What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is a very challenging strategy game with a very teenage sense of humor. Expect some corny sexual jokes and profanity tossed in just to get laughs. There's also good, witty humor too, most of it satirizing the role-playing game genre. And, of course, parents should be aware that players of the game are taking on the role of the evil villain.
What's it about?
WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS, MY LORD? 2 tells the story of the despicably evil Overlord Badman (the speaker of the title quote) and his quest for world domination. Heroes from around the realm are out to get him (the \"this\" of the title), so he summons the God of Destruction (the \"lord\" of the title -- played by you) to help him vanquish the good guys. To do this you must dig an underground labyrinth that will confuse the heroes and keep Badman well hidden. You must also populate your dungeon with monsters (demons, dragons, skeletons, slime creatures, giant flies, etc.) that will attack any intruding heroes. But you can't just scatter monsters willy-nilly. These monsters will also eat each other, so you need to make sure there are enough different types to keep the food chain going.
Is it any good?
You've never seen a game like What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2 (unless you've played the original, which you can also play here with the entry of a secret code). The concept is really kind of brilliant. You need to not only maintain an ecosystem of creatures, a la Viva Pinata, but make sure they're strong enough to protect you from invaders. And the satirical nature of the story adds to the enjoyment -- it's fun to play the bad guy sometimes, especially when it's obviously a joke. It almost makes you wish the game didn't resort to such puerile humor. And it would be nice if the game were even a tad bit easier. Challenge is good in strategy games, but the computer-controlled heroes seem way too invulnerable sometimes. Still, you have to appreciate just how different and original this game is.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about satire. How can you recognize satire when you see it? What about a game, book, or movie let's you know that the words or actions of the character shouldn't be taken at face value and might be overstated to make a point?
How realistic is the science in this game? You need to build and maintain an entire ecosystem of monsters, making sure not to disrupt their natural food chains. Have you seen nature programs or read books that show this kind of thing happening in the real world?