Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes

Common Sense Media says

Strategy game mixes tactical combat and hero characters.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game offers both peaceful and warlike solutions to dealing with other factions, including the ability to make alliances and win through forging peace between factions.

Positive role models

The actions of the main character are completely dictated by the player. Attributes for leaders of other factions can be set when you're creating a new game, but they range from bellicose, resentful, and suspicious to friendly, open, and peaceful.

Ease of play

The game comes with a series of tutorial missions to teach the basics of the interface and systems, but many details are not covered. Some of these details, like how party units and heroes gain levels, can only be found outside the game.

Violence

Players can choose to combat enemy monsters and/or wage war on other factions. The combat occurs in a top-down, isometric view wherein the actual physical violence is cartoony and symbolic more than realistic. Hero characters can sustain permanent injuries, and regular army troops can die.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One recruitable hero challenges the player while intoxicated. This event is told through text in a quest description. If the player successfully defeats this hero, he joins the player's party, and alcohol is not mentioned again.

Privacy & safety

No online content, but players likely will have to hop online to find details about how the game systems work.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is a deep, top-down strategy game that can engage players for hours and hours, rewarding equally peaceful and militaristic solutions. It bears some resemblance to the popular Civilization franchise but is more granular and tactical. Players assume the role of a sovereign in charge of one of eight factions and try to expand their faction's power. There's violence and warfare, but even though the graphics are realistic the violence leans toward cartoonish.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • government
  • power structures
  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • prediction
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

For the right player, Legendary Heroes passes the ultimate "I'll just play one more turn" test. For others, it might be a bit too slow-paced.

Learning Approach

Although it's not meant to teach traditional subject matter, it rewards systems thinking and provides players with enough detailed tool tips and kingdom reports to help kids reflect on the effects of their decisions.

Support

It can be overwhelming, even though there's a tutorial mission with videos for most of the basics. More help can be found in a built-in encyclopedia, but some necessary information can only be found online.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • government
  • power structures
  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • prediction
  • strategy

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes helps kids think about big-picture, national policy, asking them to make decisions about what to research, how high to set taxes, and what to build in each city (prisons vs. schools, for example). Players then see how these decisions impact more tangible, ground-level things such as happiness and economic growth. Its slower pace and difficulty means some kids won't get into it, but, for those who do, these same qualities -- patience and complexity -- have skills-based learning benefits that help them better understand how society works.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Chen

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What's it about?

FALLEN ENCHANTRESS: LEGENDARY HEROES takes place in a fantasy world reeling from a cataclysmic event that has released bands of roaming monsters and destroyed much of civilization. Players take on the role of a hero emerging from the desolation to restore and build life anew. The other heroes that players encounter are randomized with each new game, and different stories emerge from how players respond to and guide the building of their kingdoms in these different conditions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes follows a long-established tradition of turn-based strategy games featuring nation building and expansion. The most famous of these types of games is Civilization, and Legendary Heroes tweaks and refines this model, making it a fine representation of the genre. It maintains core features such as city and citizen management while adding troop-level tactical combat and character-level customization, including character leveling and upgradable equipment. The total package works quite well as a deep, strategic game wherein players have a lot of fine detail control over government (such as setting tax rates) and hero development.

Families can talk about...

  • When given the choice, do you try to make peace with your neighbors or wage war? Why? What are the consequences of each?

  • Is it more important to concentrate on researching new technologies and advances, building up city infrastructure, or building new armies?

  • How do you make sure the game isn't taking up too much time? 

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Stardock
Release date:May 22, 2013
Genre:Strategy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:

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