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Free Game Day: Royal Warfare

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It's Friday, and we know you're just going to play on the Internet until it's time to leave work. Each week we'll be bringing you a free flash game to help the time pass!

Game: Royal Warfare Genre: Battle Strategy Made By: Idengames Play at: Armor Games Rating: 3 out of 5

Set in a somewhat medieval European fantasy land, suddenly zombies and skeletons are everywhere. However, the feudal lords decide that they will make a perfect slave class rather than a burning them to ash as God usually intends these things to go. Things go on great for a few years, but then the dead revolt and now an army of them marches across the world laying waste. You are one of the last kingdoms left that can resist the horde.

As far as strategy games go, Royal Warfare is pretty solid. The addictive part is the leveling up of your troops. You can really invest in the lower ranks and produce good, cheap fighters that can withstand most waves of enemies provided they're backed by healing clerics and archers. When the game lets you stretch your legs with the units of your choosing you can run roughshod over the undead army.

The downside comes from the way the game forces you into specific situations. In the beginning these are mostly used to show off new classes of warriors, like black mages and the thief tier. There's nothing wrong with this in theory, but Royal Warfare is really bad about transferring over previous army improvements.

All those low swordsmen that proved themselves in battle last round? Gone. All that gold you earned to buy more reinforcements is gone as well. In many ways, you start off with a brand new army every round, albeit one where the base capabilities of your units are slightly better than before.

It's supposed to make you apply new strategy, but in practice it's not all that well thought out. The thief class especially is so situational that you'll be cursing under your breath every time they make up a significant part of your unit. They have their place, and can indeed be lifesavers against heavily armored enemies that wear down your knights, but every time you attack with them it seems a matter of eventual suicide.

Another bright point is the music. The Story Shop managed a repetitive, but stirring theme that mixes the best of The Legend of Zelda and Game of Thrones, and it adds tremendously to the battle. At times the game is a bit too ambitious for what it can deliver, but it's still a pretty good way to kill a Friday.

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