Expeditions: Conquistador is an explorative, somewhat open world, turn-based combat game. You play as a Spanish "capitan" of a ship requisitioned by the governor of Santo Domingo while trying to explore the mainland of the New World. For those of you who enjoy games like Heroes of Might and Magic, and the Princess Bounty series, this game will feel right at home to you--with a large emphasis of Oregon Trail (remember that game in the 90's?).
As captain of a ship (that you don't have anymore), you start by handpicking followers for your expedition, judging by roles, personality types, and equipment that they bring with them. There are five roles in the game--soldiers, hunters, scouts, doctors, and scholars--each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Personality types can range anywhere from aggressive to peacefulness, to racism to openmindedness, and many more. Will this person fit into your group of misfits? Will Fernando get along with Teresa? And what will Pedro bring to your crew? Is he worth the extra ration per night? With a well-balanced crew, your chances of survival increase tenfold.
Expeditions: Conquistador leaves a lot of questions you will be asking yourself, and gives you a great sense of adventure you long for in many games. While travelling through the mainland, you find points of interests, complete quests for people, and explore, explore, explore. When you are out of movement points, which happens oh-so-often, and can get very tedious, you set up camp for the night and set tasks for your followers to complete throughout the night. Perhaps some followers will guard the camp from thieves/animals, while others hunt for food, while one person preserves food, or makes medicines. And if and when you get into combat, it's a very challenging, risk+reward style of turn-based combat.
When I say very challenging, I mean it. This game is very difficult--but in a fun way. Every decision you make in the open world can and WILL affect your expedition. Injuries, and even deaths, will most certainly happen. And if you do not treat an injured follower with a doctor, the follower will eventually get worse, and possibly perish. If you succeed with quests, you gain experience and equipment, which you can use to eventually promote recruits to veterans and leaders, and upgrading their outdated equipment.
Expeditions: Conquistador is a fantastic game for its money, and will keep you playing for a very long time (the main campaign will take OVER 20-30 hours on average), and also has decent replayability. As a captain, it is a lot of work to keep your group in good spirits as you fend off natives and other Spaniards as you search for the treasures of the New World. Although at times the game can get a little monotonous with camping, it throws you for loops as the quest advances.
I strongly recommend this game. 8.4/10