Eador: Genesis

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Good
  • Potent combination of genres with offers multiplayer layers of strategy in every game element to create a true level of alternative strategies and complexity to dive into
  • Choices that feel impactful and have direct impacts on gameplay such as the good/bad karma system that accumulates over time
Bad
  • Graphically leaves a lot to be desired due to being an older game which can be difficult to look past
  • Difficultly level of the game even on the easiest setting can be a barrier to entry when combined with the lack of save and restart options
8

Restore a universe split into shards across the Great Nothing in Eador: Genesis an experience that walks the line between Heroes of Might and Magic and the Civilization series to offer a turn based strategy framework. The level of depth and steep difficultly beyond the simple base mechanics will keep you engaged for hours on end as you jump from one shard to another optimising and tweaking your strategy to conquer the broken game world piece by piece and eventually inspired a sequel also based on the broken world.

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Eador takes place in the vast nothingness where the universe has been split into countless shards and starting with a single shard players will attempt to conquer these scattered realms and add them together to restore the universe and expand their control. Each individual shard is a game within a game as you claim one hexagonal province after another to claim the shard as yours and in turn grant you access to adjacent shards while aligning yourself with good or evil which has flow on effects in terms of randomised event severity.

While the core elements are very much based around turn based tactics you’ll quickly discover that Eador: Genesis isn’t shy about including RPG and grand strategy features either which results in a strangely addicting hybrid of traditional genres. This means that players will be involved with assigning spells and items to your recruited heroes to carefully balancing your decisions to prevent revolt while defending from enemy attack or making your own aggressive moves on the enemy.

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Underpinning these decisions is ample choice with Eador: Genesis including nearly 200 buildings with their own uses, 80 spells and 70 units which provide the ideal foundation for mix and match gameplay to suit your preferred strategy. While some limitations apply to accessing some of these for the most part they are designed to always be accessible which comes your early game strategies versatile which is the stage that really matters most when it comes to the turn based strategy genre.

Other choices come into play at the higher level strategy with options to bribe your way through the map with gold or fight over every single square to acquire victory instead. For those opting to fight the multiple range of enemy heroes you can recruit with their own unique mechanics adds just another layer where you have to leverage their strengths such as the thief who can prevent counter attacks with poison but is significantly weaker than more durable options.

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On the strategy side this means managing your finances, equipping your army and devising a research path to take into the mid to late game stages. When combat is initiated Eador: Genesis also changes its perspective to a traditional tactical combat interface giving you more granular control over battle outcomes although does result in Eador: Genesis being a significant time commitment to close out a game although also means the longevity is equally high.

If strategy games are where you feel comfortable you’ll find Eador: Genesis to be a strategy game on steroids as you constantly find more depth to master as you adventure forward.

Summary:

  • Combination of tactical turn based, grand strategy and role playing gameplay in a single fantasy game.
  • Brings the shards together one hexagon at a time providing a large amount of content.
  • Depth in every game element ensures you are always learning and experimenting.
  • Game modes include campaign and single player skirmish mode.
  • A classic game experience released for modern times.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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