A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody effects are very rare and look more like dots than blood.
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Terms like "whoreson" and "bastard" can be heard.
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Products & Purchases
Part of a series of video games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's an offhand reference to "opium smuggling" but that's hard to find in this long game. It's not a theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that combat is a crucial component of this game, but that it's turn-based so that while you plan it, you don't directly participate in it. The battle animations are not overly graphic. The game offers a compelling fantasy world with loads of depth and replayability. The characters are squat, noseless, and very ... cute.
Is It Any Good?
The game is beautiful, with lovingly rendered battlefields and well-defined characters. The turn-based combat found in War of the Lions is tactical war-gaming at its best. The game offers challenging battle after challenging battle. This is the type of game where party composition and how characters are moved and positioned matters above all else. Side attacks, back attacks, making extra sure to maximize the power of a certain spell -- all these matter a great deal, and these battles and your progress in the epic story hinge on learning them.
The only problems with this game are the substandard manual and the shallow and tedious tutorial. It's almost like the designers figured that only fans of the 1998 version were going to buy this game, so they didn't really need to spend much time explaining how to play it. Players must be willing to learn mostly by trial and error. Fortunately, for those willing to put in the time to learn the complexities, the game rewards the players' efforts with a deep, rich, and challenging game.
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