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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"If you like old school RPGs, you could easily dump 60 hours into this game. It modernizes a lot of the systems but keeps great depth and difficulty."
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February 3

Lords of Xulima - Available on Linux!

Greetings and welcome Linux players!

Lords of Xulima is now available for Linux! To celebrate this new launch we have set a special discount of 25% off.

The game should run well in all official distributions that launch the Steam Client. Also, we have created a new section on the forum to give support to the Linux users.

What's next? The Workshop
We are working on some modding options for Lords of Xulima. The first one will be the ability to modify rule sets in the game (classes, skills, enemies, encounters, zones...).

Players will be able to create their own rule set and share it with the community. Would you like to try a super fast LoX without random encounters, but you can only cure the party with potions? Or where Wyverns are roaming Velegarn and Gaulen is now a Pyromancer?
There are endless possibilities!

New version 1.6 available
We have fixed some minor bugs/crashes and made some optimizations to improve speed and smoothness, especially when using OpenGL.
You can see the full list of changes here.

See you soon!

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December 10, 2014

Game Guide Available: The Secrets of Xulima


Game Guide Available: The Secrets of Xulima

The game guide book, called "The Secrets of Xulima" is now included for free in the Deluxe Edition and in the Digital Rewards DLC. In the 200+ pages of this book you will find the Walkthrough, and the glossary of classes, skills and weapons.

Finally, Lords of Xulima has a manual that cover all the basic aspects of the gameplay and a reference to all the shortcut keys.You will have it in the game installation folder and also can download it directly from Steam here.

New languages in the works: Russian and Polish
Good news! One of our dreams is that players in all countries can experience this epic story in their native language, so we are proud to announce that two more languages are coming to Xulima: Russian and Polish. And... we expect to add Italian too some time later.

Mac OSX Players
In the name of the team, we would like to apologize to the players who suffered issues of the initial release version of Mac. We didn't realize that there were so many different computer configurations as in Windows. We have worked and continue working on addressing all the incompatibilities. The game now plays smoothly on our Mac Book Air, Pro and iMAC. We can even say that the best platform for playing LoX is a Mac Book Pro with retina display. The images are so beautiful that even the developers are amazed, take a look at this 4K screenshot.


Linux Version
The Linux port is progressing well, and we expect to have it before Christmas.

Special thanks for the Veterans...
We would like to give special thanks to those veteran players who are helping new players in our forum. Thank you guys! And also we are glad that so many players that have never played the classics are now discovering and enjoying that wonderful feeling that surrounded those old-schools games. Bringing back that feeling was the main goal of this game.

And that's all for the moment. See you soon!

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1280 x 720.
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080.
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 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.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lyon
    • Processor: Quad Core 3Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • Hard Drive: 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.
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SO and Steam Client fully updated.
    • OS: Ubuntu 14+
    • Processor: Quad Core 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5870, NVIDIA GTX 260
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SO and Steam Client fully updated.
Helpful customer reviews
135 of 139 people (97%) found this review helpful
214.1 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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87 of 91 people (96%) found this review helpful
99.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014

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
+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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82 of 87 people (94%) found this review helpful
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:

+ 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 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.

+ 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.

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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
189.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Early Access Review
After over 120 hours of play, I'm ready to give my review. If you played M&M; If you played Xene; if played Wizardry, and you've spent all your gaming years since then looking for a game, any game, to scratch that itch of a classic, old school'ish RPG, this is that game.

Real time movement on the map; turn based combat; dozens of skills, spells, stats and classes. Up to 100 hours of play (if your a completionist); and just the right combination of old style RPG gaming with lots of modern amenities blended in.

Mix in a Development team that actually listens to it's community, and adds patches/upgrades faster than you can say "Kill That Ogre", and you just can't go wrong with this game. Watch any UTube video on this game if your on the fence.
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
104.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I grew up in the 80s. I remember oldschool games. I was a teenager in the 90s, and remember the RPG gems of the era, a lost age as far as I'm concerned. Games where the story and sense of exploration, strategy in combat was more important than flashy cutting edge graphics. Games where literacy was important and they came with huge manuals, with a fleshed out backstory and bestiaries of all the monsters.

Lords of Xulima hearkens back to that era, the late 90s isometric RPGs, but with the traditional turn based first person "enemy in front of you where your chars portraits are on the bottom of the screen" RPG format. Its fun. Its awesome. Ive wanted an RPG like this for ages.

Deep story, decent combat, a sense of exploration and wanting to see what was farther down the path. I love this game and would recommend it for anyone who finds modern "RPGs" lacking.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
92.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
My first review on Steam.

This is a game with great turn based depth. It has similar combat mechanics with the Disciples 1&2 series(the good ones), with M&M series, with M&M Legacy, but it seems way better, cleaner and more fun.
It also has interesting puzzles, very neat and crisp 2D graphics and exploration mechanics. But make no mistake, this game is all about combat. And combat it does very very well. If you like a challenge and a game where you must think hard before you just push buttons, then Lords of Xulima is the right game for you.

The game is recommended for the Veteran level, because at this level the challenges imposed by the enemy parties require you to use everything at your disposal to win. Be it potion, spell scrolls, buffs, debuffs, usable items, there are many fights in which you must use tactics and think ahead more than a few moves to be able to move forward. Also it is one of the first games where threat assesment is spot on. When you right-click an enemy and it says Troublesome, it will be TROUBLESOME.

The rpg mechanics are well-thought, being a progression based game. The higher you level up, the stronger your heroes get, but at the same time the enemies begind to vary in their attacks, properties and sizes. Each class brings something to the table; there are no useless clases in this game. As there are tons of varied enemy combinations, the game encourages you to make a diverse party, not try to cheese it with 6 archers(that does not work, you need dps tanks in front). you will need heals, thief skill,etc.

This game is also very long (50 hours in, almost at half) and, to be honest, it can take a seat near Wasteland 2 and Divinity OS as inovation, feeling and attention to detail. Like those games, it combines the game elements in a way that entices the player to keep playing, ignoring sleep and food to just finally defeat that last monster.

The only negative part in my opinion is the mediocre story, but as you play the game, the design is so good that you never notice it during gameplay.

I really recommend it, as it offers huge and complex content for a low price.
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
157.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Early Access Review
70 hours in and I find it hard to believe that this is Numantian's first game. I had my doubts at first because doing a first playthrough in veteran mode requires a small ammount of grind at times and it's not always apparent where you are meant to go next. But not knowing is arguably part of the charm of discovery. The best thing about it is that you just KNOW this is going to be one of those rare games you will actually want to play again after completing it just to try different party combinations and to see if you can beat hardcore mode (hardcore mode with ironman is going to be a stretch for even the most dedicated player). Aside from its overall "goodness", for want of a better term, its been priced absolutely perfectly to fit in with these "grab great games cheap in the sales" times. It's extraordinarily good value for money. 90%
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
A little bit Might and Magic, a little bit Wizardry, a little bit HoMM, and a little bit Baldur's Gate. I find myself saying "just one more level, or "just one more dungeon", usually playing far longer than intended. Challenging turn based combat, open world maps, well designed character system, interesting loot. Fun and fresh.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Early Access Review
First I want to say this: This is my FIRST Steam review I have done and for a good reason. Because the game is this good.

I am truly amazed at how the fine little details this game has. I purchased this right after the UI change and have already put in 20 hours. I'm an old school player have played all kind of RPG games from Baulders Gate to Dragon Age Origin to Arcanum to Divinity Sin to now... this. I barely touched 20% of the content and I'm already 20 hours in.

The game is remanence of the old school Baulders Gate except that it has an amazing new UI. It's like Might & Magic X Legacy feel to it but less buggy and less hexy. The game world is huge and story is right to the point. It shows a beliveable world. I can't stop thinking of this game even during work I still do a google seartch 'Lords of Xulima' just to see whats new in regards to news, talks, blogs etc. etc. to fullfill my need till im out of work so I can put in another 6-7 hours of gametime till its about 2am. Then I go to sleep then work and repeat the process. This game got me hooked and I can't wait till I finish it and play in Ironman mode.

I wish the developers can get more money/exposure because honestly they deserve this. I also hope they continue to baby this game and produce so much content (And I will be happy to pay them the $5-$10 DLC, with my eyes closed)
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Early Access Review
Lords of Xulima is a good, old-school style RPG. (Very similar to Wizardry). The Art-Style is charming and the music is very good! The best part of Lords of Xulima is the battle system, which is very in-depth. The game is fairly non-linear, usually there is more than just 1 thing to do, outside of story specific things such as temples, often the only thing that is blocking a path to another area is a monster, so if you are able to defeat it you can advance into new areas without doing them in the intended order. The map opens up a lot once you have defeated the second prince in the game.

Story: The Story unfortunately doesn't make a good impression to begin with, It is Pokemon style, you are tasked with purifing 8 temples, killing 4 princes, 4 witches etc. There are a few good pieces of dialogue that give you a back-story into Gaulen's (The main Characters) past, and some nice dialogue between the Bosses and Gaulen which I found interesting, there aren't too many NPCs around in the towns to really give much of a history on the setting of map. It is workable though and the other aspects that Lords of Xulima more than make up for it.

Gameplay: Lords of Xulima has you create a Party involving Gaulen (The main character which you must take) and 5 other characters of your choice from 9 different classes. There is enough variation in the classes, and in the skills you select as you're leveling the classes up, to warrant 2-3 playthroughs of the game. The battle system is what really sets Lords of Xulima apart. It is very good, very in-depth, if you are a fan of old turn-based RPGs you will love the LoX battle-system. You control Gaulen through-out the world and fight your way through forests, deserts, snow, demon-infested ruins, dungeons, temples and castles to achieve your objectives, there is a nice variety of enemy types (although some are palette swaps, there is plenty of original enemies to keep you interested) and settings. There are a lot of tough puzzles and riddles in LoX which are very good and make you think, again, like classic old-school RPGs. Everything you do in LoX is limited by your supplies, which you will need to use to rest (to heal) and to move around the map, you can regain supplies by picking them from the terrain, using Gaulens hunting skill after killing monsters, and buying them from towns or looting them, there are plenty of secrets hidden in the maps to have you searching for. The game is hard as you might expect for an old-school RPG, seeing an Ironman mode is very refreshing :)

Music: Very good, there are plenty of times where you'll find yourself humming away to the music, especially in the snowy town :) . Good variety of battle music, dungeons sound creepy etc. It is very cool

Art: I found the art style very cool and classic looking, but modern enough to be charming. Keep in mind that this game is working on a very tight budget, I think they've done a great job with the music and art.

The devs are releasing 1-2 updates per day (Even on weekends) and bugs are getting fixed very quickly. Even though it's an Early Access Game I have never had any problems with crashes. The only bugs I have encountered are localization issues, the developer is a spanish developer so there is 1-2 weird translations here and there, but they get fixed quickly if you post them in the forum.

If you are a fan of classic RPGs, get this game, it's great value. I've already gotten 50 hours of it. For £12 that's a bargain.

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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I believe this is the first time I am writing a review for a game. I was very sceptical when I saw a trailer and gameplay, and thus downloaded a pirate version of a game. But after 10+ hours of non-stop adventure in this fantastic RPG i decided to buy this game and I think I am gonna buy another copy for one of my friends.

This game has a great ballanced gameplay and that what makes it so addicting. You are always managing resources - mana, food, hp, gold. You can't just go and kill everything that moves or steal 20 million gold from a stupid merchant. Everything in this game has a price, and you really need to choose wheather you want to earn a little bit more gold for a greater item in the shop, or venture forth into the magic forest (since you need food for adventures)

If you like Baldur's gate, Divinity and old school rpgs - this is a must buy.

They say there are 100 hours of a content, I don't know if that is a true. But what I have seen after 10 hours on of gameplay it looks like yes. This game is deep and lengthy.

Numantian Games, guys, You did awesome job. I just suggest you work on a presentation (trailer, screenshots and marketing "warp" . It is poor now - it makes people doubt). Though thank you for you work, I totally gonna play the ♥♥♥♥ out of this game on different difficulty levels.

Thank you!
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
54.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
This game is what i was hoping Might and Magic X would be. A solid, Old School RPG throwback, with a good leveling system and interesting loot. If you are a 90's kid, and have been looking for a timesink, buy this game.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
235.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
What a great game. One of those rare games where you will have fond memories of, and every once in a while come back to, to play it with a different line-up.
Absolutely recommended for anybody who likes turn-based combat, and even for people who don't but always wanted to know why some people make such a fuss about it.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
136.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Very polished game. Combat is like Wizardry, first person turn. Travel is isometric. No pointers on where to go, missions give you a general idea where to go. Long game. Well balanced. IMO more combat/exploration focused vs story/character development. Good team of developers, respond and turn around fixes quickly. There has been a lot of turnbased games the last couple years, most of them good, this is in the higher end of the good one's, really nothing that stands out as a short-cut or not done right.

3 difficulty settings and they are needed, this game can make you fall to your knees, but I did find the addition of the easier difficulty welcome as the original difficulty made you work for it and I haven't tried the hardcore. Quite a few ways to make up your team of 6, solid character building, decent loot variation. Good puzzles.

To me it's is in your collection if you like Fantasy Turnbase. They hope to have a trilogy, I hope so to.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
84.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Flashy graphics, a world where YOU are the hero, open to your every whim. Opulent graphics, action-based combat and you can get even a nude cheat.

That is all what this game is NOT about.

Lords of Xulima is a game which is old-fashioned. In a very good way. You lead a party. It has turn-based combat. And in this combat positions, skills, side-effects like bleeding, poisoning and so on are really meaningful and at the same time not annoying. The food system is something I was very critical about in the beginning but now I see how it adds to the tension (in this game you have food reserves and deplete them slowly by wandering about and quickly while resting to heal up again). I admire this game especially for the economy. It is tight but not too tight. There are games out there where gold has no meaning: you have always enough and buying potions and such is more of a hassle than a decision. Not so here. Money is scarce, potions are expensive and you need them.

The graphics are not Skyrim but they are beautiful. The back story is not a high point but it does its job, that is giving you a goal and mile stones to achieve it. There are secrets and lots of puzzly stuff. You know these old rpgs where you get a hint, then a seemingly unsolvable situation appears but then you remember the hint and you can progress? Xulima has that in spades.

You can save whenever you want. You need to save often. Because you can lose fights. Yes, it is one of these games. No mercy for the weak. Ok, there is a kind of mercy: you can always lower the difficulty. But on the normal difficulty setting ("Old Veteran") the game is challenging - but just in the right way.

I always searched for a game which triggers the same feelings like Might Of Magic and Bard's Tale of old. Here it is. With just the right adjustments for modern times, with an automap where you can make your own notes and a comfortable journal. If you are grown up with Bard's Tale, Might of Magic, Wasteland 1 or Dungeonmaster: buy it. Now. If not, buy it anyway. And take some weeks off. You'll need them.

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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
206.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
It's a leveling playing field.

The reason I like RPGs over all other gaming genre's is the sense of character progression as you get further and further into the game. When this type of game is properly done, you start of so wimpy, itty bitty little cave rats can take you down but by games end you should have a character stong enough to take down the game's god. Lords of Xulima understands this concept and gives you plenty of options to level up your character.

You can level up, of course with the normal way by accumulating points from winning battle.
You can level up stats by solving the games dozens of quests
You can level up stats by gathering and using herbs
You can level up stats by drinking from wells
You can level up stats by drinking from fountains
You can level up stats by items left over from your victims battle drops
You can level up stats by praying at statues (one way permanent and one way temporary)
You can level up stats by solving puzzles.

Some of the leveling up of stats is automatic, and some you get to pick. And there is so much to level up. You can level up stats, attributes, mind, body, prayers, spells, songs (yes the Bard characater is the most fully realized yet), weapons, armor, attacks, thieveries, field knowledge etc. I would quess there are probably over a hundred things that can be leveled up. However some charaacters (spell casters) have more then others (soldiers).

Gameplay wise, its your old school turn based combat and it is well done. But that may be the one qualm I have with this game. There is a lot of combat and by late mid game it becomes tiresome. By the last quarter of the game the high stat/hit point monsters are taking a long time to take out. And while the game has a great story and great lore, it does tend to get lost with the continious battling. And speaking of story I was able to tell the story ending early on in this game but the story rail did not allow me to change my destiny.

Still, I had a lot of fun with this game. I loved the color palate. It was bright and fanciful like a Might and Magic or early NES game. And the music is spectacular. The composer, Nicholar De Ferrar, is on the same level as Soule (Skyrim) and Rosenkranz (Gothic). And with some limited voice over work, that was also of superiour quality, the music had to carry you over and it delivered. Qualms aside the game deserves an A rating.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game came out of nowhere and is probably my game of the year for 2014. Deep, complex and interesting old school style RPG. Old school in spririt yet adds unique modern aspects and twists.

Heavy emphasis of exploration and careful turn based strategy during combat. The game will create a "let me just see whats over here" time vacuum.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Great game if you have a lot of love for oldschool RPG's.

It starts of quite challenging in the beginning, like most of these type of games... a bit too unforgiving. Once you gain a few levels it becomes a more fair and doesn't punish you as brutally as it did at the start.

The game doesn't hold your hand and I love it. There are times were I had no clue what to do or where to go (sometimes due to my own fault, not properly reading what was in front of my eyes!), so I'd visit a zone 2/3 times eventually giving up and reading the forums (most of the time I figured it out tho).
So if you are a person that gets annoyed easily with trying to figure out where to go, or things not being overly clear I would say: don't get this.

I've heard comments on it being repetitive and a grind, I can understand why people feel like that. It's not an overly complex combat system. I didn't mind it as much because I was having a blast with exploring the map, picking flowers and getting distracted with the side quests/activities. There's plenty of stuff to bring in some variation.

Only 'downsides' for me was: sometimes the story can be a bit silly and the cheap version of Russel Crowe' as a voice actor. The tone didn't fit for me (otherwise a well done job)... So not real downsides, more personal preference.

I fully recommend this if you are into the genre, if you don't have love for the genre (Boo! :p) there might be other games that suit you better for an introduction.

Would love to see more games from this developer.

Thanks to Lolo for bringing this game to my attention and especially to Luft for giving me the opportunity to play it!
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I found this game when i was looking for a classic style rpg. And i dare to say its amber. While playing i felt like time went back and stopped. And its a positive thing!

The gameplay is classic in a good way, if you like turn-based games with teamplay you will find it here. The temples and other dungeons are challenging the puzzles will force you to your brain. The world is open in a way, if you are strong enough you can go almost anywhere in Xulima. Some of the sidequests are great, some are average but there is enough to make you wanna explore the whole world.

I only played it on normal but the fight was challanging i didnt feel frustrated, but an autocombat feature might have been good, since the game rewards you for clearing a whole area, but the 'easy' fights can be too long sometimes.

The story was great, and it kept me going till the end. But the climax wasnt the last boss fight, it was the last picture, which is sad since i want the story to go on:D.

The lore is complex and i wanted to read it all and i enjoyed it, what is a great achievement in 2014. Videos only showed pictures but with the game it worked well and the atmosphere was nice.

Graphic wise its hard to say anything since the core of the game doesn't need good graphic, but what we got was nice even the grass moved while you walked in it.

Trap disarming and lockpicking is great, some games it can be frustrated but it was one of the best i have played yet. The food&rest system works well, but can give you a headache till you figure out how to deal with it.

My only disappointing part was the loot system. After you disarm two traps and lockpick the chest what you get? Three pile of gold, which is useful but you expect a good sword or a magical amulet.

Overall i say this game is 9/10 for me. Even on normal it gives you around 40 hours of playtime to go through once, but you may even wanna go on later.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Lords of Xulima (LoX) is an old school CRPG influenced by the classics like Might and Magic, Wizardry and Ultima.

While ToX does contain a good amount of story and dialog, its focus is clearly on combat, exploration, and progression, similar to how Might and Magic and Wizardry games are. And I'm happy to say that it really shines in these areas.

Progression-wise, the game lets you build a party of 6, including a premade main character with a unique class. You can pick from 9 classes when making your other 5 characters, and each class offers unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses. You can definitely agonize over what the optimum party config is for hours if you are prone to that madness :).

As your characters level-up, you gain skill points that you can spend as you choose. In LoX, weapons, spells and skills like "lockpick" are all treated as "skills." The majority of skills have "levels," with different skills having different max levels. What this means is that you will probably want to focus on maxing out a few skills so that you don't gimp your characters with a bunch of weak skills as opposed to a few strong ones.

All in all, the progression system is nice because you have a lot of wiggle room in how you customize your party and each character within your party. You also unlock new skills as your characters level up, so this makes leveling pretty fun. You won't find the absolute crap-ton of skills in LoX that games like Wizardry had, but the fact that you can level up skills independently and that each skill feels pretty unique makes up for this.

As for combat, LoX has turn-based combat with the turn order displayed on the side of the screen so you can see who's going next and strategize. I was really pleasantly surprised by the combat. It is VERY challenging, and you feel like you really need to consider every action, especially early on. It's really imperative that you think about how your party is going to work together effectively if you want to succeed in combat. You absolutely need defensive characters in the front row to soak up damage, or you will find your poor fragile mage getting his or her face kicked in repeatedly.

The combat interface feels slick and snappy, and the combat graphics are very impressive for a $20 indie game. I was really impressed with the combat overall, stellar job here.

Next, the exploration aspect of the game, Exploring in LoX seems pretty good so far, the zones all seem to have interesting things to find, like puzzles, riddles and lots of loot to gather. The exploration also has an element of danger, because you never know when you're going to wander into a trap, or get ambushed by a monster that will absolutely destroy you. Make sure to save often!

If I have any gripe about exploration, it's that sometimes there are secret doors and the switches can be insanely frustrating to find, requiring you to combat over wall after wall with your mouse.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this game to any fan old school CRPGs, or new-old-school CRPGs like Divinity:OS. It's a really quality indie-RPG that seems to be a cut above most indies. However, if you're looking for a very story-heavy experience, or you don't want a challenging game, you may want to look elsewhere.
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