Lords of Magic (Windows)

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Written by  :  Afterburner (496)
Written on  :  Mar 20, 2001
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A fun game, with a flaw or two

The Good

The gameplay itself was well done. Moving units around, researching spells, fighting battles with the enemy, etc.

The Bad

My biggest gripe with this game was the fact that it didn't keep score in single-player mode. I am a lousy strategist, and have trouble competing with the computer opponents in most strategy games on anything higher than "Medium" difficulty. So competing against another player who's probably much better at strategy than I is a quick path to frustration. Therefore, I always play single-player games against the computer, and my enjoyment comes from trying to get as high a score as I can.

It was with great delight that I played my first full game of Lords of Magic...right up until I beat the game and was treated to a cutscene and the title screen. No score was kept at all. If no score is kept, there's no point in replaying the game against the computer. As a consequence, I played this game once, then deinstalled it and haven't played it again. I may install it again someday in the future, but it'll only be for a single game.

The Bottom Line

A fun fantasy strategy game. If only it kept score...