developer: Solid9 Studio
publisher: No Gravity Games / Fat Dog Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / hotseat, players: 1-4
Exorder is a turn-based strategy game developed by independent studio Solid9. The title was published by Fat Dog Games, a company that helps smaller studios in publishing their games.
Exorder is taking the players on a journey to a fantasy world. Chaos started in the realm of Cerulean after the king has died. Potential successors – princess Beyla and prince Tristan – must end the interregnum. To do it, the tradition orders them to fight each other for life and death. The winner will become the new ruler. What complicates things is the fact that neighboring countries are interested in the riches of the realm and are messing with the matters.
The action in Exorder is turn-based and shown from an isometric perspective. The gameplay is based on two pillars. The first one is the exploration of varied maps and taking over buildings and constructions. Among the latter, there are houses that generate gold, forts (there the players can recruit units), ballistae (they can shoot at enemies), and fountains that regenerate strengths.
The second pillar of the game is battles with enemies. During them, the key to success lies in properly selecting units and placing them on the battlefield in the way that provides the greatest advantage. The players can select from nine types of soldiers, supplemented with commanders (like princess Beyla). Each of them features a unique set of statistics that represent their strength and type of attacks (while some of them are ranged fighters, others are effective in melee combat), the effectiveness of counter-attacks, movement speed and number of health points. Some also have special skills like teleportation.
The main gameplay mode in Exorder is a story campaign that contains twelve missions. Its main task is to prepare the players for a multiplayer mode where they can fight against up to three other players. Multiplayer battles can be fought via the Internet or by using the hot seat mode.
Exorder features a three-dimensional, light, colorful graphics that are similar to ones used in Warcraft III. The catchy soundtrack supplements the visuals.
age requirements: 12+
PC / Windows
Recommended: Quad Core 3.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 770 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit