Reader Review: King's Bounty: Armored Princess

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This review was submitted by Simon Jackson. If you’ve played Kings Bounty: Armored Princess, or just want to ask Simon more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Kings Bounty: Armored Princess (PC)

It has been many years since the events of King's Bounty: The Legend, the great treasure searcher Bill Gilbert is missing and the Arch-Demon Baal has marched an army of monsters against the kingdom. It is now up to the grown up Princess Amelie to travel unknown lands in search of aid against the demonic horde.

Loved

Minor Gameplay Tweaks: Even though there aren't any massive changes to the general structure of the game since the original, there are a lot of minor yet noticeable changes to the gameplay mechanics that make the game feel very new. Many of these changes are alterations to the skill tree by removing skills and instead making them abilities the player starts off with.

Medals: Armored Princess introduces the concept of Medals, a way of rewarding the player for playing the game a particular way or for achieving certain goals. Using poison and fire spells more often will eventually allow the player to do more damage with those spells.

Hated

Doesn't feel like a sequel: As much as it claims to be a sequel to KB: The Legend it feels more like an expansion or a piece of DLC. While the length is there to justify the price, all that is really different between the two is a change of location and a few new units.

Even though Armored Princess doesn’t add a lot more to the King's Bounty formula, it still delivers a solid turn-based experience that will challenge the strategist inside all of us.

Reviewed by: Simon Jackson

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Comments

    Is this game based on the D&D engine?, because i recently got back into Neverwinter Nights and WoW, that and Dragon age origins really makes me want to play more games that use the engine.

    Good review, Simon. How much was the game and did you think it was worth buying?

    That's an alright review - lays everything out nice and tidy. Stuff like that wins review of the month.

    the battle screenie looks like heroes of might and magic.

    as for the review, its too short and doesnt really tell me anything about the game at all - considering i've never played the first one.

    all it says is

    -female hero
    -medals/achievements/trophy
    -more of an expansion than standalone
    -strategy game.

    wow, not very helpful at all.

      I think it's more of a review aimed at people who have already played Kings Bounty: The Legend. And so is more just a summary and thoughts on the differences between them.

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