Developed by Logic Artists and published by the popular Bitcomposer. Expeditions Conquistador is their latest turn based strategy game. With turn based games being very popular on the pc platform Expeditions Conquistador should perform well but does it have enough 'umph' to make the cut or will this tale of exploration lead you nowhere.
As the campaign is the main focal point of this game you start your journey with creating your own character and then selecting various soldiers and allies to join your merry crew. As you create your own character you are given certain attributes to increase and decrease as you please. This will result significantly on how your campaign plays. Once your character is setup you then choose a crew. This is a mixture of skilled doctors, engineers, soldiers, scholars and more. At first it's a complex process, so instead of being creative we stuck with auto-assigning the team as the introduction screen showed very little information on what each character class did.
There are two elements to the game, the free-roaming environment and then the action phase. Within the free roaming environment you are free to travel where you want encountering new key characters, obtaining quests, buying and selling and more. However once you leave the borders of towns and camps your movement becomes limited and you are open to become under attack by wild natives and other miscreants. Once you are in action phase you have little time to prepare yourself by building barricades and then the battle commences. The action phase is a gridded out area in which you take turns to attack and defend against the enemy. The game plays smoothly however the one element which hampers the entire experience is the lack of knowledge. Tutorials are very easy to be passed by and when you are interested they never really explain a whole lot. Thus this game becomes notoriously difficult for casual gamers who may give up early on during the game.
Graphics and visuals are crisp and clear and the entire package has a certain charm to it. Battle effects such as explosions, fire and smoke are crystal clear. However the user interface could use a touch up. The layout of certain screens is a little messy and difficult to read. The game is advanced through cut scenes and narration which is executed perfectly. The concept art within the loading screens is amazing although it would have been nice to see more. Sound effects take a back seat within this adventure, as the soundtrack and ambient effects struggle to power through to become noticeable.
The option of Multiplayer is given to gamers who would like to go up against real players. However due to the turn based mechanics, expect the games to last for quite a while. You can also utilize the hot seat mode which allows up to 2 players to play at once.
Turn Based Games do have a place in today's gaming market however it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to stand out. Expeditions Conquistador has a lot of key elements within its battle mode and roaming mode which keep it interesting. However for casual gamers this may not be the one for you. The game is a little confusing and some gamers may be deterred by its harsh difficulty and lack of mercy against new players. Expeditions Conquistador will provide a sound experience for hardcore gamers out there who are looking for a deep turn-based strategy game which utilizes skill and careful tactics.
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