Eador is a universe made of countless shards of land drifting in the Great Nothing. Each of the shards is a little world unto itself, with geography and denizens of its own. The power over the shards is bitterly contested by Masters, the immortal beings mortals believe to be gods.
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Release Date: Apr 19, 2013

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April 28

Update notes (April 28)

Hi everyone,

Not many changes this time around, so once more we'd like to ask you to post the most annoying problems you experience in the game right now.

You can do it in the comments below, in this thread or using our tech support e-mail (more preferable option, and you can send us your savegame) — support@snowbirdgames.com. We look through every message, but unfortunately we can't always reproduce some of the issues you report. At the very least, we'll do our best to investigate what could've gone wrong.



Update notes 1.5.5:

Added:

- Diagonal camera movement with Num-pad on the strategic map.

- New window with hero’s detailed information before you choose to hire him.

Fixed:

- Dwarf Engineer unit not getting bonuses from Commander’s “Ranged Tactics” skill.

- Game freeze caused by deleting savegames through the game’s interface.

- Unlimited rewards in a quest from “Mages’ tower”.

- Ability to shoot twice with 1 ammo when you have the “Double Shot” skill.

- Stealth ability exploit. Now it requires 5 stamina per turn.

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April 17

2 years

Hi everyone,

On April 19th Eador. Masters of the Broken World will be having its two-year anniversary.



This time around we'll be celebrating the birthday in a more modest manner, so first of all we'd really like to take this opportunity to give thanks from our team to all the fans one more time.

Huge thanks to everyone who stayed and put up with us during these two years, kept following the game and still looks forward to something more and new. Eador is the first big and thus very complicated project for us. That's why it was so vital to have the luxury of your feedback, suggestions and, last but not least, your support for such an important first step. For all of this we're very grateful.

We hope that we'll be able to fuel your enthusiasm with some announcements in the near future. For now though, we can at least promise a new update for the game coming next week (UPDATE: it's taking a bit longer, but it's still coming soon!).

By the way, on this occasion Eador. MotBW, Eador. Genesis and Allied Forces DLC will be available with a nice 85% discount on Steam till Sunday. We think it's a great opportunity to try a pretty good strategy game for those who've yet to come around to it.

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Reviews

"Eador’s design is worth your time – a testament to its strength."
8.25 – Game Informer

"Eador is bloody enormous, packed with things to discover and hugely rewarding."
Rock Paper Shotgun

"'If you're a fantasy TBS fan, you should definitely pick this up."
88/100 – Gaming Nexus

Featured DLC



Allied Forces adds 14 brand new units to Eador. Masters of the Broken World.

Each of the seven races in Eador is now reinforced with two additional units which have their unique skills and abilities. Befriending one will now pay off much more.

Choose your allies wisely to get the most out of your combat potential!

About This Game

Eador is a universe made of countless shards of land drifting in the Great Nothing. Each of the shards is a little world unto itself, with geography and denizens of its own. The power over the shards is bitterly contested by Masters, the immortal beings mortals believe to be gods. Take the role of the mighty Master and shape the destiny of Eador! It is in your power to deliver the world from ultimate destruction – or to choke it with an iron fist of tyranny.

Eador: Masters of the Broken World is a turn-based fantasy strategy game, where the decisions you make affect the world even deeper than the battles you win.

Key Features


  • Balanced fusion of grand strategy, turn-based tactics and RPG elements;
  • Boundless roleplaying opportunities;
  • Massive selection of stratagems and ways to wage war;
  • An intriguing, non-linear story;
  • An original fantasy world, living a life of its own.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium 2,0 GHz/AMD 2000+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 7300/Radeon 9200
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel® Core 2 Duo 1.6/AMD 3000+
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8800/Radeon X1900
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® compatible
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This game is really hard to rate. I recommend it because the core game is absolutely great and I love such games in general. I also don't want to harm the devs because they really tried hard and have created a real rough diamond but some mayor design issues will spoil the fun for probably most of the common players!

So I only recommend it to die hard 4x fans with masochistic tendencies and/or you might want to grab it on sale :)

My review became a mini guide so here is the overview and I will post more details in the comments.

Good:
- Very deep 4X game mechanics (with a focus on battles)
- Great turn based battle system (focus on tactics and not luck)
- Good RPG elements regarding the hero/unit development
- Many different units to hire and fight (most or all of the enemy units can also be hired if you are lucky to get an offer)
- Polished graphics and menus
- Nice humor (you can either play a good or evil “god” and the evil options are really funny to read)

Mixed:
- Not many armies to control or cities to build up so micro management doesn’t get out of hand
- Hard to learn even harder to master
- Endless playtime (if you can stand it - might be good for players who rather want to play in doses instead of one huge map/battle)

Bad:
- Tedious game mechanics
- Monotonous game play (most of the time you spend doing the same over and over again until you finally see/find/unlock something new)
- Easy to get stuck in “dead ends” (as long as you haven’t learned how to avoid them or have the patience to wait (for lucky random events or gaining gold/experience over time) or reload/restart)
- Still some bugs (Happened once that an enemy unit was not removed from battlefield and I had to reload the fight)


So what to expect from the game?
I expected another Fallen Enchantress/Warlock - MotA clone but this game plays quite different. There are the same features in place but they are used in a different manner. Think of starting one of the mentioned games. Build/take over your first cities on an isolated island and form your armies, then, when you are ready to conquer the next island: you have to start over.
This is basically happening in Eador. You conquer a "shard" where you face 1-2 enemies (at the first shards) and as soon as you conquered it you lose (mostly) everything you had earned the last hours. The shards do work on a greater scale though. They unlock new buildings/units and give some mild benefits to the starting condition of the next shard. I also can only speak for the first shards because even though I played 16 hours I'm still on my second shard! (+ the good tutorial that took me 3 hours alone) According to the forums there are 80!! shards to conquer - go figure the playtime you need to beat the game. Though I have to say I always fought my battles and didn’t auto resolve them because I’m a control freak and don’t trust the AI so you can decrease playtime a lot by automated battles.
I also don't want to complain about a long playtime but the simple problem here is: motivation. I think it would have been much better to only have like 20 shards but instead increase the rewards you get for conquering each shard and thus give a better feeling of actual progress.
Which leads to the real problem here, because having an extrapolated playtime of 400 hours and making only small steps on your way from shard to shard don't has to be bad in general, but the real issue is: The start of each shard is tedious and often frustrating.

You start with you major city, the only one you can really build up (and if you lose it to an enemy it's game over). Even conquered enemy cities are just better "provinces".
So now you can start constructing buildings from different categories that either increase income, mood, get you access to certain military units, spells or items. You also have to hire a hero because there are no armies without heroes! So the heroes are the real stars of the game and they are significantly better than every other units you get (at least in early game). You can choose from 4 different classes: Warrior, Scout, Commander and Wizard.
The problem is: The hero alone is not able to win most of the fights even right at the start of the game. You need either supporting units, spells or items to make him capable of conquering the provinces around your city. More units sounds like a good idea but they cost money and upkeep and the AI tends to attack the weak units first so they most likely get killed fast. Also when you buy units you don't have much gold left to build up your city. So what happened to me in the first level was that I started with a warrior (because he was great in the tutorial), build up the city and tried to conquer the provinces around me.
When you attack you get a nice text that estimates the outcome of the battle. It also tells you how many units you spotted and which kind of units they are. It is still a little vague because when you spot 8 units of militia and bowmen it makes a great difference if there are 1 or 6 bowmen and you won't know that. So despite the text I at least started every fight and would have lost all of them (tried - failed - reloaded). So my only chance to finally progress in the game would have been to use another (great but overused) feature: Exploring.
Every province (or tile) has a level of exploration. You can send your heroes to explore the tile which will give them experience (very important, but very slow), lets them find locations (most of the time fights that are often too hard to win but bring very important loot and gold/ you can also find shops with special items or units to hire) and expands the province for the population (lowers effects of overpopulation).
So back to my problem: It would have taken ages until I got strong enough to finally start conquering the provinces so I restarted the shard and chose the scout hero. The reason is that ranged combat is a little overpower and the scout alone can win some battles as long as the enemy doesn’t have too many ranged units himself or too strong and fast melee units. I guess you can also use the wizard for that matter (not tried yet) but if you go for a melee character I suggest to invest in spell granting buildings (especially magic missile) so that he can deal some harm from a distance.
So with the scout I was finally able to gain some ground and get the game going. Eventually I was able to hire a second hero (which makes sense because just 1 army to cover ~30 tiles is difficult, especially when the enemy starts attacking).
Which leads to 2 more problems:
First, when you hire a new hero midgame he is starting at level 1. You might have some items and spells available to give him or perhaps even can give him the supporting units from your experienced hero (but then this hero is significantly weaker) but all the easy fights are already done by your experienced hero so there is no (comfortable) way to level him up and make him actually useful. You can only explore and trial and error random fights.
Second: The enemy is really annoying. He often has several heroes (more than you have) and can take every province by just moving on that tile as long as you didn't buy any guards there. The point is that those guards cost money and all they bring is defend the province against a possible hero attack (later on you get access to better units that have more benefits like auto exploring the province or even increasing the income of that province (still less than their upkeep though)). So when you start taking provinces you don’t want to spend your money on hiring guards but rather want to wait until you have an actual frontline. But when you finally have one it usually consists of 4-5 tiles per enemy.

I will continue my description in the comments as the text got cut off here in the middle of my explanation! :(
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72 of 105 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
134.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
++faction customization, as you go
++still being updated
+broad scope of units
+vastly non linear gameplay
+many ways to play

--bugged heavily
--broken multiplayer
-limited provence interaction
-no smooth transition between easy and hard

Conclusion:
Do not buy this game... yet

so after about 20 hours of gameplay i thought it would be appropriate to tell people not to buy the game that i find insanely addicting, you're likely seeing mixed results mostly talking about bugs and various other issues and yes those are a problem, a major one, online multiplayer is either impossible or extremely clunky, the game crashes often due to node issues the longer you play (sounds like allocation problems), your interactions with provinces aside from raiding and the occasional event are very limited, and while i feel this is likely for the sake of balance I still feel they could have done something with it.

so why do i keep playing it? simply because it has so much of what i've always wanted in a game, the potential to be insanely evil, with consequences for doing so, the ability to rule my nation with an iron fist and a cold heart, and reasons to do so, a true and practical necromancy with the potential to create an army from the remains of the dead, deals with the devil, trouble with the church, the capacity to become a dark lord, raise armies of monsters, create your own faction rather than being given options within a set of factions, become a brilliant commander, a dragon slaying sniper, a powerful wizard, or mighty warrior, with subclasses in all of these to boot! Good games leave a small part of themselves with you, Great games let you put yourself into them...

but even though Eador is a great game... it is not a stable game and I simply cannot reccomend it for that very reason
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
75.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
For all the fans of Heroes III, Age of Wonders and similar titles. Not recomended for casuals, they will cry loud..
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This game is one of the most enjoyable games for people who enjoy sid Meyers civilization, Heroes of Might and Magic, or Warlock masters of the arcane. Using the might and magic combat system and hero system with more active heroes i combat allowing them to both give and recieve high amounts of damage. The only problem with this game is that some bots in hard story mode tend to cheat to win making the game unfairly difficult. Do not be decieved by their clever disguises as even the morally good bots with do what it takes to edge you out of every conquest. The story mode aside custom and online games are enjoyable, but long. Having to conquer a province and then explore it can become tedious on large maps with little opponents, though they allow you to get to end game scenarios before fighting your rivals. All in all it is a well made game that should be fun for any people who enjoy the games listed at the beginning of this review
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
740.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Ok I always look for negative reviews first. My opinion is that someone who hates the game will over exagerate the flaws, but at least will talk about the flaws where someone who loves it is less likely to. That being said, I still love this game even though it has flaws. However, some people won't like it as I do so I will begin with the negatives then move on to the positives since that's how I approach it anyway.

Negatives:
Crashes too much. I'd say once every few hours of play time you will have the game crash. It's not enough to bother me, but it can be frustrating.
AI can be off pretty bad. Battles that will tell you are impossible sometimes can be beaten manually without losing a single hit point. Battles that say they are so weak they are not worth your time will sometimes wipe you on auto. That doesn't happen all of the time, and with some play time you can easilly judge for yourself. Also computer players will keep throwing themselves at your defenses every time they resurect even if they die every single time in some situations.
Bugs. There are a few, one that for some reason will pop up the AI's hero screen in front of me which has shown me they get a +10 gold per turn bonus per hero at the level I was playing at.

Positives
It is constantly changing. Every time you start a new character or see a new world, the game will be different, different maps, different quests available. It kind of reminds me of Civ in that aspect.
You can chose how you play. Some games require you to be the hero, some games require you to be the villian, this game requires you to be whatever you feel like being.
It is a great strategy game IMO. Losing a single soldier at the wrong time can cost you an entire map, granted like most strat games you can always load fail (load the game and redo a fight because you lost), but not all of us play like that.

So with all of that I'd say the game play and replayability are worth it. The bugs and glitches and even AI issues can be fixed (or modders can fix them if it ever opens to mod on steam). Overall I'd say the positives outweigh the negatives enough for me.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
50.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
This game is pretty ♥♥♥♥ing awesome.
Imagine a slower paced and much harder Heroes of Might and Magic and you'll come pretty close to describing this game.
It gets a solid 8/10 from me.
Well worth the money.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
One of my favorite 4X games. If you like fantasy and 4X this is a must buy.

There are a lot of negative reviews talking about bugs and other issues. I just don't seem to notice them. The developer has continued to work on the game and the lastest version seems very very good.

You have lots of choices with buildings and your units level up. There is a lot of decision making involved. Play the game using custom settings to enjoy the full experience.

This is a hard game that is tough to beat. I sometimes wonder if that is what people are complaining about. I personally rank this ahead of games such as AoW 3 because the battles are so tactical and demanding.

This is a great game for those who want a deep demanding immersive fantasy 4X.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
230.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Great game.

I still havent completed the campaign. It is very entertaining and maps can take long or you can bull rush and try and finish it quickly. I don't recommend trying that until you know what your doing. the ai can be very unforgiving and challenging. It keeps it entertaining.

o yea, your a demi-god with a gremlin lacky. Bonus
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
First the bad things:

The game suffers from some balancing issues, sometimes everything seems to be against you and can be really unforgiving as Hell.
There are some small bugs when I'm writing this review.

The good things:
The campaign seems to be going on forever! As a dinosaur remembering Civilisation 1 on Amiga, where I've spent months on one session bringing my country to greatest power ever I strongly appreciate very long games.
Map generator - you can specify how you want your skirmish map to look like and go!
Diverse strategies (not as many creatures as in say HoMM3, but there are so many different tactics!
Unuque game structure, where (in campaign) in order to gain new tech you need to conquer particular shards - this means if you loose one important region, you may not get certain tech and be forced to reevaluate your stratedy.

Summary:
Really like this game - spent quite a bit of time and am already considering the allied forces expansion.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
103.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Diverse and detailed fantasy TBS title with widely branched city building (actually world building) features and "god-game" elements extended with a complex economy structure and large number of diverse units. Sheer quantity of content is difficult to describe because after 100+ hours of campaign I did not even get to see half of the story and haven't unlocked good part of the units and buildings. The karma system is ubiquitous and well executed. Sincere recommendation for anyone looking for a slightly different designed TBS.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
421.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Eador, Masters of the Broken World. The best way to describe this game would be that it is heavily influenced/steals from (well, the older version but okay) Heroes of Might and Magic 3. You upgrade cities by making new buildings allowing for magic, income, creatures, experience for your creatures, or special effects. Battle is done on a grid system in a turn based combat manner and as your heroes level they gain new abilites and skills.

However, there is were similarities end. For instance, unlike HoMM3 all cities are equal, which the same creatures being able to be recruited. You explore the map by conquering surrounding provinces - which can be upgraded with buildings but with a much smaller variety than the cities. Thus no free roaming on the map and individual armies of provinces can be daunting to defeat. Furthermore, magic does have some impact, but I would say less in the battlefield that HoMM3, but can be more impacting on a global scale than HoMM3, due to the so called rituals. Another important difference is the 'happiness' factor. If a province gets unhappy it might revolt, that is something you do not see in HoMM making Eador more of a grand strategy game in that sense. It also has more RPG elements than HoMM3 as quests can be given through the conquering of a shard (= one map) and acting differently can have very different consequences. Even more so, if you are friendly some troops will like that and get better morale, where others will think you weak. Likewise, you can not ally e.g. the Elves (some rare neutral provinces on the map) if you play like an evil ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.

Personally I miss a bit the variety in units from time to time, but that has been partially lifted by the small DLC (allied forces) of 4 euro. Although that states only 2 new units per individual faction, it actually creatures more new units and with a new special building that can be found in a province (the mercenary guild) you can actually hire these troops. This is great because it sometimes tediously long to get e.g. to level 2 unit buildings and this gives your army the edge you need for higher difficulties in my opinion.

All in all, Eador is a good addition for anyone that enjoyed the old HoMM series (not V as it does not have those graphics implemented) and is looking for a different game with a slight twist.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Not sure why the user reviews are "mixed" when this game is by far one of the most enjoyable of its genre. Having played Eador Genesis before this I was happy to see the content was the same just with a shiny new look. The game has a faster pace to it than its predecessor with more unlocked with each shard conquered and the shards themselves feeling smaller. This is probably a good thing for many, though I didn't appriciate this myself. You will always start with humans as the race you control with the chance to complete (sometimes over the top difficult) quests to ally yourself with a non-human faction on each shard. One complaint many have is the difficulty, I myself am quite average when it comes to strategy games but even I found a way to secure a victory over every shard (hint: the scout is a great hero to start with). Also not seen any bugs which apparently plagued the game earlier in its life so many thanks to the developers for sorting that all out.

Overall this is a game for those seeking a challenging turn based strategy and not put off by the fact that it can get a little repetitive. Personally I would suggest trying Genesis first as it is cheaper to get a taste of what it is all about and if the old school graphics there aren't for you but the gameplay is then consider buying this.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
129.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Original and a good game. Look past bugs that happen every 5 hours of gameplay (casual crash, but the autosave keeps it in check) and you will have a friendly interesting game with original mechanics.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Good concept, poor execution. It plays similarly to Fallen Enchantress, and much like it has constant crashes and errors. It also has an exploration feature much alike Sengoku Rance, a feature I actually enjoyed very much. With some much needed bug-fixing, the game could be quite enjoyable, but without it it is sadly not that fun. I wouldnt recommend, or dissuade someone from buying this, but due to Steam Review's nature, Im going to have to learn towards recommending simply because of the ideas that the game holds.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
132.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Enjoyed this game. Game length gets a little hairy though, so I don't recommend you play it unless you have four hours to spend at a time.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,314.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Highly recommended!
I play a lot of 4x games. But I find myself replaying Eador more than just about any other game I played. Finishing the campaign takes really a huge effort (estimate 600 hours). And after, I immediately started playing a new one.
When making comparisons, Heroes of might & magic comes to mind. But me, I like this game better.

+ The game has personality: a lot of random events - tied to the personality (karma) of the master you play - and really adding flavour and also the opportunity to develop that personality further. Also pretty funny.
+ Challenging: rather difficult. Different scenario's take a different approach. Also, the technologies you develop add to that. On normal difficulty an experienced player might need several tries to conquer a world.
+ Strategic: resources are scarce. Investments in your lands take a long time to pay off (10-30 turns) and are nicely balanced to investing in units.
+ When comparing to Heroes of M&M: the units, spells and choices to make are just more interesting.
+ Lots of replay value: because of the above.

- Mixed feelings about the Allied forces DLC. I think it distorts the balance in the game. Because of that it is even more difficult.

+- The game did have a lot of bugs. But most are fixed and it is stable now. Nothing gamebreaking.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
So frustrating...the gameplay is great, nice graphics, vast World to explore. Seems like a great game...but it does crash a LOT. It takes away the joy out of playing as this game crashes for me almost every 10-15 minutes. Frustration is a mild term to use here. I would recommend it to anyone who likes strategy turn based games with RPG elements, but it is still full of bugs almost a year after the release - the patches don't seem to fix the problem a lot of the players are facing.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
I had a hard time deciding wether to recommend this game or not given the current flaws it has.

Watch a few youtube videos to understand the mechanics and know that this is game about trial and error. The battle prediction is broken, dont trust it ... there are some predicted "very easy" encounters which in my oppinion cant be won. A battle against 4 medusas without a ranged hero is a loss regardless of predictions.

The above brings me to the next obvious point; inbalance. The devs simply did not take their time to implement this propperly, some creatures are simply too powerfull for early game and you have to know this prior to engaging ... unless you dont mind reloading a lot.

Early positioning and ressources can also be an issue, but in my oppinion not as vital as the two flaws mentioned above.

When all is said and done its not a bad game, the devs should just give it it a final look to balance things out and I would recommend it in a heartbeat.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
116.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
What a great, old school heroes style game. I really liked this one as a 31 year old casual gamer, it has a lot to offer me. I find my gaming life is winding down and that I am not as good as most of the kids out there playing; this game makes me feel like a kid again, lets just say :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I love this game, it's a bit like a lesser HoMM3. Absoultely riddled with bugs, including game breaking ones, which makes it hard to recommend but I will all the same.
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