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A review by
Rating Orb Khanster0001
on 15/08/11
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Another One?

Game: Epic War 4
Developer: Rudy Sudarto
Genre: RPG
Play Time: 1-3 Hours
Link: on www.kongregate.com

The new map used in Epic War 4

Introduction

When you start to play this game, you realize how fun it is. What you don't realize is how boring it is, doing the same thing over and over again.

Epic War 4 lacked originality. It was far too similar to the other games. The most original thing was the new map they added. They had the same troops and spells (I do believe). Another original part was the system in which you choose who you wish to fight for you. This gave the game some aura of strategy. Epic War 4 also added new difficulties for all the levels.

Be warned when playing this game. You had better have a lot of patience, if you've played the first three.

A Goblin assault led by Viegraff the Red

Great Artistic Skills, Poor Story

In this game you play a hero, who goes by the name of Viegraff the Red. The kingdoms of Epic War have stranded many heroes. Some of these heroes backed down; but Viegraff the Red refused to. He builds up an army and tries to restore the land of Epic War to its previous state. The story that takes place is the same as the previous Epic Wars. All except the first Epic War game.

The game is fairly easy to manage. There are two types of units. Heroes and, well, units. Players must arrange their units and heroes. This can be done by pressing the arrange button, which is located at the bottom of the screen. There is a limit to how many heroes and units you may equip. You are allowed three heroes and six units. Arranging the army is a fairly new feature. In the last Epic War games, this feature was not available. You simply had to deal with some of the 'weak' troops you had. You start with one hero and one unit. Viegraff the Red and Goblins.

Gaining more units and heroes is fairly easy, depending on their price. You can upgrade and buy units, by simply pressing the upgrade button. A new screen then appears. It shows you which units and heroes are available to buy. Each unit and hero costs a certain amount of coins. The more you upgrade them, the higher their price will be to upgrade them once more. Heroes are generally, more expensive then units. The most expensive things to buy or upgrade, are titans. They cost 100,000 coins each.

The games' graphics are amazing. I've never seen anything 2D look so real. The shades of each character are just a bit darker than a colour's natural tone. It makes you feel like there's a certain aura coming from them. On the other hand, the shadows are simply ellipses that have been placed underneath the characters. This isn't really noticeable if you're playing the game though.

The actual gameplay is rather good. To start a battle, you simply click on a symbol which has a Roman Numeral beside it. You will be given the option to play it on a certain difficulty. At first there is only one difficulty option, normal. After selecting a difficulty you will launched into the battle you selected. The battle system is good. The aim of the battle is to destroy your enemies' fortress whilst protecting your own. The enemy have units and sometimes heroes guarding their fortress.

You can command your army to do four things: Fall back, Retreat, March and Assault. When selecting Fall back, your army retreats to a defensive position guarding your fortress. This is done after they have finished the combat they are engaged in. If Retreat is selected the army create a defensive position at the fortress immediately. March is a unique command. You can send a selection of units or heroes to attack, whilst the others guard the fortress. Assault is the most used command. When using assault the whole of your army charges towards the enemy fortress.

Some of the gameplay is fairly unrealistic. In some levels there is a cannon that fires, obviously, cannonballs at you army. The army flies into the air then get back up - but that's not realistic really is it. Then again, what would be fun about a realistic game?

There are two ways to end a battle. The first is to destroy the enemy fortress. The enemy fortress has a lot of health; but for some reason can't attack! This strategy may take a while. The other is to surrender. This can be done by clicking the white flag at the top of the screen. You get some gold, but not as much as you would usually get from completing the mission.

There are a total of 16 levels. As you progress through them, the difficulty of them rises. So I imagine level 16 is fairly difficult!

Where a player arranges their army

Would You Play It?

Epic War 4 lacks originality. That may be the worst thing about it; but there are so many good things about it. It's got great gameplay. You can command your army in so many ways. It's like you're there shouting commands at them. The graphics are out of this world (for 2D graphics)! Graphics always make a game better. The better they are, the more you respect the game.

At the end of the day, I can't force you to play the game. I can only ask you. Would you play it?

Visuals: Great
Sound: Average
Gameplay: Good
Length: Good
Originality: Mediocre
Replayability: Average
Fun Factor: Good

Overall Score: Good

12 Commentson 7 roots

Khanster0001`s Avatar
Rating Orb Khanster0001 15 United Kingdom MelancholicSanguine 40C 17F
6 years ago | (0)
Egad! I have spotted a mistake which I myself made! In the fifth paragraph of the second section I forgot to put an apostrophe 'on enemies'! The shame...
Abbx901`s Avatar
Rating Orb Abbx901 15 Pakistan SanguineCholeric 149C 20F
6 years ago | (1)
Hmm...
I have played this game it seems. Not far back though.
The problem was that these upgrades took too long to get. Otherwise it was no problem at all. I am a fan of strategy after all! :D
Jakers`s Avatar
Rating Orb Jakers 18 Australia PhlegmaticMelancholic 39C 3F
6 years ago | (1)
I haven't played the game, but I got bored of the Epic War series pretty early on. My comment is more to do with the writing. While the content is all there, and it's easy to understand, which is good, the sentence structure is clunky and stiff, which is not good. This was most noticeable in the fourth paragraph of the first body section. Which was written in phrases. So the ideas didn't get transferred properly. Making it difficult to understand. See what I mean?

All in all, a good review, you just need to work on your sentence structure.

Also, the dev's name is Sudarto, rather than Sadarto.
Khanster0001`s Avatar
Rating Orb Khanster0001 15 United Kingdom MelancholicSanguine 40C 17F
6 years ago | (0)
As I have been told by many English teachers, my sentence structure definitely needs work. I tried my best to make it sound smooth; but I'm not so sure it is.
Jakers`s Avatar
Rating Orb Jakers 18 Australia PhlegmaticMelancholic 39C 3F
6 years ago | (1)
It's just a bit clunky, and reading your responses to comments, I don't think you actually speak like that. The problem with your sentence structure is that it sounds unnatural, so just write it as if you're saying it to one of your friends. That way, you'll get a nicely flowing paragraph, and if you fill it with the kind of content that this review contains, you can't go wrong.
TheGuyWhoCanFly`s Avatar
Rating Orb TheGuyWhoCanFly 16 United States CholericMelancholic 3C 0F
6 years ago | (1)
I have to agree with you on this review, I found EW4 be EW3 repackaged with nicer graphics and a few more units added. I did enjoy your review too, I felt you covered the game mechanics as well as the game itself very well. Not my favorite game though, not that it a bad game, its just that after you have played the first few, the game begins to lose its touch. It does make a nice game for newcomers in the series, and as well for those that just appreciate nice graphics.
killerpac`s Avatar
Rating Orb killerpac 16 United States 2C 2F
6 years ago | (3)
i can disagree its an ok game i beat it a few times .....i mean its a good time waster but it shouldn't of got the rating you gave it
Khanster0001`s Avatar
Rating Orb Khanster0001 15 United Kingdom MelancholicSanguine 40C 17F
6 years ago | (1)
What about my rating do you disagree with? I think the comments and ratings are non-biased.
killerpac`s Avatar
Rating Orb killerpac 16 United States 2C 2F
6 years ago | (1)
its just i dont like the game as much as you do it seems .... but i still think you like kinda over rated it
Spiritlord`s Avatar
Rating Orb Spiritlord 15 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 71C 6F
6 years ago | (2)
Hmmm... I more or less agree with most of what you've said. Especially the originality. To me, it was just like EW3 with a few different units and much better controls. And, yes, level 16 is REALLY nasty.
Supergnash`s Avatar
Rating Orb Supergnash 18 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 354C 145F
6 years ago | (7)
Not a bad review, I did notice that in the second last paragraph you say "Graphics always make a better". I know this is probably a mistake and I think you know what should be done.
As for the actual game, I personally don't like it. I loved the first one because it was quite different and I could see the potential it had. But all of the other ones just went in the wrong direction. Rather than taking the first game and making it into something better they just kept changing the graphics and some of the mechanics slightly, not really adding anything other than that. Or that's how I feel anyway.
Khanster0001`s Avatar
Rating Orb Khanster0001 15 United Kingdom MelancholicSanguine 40C 17F
6 years ago | (1)
Thanks for pointing the mistake out. Why do I always seem to miss out words?! The mistake has been corrected; and the graphics were the most appealing thing for me in the game.
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