New release: Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars
Fabio Belsanti writes in to tell me about the release of Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars, a fantasy strategy title developed by two indie companies (P.M. Studios and Foofa Studios) in collaboration with each other under the name Age of Games. It’s sort of a weird arrangement–but if it works, who cares, right? Also a little weird: this game has a publisher, Slitherine, but its development was entirely self-funded by the developers. Slitherine came in after development was over to act as a distributor, which means that this still counts as an indie game.
Anyway! With all of that out of the way, let’s talk about the game itself. The premise:
Players will play a Kommander at the beginning of their military careers, thrown into a titanic battle that is devastating the entire continent of Eukarion. Successive events, dialogues, and plot twists are carried on through the messages that Emperor Karl and the Great Council of Mages send to the young general who will have to find out, fighting hard battles, the final objective of the Abyss.
Players won’t be alone in facing this incredible war adventure. Three great Heroes of Humans, Elves, and Dwarves, will follow and assist them in their trials, challenges, victories and defeats.
The trailer does a pretty good job of establishing the setting:
Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars is one of the few games out there these days that actually has a good reason for sporting a subtitle, as it’s essentially the follow-up to a trio of Flash games released back in 2009 by the names of Fantasy Kommander, Fantasy Kommander 2: Fascination of Evil, and Kaos Kommander. Those games were fairly polished, but I expect that FK:EW should trump them in that regard. FK:EW promises 4 different campaigns, a whopping 70 unit types, professional voice-overs, and hex-based gameplay (previous titles employed a square grid). Combat employs terrain effects, morale, and damage bonuses for flanking attacks.
The full game is available direct from the developer for Windows and Mac OS for $19.99; or if you’re the sort of person who likes collecting cardboard boxes with pretty pictures on them, you can also get a boxed copy in addition to the digital download for $29.99.