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Game Watcher (Nov 24, 2015)
When I began playing games by Illwinter Game Design I was pretty unimpressed by the visual presentation, but the more time I spend with the game, the less that aspect of the game matters. The unit tiles are small, but they accomplish exactly what they need to. Sure, two armies clashing won’t have the same cinematic quality of a game from a bigger studio, but if you let your mind fill in some of the gaps you can see exciting, deadly narratives emerging in each play-through. Pretty soon you’re not just a part of the story, you’re the storyteller. Then you realize that not all stories have happy endings, and not all heroes make it unscathed through their hero’s journey.
Although it doesn’t look like much, Conquest of Elysium 4 packs a ton of depth beneath its pixelated surface. The roguelike and randomized elements add unpredictability, tension and the potential for unexpected defeat, without being unfair or capricious. Not an easy game to master despite its apparent simplicity, Conquest of Elysium 4 is not a huge upgrade or departure from the third installment, but long-time players will notice and appreciate the differences. Those new to the series might find their appetites whetted for Illwinter’s bigger and more complex Dominion games. While good information is of course available from Illwinter’s loyal online community, a suite of tutorials would ease the pain of entry.
GIZORAMA (Jan 14, 2016)
Conquest of Elysium 4 is fun where it needs to be, even if some design choices leave you baffled. It's certainly not for everyone, but if you like fantasy lore and micro-management, you should check it out.
TechRaptor (Dec 08, 2015)
By modern gaming standards, the Conquest of Elysium series is obtuse, difficult to learn, terrible to look at, and punishingly difficult. If you aren't willing to put in the effort to learn while playing and suss out the intricacies and depth on offer, then Conquest of Elysium 4 is definitely not the game for you. For players who are willing, there is a mind boggling amount of depth contained beneath the game's prickly exterior.