Uziana.com entered Kingdom Elemental Tactics for some serious real-time strategy gaming, is Chronic Logic latest game a hit or a miss? Read our review to find out.
Kingdom Elemental is the latest creation from Chronic Logic. Like a lot of other PC-games it features a fantasy setting, a couple of druids and pirates. However the game does have self-distance and makes a mockery of similar more serious games.
When I first saw the screenshots sent to me I thought this game would be a game in which you could roam around free in. However Kingdom Elemental is stationary, with basically a new scene for each level. So there are no worlds to explore or anything, but the environments look great!
Kingdom Elemental has solid isometric graphics, they are a bit similar to Diablo II although more colorful. The camera in the game can be moved freely by zooming or orbiting, a pretty neat feature as it is sometimes hard to see what is going on during the battles.
The game-play in Kingdom Elemental basically involves keeping hordes of Cyclops War Pigs and what not at bay with an army of different units. It is real-time strategy on a static map. However there are some strategic decisions that need to be made and the enemy units do actually think. For example it is often best to send swordsmen first with archers or other support units behind them. When defeating the enemy the main objective should be to take out the enemy support/artillery units.
Speaking of units, they are beautifully modeled and are somewhat unusual. Apart from the usual swordsmen and archers there are also monks, wizard, pirates and much more. The enemy units are also pretty neat, at the end of each stage your units have to defeat an extra fierce enemy unit. These are often giants with huge axes or uhmm… flaming bears.
As you progress in the game your units get points. A certain number of points can unlock new units, but also new unit skills and moves. One unit has several abilities and moves.
Controlling the game is easy and the interface takes about two seconds to learn. Moving units around is done using the mouse, just point and click. You can also set if you want the unit to attack enemies without you giving the order.
One problem with Kingdom Elemental is the lack of multiplayer support. The campaign is great and so is the skirmish mode, but they are all single-player affairs. For me personally I don’t mind, but I can imagine many gamers being put off by the lack of multiplayer options. Kingdom Elemental would actually make a great online game.
The sound effects in Kingdom Elemental are good but a bit cruel when the battles are going on. So you might want to turn it down if you have kids or something in the house. Chronic Logic really managed to get a great narrator voice during the introduction movie of the game. Kingdom Elemental also has a pretty good soundtrack; it sets the mood and is not intrusive.
Considering the wide range of strategy games available for the PC Kingdom Elemental might seem a bit simplistic. However after playing for a while this game evolves and grows; just go through the first world and the whole game changes totally. Sure the concept isn’t groundbreaking, but Chronic Logic manages to give the game variety and it does not get dull.