Fort Triumph

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Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Cleverly written, colorful strategy will appeal to all ages.

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Positive Messages

There are no overt positive messages. The idea is to conquer, build up your city, level your characters, and avoid dying. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players won't find positive role models. There's only one path to success and that's through turn-based combat. 

Ease of Play

With four difficulty settings, Fort Triumph offers something for every skilled group of gamer. While the combat can be challenging, and the world's open to exploration, the controls don't get in the way.

Violence

Gameplay features mild cartoon violence without blood or gore. Perma-death can be turned on or off to toggle the challenge of the game. Once killed, the dead litter the battlefield. 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the settings take place in a pub, but there's no consumption of beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fort Triumph is a tactical turn-based strategy game for Windows PCs. The game has four difficulty settings from Easy to Legendary, and perma-death can be turned on (meaning that if your hero dies, they are removed from the game). The game also featured three modes of play, including the campaign, a skirmish mode and a co-operative multiplayer mode in which players can be invited to join through a Steam account (the player invited needs to have the game as well). Combat in the game features enemies defeated through blunt force, ranged (arrow) attacks or magic, but no blood or gore's shown as a result of battle.

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What's it about?

FORT TRIUMPH is a strategy game that starts off in a traditional fantasy setting. It begins simply enough with a band of four heroes coming together to quell an outbreak of goblin hostility, but then ... well, the direction taken rests solely on the discretion of the players. It features turn-based strategy game that relies on action points for movement and combat. The game also allows players to level up their heroes and build their hometown to improve traits of their heroes. There are a variety of missions, and players (at lower difficulty levels) can see what attacks they may face if they engage certain enemies such as (how many opponents and how difficult they may be). Fort Triumph offers a tutorial to acquaint players with the various aspects of the game, although for anyone who has played a turn-based strategy title, the elements are pretty standard. Plus, there are four factions to play as (human, restful dead, yak-scuffle goblins and forest utopia), and three different environments (grasslands, caverns and crypt) with the fog of war present to keep players busy for a long time.

Is it any good?

This story is told with a wit that scores on a variety of levels, and then backs up the tale with colorful fantasy graphics. With elements reminiscent of XCOM and Heroes of Might and Magic, Fort Triumph is easy enough to jump into and play, providing a lot of hooks to keep players interested. The story has more than its fair share of amusing moments ("The three heroes crowd around the job board, the cheap wood peppered with entreaties to kill this many rats or harvest that many herbs"), but sets the ground work for a campaign storyline that can be postponed as players dash about the map to explore, fight, and level up their heroes. When you log in for another go at the game at a separate time, you'll notice that the map has changed. That element, along with the four difficulty settings and optional perma-death for your characters, keeps the game lively. 

There are also unique twists that the game tosses in for strategy fans. For example, the combat follows a somewhat familar pattern and then throws in overwatch strikes that players can take advantage of in fights (these are attacks of opportunity that aren't part of the initial turn, such as free hits when an enemy gets in a unit's line of sight). If there's a downside, it lays in the fact that, as far as the overall game design is concerned, it doesn't bring anything new to the genre. But where Fort Triumph elevates itself is in the entertaining story, and the bright, fun, colorful graphical elements. Overall, Fort Triumph is a game not just for the hardcore turn-based strategy gamer, but provides a good entry point to the genre for younger players as well. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how strategy plays a role in the real world. What sports rely heavily on strategy and plans, and which games are more free form? How does strategy play a role in the everyday lives of younger gamers?

  • What are your favorite movies or shows? What makes the story told in these movies or shows so good or appealing? Would these be as interesting if the story was slightly different?

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