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With this new fantasy-themed title, and the previous science fiction-themed Galactic Civilizations III, Stardock has managed to corner the market when it comes to turn-based strategy, delivering a solid mix of both classic and innovative mechanics.
Overall, Sorcerer King is a good game that brings much-needed variety to the fantasy 4X genre. While it's not perfect, playing it is a lot of fun. Hopefully, Stardock will provide more content with the upcoming expansion packs, and other developers will take notice and explore the potential new genre of 'asymmetric 4X.'
In a genre defined by distinct-but-equal factions vying for control of their chosen battlefield, Sorcerer King features a multi-tiered, vastly asymmetrical series of contenders.
I had a lot of fun playing the game, it has enough depth to keep you interested, but not so much going on that if you are new to this sort of gaming you would feel lost. It's pretty cool indeed. Once in awhile the AI was a little stupid, but it was not so much that the game was not enjoyable. Pen, paper and dice gamers will also feel right at home and this game seriously feeds the gaming beast until your next gaming convention.
Sorcerer King is everything you could want from a turn-based strategy, refining the genre and creating one of its most enjoyable entries.
Smart, funny writing and some efficient world-building help avoid the self-important pomposity common to the fantasy genre. Some may miss the scale and strategic variety of other games in the same field, but if you're bored of the familiar fantasy 4X template and you're looking for something that feels fresh, Sorcerer King comes recommended.
Stardock hits it out of the park with Sorcerer King. Turn-based strategy at its finest.
Tried and true mechanics combine with flexible customization and an interesting asymmetric challenge to create a fun, challenging game. Worth playing for both newcomers and fantasy TBS veterans alike. A dash of humor and sense of progress make the time fly by.
Sure, Sorcerer King has a few annoyances but these issues do not hold the experience back. Well done, Stardock!
Sorcerer King is a game that should appeal to both fans of 4X and turn-based strategy games, and those with an open mind looking to experience something new in the genre. It can take a while to get to grips with everything it has to offer, in particular the doomsday scenario, but it pulls through with aplomb and should keep players coming back for more.