Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators. In their wake, the Aztec Empires lay in ruins.
User reviews: Very Positive (656 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2013

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"Historic CRPG - Explore the new world, manage your people and resources, lead your troops through turn based combat and enjoy the storyline!"
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Reviews

"The emotional investment in the game and its characters is impressive and the exceptional writing reinforces the connection to the world."
8/10 – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/168375-expeditions-conquistador

"For me personally, this is one of the best and most unique games that I’ve played this year."
9/10 - Hooked Gamers

"Expeditions: Conquistador is an entertaining and immersive experience from start to finish."
9/10 - http://www.entertainmentbuddha.com/expeditions-conquistadors-review-heaps-of-historical-enjoyment/

"Expeditions: Conquistador delivers a solid and engaging experience."
http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=8993

"When it comes down to the boiling point, Expeditions: Conquistador is a highly recommended tactical role playing game."
http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2013/06/review-expeditions-conquistador-pc.html

About This Game

Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators. In their wake, the Aztec Empires lay in ruins.

Re-write the history of the Conquistadors: Forge diplomatic alliances with the natives... or crush the savages and bring civilization to the pagan tribes! Create an expedition of individual characters: Choose your followers wisely from over 30 characters, but be careful - they each have their own traits, opinions and moral standards.

Hunt for unimaginable riches and fight intense battles in the unforgiving jungle. In this turn based strategy RPG, a cunning plan is as vital as thoughtful resource management. Expeditions: Conquistador offers a rich storyline separated into two campaigns, challenging players throughout 25+ hours of gameplay. Strategy veterans as well as newbies will find their turn-based El Dorado!

Features

  • Discover the New World! Travel to legendary locations in America, roam the jungle on the hunt for mystical temples as well as ancient ruins.
  • Create your own party of followers! Choose from more than 30 characters, train your recruits and lead them to battle. Coach them as they will develop from untrained recruits to fierce battlefield veterans.
  • Four highly customisable difficulty levels will challenge pros and newbies alike. But be warned: The Iron Man mode is a real beast!
  • Choice & Consequence: Use your skills to avoid hostility or, when diplomacy breaks down, adapt your tactics to highly varied terrains across more than 70 battlefields.
  • Challenge your friends to tactical PvP combat in either Hot Seat mode or via TCP/ICP.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.6 GHz or AMD64X2 2.6 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or higher, ATI Radeon X1800 or higher, min. 256 MB VideoRAM, Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or higher, AMD Phenom X3 8750 or higher
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 280 GTX or higher, ATI Radeon HD4870 or higher, 512 MB VideoRAM, Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.6 GHz or AMD64X2 2.6 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or higher, ATI Radeon X1800 or higher, min. 256 MB VideoRAM, Shader Model 3.0
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or higher, AMD Phenom X3 8750 or higher
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 280 GTX or higher, ATI Radeon HD4870 or higher, 512 MB VideoRAM, Shader Model 3.0
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: Dual Core 2,6 GHz or AMD64X2 2,6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or higher, ATI Radeon X1800 or higher, at least 256mb VideoRAM, DirectX 9c, Shadermodel 3.0
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: Dualcore CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or higher, AMD Phenom X3 8750 or higher)
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 280 GTX or higher, ATI Radeon HD4870 or higher, 512mb VideoRAM, DirectX 9c, Shadermodel 3.0
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
95.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Strongly recommended for fans of tactical combat!

Other reviews have explained in detail the setting and the mechanics of the game, so I will not repeat that. This is just my subjective opinion of the game.

While this is not a random or procedurally generated game, where you could get endless replay value, it is intriguing enough that I have replayed the story a couple of times, making somewhat different decisions within the relatively linear story. While the game does not force the player to solve the story in a fixed sequence of steps, but instead allows free wondering through Hispaniola and Mexico, the main plot is still fairly linear. However it's how you'll handle that plot, where the devil lies. Will you be humane or genocidal? Treacherous or fair? The game neither rewards nor punishes either style of gameplay. It is up to you to decide whether you will murder a native village or trade with it, and your "dirty dozen" squad of conquistadors will have different opinion on your actions, resulting in their morale going up and down. And should it go down too much, you could end up with a rebellion on your hands...

But it's the tactical turn-based combat where the game really shines. Many complain it's too hard or too arbitrary, but I wholeheartedly disagree with them. It's a bit like a chess game with figures that don't always do exactly what you want them to, except it's entirely different. :)

When it's your turn you can select any one of your troopers and tell them where to go and who to attack. When you've moved all, the enemy gets to do the same. Not unlike XCOM, only done better in my opinion. Cover matters, positioning matters, outfitting your troopers with weapon and armour improvements matter, perks matter, battlefield traps and barricades matter, who to attack first and why matters. And pulling off a good defence or difficult attack is really satisfying and makes you feel good about yourself.

I am a typical save-scummer and will never click the "Iron man" campaign selection. I will replay the same battle many times in order to try out different tactical outcomes and combinations. But my aim isn't to save-scum to win the game as effectively as possible, but to extend the game as long as possible while getting the most enjoyable fights out of it. I finished the campaign once, then started it again, then just finished the first part of the game, then restarted it again, wanting to do some quests and battles from a different perspective, using different units and tactics.

The one shortcoming of the game, which is the main reason why I do this is, it's too short. The Hispaniola and Mexico campaigns combined, if you don't rush them, will give you some 30-40 hours of fun. An additional Inca campaign DLC would have been nice, but the devs said there's not gonna be one. A modding tool has been released which allows people to create additional plot twists and random events within the main campaigns, but I haven't seen anything available for download and play yet.

If you're into well thought out tactical games this one is for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
I'd definitely recommend this game although it's not for everyone, I mean its for those who are interested in conquest of new world. Game has interesting plot, you can learn some facts/myths concerning spanish conquest and motives that conquistadors were driven by. It puts you in front of moral dilemmas, so you can choose how you resolve different situations, meaning by violence or diplomatically. In spite of that, game is quite linear and as a result replayability is limited. It could have more side quests. Soundtrack fits well to entire game. Combat system is poor in comparison to for example Age of Wonders 2. I mean there are not many tactical moves you can perform. I know it's quite different game in terms of world and reality but genre is the same. I don't mind you have to fight with enemy that overwhelms you in numbers, but you should have possibility to deploy to battle more units, regarding you have more than 10 under your command. Six is little funny number comparing to other strategy games. I know that muskets and arquebuses were quite inaccurate, but if unit is taking aim at another one that stands next to it and it misses most of the time in spite of the fact, game shows 70% chance of hitting the target, sth is wrong about that. It doesn't apply hunters and trappers who are designated for ranged combat but other classess that possess ranged weapon have extremely poor chance to hit enemy. In spite of those few pitfalls, game is worth playing, especially if you're fan of turn-based strategy games and want to feel like explorer in new world for once.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I exploring jungle and find hut. Inside hut I find Shaman who tells me leave all my valuables to his god. All my companions even my indian wife tells me to kill him. Well can't argue with wife.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
In this game you are a Spanish Conquistador. You can choose if you want to trade and intermix with the natives, or if you want to brutally kill them, rob them and burn their villages!
For that you get to choose you followers, which can be racist or open-minded, greedy or altruistic, pious or narcisistic, peacefull or agressive, etc.
There are several classes of followers, like soldiers, hunters and doctors, and when you gain experience you get to promote them, giving them more abilities to help you in the game.
The game is based in the exploration of the main map, with battles every time you encounter someone and don't get the chance (or don't want to) deal with them peacefully or run away.
The battles are turn based, and the goals can be to kill every enemy or just to survive a certain number of turns. Most of the times you can set up barricades and traps, or use items like torches and lanterns to set the scenery on fire! The AI is not to clever, but as you are regularly outnumbered these battles turn up to be quite chalenging.
You get to manage your resources, like food and medicine, and if you run out of them, you're in big trouble as you can't feed or heal your people!
In the course of the game you'll have many dialogues, with your followers or with other characters, and the decisions you take in those dialogues (wheter to fight or trade, wheter to punish anyone or leave him alone) have influence on the morale of your followers. If this gets too low they will rebel!
All in all a very engaging game that puts you in place of a Conquistador, trying to win glory and fame!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
A great turn-based strategy RPG, similar to the style of the old Fallout games. The first mission isn't as good as the second, so stick with it until you get to the mainland.
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