The High Definition edition of Majesty Gold contains main game, the Northern Expansion Pack as well as 2 new quests and several other graphics and gameplay updates. Majesty is a Real-time strategy game with indirect control – your heroes have a will of their own!
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (194 reviews) - 94% of the 194 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 23, 2001

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Majesty Gold HD

Packages that include this game

Buy World of Ardania Bundle

Includes 7 items: Defenders of Ardania, Impire, Majesty 2 Collection, Majesty Gold HD, Warlock - Master of the Arcane, Warlock 2 E-book: The Great Mage Game, Warlock 2: The Exiled

 

Reviews

An addictive game you'll keep coming back to.
— IGN

Truly Excellent
Majesty is original, fun and challenging... it's a winning combination of real-time strategy and role-playing elements.
— Gamespot

A lot of fun.
— PCZone

About This Game

The High Definition edition of Majesty Gold contains main game, the Northern Expansion Pack as well as 2 new quests and several other graphics and gameplay updates. Majesty is a Real-time strategy game with indirect control – your heroes have a will of their own! Your rule is not absolute, as you face subjects that are independent, stubborn - and greedy. They will need a great deal of persuasion (ok, gold) before they carry out your wishes...

Key features:

  • Two additional quests, The Wrath of Krolm and The Balance of Twilight
  • The game can now be set to run at all common resolutions
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP operating systems
  • Many other gameplay bug fixes, improvements, and refinements

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 800Mhz Pentium III or equivalent
    • Memory: 256mb
    • Hard Disk Space: 1gb
    • Video Card: DirectX 8 Capable Video Card
    • DirectX®: 8
    • Sound: DirectX 8 Capable Sound Card
    • Additional:
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 or better
    • Memory: 2gb
    • Hard Disk Space: 1gb
    • Video Card: DirectX 9 Capable Video Card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9 Capable Sound Card
    • Additional:
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Overall:
Very Positive (194 reviews)
Recently Posted
Menzagitat
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
I bought this game because I read reviews which say that Majesty 2 is worse.

It is an old game, from 2001, which still works on windows 10 but with some problems.
First you have to know that you have to install the HD version.
But the review can be only written for the original old version. So I had to install both in order to leave a review here.

I experienced some minor problems so far:

  • If I alt-tab, the window is resized and shown with false colors. I need to restart the game to repair it.
  • There is a mission where elves are your enemies. However, because they are normally your allies (units you can produce) they can enter my market to buy healing potions. First I thought that is a realistic approach :) But later when I placed a reward on their buildings, to encourage my fighters to destroy them, they also attacked their own buildings. But if they meet my units, they recognize them as enemies and they fight each other. I cannot say if this happens always because I noticed it only at the end of the mission when the bounty was increased and I was about to finish the mission anyway.

The game seems to be difficult until you learn how each building and spell works.
I tried to play it and I gave up, possibly being pulled away by other games.
Many months later I tried again and now I like it.
I recommend the game for those who like strategy games where your units have their own will.
If you have doubts, buy the game on sale, as I did.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Fnord
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 7
If you've never played a pen & paper RPG in your life, and would like to know what it feels like to be a game master, then Majesty: The fantasy Kingdom sim will give you a taste of how it can feel.

Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is an old RTS (originally released in 2001) where you don't have direct control over your units. Instead you need to treat your units like you were the quest giver from an RPG, in other words, you need to bribe them into doing whatever you want them to do.

Graphics & sound
The graphics in Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim was considered to be sub-par back in 2001. The HD edition does not do much for the graphics, other than zoom out a bit further, and it's still not exactly a looker. That said, unlike many 3D games from 2001, the graphics in Majesty has not aged much. The detailed 2D art looks relatively appealing, far more so than the crude 3D graphics in many of its contemporaries.

In terms of sound, Majesty won't set your world on fire. A single song loops in the background, and after a while you won't even notice it. The sound of units attack each other or peasants building things is not anything wrong write home about either. It works, but it's not great.
On the plus side, the voice acting is entertaining. A Sean Connery impersonator reads the mission briefings with enough conviction for it to work, and he also acts as the announcer during the missions. The game would not be the same without this voice actor, and it helps giving it a lot of personality. All units have their own voice lines as well, and they do a good job at conveying the personality of the units.

Story
Majesty does not have much of a story. You're the king of Ardania, and it's your job to make it prosper. Each individual mission does have its own backstory though, and while they are not "good" in the traditional sense, the mission briefings can often be quite entertaining to listen to.

Gameplay
In Majesty it's your job to build a typical fantasy village/town. You start with a castle, and then you build the kind of buildings you often see in fantasy RPGs, like market places, warrior's guilds, rogue's guilds, temples to different gods, dwarven workshops and so on. Most buildings are used to recruit heroes, while some offer services that the heroes can use, and at the same time generate some much needed money that you then can use to build more buildings, or recruit more heroes.
The heroes have wills of their own, which often aligns with their classes. A rogue is a greedy coward, so he's easily attracted to bounties, but if the going gets tough, the rogue will run away. A paladin on the other hand is brave and selfless, and while try to protect the weak, so she will go out and slay monsters on her own. A wizard is bookish, and prefer to read books in the library rather than fighting, and thus might need a really big bounty for him to take notice. There are plenty of different heroes, all with their own strengths & weaknesses, and some are mutually exclusive (sun worshipers won't work with moon worshipers, and paladins won't work with necromancers), so deciding what heroes to use is a strategic choice you need to make for each level.
The heroes also gain experience and level up. Fighting enemies will always give them experience, but certain heroes also have their own activities that will make them level up. A ranger that is exploring the map will for an example gain experience that way. This makes keeping your heroes alive really important.
Sadly the game is not perfectly balanced. Some heroes are better than others, and it's really easy to fall back on the same strategy for most levels due to this. Paladins for an example, while expensive, tends to be really powerful and thus are a better investment than necromancers.
Most of the game comes down to managing your economy. As long as money keeps rolling in, you can recruit more heroes, build more buildings, and cast certain spells. These spells are the only thing you can use to directly influence a fight, and they tend to cost a lot of money. But money spent on keeping your high level heroes alive tend to be worth it.
There's no linear level progression, instead you get to chose from almost any level right from the get-go, with only some levels requiring you to have beaten some other levels first. All the levels are randomly generated, based on certain parameters for each level, so there's plenty of replay value, even if the level layout can often feel a bit generic, due to its randomly generated nature. Majesty is also not a very hard game. Between the core game and the expansion, there are really only 2 levels that can be considered "hard". Many levels give the illusion of difficulty, but as long as you don't panic or give up when things look bad, victory won't be far off.

Final thoughts
I love Majesty. Yes, it's a game with its share of flaws, but it's really fun to watch the heroes try to accomplish things. As someone who used to play pen & paper RPGs, I recognize the behavior of my old gaming group, they used to be just as bad at noticing the obvious as the heroes in Majesty are. ;) Fun is actually how I would describe the entire game, because while it might not be the deepest strategy game on Steam, it's one of the most entertaining ones.

So if you like strategy games or RPGs (be it CRPGs or pen & paper RPGs), make sure to give Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim a try, you won't regret it (and don't forget that you can increase the game speed).
Helpful? Yes No Funny
The Most Psychopanda
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 7
Great time waster in my opinion. Easy to pick up, yet always a bit challenging.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
WHERE IS THE GOLD?!
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
A classic game from my childhood. Still quite entertaining.

Very few games lets your heroes fear for their life and run away like a chicken. This is one of them.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Bleach Drinker
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 3
Pretty meh game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
spooks
0.8 hrs
Posted: June 16
I'VE PLAYED THIS GAME FOR YEARS AND JUST RECENTLY BOUGHT IT ON STEAM

My Mother bought me this game when I was really young (around the age of 5-6) because I loved the RTS game "Age of Empires". That Roman War game we got from our Kellogs Nutri-Grain Cereal (on a side note: Best marketing scheme ever. Nutri-Grain will always be my favorite cereal because of it) that I enjoyed summoning a bunch of Cars equipped with Rocket Launchers. Since this looked similar, and the man in the shops said it was, she bought it in hopes I'd enjoy it.

I had mixed feelings with Majesty when I first aquired the game; I couldn't control where my people went and it was a lot harder than Age of Empires... even with cheats. As I grew up, I didn't have the best time in school (blah blah blah) so I spent a lot of my weekends and afterschool time in a cold room with only the 'family' (let's be real, it was mine. No one else used it because it was for 'nerds') Windows 2000 to keep me company. I listened to music, wrote a fantasy book - which was fueled with inspiration from Majest, Deltora Quest and Pokemon - and played MAjesty. As I grew up, I used cheats less and less, I began to enjoy the challenge a lot more.

Years later I torrented this game onto my Compaq computer to play with for nostalgia sake in 2013, and loved everything about it. Nostalgia aside, this game is actually one of the most unique RTS games out there. It's nothing like Age of Empires or Starcraft, it's different. You can't choose what your NPCs do, or where they go. That's their job if they want armour, if they want to go potion shopping, or if they want to explore. You got to set rewards in the void of the unknown and on your opponents. That adds a challenge like no other to me, and for that I really enjoy Majesty although I don't play it much anymore.

The soundtrack is bliss too. Even if you're not going to play it, at least give it a listen. It's beautiful.

Thanks for keeping me company Majesty when I was younger xx
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ZenLOSER
2.6 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 14
Played ages ago before Steam...such an innovative concept.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
arenzo987
17.0 hrs
Posted: April 27
Majesty is a classic simmulator style builder/adventurer style game. Its old but I played this and the warcraft games back in the day. Compared to warcraft III this game holds its own and is competitive. However the same polish and finese is not available. However this game was good in its time and is still good even now. Its definatly worth playing since they dont seem to really make games like this anymore. For me its also nostalgic.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Atratzu
3.3 hrs
Posted: April 10
-Quick Review-
Majesty Gold HD is advertised as "The Fantasy Kingdom Simulator", and that pretty much sums up the genre: Fantasy, Simulation, and Strategy. Majesty was developed by Cyberlore Studios. Majesty was released in 2001, Majesty Gold Edition was released in 2002, and Majesty Gold HD was released 2012.

Before people start typing up comments: the version you're getting covers all the predecessors, originally Majesty only had the bottom half of the levels you'll see in the single player game, Majesty Gold Edition included an expansion for the "Northern Expansion". Majesty was re-released in an attempt to be more compatible with windows 7 machines, two additional quests, and other minor bug fixes and improvements. I'll elaborate on this later in my review, my apologies for making the -Quick Review- section too long.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=662954883

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: Greetings Majesty! I am your cryer, I've been with your family through multiple generations, and..... What's that? I see... Yes... mmhmmm.... Sorry to cut the pleasantries short Majesty, but the kingdom is in ruins and only you can fix it, because you're the only one with the almighty power to instruct the peasants to build stuff!

By this point, most people are used to being the only competent operson in video games that can issue orders, and in strategy games it's typical practice. On that note, Welcome to Majesty! A game where you don't control any characters, npcs, avatars, etc directly!
"Woah, Woah, Atratzu!" - I hear you exclaiming. - "What kind of game are you ever talking about? If I can't do my 360 no scope's, or press A to jump, I don't think you're really talking about a video game." - Well never fear, my dear reader! I shall teach you the way of Majesty!

Gameplay: You play from the perspective of the "Majesty", you have 3 types of serfs: Tax collectors, Peasants, and Guards. You have some control over these characters, but you can only issue commands and they'll follow (except guards, they only patrol. But don't worry; their AI isn't that bad they're zealous zealots for you.). In addition to serfs, the Majesty can issue several different commands, you can set bounties, order spells to be cast, and set building foundations (which the peasants will then go build).
That's it! I've actually covered the only powers the Majest has... crazy huh? "Stop baiting us, Atratzu. You only write reviews this way when you really like a game." Wow! What a bunch of astute reader you all are!

We next move on to the mechanic that will MAKE or BREAK the game for you: Heroes. There are many different types of heroes, and I'll spare you a 'tutorial-review' explaining the differences, mainly these are different types of AI creatures running around and doing their own things. But as the Majesty you have some say in what they might do.
For example, say you have a blacksmith, and marketplace, if your hero has enough gold, he or she might purchase armor upgrades, or potions, or both if the hero has enough money. But which will the hero prioritize? I don't know, you'll need to watch them!

In a Way I feel like a Queen Ant (Don't look into this analogy too much, mmmmk? It's too late isn't it. *sigh*), I set up my nest, and then all my little babies run around doing stuff. While I myself am quite boring, I get to watch and see the adventurers the little ones are having!

Before someone dismisses my obviously nostalgia blinded perspective, the game challenges you by giving you different objects and restricting certain buildings to be built in certain missions. You might need to beat a mission using only archers and warriors. In one Expert-Difficulty Mission you cannot build ANY-GUILDS (You need to build guilds to hire heroes): you can only hire heroes and pray to the Ardania gods that the Monsters don't melt your kingdom before you can explore enough to get help! So in a way, you could say Majesty is a combination of a "puzzle" and "strategy game", with many randomly generated elements.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=662957053

Achievements: There are no Steam Achievements for Majesty Gold HD. Sad really...

Price: Majesty Gold HD is priced at $9.99, actually... I think I still have my Majesty Gold Edition CD somewhere around my still packed up game library in my apartment. Majesty can be a pretty big time sink, since there's a lot of RNG going on in the background, which might make your play through more difficult or easier, you can easily sink more then 10 hours into the game, thereby making the price 1 dollar per hour (my value system is: I like every dollar to go towards an hour of gameplay.)

*Multiplayer and Optimization I don't normally care about Multiplayer, but I've noticed a handful of negative reviews complaining about it, and a lot of forum posts asking for help setting it up. Honestly I never cared to play multiplayer, it seems that some really tech savvy people in the community have come up with methods to play multiplayer, I'll include some links to articles if you want to do some reading and downloading to get it working. (It does seem that playing on a LAN would be easiest and the least painful, but not everyone has that option)
Regarding Optimization, Majesty Gold HD may be more compatible with windows 7, but it sure didn't show up on my computer (I begrudgingly upgraded my gaming rig to windows 10. Don't get me started; I hated windows 8.1 on a desktop more), I had to make changes to the launch of the game so I could stream it over twitch, and get it into window mode. I've poked around and saw there are other suggestions for optimization, you can chose your favorite.
Regarding the windows 7 optimization, I downloaded Majesty HD to my Win 7 laptop (Which is getting kinda old), Majesty Gold HD worked beautifully! So at this point I can say this much; Win 7 it works fantastic, Win 10 it works but not nearly as smoothly, and may require file tweaking or launch editing. (the Launch Edits that I did were: "-useddblit -blitmovietobackground -w" without the quotation marks)
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=662960961

Conclusion: I think it's pretty clear I love this game, as I mused to myself over twitch: "Part of my love definitely comes from the flood of memories when I played it in the summer of my high school years, remembering the summer vacations away from school playing Majesty Gold Edition and listening to the radio... mom coming downstairs telling me 'DON'T YOU DARE SPEND YOUR WHOLE SUMMER INDOORS'." *sniff* brings a happy tear to Atratzu's eye.

It's clear *I* love this game, but the real question is: Will you? The good news is that Majesty has been on sale for 75% off in the past, so you can wait until it's pocket-lint-price before trying it out. But if you're a very careful spender, you'll want to remember the key points of my review: You don't control, or do anything very direct. You Build, you cast spells. You're basically playing Fantasy Sim City. If that sounds fun, try it! If it sounds like a pain, might want to skip it.
Majesty has aged, there's no doubt about that. Has it aged well? I think it has aged decently so far, because the sprites are more cartoon styled, but this game definitely isn't for everyone. I would suggest Majesty Gold HD to anyone whom enjoys older games (I should start calling them "seasoned", sounds more sophisticated!), strategy games, puzzle games, and fantasy game genre's. But, if your purchase will hinge on multiplayer and you're not willing to go through the work and jump through the hoops to get it... skip it.
Thanks for reading my review!

*This is not a standard category added to Atratzu Reviews, but was found necessary to add for further clarification for the Majesty Gold HD review.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mikey
0.6 hrs
Posted: April 2
Although titled the Fantasy Kingdom Sim, this game is in fact an RTS. It's an RTS that subverts everything regularly present in the genre, and doing it with a great sense of humor to boot. Instead of troops you have heroes, and that distinction is huge. Rather than amassing an army and micromanaging it directly, you hire individual heroes who usually aren't keen to throw away their life for the crown - you can't give direct orders, but instead you provide incentive to these heroes and hope that the price on the head of the monster you want dead outweighs the allure of a day in the local tavern.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
If you've never played a pen & paper RPG in your life, and would like to know what it feels like to be a game master, then Majesty: The fantasy Kingdom sim will give you a taste of how it can feel.

Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is an old RTS (originally released in 2001) where you don't have direct control over your units. Instead you need to treat your units like you were the quest giver from an RPG, in other words, you need to bribe them into doing whatever you want them to do.

Graphics & sound
The graphics in Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim was considered to be sub-par back in 2001. The HD edition does not do much for the graphics, other than zoom out a bit further, and it's still not exactly a looker. That said, unlike many 3D games from 2001, the graphics in Majesty has not aged much. The detailed 2D art looks relatively appealing, far more so than the crude 3D graphics in many of its contemporaries.

In terms of sound, Majesty won't set your world on fire. A single song loops in the background, and after a while you won't even notice it. The sound of units attack each other or peasants building things is not anything wrong write home about either. It works, but it's not great.
On the plus side, the voice acting is entertaining. A Sean Connery impersonator reads the mission briefings with enough conviction for it to work, and he also acts as the announcer during the missions. The game would not be the same without this voice actor, and it helps giving it a lot of personality. All units have their own voice lines as well, and they do a good job at conveying the personality of the units.

Story
Majesty does not have much of a story. You're the king of Ardania, and it's your job to make it prosper. Each individual mission does have its own backstory though, and while they are not "good" in the traditional sense, the mission briefings can often be quite entertaining to listen to.

Gameplay
In Majesty it's your job to build a typical fantasy village/town. You start with a castle, and then you build the kind of buildings you often see in fantasy RPGs, like market places, warrior's guilds, rogue's guilds, temples to different gods, dwarven workshops and so on. Most buildings are used to recruit heroes, while some offer services that the heroes can use, and at the same time generate some much needed money that you then can use to build more buildings, or recruit more heroes.
The heroes have wills of their own, which often aligns with their classes. A rogue is a greedy coward, so he's easily attracted to bounties, but if the going gets tough, the rogue will run away. A paladin on the other hand is brave and selfless, and while try to protect the weak, so she will go out and slay monsters on her own. A wizard is bookish, and prefer to read books in the library rather than fighting, and thus might need a really big bounty for him to take notice. There are plenty of different heroes, all with their own strengths & weaknesses, and some are mutually exclusive (sun worshipers won't work with moon worshipers, and paladins won't work with necromancers), so deciding what heroes to use is a strategic choice you need to make for each level.
The heroes also gain experience and level up. Fighting enemies will always give them experience, but certain heroes also have their own activities that will make them level up. A ranger that is exploring the map will for an example gain experience that way. This makes keeping your heroes alive really important.
Sadly the game is not perfectly balanced. Some heroes are better than others, and it's really easy to fall back on the same strategy for most levels due to this. Paladins for an example, while expensive, tends to be really powerful and thus are a better investment than necromancers.
Most of the game comes down to managing your economy. As long as money keeps rolling in, you can recruit more heroes, build more buildings, and cast certain spells. These spells are the only thing you can use to directly influence a fight, and they tend to cost a lot of money. But money spent on keeping your high level heroes alive tend to be worth it.
There's no linear level progression, instead you get to chose from almost any level right from the get-go, with only some levels requiring you to have beaten some other levels first. All the levels are randomly generated, based on certain parameters for each level, so there's plenty of replay value, even if the level layout can often feel a bit generic, due to its randomly generated nature. Majesty is also not a very hard game. Between the core game and the expansion, there are really only 2 levels that can be considered "hard". Many levels give the illusion of difficulty, but as long as you don't panic or give up when things look bad, victory won't be far off.

Final thoughts
I love Majesty. Yes, it's a game with its share of flaws, but it's really fun to watch the heroes try to accomplish things. As someone who used to play pen & paper RPGs, I recognize the behavior of my old gaming group, they used to be just as bad at noticing the obvious as the heroes in Majesty are. ;) Fun is actually how I would describe the entire game, because while it might not be the deepest strategy game on Steam, it's one of the most entertaining ones.

So if you like strategy games or RPGs (be it CRPGs or pen & paper RPGs), make sure to give Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim a try, you won't regret it (and don't forget that you can increase the game speed).
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Great time waster in my opinion. Easy to pick up, yet always a bit challenging.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
A classic game from my childhood. Still quite entertaining.

Very few games lets your heroes fear for their life and run away like a chicken. This is one of them.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
For those having technical issues with the game:

Documents\My Games\MajestyHD\MajXPrefs (edit this file)
PixWidth/PixHeight match native resolution (use the in game changer if you want, if you do that, PixDepth will be reset to 16 and you'll need to change the config file again)
PixDepth 32
BlitMode 1
IntroVideo 0

Now it'll be as smooth as it used to be and you'll be able to enjoy one of the greatest strategy games of all time again.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 21, 2014
An old classic, pretty sedate until later levels when waves of ratmen come at you one after another. I owned the original years ago and was excited to see it on Steam. Still fun, and great for a nostalgia trip.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
I remember this game from when I was a kid and it is still just as good as I remembered. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of fantasy games.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
A fantastic title that will forever hold a special place in my heart, Majesty is a wonderful experience for any fans of the RTS or RPG genres. No complaints about this reboot. Highly recommended.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
50 of 64 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Here's the dilemma with Majesty: It's one of a kind and the gameplay mechanics are very charming. On the other hand, it's brutally tough, it's unfair, and its quests suck hard. So even though I recommend it, I only recommend it to those who like extreme challenge.

I love the idea behind Majesty, and I'm very sad that its levels were designed by masochists who have no idea what difficulty means. I like tough games, but they need to play fair. Majesty doesn't. Majesty enjoys sending hordes of tough enemies at you 30 seconds after mission start. Majesty enjoys directly targetting creatures at your certain structure (which of course must not be destroyed), even though you don't have a direct control over your heroes and the only thing you can do is rely on your luck or save/load approach. Have you ever seen eagles primarily attacking buildings? Well, in Majesty you will.

The overall problem is that even though you are not given a direct control over your heroes (which is absolutely great and I love it), the developers do not make the rest of the world consistent with this "simulation" approach. So, although some creatures just wander around, there are waves which doesn't and it doesn't make any sense, except for artificial difficulty.

If you want to finish this game, essential is
a) carefully reading a manual, or some web guides, because a lot of important features is not properly explained in-game
b) slowing down time whenever there is a fight ('<' and '>' shortcuts)
c) saving a lot, unless you want to repeat the whole level

Even if you all of that, you'll need to repeat some expert levels at least once, because you'll need to learn what special events happen when (e.g. at the beginning of the third day, there is a wave of dragons targetting your elven lounge). And some levels have just one or two possible solutions and it's almost impossible to complete the level otherwise. You'll need to look at YouTube to see how to complete it. There's no other way.

It would be really great to have a Majesty-like game with a reasonable and enjoyable level design. Unfortunatelly, it hasn't happened yet.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I remember buying the demo at a scholastic book fair in elementary school. It was one of my first games I ever played and I've gone back and played it many times since. It's such an interesting design, and one of my favorite games. I wish there were more like it. I can't recommend it enough. The dated graphics may throw some off, but they're decent enough, and I prefer them to the (terrible) sequel's 3d graphics. It has flaws, but is pretty darn fun and doesn't take itself too seriously.

I actually only managed to beat the game in it's entirety (without cheats) recently. Many of the levels are reasonable, but it also boasts some awesome challenges. While it may seem impossible, the only truly unbeatable level is "Legendary Heroes" if you don't think outside the box.

Such a steal at 80% off!

It also has some great cheat codes, and I wish more games had imaginative codes like it.
Have Fun!

Cheats:

10000 Gold fill this bag
All Magic Spells Give me power
Automatically Lose I'm a loser baby
Automatically Win Victory is mine
Construct Any Building Build anything
Destroy any selectable target Now you die
Gain 5 Levels Grow up
Heal All Building/Units Restoration
Reveal Map Revelation
Spells Without a Tower Cheezy Towers

and the fun ones:

Night of the living dead
Goblin rush
Give me action
Pump up the volume

and the scariest one:

Prepare to die
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
I used to play this game as a kid. It is just as I remembered and that is wicked!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny