This RPG/Strategy mix is basically turn based and will see you wandering around Hispaniola and Mexico shortly before Cortez. You will explore the land and meet its people as well as would-be conquerors and colonists, gather resources, receive and complete quests and you will even be able to rebuild an old fort as your stronghold. Every turn represents a day during which you will be able to move between 25-40 movement points on the map and then you have to set up camp. During camp you will hunt for food, make medicine, heal wounded or sick team members, and look out for thieves. The combat is also turn-based and can be quite challenging.
The first 1/4 (roughly) of the game will play in Hispaniola. Consider this an (extended) tutorial. After you finish this, you will be able to move to the mainland which is larger (while not incredibly large). Whether you play a really nice guy, i.e. just map the area and help out where you can, or engage heavily in the struggle between two native realms on the mainland, and play them out against each other, or simply raid and plunder is up to you.
While the game has some flaws and limited replayability, it is fun and creates a nice atmosphere. This is partly because the members of your band (around 10 or 12) will react differently to each play style, they will be Spanish or Native, peace-loving or warlike etc. and they have at least one personalized event. The game illustrates that there are sometimes difficult ethical decisions to make. To look for clues from a lost conquistador with limited food and medicine and several wounded team members in a hostile area is also intriguing. One thing is for sure: King Carlos wants you to come back with a lot of money or he will be disappointed!
I will add some hints that will make your start hopefully less frustrating:
- get 2 doctors, because if you have only one and he is sick, you´re *****ed
- I also suggest 2 hunters, while 1 scholar should be enough
- researching the cart upgrade will make you move faster
- you should not camp on roads but 1-2 tiles left or right from it instead
- the promoted soldiers give the very useful "stun" bonus
- you need to get the skull
- if in doubt, let Ana Vidal charge :)
I fully recommend this game while it is on sale, if the full price of 19,99 is justified I cannot judge.
All in all: Yruenes is kind of cute! Ana Vidal, on the other hand, can fight! 9/10!