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Barren Lands

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David Masters / Nightwolf
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Cadmea has very few resources, and quite a few enemies... not to mention hostile gods. 9 episodes (3 colony, 6 parent), very challenging. Large invasions.
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Kitsar
Rating
4.4
Breakdown
Playability4.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design4.0
Story/Instructions4.0
Playability: 4
The objectives were basic and, while several required some problem-solving (such as an inabilty to buy or create needed resources and how to turn a profit) they were fun and not impossible. Each chapter made me feel as though I'd accomplished something. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 (as I originally intended) is that I seem to have become stuck on chapter 5 (I think). More on that in notes.

Balance: 5
The game was a perfect balance between 'I have nothing' and 'I get everything'. In the first chapter I struggled with the lack of fleece and need for workers, but after a restart it worked out fine.

Creativity: 5
Some of the twists were rather...brutal, but enjoyable. Especially in the Symphalus colony. I wanted to laugh and cry when the event happened, and another restart was required.

Map Design: 4
The map, despite it's utter lack of purple, was still very playable and not too difficult to work around the various mountains/marsh spots. One thing I didn't like was my inability to make bridges in my parent city until chapter 5, but that simply added to the challenge.

Story/Instructions: 4
I thank God you put in the added note of (Get the fleece!) LOL! The game would have been brutally difficult if I'd chosen a different colony first! The story was great also - I especially liked the explanation for how Ephesus sells armor and buys sculpture :D

Additional Comments:
I noticed only one bug, though I didn't mind it at all. After completing the quest to retrieve Hippoltye's girdle for Artemis, Ephesus (my colony) sent itself a gift of 15 armor. I don't know if it was meant to be from a different city, or another colony I had yet to make, but thought I'd point it out.

Also, I seem to be stuck on chapter 5. I need to acquire 5 trading partners, and I assume the only way to do so is to conquer them. When I received the first 'Military Decline at ...' messages I did not have much of an army and did not attack. But now, with my full army, I cannot conquer any city, even when its down to one shield. It's been about 20-30 years (if not longer) since I started chapter 5 - can I expect more military decline messages or should I just restart?

Thank you for making this map, I found it most enjoyable and will definitely download more of your work.

Kit
dragonryu
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
One of the greatest adventures I've played around here so far!
With all those raids required to get goods I felt like a viking from the Viking series.
As you described, lots of invasions, what made the last level very fun to play :D

Just one bug for me, last level says I need 15 trade partners, but theres only 14 in the world. Couldnt finish it. Otherwise great adventure, I will save to play again another day :D

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Rating
4.7
Breakdown
Playability4.5
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design4.5
Story/Instructions4.5
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Downloads:3,509
Favorites: [Who?]1
Size:485.02 KB
Added:05/21/01