Jun 9, 2014
Legendary Wars tells the tale of the Sun Kingdom, a once great kingdom gone soft from years without any trouble or war. Of course then an invasion of legions of the undead and monsters occurs and only the kingdomâ€™s poorly trained army stand between then and total destruction. The player must train and upgrade their forces and use strategic positioning and good force composition to both defend the kingdom and attack enemy castles.
At its heart, Legendary Wars is a lane defence game in the vein of Plants vs. Zombies, but it has quite a few differences. Units can be freely moved at any time and can be advanced and retreated There are buttons to form formations and generally commanding an army in Legendary Wars feels like commanding an army not just plonking done stationary defense items.
Like in most lane defence games, troops range from melee knights which block enemies to the more delicate distance attackers, like archers. Battles come in both defensive and offensive flavors, so unlike most lane defence games this one isnâ€™t at all about defence and some battles see the player killing the enemy and advancing towards an enemy castle to destroy it
Strategy is vitally important in Legendary Wars. Using the right mix of troops and positioning them so they can support each other is important to win battles. A lot of micro managing goes into combat. Unfortunately, the interface isnâ€™t always up to the task. Since Legendary Wars is a lane defence game the player needs to spread their forces over the three lanes on the battlefield to ensure all gaps are covered. The game however lacks clear boundaries for each lane and thus positioning forces tends to be a bit of a crapshoot as it is hard to know where to tap. This can be a real problem in the heat of battle where misplacing soldiers is very easy. Still, Legendary Wars is fun stuff and a lot more engaging than the more purely defensive games common to this genre.
Between battles, units can be upgraded with gems gained from combat. Attack, defence hit points and more can be boosted for each unit type. Beside gems, moonstones can be used for other, more major upgrades, but this premium currency is never needed to win battles. The game features a good cartoony art style that helps it stand out. The slight ramshackle but tough look of soldiers and their smooth animation give it some class. The light-hearted story on offer complete with enjoyable character art helps it along too. Soundwise the game is fairly average. Battle sounds are a bit flat and repetitive and the music, while decent isnâ€™t anything that special.
Legendary Wars is a solid, if slightly unrefined game – I’ve experienced a few crashes and freezes – with an interesting premise and it pushes the stale defense genre forward. Worth playing.