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Rival Realms (Windows)

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Description

Enter a world where RTS requires thinking about strategies. The game takes RTS games to a new level by adding many more features not found in other RTS games.

The game has three races to choose from: Humans, Elves, and Greenskins. Each race has its own characteristics and units just as is found in most RTS games.

However, that's just the beginning. Your armies are always unique. Every single unit can gain up to five levels of experience and has its own inventory that can be traded between units. Inventory items include skill artifacts, keys, potions, spell scrolls, and more. These unit features, as well as quests that are required to advance levels, bring in an RPG quality to this RTS game.

Among the more unique units available, there are spies and thieves which can steal gold from enemy castles and gold mills, or pick-pocket gold or items from enemies or even monsters. There are also fire masters who can create bombs to destroy mountains and can turn land into water and water into land.

When you win a victory, you can save your favorite units so that you can hire them in future missions, or even in multiplayer games so that you can use your top units rather than always starting out with weaker units.

The AI in the game is advanced and includes many settings to choose from. There are four difficulty levels to choose from, and the AI can be set to be mainly offensive or defensive when creating your own missions. The campaigns have the modes set already, of course. The AI is even able to call a tactical retreat if needed and can manage any special units efficiently.

When you are ready to play with friends in multiplayer, you can play in cooperative or head-to-head mode in various multiplayer campaigns with up to 8 players of either human or computer.

The game comes with 3 single-player campaigns totaling 60 missions (1 campaign per race) and many scenarios to play as well.

The final unique feature to this game is the replay feature. You can choose to record your game for replaying later. When you run the replay, you can stop it at any point and play the game from that point rather than having save points that can only load from wherever you think to save the game. The replays also allow you to see what everyone is doing so you can see why you won or lost.

There is a level/campaign editor included for making your own levels.

Screenshots

Rival Realms Windows I've sent a lonely archer on a pegasus scouting away… Looks like he won't come back.
Rival Realms Windows Human structures.
Rival Realms Windows The elf race - already in troubles.
Rival Realms Windows intro movie

User Reviews

Average Warcraft II clone with a few good ideas Luke Iffer (3) unrated

The Press Says

Svenska PC Gamer Jan, 1999 79 out of 100 79
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Mar, 1999 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Dec, 1998 72 out of 100 72
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 05, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Feb 03, 1999 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Privat Computer PC 1999 53 out of 100 53
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 1999 42 out of 100 42

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Riamus (8121) added Rival Realms (Windows) on Feb 23, 2004