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ParaWorld (Windows)

Teen
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Description

A theory says that there are infinite parallel realities. In one reality for instance, the dinosaurs never died. At the beginning of the 19th century, a group of scientists, under the rule of Jarvis Babbit known as SEAS, finds a way to locate and go through the doors between those realities and they discover the reality of ParaWorld. The scientists find out that this world has different laws of nature, one of them prevents the scientists from aging. Of course they use their knowledge of newer and better technology to take control over the primitive human society in ParaWorld that lives in harmony with the dinosaurs and they use it to their advantage.

Three young scientists named Anthony Cole, Stina Holmlund and Béla András Benedek then discover what the SEAS does and so the SEAS lures them to ParaWorld in order to silence them. The three friends now not only have to save their lives but free ParaWorld from the SEAS as well.

ParaWorld is a real-time strategy game like Age of Empires but with a few tweaks. The main difference is the Army-Builder and the Army-Controller. Before you start a skirmish or multiplayer-game, you can build your army out of the available units. You have limited resources and limited space to do that and the better the unit, the higher the cost and the space it takes up - e.g. you can only have one level-5 unit - the most powerful in the game. During gameplay, you always see every unit you have in the Army-Controller, sorted by rank and what they are doing. Of course you can also build and upgrade your units inside the game with three different resources but you are still limited by the Army-Controller.

In the campaign mode you play three different nations: The Northfolk, the Desertriders and the Dragon-Clan. They need to defeat the SEAS and the barbarians in five different zones of ParaWorld: the Northland, the Savannah, the Jungle, the Icedesert and the Valley of Ashes.

If you grow tired of the AI, you can also switch to the multiplayer mode in which you can go against up to 8 players. Besides Deathmatch and Domination in which the players need to control specific areas of a map in order to win, there is also a mode called Defender where one player fights against all others. He needs to survive a predefined time-frame. To help him in this task, the single player has access to more resources and starts with a partly working base at the beginning of the match.

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ParaWorld Windows Dead Dino - many meals
ParaWorld Windows Loading
ParaWorld Windows Barbarians
ParaWorld Windows Cut-Scene

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The Press Says

Imperium Gier Dec 15, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Aug 28, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Worth Playing Mar 03, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GamesFire Oct 10, 2006 84 out of 100 84
Eurogamer.de Sep 18, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Play.tm Oct 09, 2006 79 out of 100 79
JeuxVideoPC.com Sep 14, 2006 14 out of 20 70
1UP Oct 02, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 09, 2006 63 out of 100 63
GameSpot Nov 03, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62

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Extras

The game includes a fold-out tech tree detailing the possible advances for each of the three nations.

Awards

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    • 2006 – #3 Best German Game of the Year

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Sicarius (61021) added ParaWorld (Windows) on Sep 24, 2006