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  • Summary: King’s Bounty: The Legend is an adventure RPG with tactical turn-based battles unfolding in a fairytale fantasy world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses. The player leads their character through the game world; exploring it; commanding armies in battle; and completing required and bonus quests. The game falls into two separate modes: Adventure Mode and Combat Mode. In adventure mode, the player controls the character in real-time, taking him through the adventure map seeking treasure, and completing quests. In combat mode, the player takes on the role of war chief, leading their troops through battle in a chess-like format. [Atari] Expand
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  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. Singlehandedly saves fantasy 4X. [Christmas 2008, p.68]
  3. 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.
  4. If you love strategy games, especially tactical strategy games than King's Bounty the Legend is for you.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. A Western style Final Fantasy Tactics with tons of content but lacking in polish and accessibility.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    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 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 Expand
  2. Andrew
    Apr 30, 2009
    Why all keep talking that Kb the Legend is like HOMM? Actually there was the original KB which gave birth to the Heroes and some other titles. It was by the far the best game runnung on IBM PC XT with 1MHz and 64Kb of memory :) I'm playing it sometimes even now. So it is HOMM like KB and The Legend is it's brilliant development. The realm is bright and beautiful, unlike a darkish Diablo sort. The world is made with care and love. Some things like buterflies or squirrels on trees wich some developers pehaps would think unnesessary make the scene nice and charming. A real fantasy world. The music is also nice, I really like some themes. It's fun to explorer the wolnd full of amusing things, doing quests, collecting stuff and deciding to whom help and to whom not. But the essense of the game is battles. There will be lots of them. The units and monsters besides basic charecteristics has special abilities (up to 7) which can change all the strategy. As enemy armies tend to become larger and larger, even a mage cannot kill all the monsters with attaking spells. But an ingenious use of troops special abilities, traps, all kinds of obstacles on the battlefield (natural and created like walls and ice), hindering enemy units spells etc. can bring down armies much larger than yours. For veterans of HOMM such tactical subtleties are well known of course and this game presents a great variety of circumstences for its application. For the novices in turn based games it can be a bit tough. So if you want just to explore the world, to learn its history chatting with NPCs, take the Easy difficulty option. You wil have a great number of battles aniway though :) But be sure that it is possible to deal with all whose monsters at the Difficult or even Impossible levels. With due troop and money management, lots of tactical considerations, spell choices and so on of course. I could say a lot more about this admirable game but well... find out for yourself. Imho a must have for RPG and turn-based battles fans. Expand
  3. Magnus
    Nov 29, 2009
    This game is awesome. Even if the fighting is very repetitive, it never gets old.
  4. Jun 6, 2014
    Wow, simply incredible. I just finished one of the best games I've ever played. This is what Disciples 3 and HOMM5 should have aspired to. I don't even know where to start. The game is beautiful, even with aliasing turned off on my aging rig, both visually and the stories it weaves with a fantastic sense of humor. Combat is clearly based on the aforementioned IPs but boasts and impressive list of units with unique and tactically significant abilities and traits. Leveling my hero was addictive to the point of insanity and I could scarcely stop playing long enough for basic hygeine. I highly recommend this to anyone regardless of their preferred gaming genres. And to think, I picked up the whole series on a steam sale for less than 7 dollars! Please play this game!!! Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2011
    This is a wonderful gem of a game. There's a LOT of game play packed into this title; expect to spend over 40 hours per playthrough, even more if you are a completionist. Combat is very tactically oriented and a good tactician can make it through many tough battles with minimal, if any, losses. With careful planning and a few tricks, it is possible to play through the whole game without a single loss at all. The three classes play very differently, and the randomization of some game elements ensures that no two games will be quite the same. You can be incredibly aggressive and force your way through the game with brute force, or you can take a more careful approach. The units are varied, and even units from early areas of the game can be useful at the very end. My only complaint is that the storyline is absolutely linear. As the player, you can make zero significant storyline decisions, and this reduces the depth that this game could have. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2012
    Very nice and polished little game, the level of detail is bluffing being it graphically or story/quest wise and the game is very rich and deep, i particularly liked the humor in dialogs ( like a ghost trying to explain electricity to a medieval knight ), you really feel there is a living world in the background Expand
  7. Sep 17, 2012
    This game is extremly overrated. The battles in the beginning are either very easy or completetly impossible. Thereby the game becomes booring really fast. Expand

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