Hinterland: Orc Lords Review
Hinterland: Orc Lords box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Tilted Mill 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Got Game 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 15, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Weapons include axes, swords, halberds, spears, a bow, and various magical elements such as a magic wand or ring of power. Shields and mail offer various levels of protection. In battle, your three primary stats are health, attack, and defense. Your inventory has four slots for weapons, off-hand, attire, and miscellaneous. Items can be picked up off the battlefield and given to party members to keep them safe and strong.

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Playing as an Orc is a great diversion. The perspective of the gameplay shifts to accommodate the nuances of these characters. For instance, you don't need a farmer or a trapper to provide you with meat, as you can get all the protein and nutrients that you need from humans. Yes, you can eat them after you kill them. Another example of the dark humor and overall charm of this title.

Employing a top-down isometric perspective affords you a good view of your surroundings. The color scheme uses lots of primary colors to keep things looking fun and vibrant. Character models have just enough detail to give them personality based on appearance alone. At times, the framerate stutters when the action heats up, especially during a raid. Commands are as simple as clicking on the mouse and letting the appropriate action take place. The interface is about as straightforward as can be expected for such a game. Musically, the tunes are a little on the boring side, unless you're into the whole renaissance-fest thing.

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Orc Lords doesn't reinvent the genre, but it doesn't have to. It keeps us busy, entertained, and challenged. It reminds us how much fun games can be without a variety of single or multiplayer online modes. One more thing, I've saved the best for last. You can get this game for less than twenty bucks. What are you waiting for?

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
Nothing amazing, but everything looks good and animates as it should. Some slowdown.
4.0
Control
Simple control scheme. Easy for newbies but with plenty of options for the veteran.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Lots of entertaining dialogue. Music is a little dull.
4.2
Play Value
Charming gameplay, can be customized. Thanks to the random generation it's different game every time.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Party-based RPG Action: Variety of characters, weapons, and strategies. Will you lead the charge with a two-handed strike or stand behind the armored herder with your bow?
  • Town Building: Choose who will settle in your town. Arm them for defense, or give them tools for production.
  • Character Development: Command an Orc tribe as Lord or Shaman, or lead a Human village as Human, Dwarf, Elf, or even Undead Warrior. Develop lowly farmers into great warriors. Customize your character to help in adventure or improve village life.
  • Random Fantasy World: New locations with different resources, items, enemies, and challenges for maximum replay. Orc war camps, dark elf raiding parties, goblin infested mines, ruined undead cities, and more.
  • Customizable Gameplay: From hardcore game to a world without raiders, you decide the type of game you play.


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