• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2008
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Superb. The AI is decent enough, the combat is great fun, and it's imaginative, varied, and hilarious.
  2. 90
    The game's RPG trappings are just the sugarcoating for an incredibly deep and enjoyable strategic experience.
  3. Rare are the games that have you muttering "Well, I didn't know that could happen!" after more than 30 hours, and the fact I could have written another 2000 words describing weird and wonderful moments you're best discovering for yourself is all the recommendation you should need.
  4. Singlehandedly saves fantasy 4X. [Christmas 2008, p.68]
  5. If you're at all a fan of fantasy turn based strategy games such as HOMM or Disciples, King's Bounty should be a required purchase.
  6. What at first glance seems like a cheap clone of the genre-predecessors turns out to be truly better than the original! The battles are of the highest standard and the well-implented roleplay-system leaves a lot of freedom for character-evolution. King's Bounty: The Legend – the sweetest seduction since round-based strategy has first seen the light of day! [Issue # 16]
  7. In many ways, King's Bounty is a step forward regarding the combat aspect for turn-based games of the HoMM variety. But barring this, Katauri Interactive's latest creation is nothing more than an RPG in which the only hero evolves in terms of basic genre principles that are already set in stone.
  8. Weak writing, the retro look and other flaws of King's Bounty shouldn't stop you from trying the game out. There's a beautifully presented fantasy world just waiting to be discovered, along with a long single-player game crammed with enough content to guarantee a lot of hours of good clean fun.
  9. Even with the lower standard of graphics and sound, the game is still above board in the fun department. I really like this title and thank it deserves some big time praise for bringing back the cool in single-player RPGs.
  10. King's Bounty: The Legend is a mixture between RPG and strategy game. Battles are fought turn-based, but travelling takes place in real time, which enables some interesting tactical moves. The Quest are diverse and well done. The first fantasy-strategy game from Russian developer Katauri is already very close to Heroes of Might & Magic.
  11. 81
    Yes, the difficulty can be very unbalanced at times, and sure the tutorial needs work, but as it stands, King's Bounty is a great game for all types of RPG fans.
  12. A massive roster of characters. [Mar 2009, p.82]
  13. Maybe it's full of clichés, it lacks of any originality, but the splendid game mechanics makes it very addictive and long-term entertaining. A proud successor of the "Heroes of Might and Magic" series. [Nov 2008]
  14. For the serious gamer, expect lighthearted fun and you won't be disappointed. For the casual or younger gamer, expect to be painlessly initiated into the exciting world of strategic deck-based combat. [Christmas 2008, p.77]
  15. King's Bounty is a great modern rendition of an old-fashioned formula.
  16. Every gamer that's looking for a strategic RPG with decent gameplay mechanics, a well designed environment and with enough items to fill an entire dungeon, will have a blast with King's Bounty: The Legend. The game never stops surprising you with new gameplay elements and gives you total freedom. In production terms King's Bounty doesn't offer the same as triple A titles do, but don't let this stop you from buying this 'undercover classic'.
  17. If you love strategy games, especially tactical strategy games than King's Bounty the Legend is for you.
  18. Luckily, get into the actual game to practice your skills and failure is quite painless. [Jan 2009, p.101]
  19. Worth buying if you like the "Heroes of Might and Magic" series. [Aug 2009, p.74]
  20. Everybody who liked Heroes will love King's Bounty. Professionals will not feel challenged enough, although they will claim heavy loses in the course of some battles. Small mistakes in the menu and scrambling of battles should be fixed next time. A sequel must come, because King's Bounty represents a ray of hope in the almost dead genre.
  21. Very dynamic and with lots of content. King's Bounty: The Legends doesn't add anything new to the strategy genre but it´s a worthy reinvention of a classic game which rediscovers some of it original offerings. Presentation and production values are top notch, but it's unnecessarily hard and some enemies are not correctly balanced, being too easy or too hard without offering a predictable difficulty curve.
  22. The Heroes of Might and Magic series has traveled far away since its famed third installment and not always in the right direction. This return to the roots of the genre might help it get back in shape. There's a lot of heroics to be done fighting monsters, questing and gathering treasure, albeit the adventures are stretched too thin at places. While King's Bounty does bring back memories, at times it's about as exciting as napping by the fireplace. [Oct 2008]
  23. Tighter translation and a map editor is needed, but it's still a great TBS. [Issue#15, p.64]
  24. Genre fans will enjoy King's Bounty, which will win them over with some brilliant ideas, but newcomers are unlikely to find much joy in this adventure.
  25. Katauri's strategy RPG is a compulsive thing. (…) The game hooks the player to a drip-feed of demands that proves difficult to unplug. [Feb 2009, p.94]
  26. A Western style Final Fantasy Tactics with tons of content but lacking in polish and accessibility.
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    Magnificent.This is one of the best game of 2008.I cannot even begin to think how much free you are in this game.The graphic the gameplay theMagnificent.This is one of the best game of 2008.I cannot even begin to think how much free you are in this game.The graphic the gameplay the units(which are awsome) everything its on its place.Many quests many hours of gameplay free choise cool units some divine help :D and great worlds to explore.Pure bad ass.Look even the spells look awsome(especially fireball).10 Full Review »
  2. DenisStepanov
    Nov 1, 2008
    10
    A great game for all RPG and strategy fans! Amazing animations, attention to details, very interesting and intriguing battles (franklyA great game for all RPG and strategy fans! Amazing animations, attention to details, very interesting and intriguing battles (frankly speaking, far mor interesting, beautiful and animated than in HOMM series) and cool sounds make this game vital for all gamers who likes thinking, not just shooting. A certain must-have! Full Review »
  3. WolfMan
    Oct 13, 2008
    10
    Agreeing with a lot of the other reviews, this is reminiscent of HOM&M but much, much better. At level 6 and thoroughly enjoying it. Only a Agreeing with a lot of the other reviews, this is reminiscent of HOM&M but much, much better. At level 6 and thoroughly enjoying it. Only a few down points: Map could be reworked a bit, its easy to get a bit disoriented, would like a quest point marker on map, minor spelling/grammatical errors. Other than that I fully recommend it, worth the money. Full Review »