactics game (like FF tactics) except with RTwP combat.

The strong point of this game is the combat. Even though it is RT you NEED to micromanage, and the game makes it easy and not frustrating like it is with the IE games, NWN 2, or Drakensang where micromanaging is an exercise in frustration and futility. A lot of bosses require a solid strategy to win. The combat is done surprisingly well and I don't know why this game wasn't more of a hit.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Started off loving the game, but the difficulties are a mess. On medium / normal every fight is a struggle and the damage and healing is just not good enough, plus the controls are gammy and the character do not always do as you tell them to. They have a mind of their own.

If you put it on easy then there is no challenge as you just walk into a huge group of enemies and they do not even damage your team, it is like God mode. I fear the devs have tried pleasing everyone and made a really hard game for the people who get a giant e-peen for cheesing their way through impossible fights and then made a faceroll mode for people who can barely use a mouse. There is no middle ground.

Then there are the out of place puzzles you would normally find in a budget hidden object/puzzle style flash game on facebook. Look it I wanted to do level puzzles I would play on my wifes laptop.

Think I will stick to stuff like Baulders Gate and Pillars of Eternity. I see only window lickers or angry teens with little ♥♥♥♥♥ syndrome liking this game.
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
Great game. I give it 8/10.

Pros:

-Puzzles to unlock goodies on about every level
-Awesome puzzles to complete storyline
-Good storyline
-Combat is intriguing and makes you think--must be very strategic.
-The number of companions that you can control and deck out with gear
-Pausing the game to plan out strategies
-Talent trees to cutomize for each companion; it adds a deeper level of gameplay
-Decent graphics

Cons:

-Game has some bugs--sometimes the abilities for a companion will not show up. Or, when you click on a companion, another companion's abilities show up. When this happens, you have to restart the game to fix.
...So, because of this, you need to remember to save the game after every battle!!
-Gear is simplistic--it doesn't seem to have gear specific to any one character, it doesnt change the look of your character, and it does not change or add abilities to any character. Basically. gear just adds passive stats.
-No end game. When you beat it, that's it. No unlocking of ubber mode, or anything, to find better gear for your characters. So, you can't really do anything else with the characters you have leveled up and decked out...not even restart and play the game again with your decked out characters.

Pro or Con?

-Easy to cheat to get gear. Just stand in front of a treasure box before you open it and save. If you don't like what you get, just load that save point and try again. You can do this when creating loot, too.
-Right before you beat the game, the storyline takes a drastic turn and ends, leaving you hanging.

What I would like to see in DLC or part 2 if they choose to make it, which devs should:

-Instead of still pausing, make it to where everything is in slowmo when you hit what is now the pause key.
-better gear
-some end game
-more challenges and hidden treasure
-more bosses

Tips if you decide to buy:

-Save Frequently
-Wendaroo is freaking awesome, so learn how to use her.
-Save before opening chests so you can reload last save if you don't like what you get.
-When creating loot, the last item is the item you will create.. it could've been my imagination, though, but it usually also had the last attribute of that item put into it too.
-Go for one target at first--usually the squishy magic type, like priests or mages. If you can't demolish it in 5 seconds, split your damage amongst other targets.
..usually I tried demolishing one fast. But when that didn't work, I usually split dmg across two targets in two seperate areas until one or the other was very low hp and then switched to full focus dmg on that one. This also helped me metigate inc damage better because I could see everything that was going on better so I knew who to heal and dispel and such.
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