Ancient Empires Lux
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Saturday, 30 December 2006

Rule the past in the latest game from Sillysoft, does Ancient Empires Lux deliver what it promises? Read our review to find out.



So far we’ve seen American History Lux and Lux Deluxe from Sillysoft. In the latest installment of Lux the developers takes us back to the early civilizations of mankind. The game features Romans, Greeks, Sumerians, Chinese, Macedonians, Persians, Carthagians and Indians.

The vast selection of civilizations is impressive; in total it’s possible to play 58 different nations. However the only real difference between them is that they start with different possessions on the map. There are several difficulty levels, the hardest is called emperor. The emperor level is really hard even for hard core desktop generals, if you manage to complete the emperor difficulty level an even harder difficulty level will present itself.

Ancient Empires Lux is a beautiful game; the maps are detailed and hand-drawn. They almost look like antique maps you see in museums, except for the colors. Each map is divided into areas and cities. To capture them you need to move your forces from an adjacent area. If the area you are moving into is occupied by an enemy army a battle will start. If it’s empty the resistance will almost be insignificant when occupying the area.

The game play is very much like the Risk and Axis & Allies board games. It’s simply a matter of moving armies, getting bonuses for occupying certain areas and then expand the army. There is only one type of units, so the tactical planning is more about movement and less about artillery and support.

Ancient Empires Lux is packed with historical data.  Each map has an extensive historic overview; every area on the map is named after real areas and cities. So if you play the Egyptian campaign there will actually be an area called the Nubian Desert.
Playing Ancient Lux is a real blast, moving the armies around and planning is more addictive than I ever could have imagined. It almost feels like you are standing there in the middle of the battle trying to figure things out. The game also comes packed with a great soundtrack, but it could have been more variety.

If you liked Risk and other similar board games you will definitely love Ancient Empires Lux. We have however seen a number of similar games on the market, the game also lack a multiplayer option. But it is still loads of fun and addictive, definitely a must if you like strategy games.

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Related: Seven Kingdoms, Panzer General
Developer: Sillysoft Games
Website for Game: http://sillysoft.net/ael/
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/2000/XP, Linux, Mac OS X
Where to get: Download Demo Here
Cost of full game: $20
Year of Release: 2006

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
Intel Core Duo 1.86 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Windows XP.





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