Eador: Master of the Broken World - Two Reviews
Here are two reviews for Eador: Master of the Broken World.
Annoyances aside, I’ve quite enjoyed my time among MOTBW’s various shards. I was furious initially and was nit-picking to the extreme, enraged by a comedy of errors that should have been spotted by even the most moronic programmer.
But after several hours, I began uncovering the game’s complexity, morale system and the web of choices that go into every decision. What was promised was delivered: a combination of all the best turn-based strategy games you know and love from the past with an entertaining twist of its own.
The interface can certainly use some work. Fans of the original will probably upset at having to pay USD $20 for nothing more than a HD remake — although it’s a vast improvement on the original, and a fairly decent, although not spectacular, effort as far as graphics are concerned.
You could easily burn away hundreds of hours among the many shards of MOTBW, if you can forgive the mistakes above. They certainly won’t be the last errors to be corrected over the next few weeks. But underneath the cracked, ugly shell lies a rich, colourful and entertaining turn-based fantasy strategy that gamers should take the time to explore.
Eador’s problems are disappointing. This is a remake of Eador: Genesis, which is basically a one-man project from 2009 with primitive graphics and a simple-but-functional interface. The design is largely unchanged, but the small tweaks like faster progression through the campaign and unique rules for each shard are welcome. The improved presentation and small improvements to the gameplay are nearly overshadowed by technical problems, though. As encouraged as I am by the patches Snowbird has already released for Masters of the Broken World (it was much worse when it first launched), and as much as I adore the ideas it is built on, my recommendation has to come with serious caveats. Despite its often-disastrous implementation, Eador’s design is worth your time – a testament to its strength.
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