Parents' Guide to

Sorcerer King

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Quirky, funny 4X fantasy strategy game with some violence.

Game Windows 2015
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This quirky and funny strategy game delivers a solid experience for 4X strategy fans: Players will explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate to their hearts' content. But Sorcerer King also subverts the genre's formula by pitting players against a single foe -- a terrible, all-powerful wizard regent -- giving them the principal objective of defeating one enemy rather than a group of rivals. It also introduces a doomsday countdown timer that encourages players to rush more than they might in similar games. Its unusual sense of humor, meanwhile, peppers the proceedings with wry, sarcastic jokes that could lure players to pick options they wouldn't normally consider just to see what sort of witty resolutions might accompany them.

Unfortunately, little issues keep Sorcerer King from shining as brightly as it could. Parts of the game -- such as the function of loot rewards such as "+1 courage" and various collectible items -- are left all but unexplained by the tutorial pop-ups, leaving players to scratch their heads until much later in the game. And though player-controlled combat is fun to start, it grows repetitive. You'll likely find a couple of spells, tactics, and unit types that work best and stick with them for almost every battle -- assuming you don't choose to simply simulate fights with predicted outcomes in your favor. Still, Sorcerer King has a quirky vibe that's complemented by a brightly colored and appealing aesthetic and a great wit. 4X strategy fans shouldn't pass it by.

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