|Publisher: MacPlay Genre: Strategy & War|
|Min OS X: Any Version CPU: 601 @ 233 MHz RAM: 48 MB Hard Disk: 314 MB 4x CD-ROM Graphics: 800x600 @ 16-bit|
ShortcomingsMajesty is a solid game, from stem to stern, however there are parts that irk me a little bit. In network games, and in some of the longer stages of the single player game, there needs to be a greater level of expansion in the technology trees. You can only upgrade your guard towers once, your marketplaces and temples twice, and that can be a real limiting factor in a longer game where you'd expect more upgradeability and length in the depths to which you can expand your game. Unfortunately that's not the case.
Majesty's AI can be slow. There are only a few levels in the single-player game that are of any difficulty, and that can be disappointing to those of us looking for a challenge from the very beginning. The AI also doesn't put up much of a fight unless you're going up against a horde of dragons (a distinct possibility, by the way) and it doesn't rebuild itself, so once you've rid the land of dragons, there's no point in continuing on after you're done cleansing the land of evil.
BenefitsNetwork Play. Network Play. Network Play. Did I mention you can play this on a network? This game is fantastic over the network, I have spent many an hour on GameRanger challenging strangers to a battle for different parts of Ardania. The network aspect of this game is far more appealing than the single player game, for the simple reason that the humans put up more of a fight than the AI.
Diversity is also a huge plus. There are so many roads to a victory that choosing a strategy is often more difficult than anything else. Will you build a Temple to Krolm, the warrior God, or a temple to Dauros, the God of Order and Light? Do you want Elves or Dwarves? Do you want to start with Wizards or with Rogues? This is what gives Majesty such replay value, you can go through and play with different choices each time.
The Final ThoughtsMacPlay has done the Mac Gaming Community a great service by bringing Majesty over from the PC side for us all to enjoy. They brought a game full of great graphics, wonderful gameplay and a Sean Connery-style voiceover that completes the audio-visual component. The gameplay is fantastic, especially over the Network. The detailed interactions between characters and rulers are truly enjoyable, and the complexity that exists in Ardania is fantastic. It provides hours upon hours of fun, so go out and enjoy. And I'll see you on GameRanger, I'll be the guy with the Temples to Fervus and Wizards running willy-nilly all over the place.