In recent years, we've had an indigestion of RPGs and FPS games for Android. King's Bounty: Legions aims to rekindle the passion for these two game genres by recreating the mechanism of the original game. To find out if King's Bounty has what it takes to keep you attached to your smartphone for weeks will be exposed in today's app test review.
|Tested version||Latest version|
|1.4.12||Varies with device|
Features & Use
King's Bounty: Legions is a turn-based strategy game that is definitely hard to master right off the bat. Care, tactics and patience are three needed virtues. This kind of game became famous with Heros of Might and Magic and now has many titles available on Android. This game doesn't require your Facebook account, even if logging in with FB will give you access to more features.
When you start the app, you can watch a tutorial that explains the basic functions. Afterwards you return to the map view. Here you can start to build your own army by selecting the units according to their strength.
Another important aspect is the equipment, with which you equip your soldiers for when they go into battle. Then it proceeds in a quest and takes place on a battlefield divided into hexagons. You will have to choose how to you want to attack during a battle: either close or remotely. You also chose where to move each character in order for their position to best match their style of fighting.
The thing I want to emphasize on is how the game has all the characteristics of a Freemium game. It can be played for free, however you can buy the equipment for real money, which brings a huge unbalance to the game. This affects a lot of PvP, where players are enhanced with premium items before the fighting starts.
The last aspect of the game that I would like to point out is the concept of energy, which governs all action within King's Bounty. After a fight, you will have to wait to regenerate before carrying out any more actions. This means that the player will face many mandatory pauses and this can undermine a user's determination to play the game.
King's Bounty: Legions is a role-playing game with good potential, especially regarding the tactical aspect. Its Freemium nature limits fair-play because the free players will find themselves at a disadvantage compare to those who are willing to pay. The dynamics between PVE and PVP are effective and engaging.
Screen & Controls
King's Bounty: Legions is a rationally built game and contains excellent animations. Even the map panel surprised me with its wealth of detail. Using the app is easy, but requires a larger display. The text wasn't always properly aligned on my Nexus 4.
Speed & Stability
King's Bounty: Legions takes a little while to load and connect to the internet. Once the connection has been established, everything works as it should.
King's Bounty: Legions can be downloaded for free from the AndoidPIT app center and it doesn’t contain any advertisements. It includes some security features that can be unlocked for a fee and there is also in-app purchasing.