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Description

Fantasy General is a turn-based strategy game set in a fantasy world with some steampunk/high-tech elements.

The forces of evil, in the form of the dreaded Shadowlord and his henchmen, have conquered most of the world. On the brink of defeat, the player (in the form of one of four heroes) is summoned as champion who will change course, free the world and defeat evil - or lose all.

The game features 10 unit types from four realms with lots of upgrades, complemented by a similar plethora available primarily to the opponent. Most of the game takes place on battle maps. Outside of those there's just a bit of basic recruiting, setting research priorities and financial managing. Battle maps are hex-based and feature lots of different terrain types that require a suitable approach - cavalry will rule on plains but is crippled in swamps. The player should build an army that is composed of the right mix of units and can adapt to new situations.

The game will look similar to players familiar with Panzer General since it uses a modified engine of said game.

The game offers two modes: the campaign against the Shadowlord or arena mode (single battle) against a computer or human opponent.

In campaign mode, the player selects one of four heroes, each with his or her special abilities and sets out to defeat the Shadowlord. The player must prove his or her own ability to adapt play style and army across five continents with different challenges until the player finally defeats the Shadowlord on Fire Isle.

Screenshots

Fantasy General DOS ...and even some steampunk contraptions
Fantasy General Macintosh Opening title (fullscreen mode)
Fantasy General Macintosh A battle in progress (window mode)
Fantasy General Macintosh Dragon Riders unit stats (window mode)

Promo Images

Fantasy General Screenshot
Fantasy General Screenshot This screenshot was also featured on SSI's website (in lower quality) and on the game's packaging.
Fantasy General Screenshot This screenshot is also featured on the game's packaging.
Fantasy General Screenshot

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User Reviews

Pretty Fun Game DOS AstroNerdBoy (40)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Pelit DOS May, 1996 93 out of 100 93
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Apr 15, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Power Play DOS Apr, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 86 out of 100 86
PC Action DOS Apr, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Gamesmania.de DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
Online Gaming Review (OGR) DOS Mar 26, 1996 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 4.9 out of 10 49

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Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #14 Hardest Computer Game

Contributed to by MAT (186091)