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  • Summary: Armello is a swashbuckling adventure that combines RPG elements with the strategic play of card and board games, creating a personal, story-fuelled experience.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 13, 2016
    90
    Even with these small complaints, I feel Armello is an amazing game. I have already found several hours of enjoyment as it really has no end. Every time I played it was a new game with a new outcome. Even as I write this review I am excited about jumping in and playing a few more rounds before bed. Armello truly captured the fun of the table-top genre and offered a worthwhile package on Xbox One.
  2. Sep 9, 2016
    90
    It has probably been a decade or more since I played a real board game. It's just not a medium that appeals to me. However, the unique brand of magic that League of Geeks has distilled in Armello is intoxicating, and the Xbox One version has lost very little in the transition. What a wonderful and fun experience.
  3. Aug 30, 2016
    80
    A great game. It falls short of excellence by a whisper, but as the developers have put out four major updates for free on Steam over the past year, I have high hopes for the future. It’s a labour of love, for sure, and one which I’m confident will continue to be updated in the future.
  4. Sep 20, 2016
    80
    Armello is a great board game. You can put an amazing amount of hours into this game seeing there are varying ways you can win a match. However, on a certain moment the board will be full of enemies and what it takes to kill them is a bit annoying sometimes.
  5. Sep 15, 2016
    78
    The control system may sound complex and confusing, but the visuals and sound are done beautifully.
  6. Aug 30, 2016
    60
    Armello is an excellent digital board game for anyone who struggles to get friends around the table for paper board games. It's a real shame that there is no local multiplayer mode included, but the single player is very satisfactory, and the online multiplayer excellent, assuming the standard of players remains as high as it was at the time of writing this review.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Sep 6, 2016
    10
    Civ V flavor in an hour, Hearthstone-esque card play, vibes of Paper Mario and the most POLITICAL multiplayer I have seen on Xbox yet. I LOVECiv V flavor in an hour, Hearthstone-esque card play, vibes of Paper Mario and the most POLITICAL multiplayer I have seen on Xbox yet. I LOVE this game. GT: Sea Bee Blue give me a shout if you wanna play! Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2016
    8
    You are cast in the role of one of eight heroes/anti-heroes all struggling to take the throne in Armello. You're not the run-of-the millYou are cast in the role of one of eight heroes/anti-heroes all struggling to take the throne in Armello. You're not the run-of-the mill heroic types in this game either, no red-haired barbarian women, or wily mages. Armello is very much in the tone of Redwall, using anthropomorphic animals to tell the story of a crown up for grabs. See the king, a lion, is quite mad and has been infected by the usurper force of the game - the Rot.

    You have a limited amount of time before the king dies, each night he gains 1 Rot, and each morning he loses 1 health. If he runs out of health, then the hero with the highest prestige wins the game.

    The race is on between bear, wolf, rabbit and rat clans to deal with this problem once and for all.

    Victory comes if you either kill the king, wait out his worsening health or use 4 spirit stones to heal him.

    Once you've chosen your hero, all with various strengths and weaknesses, you pick a ring and an amulet from the ones you have unlocked.

    Now the game begins in earnest and you're vying for power with the other 3 heroes, either other players online, or the AI if you're playing a single player game. The AI in Armello is also pretty good, and it's capable of pulling some pretty human-like surprising moves against you/and each other.

    Armello is a gorgeously made turn based game, the quality of the presentation and the atmosphere, aesthetics, and art style are excellent. Each turn plays out in a bright, colourful manner, or a great looking board with superb animations and brilliantly designed characters. It oozes quality from the get-go and it's hard to pick just one element to talk about, it's all good stuff.
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  3. Sep 27, 2016
    7
    As others have stated, it has turn-based game-play on an overlay map, using card effects drawn each turn like used in a CCG. The charactersAs others have stated, it has turn-based game-play on an overlay map, using card effects drawn each turn like used in a CCG. The characters are animal based and have different abilities for each, and are well done. It has multiplayer, local is nice, online can be hard to find games with a limited player base. There are four win conditions for each game, so it's much like playing a board game. Music and art are very nice, my only real complaints is that there is no campaign and the map is the same for every game without any variation outside a seasonal change. I enjoy it, but a campaign and map variation would have pushed this to an 8/9 for me. Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2017
    5
    Habe dieses Spiel in einem Anflug der Spontanität heruntergeladen. Ich habe hin und wieder ein paar Partien gespielt welche um den Dreh ca. 1Habe dieses Spiel in einem Anflug der Spontanität heruntergeladen. Ich habe hin und wieder ein paar Partien gespielt welche um den Dreh ca. 1 Stunde dauerten (durch Einstellungen aber variabel). Im großen und ganzen ist ein Brettspiel, ob nun digital oder nicht, nunmal stark Glücksabhängig was mir persönlich eigentlich gar nicht liegt. Ich bin eher der Planer und Kalkulator... Im allgemeinen haben mich die Fusion von Kartenspiel, Simulation und leicht RPG lastigem Pen&Paper Kamfpsystem nicht wirklich überzeugt. Es war für ein paar Runden ganz nett. Mehr aber auch nicht... Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2021
    5
    I really want to love this game. I really do. The gameplay is incredibly solid, the characters are very unique and surprisingly well-balancedI really want to love this game. I really do. The gameplay is incredibly solid, the characters are very unique and surprisingly well-balanced for the most part, the art style is absolutely gorgeous, and every game feels unique and interesting. There's a lot about this game that's genuinely amazing.

    But it's all dragged down by the game's awful, AWFUL connectivity issues. I can count on one hand the number of times I've played a game online and actually had it finish without the game breaking partway through. And by breaking, I mean that the turn timer just straight-up fails to work, and no one can make any progress whatsoever. I've literally just sat on the same player's turn for a full half hour without anything happening before finally giving up. I'd estimate about 70% of my games ended this way. The idea of seamlessly replacing a disconnected player with an AI seems like a foreign concept to the developers. And unfortunately, it's not just my connection - every single Armello player I've ever encountered on Xbox has encountered the same issue. Even getting a game to start is nightmarish - I've actually had multiple instances of the game just refusing to start despite all 4 players being present and ready. All of this is exacerbated by the total lack of local multiplayer - while this makes some sense due to certain game mechanics (hidden information, players being allowed to act when it's not their turn), it doesn't exactly help when your only other options are playing with predictable AI or attempting to play online only to run into a brick wall.

    Also there's a ton of DLC to the point where more than half the playable characters (and counting) have to be bought separately from the base game.

    I genuinely loved the games I was able to play to completion, and I desperately want to recommend this and give it a 9, but I can't in good conscience pretend these issues aren't there and don't drag down the game to the point of being nigh-unplayable.
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  6. Apr 28, 2021
    3
    Armello has to bevone of the most shallow dull and uninspired games ive ever played. Worst of all is the shodfy performance and crashes. TheArmello has to bevone of the most shallow dull and uninspired games ive ever played. Worst of all is the shodfy performance and crashes. The game constatly stutters and games just crash mid champain. It copies systems from other games dumbs the down and adds some generic cutsie chatacters for appeal, to someone idk who..
    I was shocked bybthe high rating for this games and completely unsurprisef to learn, this games was being review score boisted by games journalist because, feminism...The devs are all feminist wahmen, just like the reviewers, and feminist need to stick togeather ,, yo.
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  7. Sep 22, 2018
    0
    A mediocre board game disguised by pretty videos and art.

    This game is incredibly random, there is no depth and no story, everything is
    A mediocre board game disguised by pretty videos and art.

    This game is incredibly random, there is no depth and no story, everything is determined by random dice rolls, there are no strategic choices to be made.

    There are supposed to be various ways to win, but unless someone has a lot of blind luck, the game time will run out and whoever happens to have the highest Prestige value wins.

    You constantly have to wait for all your opponents and NPCs to take their turns and that takes a very long time.

    The supposed RPG elements are non-existent.

    The videos and artwork are very pretty but they don't make a good board game alone.
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