Overlords: Might & Tactics is a new browser-based TBS game hosted at GameDP. The game can be accessed by signing up with the host site or logging in via Facebook, Google or your MMOsite and BBGsite account. With an Ancient Europe setting, this historic TBS pits you against legendary kings as they fight for survival and dominance in famous battlegrounds. The game offers plenty of features and will surely appeal to fans of historic turn-based strategy games. But does it provide a satisfying gameplay experience?
In Overlords, the character creation screen is not based on character class system, so there's no class selection or any stat-tweaking involved here. All players have to do is select a feudal lord from 6 legendary kings, type in their name and press OK to start their campaign. Mind you, this isn't a role-playing game (although there are a few RPG elements thrown in here and there), so there isn't any need for a class-based system. However, each feudal lord possesses special skills that might come handy once the player progresses through the story. There are no customization options, which is understandable as battles are focused more on troop combat and not between two individual characters.
The game mechanics is not complex and will appeal to both casual and hardcore strategy fans. The interface is user-friendly, with all gameplay options located at the bottom-right corner of the screen, providing easy access to troop recruitment center, quest box and a shop where you can buy weapons. As you progress through the story, new options keep on getting included in the list below, with a helpful tutorial explaining the use of each option to you.
Overlords: Might & Tactics does away with the traditional base-building mechanics and concentrates more on strategy, troop recruitment, weapon, skills and technology upgrades. This is a good move as more and more players nowadays prefer strategic combat over monotonous resource management. As for resource managing, you do have an option where you can collect silver coins as tax. You just have to click your castle every 60 seconds. The silver coins are standard currency which you can use to buy weapons, shields and items for your troops. I found this feature quite similar to Facebook social games where you click on a home or castle and earn coins as revenue and tax. This gameplay feature really eases things up and allows players to concentrate more on their troops and strategy instead of tedious base-building and time-consuming resource collection.
Combat is turn-based, and the way this game allows players to manage troops is impressive. As players progress, they unlock more troop heroes and formation slots. Die-hard strategy gamers will definitely know the importance of formation in a battlefield. Well, developers have done a great job by putting more stress on troop formation, making turn-based combat quite immersive. However, you will need to win some battles first in order to add more troops to your army. As you progress through your campaign, you unlock special heroes ranging from swordsmen to archers and cavalrymen even healers. You can recruit them from the recruitment center and add to your formation grid. The rather RPG twist in the game is quite interesting and does add some variety of the game. The formation grid has 9 slots and each gets unlocked after you have won a major battle. Once unlocked, you can add heroes into formation slots, switch positions within the unlocked slots and go out to battle rival factions.
The Overlords map allows for easy access to battles. Clicking on enemy troops will open a new window where you can choose your formation prior to attacking an enemy troop. During combat, you don't have any control over your army. The game decides which army is superior based on the skills, weapons and armors chosen by both armies. While I was a bit disappointed with the AI controlling the battle, I was glad I could change the formation before the start of battle. This gave me plenty of time adding new skills to troops, checking rival troop's stats and changing my formation before getting ready for battle. Before attacking, players will be greeted with an interface where they can choose battle format, add skills, identify which skill the opponent is master of and make necessary amendments. Once a player is ready, all he has to do is click on the Attack button to see whether his strategy and troop formation has worked out or not.
The skill system is deep and impressive. You get new hero skills at regular intervals, especially if you have defeated a large battalion and leveled up. The skills can later be added to your unlocked hero units via the battle format interface. There are also special overlord skills that are earned on rare occasions. These skills boost the attack and defense of you troops and unleash special powers on your enemy to vanquish them in no time. The game's technology tree adds more variety to troop upgrade. You unlock special research options which can then be upgraded to strengthen your army attack, defense and growth. Research requires merit, which can be earned by winning battles and leveling up.
Overlord Might and Tactics historic setting will definitely draw gamers to its epic turn-based battles. However, the game might appeal history buffs more than fantasy fan boys. Everything from the dialogue exchanges between the king and his subject to sequence of historic events, the game teleports us to an ancient war-driven Europe. The impressive skill system, formation-based strategy battles and simple interface makes gameplay quite immersive and engaging.
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