Legends of Kingdom Rush is another one from Ironhide Game Studio. I’ve been a big fan of their games since I first played Kingdom Rush on my iPad back in 2011. It was my go-to game whenever I had to get on a plane and travel somewhere or just for a quick bit of fun while I chilled out at home. Tower defense games are a lot of fun and Ironhide studios got it right with Kingdom Rush.
Ironhide Studios success of Kingdom Rush led to more games being developed in the series, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Kingdom Rush Origins and Kingdom Rush Vengeance. Come June 2021, we were given Legends of Kingdom Rush and has since launched v1.0 on July 14, 2022. A new type of gaming venture based on the awesome characters the studio developed in the previous Kingdom Rush games.
It’s a pretty simple tactical roguelite game. The story pits you and your favourite heroes against the Dark Army to reclaim the land. It is very easy to learn, and the interface is pretty straight forward. You start with the introduction which teaches the basics of the game. You are presented with a map and different ways to get to the end area of that map. On your journey you will either enter combat, meet a stranger that will give help to your companions, or you may find a new companion to use in your team.
At the beginning of each map, you get to choose your team. You might decide to go with a Barbarian, Arcane Wizard and Witch Doctor and each character has unique skills that you can level up as you progress through the world. However, the abilities seem a bit dull given the interesting and fun characters that Ironhide have created. I could even see the potential of using these characters in the Kingdom Rush setting and put them into a fun MMORPG. What do you think Ironhide?
Combat is straight forward in a turn-based initiative system, utilising a hex grid for positioning and combat. You can create synergy attacks to use with the right combo of characters. After the first few battles you realise the encounters are just the same as some of the last battles and the enemies appear to be just a reskin of an old enemy. The problem I found with Legends of Kingdom Rush is its simplicity which can lead to a bit of a boring playthrough. There is really no meaningful decision making when progressing through the game which can lead it to a bit of a droning experience.
Legends is not a bad game, but it could be so much better. The IP, as I said before, is great but doesn’t quite fit in well with this type of game style. It still worth checking out but it won’t blow your socks off when there are a lot of other quality tactical games out there. I enjoy playing Legends on my iPad for a quick bit of entertainment in between the business of life but not something I would sit down at with my PC and spend time on with the caliber of games that I could play on a PC.
This review utilised a Steam key provided by Ironhide Game Studio and Legends of Kingdom Rush is out now on Steam and iOS.