Put your strategic skills to the test in this brilliant Risk-like strategy game
Build your empire, send out your armies, eliminate your rivals, and conquer the map
Enjoy the game's expansive single player game modes or fight other players in multiplayer mode
Build up your empire and forge your own legends in this brilliant, Risk-esque strategy game, Legends of Callasia! Do you have the leadership and strategic skills to become the strongest ruler in all of Callasia?
After going through the game’s comprehensive tutorial campaign, you’ll get to choose between 3 different game modes, namely Multiplayer, Campaign and Skirmish. In multiplayer mode, you’ll get to enjoy a more competitive match where players will duke it out on the map and the ruler with the highest victory points at the end wins.
Campaign and Skirmish modes are both single player games. Campaign is faction-based and you’ll get to experience different stories depending on the faction you chose. Skirmish, on the other hand, is more like a custom game mode where you can customize a match of your liking. There’s even a QuickPlay mode for Skirmish that will drastically shorten the duration for each match, making the game even more challenging.
Now, when it comes to the actual gameplay, Legends of Callasia will astound you! Although it’s fundamentally similar to the popular strategy game, Risk, this game stands out due to the improvements it has made.
Among the most prominent improvement is the ability to construct buildings on the lands you own, providing you with certain economic or military benefits. Each province is allowed one building and these buildings can be upgraded. There are even special regions that come with a castle. These locations will give you the bonus ability to reinforce your castle, providing passive benefits to the province as a whole
Due to this new building feature, whenever you conquer a zone with a building on it, you can choose to raze or occupy it. Naturally, razing is the faster option because occupying a land with a building will take more turns. Honestly, it all boils down to the current map situation and whether or not the building is worth keeping.
Another unique part in Legends of Callasia is the combat system. Unlike the dice-centric mechanism used in Risk, the game places more emphasis on your army composition, your hero and the bonuses and/or penalties imposed by the terrain itself, making battles much more strategically in-depth and most certainly more interesting.
Not to mention, there are also cards that can be played, at a small cost, on armies and territories on both sides of the conflict depending on their functions, and yes, they can be stacked. Cards also have their own somewhat complex system, but thankfully for tooltips, you can easily find out what each card does. You can usually get more cards by capturing new areas.
Let’s not forget about the heroes and the troops as well. There are 6 different types of units you can recruit if the tower you own has been fully upgraded. These units can then be assigned to the hero on the land or to the tower itself. Take note that troops can only be moved across the map if there’s a hero in command and you can awaken up to 4 heroes at a time.
You can also form alliances with any faction in the game. Once allied, more options will be unlocked, allowing you and your allies to offer or request land and supply monetary aid through tributes. Best yet, you can direct your allies’ troops on the map, but whether or not your ally will follow your instructions is a whole other issue. Well, at least they will know what you want them to do.
Legends of Callasia is a paid game and as such, it has no in-game purchases. Instead, the game has an expansion, the Stormborne expansion, that you can buy. Just recently released, the expansion will add a new playable faction, the Dwarves, more heroes, campaigns, maps and more.
To sum up, Legends of Callasia is a solid Risk-like strategy game that comes well-packaged with uniquely innovative and strategically in-depth gameplay, engaging storylines, varied maps and factions, as well as quality graphics and sound. It’s the sort of game that strategy game enthusiasts will definitely enjoy! If you’re interested, you can try the game’s demo for free or buy the full game on Steam at the worthwhile price of $15.