Title King's Bounty Game Type RPG Company New World Computing Players 1 Compatibility All (1200 has some problems) Submission Adrian Simpson Profiled Reviewer Review It's understandable that few will have heard of King's Bounty. It was a fairly minor release on the Amiga in 1991 from New World Computing. However, if you have ever played the Spectrum classic Chaos, then you will be familiar with the combat section of the game. The game is a top-down RPG, in which you have a certain number of days to piece together a map and find an artifact, which will save the kingdom. The plot is pretty standard stuff and the game includes all the monsters and creatures that usually inhabit these worlds. However, don't let this put you off, as the game is far from a heavyweight RPG. The main character starts the game outside the king's castle, and can then head off to explore the world. The land is made up of large tiles, which can make it difficult to see where you are in the big picture. Luckily, you can view maps of the different continents. To get from one continent to another, you need to buy a boat, and to do this you need to earn money by finding treasure and fighting battles. Your army also needs to be built up with cash, as you start off quite vulnerable. The lairs of creatures also need to be located and then you can hire the occupants to join your army. With this army, the main character can fight wandering armies and take on castles of known criminals, which will mean more money and a piece of the map. When two armies clash, King's Bounty moves into the combat mode. A zoomed in battlefield grid is displayed, with the components of each army on either side of the screen. As mentioned before, this is like the Spectrum game Chaos, which in turn was similar to chess. Each army takes a turn to move and then attack the enemy. Different creatures have different strengths and weaknesses - some can also fly and the archers can fire arrows, which help to dull the onslaught against your side. King's Bounty is not a difficult game to get into and play. It's suitable for those with little experience of RPGs, or those that have tried some RPGs and found them too menacing, but it is also great fun for those that have played them. Don't expect a deep epic and you will have a great time. An interesting point is that King's Bounty has lived on, in the form of the Heroes of Might And Magic series on the PC, also by New World Computing. King's Bounty is the forefather of these games, but the idea has been taken a lot further with its offspring.