Paradox’s International Elf Service

I kept on meaning to go back to Russian developer Ino-Co’s spectacularly derivatively named Fantasy Wars, but i didn’t get any further than the demo. Tim Stone liked it though. But Paradox appear to be offering a second bite – they’ve announced they’ll be selling Elven Legacy from the same company, which is clearly an updated spanglified a-slightly-better-name Fantasy Wars. I caught the notice over at Strategy Informer, but I also noticed that they hadn’t lobbed up a load of the press shots. So I did. Like so:

Looks a lot like Fantasy Wars to me. Assorted promises from the press release include “a thrilling nonlinear storyline”, “an epic quest to restore the former glory of the Elven race”, “two primary campaigns” and playing as an orc in the bonus missions. Plus tools to make own missions and a start of 2009 release date.

Randomly while in games people appear to be able to say things like “an epic quest to restore the former glory of the XXXX race” and be acceptable as heroes, people who do it in the real world are Daily Mail readers at worse and Nazis at best. Fantasy, eh?


  1. Larington says:

    If its ANYTHING like Master of Magic, I’m sold. Do WANT and all.

  2. mechanoid says:

    Fantasy Wars is in fact a remake of the classic SSI game “Fantasy General”. It provides the rules and the upgrading system of all the great SSI titles: Panzer General, Dynasty General, Star General, Rites of War…
    The goal of these games is to lead your army through an entire campaign and to upgrade your units continously.
    In my opinion it’s one of the best round based games available.

  3. grumpy says:

    Fantasy Wars rocked. I still haven’t finished the Orc campaign, but working on it form time to time.

    Surprisingly good game, really. Might not seem like a AAA title, but it’s fun throughout, which is good enough for me.

  4. Lucky says:

    And here I was expecting news about Majesty 2.

  5. Nick says:

    I really enjoyed Fantasy Wars, it could get devilishly hard later on if you weren’t careful though.

  6. Subject 706 says:

    I can agree that Fantasy Wars was surprisingly fun. Impulse bought it yesterday through gamersgate since I was bored and they had it at 55% reduced price.

    Turned out to be a great little game. Certainely not “AAA” in the “100 million budget” sense, but who really cares when it is so fun?

  7. Dominic White says:

    Wait.. waitwaitwait. Fantasy Wars is a remake of Fantasy General? Why the hell didn’t I know this?

    I’m subscribed to Metaboli, and Fantasy Wars is among the game list. Guess I’ll be downloading that right this moment..

  8. malkav11 says:

    Not *technically*. But spiritually, perhaps.