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DescriptionEnter 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.
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Riamus (8123) added Rival Realms (Windows) on Feb 23, 2004
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