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Its certainly worth a romp and on sale would be a safe purchase for any fantasy fanatics with a penchant for strategic combat.
8-Bit Hordes is a really fun and enjoyable second instalment in the 8-Bit Franchise and an interesting RTS as a whole. Instead of fending off the enemies with guns and bullets, we resort to melee, magic, and brute strength this time around as the ogres and wizards get involved. the gameplay and mechanics are identical to what we saw in 8-Bit Armies, but that’s not a bad thing as that game was also a great casual interpretation of the RTS genre on modern consoles
What could have been a decent sized expansion to 8-Bit Armies has shaped into its own fully fledged release, for which it probably deserves. More charming and fun than a simple reskin though, 8-Bit Hordes is an accessible Warcraft-meets-Command & Conquer RTS that’s as deep as you want it to be but comes with many of the same issues as its predecessor.
Overall 8-Bit RTS simply wasn’t my cup of tea. From someone who’s gamed excessively into the strategy genre, I can tell you that you you’ve most probably played this game before.
8-Bit Hordes aims to emulate the classic RTS games of yore, but cannot match up its retro design choices with suitably enjoyable gameplay.
With an enjoyable medieval setting and intuitive real-time strategy gameplay, 8-Bit Hordes is an easy to recommend game for anyone with a fondness for the genre.
A wonderful title for all skill levels, 8-Bit Hordes is sure to delight gamers of all ages.
Scarce content removes the "strategy" from "real-time strategy"; this homage to classic RTS games sadly fails to imitate them.
8-Bit Hordes is a pleasantly diverting and fast-paced “blast”-style throwback to the heyday of the RTS, with plenty of charm. It's also easy to pick up and play. But its major lack of depth will turn off hardcore strategy fans, and several annoyances detract from what would otherwise be a polished product.
Playing 8-Bit Hordes then is a bit like walking a tightrope with boredom on one side and frustration on the other. There are occasional moments when the game offers an exciting balance. But most of the time it fails to watch its step.