Looks can be deceiving, but if something looks as great as Petroglyph‘s RTS 8-Bit Hordes, then it’s probably okay to go back to the past.
The game looks strikingly similar to 8-Bit Armies, because it’s obviously the same developer. But to be honest, it feels much more epic. Maybe it’s the fantasy theme or maybe battle scenes are very similar to a certain Warcraft II, but it sure is a different beast in presentation, looking livelier with all the little details of the various locations.
The similarities to Blizzard’s fantasy epic can’t be denied, as there are two Factions (The Dark Orcs and their Deathsworn allies) and the Humans, Dwarves and Elves of the Lightbringers. Gameplay-wise, 24 offline campaign and 12 co-op missions in addition to 10 multiplayer/skirmish maps shouldn’t come as a surprise. The same easy-to-learn approach for newcomers to the genre is applied again, while the soundtrack sounds especially amazing and the art style adds to the fun vibe.
What’s also worth mentioning is that there’s full interoperability with 8-Bit Armies‘ factions and maps, so that crossover combat can mean different strategies and gameplay experiences. The question obviously remains how all of this is balances, but it’s still a great idea.
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