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Impire (Windows)

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In Impire, the player takes the role of the mighty demon Báal-Abaddon - or at least he was mighty until he was summoned by the incompetent magician Oscar van Fairweather. Now he has the form of an imp. The goal of the game is to regain the powerful demon form; the story is told in humorous dialogues.

Each level plays basically the same: the player builds up a dungeon by placing pre-defined rooms in the playing area - certain important rooms like the treasure chamber are already in place. The worker units are imps which are used to build the rooms and exploiting mushroom deposits which are one of the three resources (the other being material and gold). Resources can also be earned by sending squads to overground missions. Those are assigned on a special map and simply mean that the squad are unavailable for a set amount of time.

Other rooms have practical purposes, e.g. training rooms or the kitchen (fills up the units' aggressivity, i.e. strength). While units can walk on their own, it is much faster to manually teleport them to their designation; this means there is a lot of micro-managing involved. Up to four units can be assigned to a squad. Of course no dungeon is complete without heroes trying to rob it: ladders randomly appear over the dungeon. Only when they are destroyed fast enough, the heroes actually use the front doors. Defeating enough heroes earns DEC points which are in turn used to unlock more rooms and units. Each mission starts from zero.

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Impire Windows Some things like pulling levers have to be done by the protagonist himself (demo version)
Impire Windows ...which does not end too well (demo version)
Impire Windows Building a squad. More squads have to be unlocked with gold. (demo version)
Impire Windows Main menu (demo version)

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Jeuxvideo.com Feb 18, 2013 14 out of 20 70
4Players.de Feb 19, 2013 65 out of 100 65
GamingTrend Feb 28, 2013 63 out of 100 63
Game Watcher Feb 21, 2013 6 out of 10 60
Game Front Feb 20, 2013 50 out of 100 50
GameStar (Germany) Mar 01, 2013 47 out of 100 47
GameSpot Mar 07, 2013 4.5 out of 10 45
Multiplayer.it Mar 01, 2013 4.2 out of 10 42
Destructoid Feb 27, 2013 3.5 out of 10 35
Eurogamer.net (UK) Mar 08, 2013 3 out of 10 30

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Patrick Bregger (118307) added Impire (Windows) on Mar 16, 2014