Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance

RPG 1996 Windows Sierra On-Line Top down Fantasy Medieval

Strategy game with RPG elements

Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance plays as a real time strategy, with all the amenities that you would expect from such a game. You build settlements, produce units, harvest the local resources and then go to war. The RPG portion comes in the form of a hero, a super unit which also acts as your RPG protagonist, linking each stage and each mission together. The narrative puts you in the shoes of a ruler in the land of Anuire, While you will wage your wars and try to gather as much power and influence as possible, the same will be tried by your on map enemies, which too look for the same world domination that you are fighting for. Thus, the entire game is rather repayable, as the striking of alliances, the different choices made by your opponents and your actions can have multiple outcomes, leading to play sessions that can unwrap quite differently from one session to another. So, if you wanted to try a proto RPG RTS hybrid, rather good, though simple enough, Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance will provide, and it is playable enough by today's standards as well.

A mix of great games

Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance is almost like a fantasy empire-management type of game, with four different advisers, each giving you different types of advice. A bit like Civilization series. There is also an army management mechanic here, somewhat similar to the Heroes of Might and Magic series. Second, the storyline is somewhat similar to the first Disciples game, the part where a great man turns into an evil beast and you have to stop him. The gameplay is okay for it's time and the most interesting thing I have found in this game is the way you see your empire and the neighbouring ones. At first, it seems like you play on map, very similar to the map of Spain, but you can zoom in on any empire, to see it better. The sounds in this game are great and the voice is outstanding. The narrator from the intro really gave me chills. In conclusion, if you're a fan of any of the three games that I have mentioned above, do gave this game a try.

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