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Battle Worlds: Kronos

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Description

Battle Worlds: Kronos is a futuristic turn-based strategy game with gameplay similar to the Battle Isle series.

Similar to other turn-based strategy games like the Battle Isle series or Panzer General the battle ground is partitioned into small hexagons used for movement and attack distance calculation. You can issue two commands to each unit during a round; the possible commands can be determined by two icons on the lower right of a unit: "Move" for moving a unit, "Attack" for attacking, or "Joker" for any of the former or performing a special action (like deploying some artillery units or putting down mines). For example heavy units will have one Attack and one Joker action, making them quite slow, but allowing them to attack twice if they don't have to move. A scouting unit on the other hand would have two joker actions, making it possible to explore and retreat in a single turn.

Damage is calculated by the unit's attack power against that certain type of enemy class and the damage the attacking unit has already taken, so the damage caused by a unit with only a few health points left will also be minimal. Especially for slow units there a various types of transporters (by land, water or air) which can be used to get your units to the war zone a bit faster. Every time your unit has been involved in a fight the unit will get experience and level up after receiving 5 experience points. The experience can be used to upgrade the unit (e.g. for improved firepower or ignoring movement restrictions) or simply to restore some of the unit's health. Units will defend themselves, but only if their own attack range lies within that of the attacker - making long-range units vulnerable to close-range attacks and vice versa.

Enemy buildings (radar stations, HQs or factories for building and repairing units) can be captured by attacking them with an infantry unit, making infantry units quite important for a mission's success - and making it possible to end a fight early by capturing the enemy HQ. The 3D view can be zoomed from a close up of the units to a strategic map showing only symbols.

The game features both a singleplayer campaign and multiplayer maps, with multiplayer games saved on a central server for a making turns similar to correspondence chess, i.e. the opponent does not have to be online for your turn. The game may then be resumed at any time, however you may also watch your enemies movements live.

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Battle Worlds: Kronos Windows Unit info for the Hunter.
Battle Worlds: Kronos Windows Producing naval units at the harbor.
Battle Worlds: Kronos Windows Very nice: The game is hard, but the reason why you don't win is that the game is hard (or in other words: The player is stupid)
Battle Worlds: Kronos Windows Mission Intro

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The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct 31, 2013 82 out of 100 82
Chip Power Play Windows Nov, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Watcher Windows 2013 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Windows Nov 07, 2013 77 out of 100 77
Gamer.nl Windows Dec 21, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Games.cz Windows Nov 25, 2013 7 out of 10 70
XGN Windows Nov 21, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
God is a Geek Windows Dec 26, 2013 6 out of 10 60
Gameblog.fr Windows Nov 15, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Riot Pixels Windows Nov 16, 2013 59 out of 100 59

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