Games has brought us an addictive action packed game called
Hoard. In Hoard you are a huge fire breathing treasure hungry
dragon. Your whole goal is to steal as much money and treasure
as you can from the pesky humans building in your land and
pushing you out, so one day they will leave. But the fun isnít
about if they leave or not, itís about burning down, destroying,
and making the people fear you!
When you first waltz into the game youíll find the title screen,
of course. You options are single player, multiplayer, rank, and
how to play as well as some options and credits. In single
player you play against the time just collecting as much as you
can, or you can play against computer dragons. But donít be
fooled by the word single player. While other games might not be
able to deliver a fun single player experience Hoard certainly
can. The computer dragons actually have a chance at winning!
With multiplayer you can either choose to create or join, and
then you pick your game type.
You can do the ďanyĒ option, but
also have the choices of treasure, which is all about getting as
much gold and treasure as you possibly can in the allotted time,
princess rush, which is exactly what it sounds like, you rush
around grabbing princesses and bringing them back to your hoard.
But thatís not as easy as it sounds because the second you
attack her chariot, all the knights in the kingdom come rushing
after you and eventually to your door step. You must fend off
the knights until youíre able to ransom her off. Also beware of
the computer dragon because he will come steal your princess if
you are not careful. Like I said, these computer dragons are no
Inside the game thereís so much going on, itís hard to keep up.
Castles are being built everywhere, towns are springing up and
making archers, and farms are trading with towns. Carts are
going to and from each little town, as princesses are shuttled
to the towns as well. All the while theirs thieves trying to
steal you loot, knights hunting you down, and archers trying to
shoot you down. Oh, and I almost forgot, thereís trolls and
magical towers that will spawn from time to time. The trolls
will run around smashing towns and castles, taking gold for
himself. You can do some damage to him to divert his attention,
or go all out, dodging his devastating attacks and claiming the
massive amounts of gold in his pockets for your own. The Mage
Towers shoot huge balls of lighting that travel almost across
the map killing you in almost one blow. If you manage to
maneuver around the tower and take it down, youíre rewarded with
a huge crystal that is so large it will slow you down as you
carry it. Bring it back to your hoard for a huge cash deposit!
To make the game go a little quicker, or sometimes even harder,
thereís a thing called a gold multiplier. This will stack up to
three times and multiply the gold you bring back or get in
ransom by that number. When you die, or a thief manages to get
away with some of your gold, the number is reset and you donít
get any extra for your time.
There are so many ways to make money in this game, that youíre
always busy. If youíre not out taking princesses or fighting
knights, you could be attack the towns to make the towns folk
fear you. Eventually when you do enough damage to the town and
all the little towns people fear you, they will stop their
archers from attacking you, and send you money to keep you from
attacking them. Another dragon can of course make them fear them
more, but itís your job to maintain their fear while still doing
all the other things a terrifying dragon must do in his busy
Now, when you first get into a game you might think itís going a
little slow, or it takes a while to destroy things. But donít
you worry, the more gold you get, the more levels you obtain.
When you level up you get to put some points into speed, which
of course will make you fly faster and will make it easier to
get around the map and avoid enemies. You can improve your fire
breath which will make it do more damage and allow you to
breathe fire longer. Your carrying capacity is another stat you
can improve which allows you to carry more loot and gold. And
the final thing you have the option to improve is your armor,
making it harder to beat you for the other dragons and any other
enemies who try to bring you down.
Also your dragon can acquire power-ups. Some will increase your
speed for a period of time, while others make you fire breath
fire missiles that shoot across the map. You can even turn your
fire into ice breath that freezes your targets in ice while you
destroy them. Which is very helpful for fighting against knights
and other painful enemies. These power-up just add an extra
flare to the game that makes it even faster paced and
The board game styled maps, and even the sound effects in this
game are well done and flow together to make an original
experience. It is well put together and can easily suck you in
for hours, even when youíre playing by yourself! Hoard is almost
like a strategy game, but quicker and more destructive than
most. If you enjoy quick game play and hectic atmospheres, Hoard
sure does pack a hefty and addicting punch.
Game hard, play happy!
United States Team Writer