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King's Bounty: Armored Princess

Score: 86%
ESRB: Not Rated
Publisher: 1C Company
Developer: Katauri Interactive
Media: Download/1
Players: 1
Genre: RPG/ Turn-Based Strategy

Graphics & Sound:

Normally I don't play PC games very much, but King's Bounty: Armored Princess looked so much like something that I would really enjoy that I decided to give another PC game a try. Now I'm glad that I did.

I have not played the first game in the series, < i>King's Bounty: The Legend, so I can't tell you how the two compare. But I can tell you that the graphics are quite beautiful. My laptop is at the bare minimum of 128 MB, but it still wasn't so slow that it was unplayable. Even with the minimum graphics card, the game still looks very beautiful. The only problem with the slower graphics card is that it does run a bit choppy. The battles ran a lot slower than I would have liked, but it is very good to know that you can play with a less powerful video card.

As for the characters, you really don't get much choice in what you look like. You will always play as Princess Amelie, but what you look like depends on what character class you choose. The Warrior is a redhead, the Paladin is a blonde, and the Mage is a dark brunette. Each of them has a different outfit as well. You do get to choose what your emblem looks like, and there are a lot of different choices for emblems. I can bet that you will find something that appeals to you. As for the rest of the characters, I was quite pleased with the variety of the characters. There are several different type of troops that you can recruit into your army and it's easy on the battlefield to tell which is which just by the way they look, which makes it quite a bit easier to decide who to use to do what!

The background music is typical of an RPG. It is not overly distracting, but also not necessary if you want to listen to something else while playing. You do get different sound effects in battle that help you tell what is going on. In my case, the sounds came before the graphics since my graphics were slow, so I knew what was going to happen before it did just by listening.


The story of King's Bounty: Armored Princess is a common one. The kingdom of Endoria has had peace for a decade now. But suddenly overnight, the Arch demon Baal rises up and unleashes hordes of demons on the kingdom. The dwarves and the elves fall first. Now, the entire kingdom is making a last desperate stand at Kronberg.

Princess Amelia has been trained all her life to lead the kingdom, even though she is not the king's biological daughter. The story goes that the gods sent her to the king as a miracle. Now she's going to have to prove that she can lead! She was entrusted with a time clock. With it, the king's magician stops time and sends her to another dimension to find the one person that can help them save the kingdom. She is sent to the world of Teana. Once there, she is told that she'll have to find the eight stones of Teana. Luckily, the king of Teana will help you since you proved that you are the one of the legends.

Once you arrive in Teana, you'll finally be given the option to go through training and learn how to fight. I like the fact that you can opt not to if you already know how to play. This makes it quicker on your repeat playing as you don't have to train again. After you get some training on how to battle, you'll then get your very own pet dragon! I do love the dragon. Even though he's only a baby, he is very helpful! There are seven different dragons that you can choose from. Each comes with their own stats, like +5 rage, +1 attack, +2% critical, and more. I highly recommend you read through them all and decide which dragon you want based on its stats, not its color. Once you've done all this you're ready to go out into the world. Make sure you search for treasure, talk to all the people you see, and upgrade your weapons and armor often!


When you first start the game, you are given the choice to play on Easy, Normal, Hard, or Imposisble. Easy is way too easy, I think. The enemies are half as strong and you get twice as much gold. You also get more rage and faster pet growth. Hard and Impossible are 130% and 170% stronger enemies respectively. You also get less gold, less rage, and slower pet growth. Basically, there is going to be a level that matches whatever kind of challenge you are looking for!

Given that King's Bounty: Armored Princess is turn-based, provided you go into the battles with enough troops and you don't take on enemies that are too hard, you should be able to survive all the battles. You'll make the game a lot easier on yourself if you recruit as many people to your cause as you can and make sure that you have the right ones in battle with you.

Game Mechanics:

King's Bounty: Armored Princess is very easy to get the hang of playing. You simply click everywhere that you want to go to. To find out where you need to go and what you need to do next if you happen to forget, simply hit (Q) to pull up your Quest Log. Here, you'll find all the information you need and who you need to talk to. The people that you have to talk to have a big green flag above their heads, but you can and should talk to everyone you see. To talk to them, simply click on them. If you see slightly glowing areas, these have treasure, so you should go to them and hit (D) or click on the picture of the shovel to dig them up. To pause the game at anytime, hit the space bar. They tell you all of these commands in the game as well.

The battles are just as easy. You simply click on where you want the soldiers to move to and who you want them to attack. Amelia herself does not fight. To bring up your spell book hit (B) or click on the book. To use your dragon, just click on his picture on the bar. Make sure to use any spells or the dragon before you tell your last soldier to move. Once your last soldier has made his move, your turn is automatically over and it will be the enemy's turn.

As I said before, normally I don't play PC games, but I'm really glad I picked this one up. It's a great RPG. It's simple to get the hang of and fun to play. I recommend you try it today!

-Cyn, GameVortex Communications
AKA Sara Earl

Minimum System Requirements:

MS Windows XP/Vista; Processor 2.6 GHz; RAM 1Gb; 5.5 GB Free Hard Disk Space; Videocard nVidia GeForce 6600 with 128 Mb or equivalent ATI; DirectX 9.0c; DirectX-compatible soundcard

Test System:

Windows XP; T8300(2.4GHz); 3GB RAM; 100GB 7200rpm HDD; 128MB nVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M

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