A decent strategic foundation is rendered all but meaningless by horrific bugs, missing features, a poor interface, and plenty of other defects.
3 September 2010
Summary: It's never fun to purchase a game you're excited to play, only to discover that it's an incomplete mess. Yet if you purchase Elemental: War of Magic, whether from a retail outlet or developer/publisher Stardock's own Impulse distribution service, that's exactly what you'll get.
Pros: Solid turn-based formula may cause you to lose a few hours to its spell, A nice amount of strategic flexibility
Cons: Loaded with crippling bugs, Terrible interface and player feedback, The AI fails to put on the pressure, Tactical battles aren't worth the effort, Plenty of slowdown in spite of the unimpressive visuals
Excerpt: It’s always a good thing when you can feel the potential a game has. That early feeling a game gives you can set the expectations of what’s in store for you as a player. It excites you and drives you to discover more and see if the game has realized this potential.
Summary: Elemental: War of Magic is a fantasy-themed strategy game for PCs that doesn't feel quite done. This buggy, hard-to-understand game is made all-the-more frustrating by the fact that there's nothing else out there quite like it.
Pros: Deep, fantasy-themed strategy., Handsome, cell-shaded kingdom, Stardock seems serious about evolving their game
Cons: Obtuse, undocumented rules., Bug-ridden code., Feels like a work in progress.