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Fantasy General

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Fantasy General is a turn-based strategy game set in a fantasy world with some steampunk/high-tech elements.

The forces of evil, in the form of the dreaded Shadowlord and his henchmen, have conquered most of the world. On the brink of defeat, the player (in the form of one of four heroes) is summoned as champion who will change course, free the world and defeat evil - or lose all.

The game features 10 unit types from four realms with lots of upgrades, complemented by a similar plethora available primarily to the opponent. Most of the game takes place on battle maps. Outside of those there's just a bit of basic recruiting, setting research priorities and financial managing. Battle maps are hex-based and feature lots of different terrain types that require a suitable approach - cavalry will rule on plains but is crippled in swamps. The player should build an army that is composed of the right mix of units and can adapt to new situations.

The game will look similar to players familiar with Panzer General since it uses a modified engine of said game.

The game offers two modes: the campaign against the Shadowlord or arena mode (single battle) against a computer or human opponent.

In campaign mode, the player selects one of four heroes, each with his or her special abilities and sets out to defeat the Shadowlord. The player must prove his or her own ability to adapt play style and army across five continents with different challenges until the player finally defeats the Shadowlord on Fire Isle.


Fantasy General DOS Units selection - siege engine
Fantasy General DOS Fantasy armies march.
Fantasy General DOS A perfect encirclement
Fantasy General DOS Playing a single scenario as the bad guy - winter scenery

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Pretty Fun Game DOS AstroNerdBoy (40)

Critic Reviews

Gaming since 198x DOS Feb 25, 2008 5 out of 5 100
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Apr 15, 1996 92 out of 100 92
PC Player (Brazil) DOS Jul, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Online Gaming Review (OGR) DOS Mar 26, 1996 8 out of 10 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Gamesmania.de DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 4.9 out of 10 49


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    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #14 Hardest Computer Game

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