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Friday, April 17, 2009
 
Be A King Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Tunnel has posted a new review of Be A King. The fantasy strategy game puts players in the role of a medieval ruler who must build towns, defend them against raiders, and achieve a variety of objects on each level. Game Tunnel recommended the game to casual players and RTS fans seeking a "fun diversion" from more intensive strategy titles.

From the review:

Be a King uses many RTS staples: you build various structures to populate your community, and the more people you have, the more you can accomplish. Your income (from taxing the commoners) is used to buy materials, which allow you to create more buildings. You also have to protect your citizens from outside forces like bandits and monsters, etc. The game is divided into levels, which you clear by accomplishing a set of objectives, such as earning a certain amount, building certain buildings, reaching a certain population, and so on. This is a nice addition, since it keeps you on track, rather than aimlessly expanding your empire and eventually becoming so powerful that you're no longer threatened by anything the game throws at you.

The graphics are all in 2D, which is acceptable, but seems a little simplistic. This is especially evident when you see the characters move: the sprites are pretty basic. The game could benefit from some 3D, even if it's just in the buildings and environment. The fireworks that shoot off as you complete a level are a nice comical touch.

Sound-wise, Be a King is quite impressive. The intro and tutorial are entirely voiced, which is more than can be expected from many similar genre games. The music is nicely composed, and certainly enhanced the experience. War ballads and epic Old English tunes are abundant and they're excellent.

While it's a solid game, there are some flaws and letdowns. I found myself unable to do some things that I wanted to; things like build my establishments wherever I pleased. Instead, you can only build on designated plots of land, which limits the level of customization possible. Plus, there seems to be a lot of periods of waiting. This is probably just because part of the genre involves waiting and watching things unfold in front of your eyes. Unfortunately, there's not much to watch, since there's very little to manage. Just a little interactivity while you wait would be nice.
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