King's Bounty: Legions Makes A Strategic Move To Android

Russian developer Nival has done an amazing job bringing an updated free-to-play take on New World Computing's 1990 classic PC turn-based strategy game King's Bounty to Facebook and the iPad. Now, they complete the cross-platform circle with King's Bounty: Legions for Android, harnessing the power of Tegra 3 to make for the best mobile version available.

What's King's Bounty: Legions? It's a turn-based strategy game shades of Heroes of Might and Magic. The player travels the land, gathering units for his or her army between grid-based battles. During battles the units take turns manoeuvring and attacking, casting spells and performing special attacks until one side falls. Players can purchase new units to build their armies via virtual currency, the blood that makes free-to-play run, and when they aren't playing they can send their army on patrol, earning rewards without exerting effort.

The reason I compare it to Heroes of Might and Magic is because the 1990 game that inspired King's Bounty: Legions was designed by the same man who designed both Might and Magic and the Heroes spin-off — New World Computing founder Jon Van Caneghem. This game has deep roots, and it does them justice.

The Tegra-powered Android version, available now on Google Play, features enhanced spell effects, more detailed battle scenes and a fast frame rate than its iPad counterpart, but each version uses the same account as the Facebook game, so it really doesn't matter where you play. This is the joy of cross-platform gaming.

If you're looking for a meaty strategy experience you can play anywhere, King's Bounty: Legions from the strategy masters at Nival is a sound choice.


Comments

    I wish you could play this through Google Chrome on your PC, because its isnt compatible with my GS2

    Sounded good until the free-to-play nickle-and-dime bullshit ruined it all.

    Braaains, tell me about it!
    Sure, I get the whole free-to-play thing, but sometimes I just want to buy a game and play it unhindered!

    This article hasn't been very fair to 1C and Katauri, who developed the PC remake of Kings Bounty which this Android version is based on. Nival (even though they are an excellent developer) converted the Katauri game, whereas this article implies they developed a completely new game.

    I played this early on when it started on Kongregate, and it was pretty fun.
    Then they made it harder to get units, but it's okay, you could buy more with gems!
    Then they made it even harder to get units, but it's okay, use gems!
    Then they made the 'play every day' rewards more and more rubbish.

    Lets also put buttons everywhere allowing you to spend gems (crazy amounts)for more energy, and resurrect units and the such. Oh, and lets make them big, next to the button you meant to hit, and have no confirmation buttons, it's more convenient this way, the gems just get spent!

    And if you do accidentally spend a boatload, and contact support for a refund, they suggest you be less retarded and you should just be more careful.

    Yay!
    And then I stopped logging in.

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