Lords of Xulima is a challenging Role-playing game set on the mythical continent of Xulima, where Gods and humans once walked side by side. Experience a genuine RPG featuring over 100 hours of gameplay, and discover one of the most epic sagas ever told.
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Release Date: Nov 14, 2014

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March 21

New Languages: Russian, Chinese and Italian



Greetings!

New Version v.2.1: Three New Languages Available

The new version of Lords of Xulima is available now and includes three new languages: Chinese, Russian and Italian.

We would have loved to release it sooner but we have experienced several delays with the translations. Also, languages with different alphabets like Russian and especially Chinese have been a real challenge to support. Anyway, we have learnt a lot and we promise that future games will be translated into all the languages for the official launch. Everything, from the world map to the Deluxe Edition books have been translated. Hope you enjoy it!

Future Projects of Numantian Games

We are currently working on two main projects.

First, porting LoX to consoles. We have just finished the gamepad support for LoX. It has been quite complex as the game has many different mechanics, but after a lot of work the game is fully playable with a gamepad. It feels very intuitive and fast to play.

Second, we are working on a new game in a different genre. What could it be? Any guess? :) It is a secret at the moment... but we hope to start talking about it very soon.

In the meantime...

We are also sketching what Lords of Xulima II will be. We are exploring new ideas and taking all the feedback possible from the forum comments and reviews. We have created a new forum branch "Lords of Xulima II Feedback" where you can write your ideas and wishes. Here you can comment on what parts or mechanics you have enjoyed the most from LoX, and which of them you enjoyed less or would change.

We would love to hear your ideas! We will periodically update the post to collect and summarize the feedback.

Thank you very much to all the players of LoX. Thanks for sharing it and recommending it. The success of this game has only been possible with your support.

All the best!

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About This Game

Lords of Xulima is an original Fantasy RPG set on the mythical continent of Xulima, where Gods and humans once walked side by side. Become the Herald of the Gods and travel to an uncharted land to fulfill your mission of restoring balance in the known world.

The Talisman of Golot Edition

This edition includes the game Lords of Xulima and the Talisman of Golot DLC.

The Deluxe Edition

This Deluxe Edition includes the game Lords of Xulima, the Talisman of Golot DLC and the Special Digital Rewards DLC.

More than 100 hours of authentic Role-Playing Experience


Looking for a challenging adventure?
In Lords of Xulima, we do not hold your hand through the journey. We have created a world of diverse regions that are as vibrant with life as they are fraught with danger; from the alluring Golden Woods, through the Great Desert of Pernitia, to the daunting icy peaks of Karraga. You are free to explore and choose which path to follow, but be careful about where the adventure takes you. Your success or failure in Lords of Xulima all depends on your strategies and ability lead your customized party. Immerse yourself in the playability and depth of old school classics, presented through modern visuals and a user-friendly interface.

A Tale of Gods and Humans


Discover one of the most epic stories ever written and follow it to its twisted conclusion
Legend has it that many years ago, people lived in peace on the great continent of Rodinia; a peace that would not last. Soon, the Great War broke out, dragging every kingdom and village down an endless spiral of ruin and desolation. The people prayed for salvation from the Nine Gods, whose unreachable homeland lay beyond the Great Sea, on the forbidden continent of Xulima.

Eventually, the conflict came to a point where it threatened to ruin all creation. Thus Golot, Lord of Works and Dreams, appeared to Gaulen, a seasoned Explorer who lived on a remote island off the coast of Rodinia. The Lord of Works appointed Gaulen to be his Herald on Earth and to set sail for Xulima, so that balance could be restored to the world. Thus begins the adventure of our young protagonist.

Create your group of characters


Create and customize five characters to accompany Gaulen on your journey. With 9 character classes and over 100 useful skills, the possibilities are endless. Each group will be unique. Who will you decide to take with you? Choose among familiar classes such as the Mage, Cleric, Barbarian, Soldier, Thief, Bard and Paladin or try out the Arcane Soldier and Divine Summoner. Develop your characters’ abilities to suit your play style as they gain experience and grow stronger to face the trials ahead.

Strategic, fluid, turn-based combat


Discover an addictive combat system. Over 100 unique types of enemies roam the wilds of Xulima , each capable of posing their own kinds of threats to your divine mission. There are thousands of possible strategies to lead the group to victory, including the use of scrolls and divine blessings. Will you be able to match the strength of Nilfonte, the Ocean Titan? Or survive an encounter with Xabraluz, the Demon King of Vilak?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 / Intel HD 3000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1280 x 720.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bits
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 4670, NVIDIA GT 240, Intel HD4000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The first time you start the game can take one or two minutes due to pre-processing that the game needs to do.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lyon
    • Processor: Quad Core 3Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The first time you start the game can take one or two minutes due to pre-processing that the game needs to do.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14+
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 / Intel HD 3000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SO and Steam Client fully updated.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14+
    • Processor: Quad Core 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SO and Steam Client fully updated.
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blizzardmetal
29.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
So many games these days claim to be "old school", but Xulima is one of the few that get it right. Hints from the later Ultima games, Wizardry 8, even early Final Fantasy can be found within the game play. Game is challenging, at times difficult but never impossible if you just give your actions some thought. Some people complain about the "grinding" aspect of combat, but to me this is something I'm used to with a lot of classic type games. The story isn't the easiest to follow, so you may refer to the journal quite a bit. I'm 30 hours in and probably about 1/3 of the way through it. Quest completion is very rewarding, with most townfolk giving you their own personal accolades and rewards for doing something big. I wasn't sure what to expect going in to playing this, but I'm glad I did. Graphics wise, I think it's absolutely gorgeous. The soundtrack at times is amongst the best I have ever heard, some of the melodies get stuck in my head throughout the day. I'm looking forward to continuing to unlock the mysteries in this game and the sequel that is to come!
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Oafah
71.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
On the plus side, there sure is a lot of content contained within this game, and while it can get to be a bit repetitive, it's interesting enough to keep you moving forward. It's also incredibly polished and designed by people who understand the appeal of a good cRPG.

The down sides are many.

For one, class balance is poor. There are some that are strictly superior to others, and one that is nearly unplayable for all but the most masochistic.

The leveling process is boring an uninteresting. There isn't a lot of character customization to be done, and once again, there is a strictly superior way to build each class that just makes having a choice pointless. In fact, I restarted my first game after a few hours because I realized I had built everything entirely wrong, and was in for a rough ride if I chose to continue.

And then there's the food. My god, the food. There's a reason other games don't worry about things like food, and it's largely because it disrupts the flow of the game, and doesn't offer any added depth. If you want to add a form of resource management to a game to make the journey more layered, go with a crafting system of some sort. Having to 180 back to the shop every few days is just a giant pain in the ♥♥♥ that does nothing but annoy the player.

But back to the positives.

The lore is fantastic. The aesthetic is unique. The game is relatively glitch-free. The combat is VERY satisfying once you've mastered party dynamics. It does a lot of things right.

Overall, the game gets a marginal thumbs up from me, but I'd really like to see the developers go back to the drawing board on a few of the talking points I mentioned for the sequel, if we ever see one. They're not far off from birthing a cult masterpiece into the world, given what they've already achieved.

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digital_mana
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Booted up the game, listened to intro, collected some shrubbery... Talked to a gaurd who wanted 100 gold, I only had 70. Told him to pound sand. Him and his buddies proceed to mercilessly kill entire party. My only option at this point is to level up and return to slaughter the guards. Will update review.
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Gustav Kirchhoff
65.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
I like the part with the lords. However, I did not like that one lord. He did bad things.
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reemocin
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 13
I can't understand the 'Very Positive' reviews.

I like a fair, tactical challenge.
I don't like this game's unfair difficulty made worse by having to rely too much on the role of the dice.

First encounter went OK. Not a complete walk in the park but a nice intro into the combat.
But everywhere I went next I found encounters that wiped my party; I didn't stand a chance in hell.
I was playing on the base (lowest) difficulty level.

One action remained ... remove local content ...
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bittajam
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
First of all, no windowed mode. I've got a Linux PC with 4 screens, and the game doesn't let me change the resolution or the active scren, so everything looks messed up. And though it shows up on a single screen, it tries to use all the memory at once, so it gets terribly slow and laggy. To be honest, I just don't want to go through each and every config file to find a string that can make it all look better, I googled for a little bit, so as far as I understand, you can't just go ahead and set it up as you want it. When I turned 3 screens off, it detected the right resolution and worked much better, but do I really have to do that every time I want to play this particular game? Nope. So, if you have a multiscreen Linux configuration, be prepared for a big and laggy mess. Really sorry to see that in 2016.
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Endless Galactica
106.7 hrs
Posted: August 3
This is one of the best RPGs I have ever played. No other recent games hooked me so much like this one. At the current price (no sale price), it delievers much more interesting gameplay than recent triple A titles.

I have just finished the game at level 45 and the story and ending were very interesting.

You have to manage your party well to succeed and should level up your character strategically. Combining different armors and spells can change the tides of combats.
After beating hard bossess with different strategies and spells, you will be very satisfied.

The beginning part of the game could be tough and your party composition matters. In my case, I worked with Gaulen+2 Soldiers+1 Barbarian+Clergy+Mage.

For mage, spells with area effect are useful in dealing with minor enemies that you would randomly encounter.

The two minor points that I hope to be addressed in Xulima 2 are as follows.
1. the story is a bit linear and you cannot affect the game world by your choices. I hope in Xulima 2, nonliear story line could be installed. How about factions? Moral choices? etc.

2. Felt grindy at some points during the game.

Overall, very enjoyable game if you like RPGs in general.
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Scotters
34.0 hrs
Posted: July 30
Just wanted to recommend a gem of a game for all you Might and Magic and Wizardry Fans. I'm finishing up the first section of the game, and am in the first temple after taking out the first prince. Lots of stuff to do yet too.

The beginning is a bit tough but soon you party gets strong and it feels like a real accomplishemnt. If you have played Wizardry and Might and Magic, you won't have a problem. If you are totally new to game like this, I would still buy this and just look for some tips and help if you get stuck at the beginning. If you like the first person, turn based, party combat, than you have to get this game.

The only other isses is that it does seem a bit linear to me, but its not absolutely linear. (Edit: As I have played this game past the 25 hour mark, it is a little less linear, as there are several areas that I can now check out and survive in. And when I'm stuck I can ask that blue orb where I should go next, but hings seem more wide open.)

I also like to grind, and areas do eventually clear of monsters, but there is a mod so that you can grind even more, but that wouild make the game easier. I recommend leaving the game as it is, and just clear each area if you want too, which for me is a lot of fun. Sit back, listen to some music, and grind away building up my guys and fighting really cool enemies.

Might and Magic fans, why are you still reading? Get this game. Lets get a sequel!
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Stanley
70.0 hrs
Posted: July 25
First of all, I did not finish the game, stopped at level 35.

I bought this game on a big sale (summer sale), after reading the reviews, knowing what I'm getting into.
Like many others wrote, it was very fun for the first 20-30 hours. After that, the grind kicked in.
The story is quite horrible for an old school isometric RPG (I expect a superb story of such games, always) and the combat is very repetitive, so there is very little making you want to keep playing after a certain point.
Yes, the game is hard, but I knew that and really enjoyed the combat system/theorycrafting, playing on old-school difficulty.

Pros:
+Nice and simple art style (I saw that many dislike it, watch some videos to decide)
+Night and day cycle and dynamic weather
+Atmosphere
+Hard strategic combat
+Music is good but a bit repetitive

Cons:
-No auto combat like in many turn based JRPGS (would really help with the grind)
-Story is horrid
-Main character is the weakest class in the whole game, no matter how you build him
-Most puzzles forced me to google for answers while alt-tabbed (I don't play isometric cRPGs for puzzles, sorry)
-Big class inbalance, you have to do research before creating classes that look/feel good to not end up with a bad choice
-Very easy to build any of the party members wrong/bad, making them horrible in combat in an already hard game
-Some fights are still cheap even if your party is built perfectly

If you do decide to buy this game anyway, be advised that you will have to read a lot of guides and do lots of theorycrafting while creating your party, in addition to reading about many in-game mechanics, since you are given very little explanation in game about how things actually work.
I feel bad for giving this game a negative review, I tried really hard to like it but would like to save other people the time.
I honestly think it's not worth it, there are much better isometric cRPGs out there.
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kriskizlyk
73.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
One of the most challenging but funnest games I have played in a long time. Might and Magic style but way more fun.

I looked back at my review a year later and didn't give enough justice. I have played a few games over the last year and I really want to come back and play this one. The music, the enemies, the game play, strategy. If there was anything higher than 5 out of 5 stars I would have given this game that. Its not for everyone, I get it, its right up my ally for the style I like.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
This is one of the best RPGs I have ever played. No other recent games hooked me so much like this one. At the current price (no sale price), it delievers much more interesting gameplay than recent triple A titles.

I have just finished the game at level 45 and the story and ending were very interesting.

You have to manage your party well to succeed and should level up your character strategically. Combining different armors and spells can change the tides of combats.
After beating hard bossess with different strategies and spells, you will be very satisfied.

The beginning part of the game could be tough and your party composition matters. In my case, I worked with Gaulen+2 Soldiers+1 Barbarian+Clergy+Mage.

For mage, spells with area effect are useful in dealing with minor enemies that you would randomly encounter.

The two minor points that I hope to be addressed in Xulima 2 are as follows.
1. the story is a bit linear and you cannot affect the game world by your choices. I hope in Xulima 2, nonliear story line could be installed. How about factions? Moral choices? etc.

2. Felt grindy at some points during the game.

Overall, very enjoyable game if you like RPGs in general.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Just wanted to recommend a gem of a game for all you Might and Magic and Wizardry Fans. I'm finishing up the first section of the game, and am in the first temple after taking out the first prince. Lots of stuff to do yet too.

The beginning is a bit tough but soon you party gets strong and it feels like a real accomplishemnt. If you have played Wizardry and Might and Magic, you won't have a problem. If you are totally new to game like this, I would still buy this and just look for some tips and help if you get stuck at the beginning. If you like the first person, turn based, party combat, than you have to get this game.

The only other isses is that it does seem a bit linear to me, but its not absolutely linear. (Edit: As I have played this game past the 25 hour mark, it is a little less linear, as there are several areas that I can now check out and survive in. And when I'm stuck I can ask that blue orb where I should go next, but hings seem more wide open.)

I also like to grind, and areas do eventually clear of monsters, but there is a mod so that you can grind even more, but that wouild make the game easier. I recommend leaving the game as it is, and just clear each area if you want too, which for me is a lot of fun. Sit back, listen to some music, and grind away building up my guys and fighting really cool enemies.

Might and Magic fans, why are you still reading? Get this game. Lets get a sequel!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Booted up the game, listened to intro, collected some shrubbery... Talked to a gaurd who wanted 100 gold, I only had 70. Told him to pound sand. Him and his buddies proceed to mercilessly kill entire party. My only option at this point is to level up and return to slaughter the guards. Will update review.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
So many games these days claim to be "old school", but Xulima is one of the few that get it right. Hints from the later Ultima games, Wizardry 8, even early Final Fantasy can be found within the game play. Game is challenging, at times difficult but never impossible if you just give your actions some thought. Some people complain about the "grinding" aspect of combat, but to me this is something I'm used to with a lot of classic type games. The story isn't the easiest to follow, so you may refer to the journal quite a bit. I'm 30 hours in and probably about 1/3 of the way through it. Quest completion is very rewarding, with most townfolk giving you their own personal accolades and rewards for doing something big. I wasn't sure what to expect going in to playing this, but I'm glad I did. Graphics wise, I think it's absolutely gorgeous. The soundtrack at times is amongst the best I have ever heard, some of the melodies get stuck in my head throughout the day. I'm looking forward to continuing to unlock the mysteries in this game and the sequel that is to come!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I like the part with the lords. However, I did not like that one lord. He did bad things.
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483 of 494 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
214.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Polished, entertaining game. Played through it straight twice, and I can see myself playing through it again in the future.

I could list some pro's and con's or repeat what others have already said, but instead I will highlight a few points which may clarify some of the mixed points you will see in other reviews. The purpose, I hope, is to help potential buyers in figuring out the perspective from which other reviewers are coming from.

1. The game is "linear" in that you are expected to go a certain path on the game world, but the path is not in a straight line. This will throw off some players who are used to the typical themepark RPG set-up where the game holds your hand on how to get to the next area.

For a slightly spoiler-ish example: Early on you will get a quest to kill a high level enemy blocking the road, a road which also leads to another part of the game map. You are not supposed to kill said enemy at that point, as your party will get slaughtered. A note tells there is a back way around, which is the intended path. Thus, some players get "frustrated" by trying to brute-force their way through an encounter which is designed to be avoided until later.

The game has several of these set-ups (and honestly, get a bit predictable by the end). If you are the type which prefers the modern take with quest compasses and the game telling you exactly where to go next, this will be a con. If, however, you enjoy seeing the game map as a "puzzle" and discovering how to proceed to the next area, then don't mind this "con" you may see in other reviews.

It should also be noted that the game does drop clues on how to proceed, so it doesn't feel "cheap" as long as you are paying attention. With the above example, there are 3 or 4 hints that try and tell you to take this back route.


2. Difficulty. The combat in this game is turn-based whack each other in the face. Thus, like other games of this type, combat boils down to which side has the bigger numbers. The discrepancy you will see in regards to difficulty comes from the game starting you out with "smaller numbers" than even the beginning fights, which may feel like it is overly difficult.

For better or worse, the way around this isn't necessarily advertised. There are priests in each city which can apply a 24 hour (in-game time) blessing. These blessings are very powerful early on, because they take your "small stack of numbers" and boost it up to the point where early fights are no longer overly challenging.

Thus, the best way to get through the early game, to get some early levels and gear on your characters to make fights manageable, is to quest in "bouts". Apply a few blessings, then do a quest or clear an area. Head back to town, heal up, re-apply blessings and head back out. You won't need to keep doing this the whole game (in fact it would get extremely expensive and tedious), as later on they are not as needed, but they are the best, efficient way to start out.

So don't be fooled by reviews claiming the game is overly difficult or challenging. The game does offer the tools needed, but the "flaw" is that the tools aren't exactly advertised well to the new player. If you dive straight into the game without blessings, you will find the early game to be extremely unforgiving. If you get past the early game, you will find the difficulty pacing more comfortable. Perhaps even too easy.


A bit long for a Steam review, but people who read these just want to know what they may be getting if they drop the money, so I wanted to clarify some discrepancy. I had a lot of fun with the game, but it may not be for everyone. For me, personally, I've ran into zero bugs or crashes and got a solid 150+ hours out of it, which is more that can be said about a lot of modern 60$ AAA releases.




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149 of 155 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
99.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

One of the best turn-based turn-based battle systems I've played in a long time. Almost as good as Wizardry 8.

+10 Character classes with a lot of customization of sub-specialties
+Interesting story
+You can buy skill points
+6 Party members. Front and back rows like Wizardry or Elminage Gothic
+Challenging (3 difficulty settings, cannot be changed once started)
+Some good puzzles
+Unique turn-based combat mechanic with a lot of different status effects
+Fantastic soundtrack
+Food management
+Old-school
+Interface scales with resolution

-You can't respec skill points. I would be happy to have an option to spend a large amount of gold to do this or make it one of the features of the Talisman of Golot
-No zoom option
-Minor menu glitches

Was it worth the price? Absolutely.
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127 of 134 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
70.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
I want to start off by thanking Numantian Games for making a game with such an old school feel and a huge world and play time to back it up. I feel bad buying this game for 19.99, it is definitely worth a higher asking price. Lords of Xulima was an awesome experience.

Here are my thoughts on the game, both good and bad:

POSITIVE:
+ The graphics are gorgeous. They are the perfect balance between old school and modern without being overly flashy. I loved the aesthetics of the enviornments.
+ The animations while in combat were much more than I expected. The models of some of the more epic fights are extremely well done.
+ For the most part, there are a ton of different enemy visuals. Some games tend to just rehash skins for certain enemies over and over with different colors to "differeniate." Lords does this a few times, but for the most part, there are a ton of different visuals and it adds to the flavor and keeps the game fresh.
+ Open world gameplay. Lords is not completely linear, and it gives you the freedom to roam around and just kind of do your thing. Tons of sidequests/areas to explore. Do what you please!
+ As far as gameplay length versus asking price, this game is unbeatable as far as indie games are concerned. 70+ hours of gamplay for 20 bucks? On an INDIE title? That is unheard of. Wow.
+ Challenging. I have seen a lot of people on the forums complain about the difficulty of the game (too hard!), but I felt it was near perfect. There are three difficulties and different levels of challenges for all types of players, from casual to hardcore.
+ The Lore. Numantian created a beautiful world filled with all types of creatures and Gods and they all have their personalities and roles.
+Combat and strategy is well done. You have things to consider like positioning, resource management, different weapon types, debuff strats (should i stack bleeds/wounds/stuns?), skill allocation, among much more. There is a pretty good amount of depth here.

The MEDIOCRE:
+ The story. I understand this game is not completely story focused and development was probably emphasized on other aspects. I actually liked the story, it wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't amazing. For the books though, I really enjoyed the ending. A lot. Props on the ending!
+ Slightly grindy with the aspect of food. I understand the food system is necessary for this type of game and it adds a lot of strategy and decision making, but it can get repetitive to just grind out food resources in order to conserve precious gold.
+ Itemization is a bit boring. Because of the way the stats on gear are designed, they aren't overly interesting or force you to make deliberate choices/tradeofffs. A few stats are just a bit too overpowered and could use some balancing (I won't mention any names).

The BAD:
+ This is my only big complaint about the game. The way that you obtain loot.. For the most part, much of your gear will come from the vendor. Basically end game is just constantly checking all the vendors over and over again hoping a good item spawns. You will occasionally find a good item naturally from a chest, but it is very rare. Having vendors being the strongest source of loot in the game seems like a poor design. Finding a really strong item on a vendor does not have the same rewarding effect as if the item was obtained after overcoming a difficult encounter.

Suggestions:
+ Crafting. I really wanted to see a crafting system in Lords. I don't see why a regular base item plus some unique crafting currencies couldn't yield some new items.
+ I feel like some really cool items could have been created that would have fit the themes of the lore. Something creative like "Life's Spark - Febret's Touch," a unique staff which can only be equipped by certain classes and has unique effects/stats. Explore the design space!

Overall Lords of Xulima is an amazing title. If you are a fan of Baldur's Gate style games, definitely give Lords a try. It is the best game of this style I have played in years.

Lords of Xulima takes about 60-80 hours to complete. It will just depend on your pacing/how much you are into questing around and doing side stuff.

9.5/10
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Recommended
131.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
Lords of Xulima (pronounced as 'Shoo-lee-mah') is a 2D isometric old-school role playing game from Madrid-based developers Numantian Game Studios. The game is a ‘Kick starter’ success story that, as far as I know, had an original goal of only $10,000 but managed to reach a grand total of $35,657 by its end. The game features a world map gameplay similar to that of Heroes of Might and Magic and King's Bounty, but has a combat mechanic that is more akin to the Might and Magic series with certain areas of the game being blocked off by monsters until you're powerful enough to defeat them or find a way around them.

The game places you in the boots of Gaulen, an adventurer summoned by one of the nine (9) gods to go to their divine homeland of Xulima where a civil war has broken out when the god of death declared war against the other eight (8) gods. Gaulen sets sail with five (5) other companions but to their dismay, upon reaching Xulima, the gods had already left and in their place, terrible lords have taken power who will stop at nothing to keep Gaulen from interfering with the on-going war between the gods.

PROS:
+ Good 2D graphics and art style but... (See CON #4)
+ Well implemented gameplay that is reminiscent of old CRPG titles
+ Helpful first mission tutorial and tool tips that covers the game's basic elements
+ Challenging difficulties
+ Good class system with different skills and abilities but… (See CON #2 and #3)
+ Good atmosphere for a CRPG with day and night cycles as well as weather effects on some maps
+ Healthy game time
+ Large world with a lot of room for exploration
+ Good story worthy of a sequel but… (See CON #5 and 6)

CONS:
- The main character cannot be customized to have another class or portrait
- Some classes are almost indispensable for a successful campaign (ex. Cleric)
- No skill overview or mapping: This means you can not plan out your builds if it is your first play through unless you look it up in the internet or you're already familiar with the skill system.
- Portrait selections as well as some cinematic art works could use a bit more work
- The game's story (not gameplay) is linear because there are little choices to be made during important dialogue with the story NPCs
- Plot twist was a bit predictable
- Difficult early game
- Score system that is best ignored if you want a fun rather than competitive experience
- Game gets a bit boring at the end but that depends on you as the player

CONCLUSION:
Lords of Xulima is a surprisingly GOOD GAME and I have no trouble giving it my full recommendation especially with Classic RPG fans.

I can easily RECOMMEND this game even at full price especially since it is only $19.99 or your regional equivalent. The game can net you at least 60 hours of game time and has a lot of content to enjoy and therefore, making a simple $19.99 purchase worth more than some of the Triple A titles that were recently released.

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163.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4, 2014
In Lords of Xulima you control a hero called Gaulen the Explorer and his five friends (these five can be completely created by yourself, with 9 classes at your disposal). Guided by a dream sent by the gods of this world, he sails to a forgotten continent. During exploration, the game is very similar to classics like Baldur´s Gate, but once combat begins, it will look like a mixture of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy 10 and the newer Etrian Odyssey series.


Major Features:

- A charming atmosphere, travel through a mystical world and explore secret graves, forsaken temples and more.
- Challenging and strategic combat. Very original due to the elaborate debuff system.
- Character skills and equipment management are rich and rewarding.
- Extremely polished for a beta: bugs are rare, less than in many recently relesed games.


Possible weakpoints (depending on your taste):

- Story plays only a secondary role. Exploration, combat and character management take the main spotlight.
- Hard to get going. You have to manage the party, food reserves and find your way in a huge non-linear world. (If you have troubles, try the easiest difficulty. There you can learn the basic game mechanics without getting your head chopped off for every mistake.)

Minor addittion: You CAN run in this game, the trailer shows only the walking speed.
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