Legendary Wars

Welcome to Legendary Wars. Take command of your heroes. Build up massive armies to destroy the undead forces of the Netherworld! It's time to fight back!

*Runner-up Winner: Best App Ever Award for top Strategy Game of 2011.
*Winner of top Game app for MacWorld's Top 25 Apps of all time!
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Legendary Wars HD Available Soon, Original Goes Free This Weekend

One of our favorite games of the year so far is Legendary Wars, the debut iOS game from Liv Games. We spoke to founder Orian Livnat on our podcast recently, and while he did warn us an iPad version was coming soon, we didn’t realize that he’d also make Legendary Wars on iPhone and iPod Touch free this weekend to celebrate.

You can download the original game here for free starting Saturday, and the HD version later tonight. Legendary Wars is a real-time strategy game set in a fantasy world, combining elements of both Lord of the Rings and Plants vs Zombies. It’s got a ton of levels and gameplay variety, plus some excellent character design. You can read our full review here.

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Legendary Wars Review

Legendary Wars is a castle defense game set in a fantasy realm broad enough to encompass zombies, skeletons, vampires, unicorns, gargoyles, and plenty of other fantastical creatures. Like in most castle vs. castle games, you’ll summon forth a righteous army and dutifully manage it as you fend off the forces of evil. To top it all off, the game has a whole lot of personality.

However, you won’t find much of that personality in the storyline, because the premise is about as cookie-cutter as they come. You live in a peaceful kingdom, one where knightys, elfys, and dwarfys all live together in harmony. One day a volcano opens up and spews forth minions of evil, and it’s up to you to stop them! (Admittedly, the adorable race names pierced our hearts’ defenses).

Who invited rock man to the party?

Thankfully, the game doesn’t depend too much on the story. Its main focus is on defending your castle, and that’s where the fun begins. Each time you enter a battle, you’ll see a 2-D field, with your castle on the left and the enemy castle way offscreen to the right. In the background is a cave that’s full of precious gems. Your first order of business in each level is to summon a dwarfy to mine the gems. Using these gems, you’ll then buy troops to fend off monsters that sprout from the enemy castle.

Although you view the battles from a side-scrolling perspective, the fighting takes place on three ‘lanes’ that you’ll need to populate with troops. Your troops can switch lanes, but they won’t do it unless you directly order them to. This becomes annoying if you send a soldier forward to attack, and he walks right on past enemies above or below him. Basically, your guys act like lemmings, moving forward mindlessly until something appears in front of them to attack. If they don’t meet an enemy in their lane, they’ll keep walking, even if they’re stopped by the edge of the screen.

That’s fine, we suppose, for people who enjoy micromanaging everything in a game. But in Legendary Wars you always have plenty of other things to do, like gathering the gems the dwarfys unearth, summoning new troops to battle, and making sure your lanes are covered. In the heat of battle it can become a little too hectic for you to happily guide each of your soldiers, especially when the screen is packed with troops.

We’re gonna want to focus on that giant dragon, methinks.

Beating levels usually requires you to destroy the enemy’s castle or to take down a hulking boss, but other mission types are sprinkled throughout as well. In some you’ll have to defend a hero character against a certain number of enemy waves or achieve a goal in an endless running level. And if you get bored of all that, you can play one of the endless modes you unlock as you progress through the campaign. So there’s a huge amount of variety in the game.

And the focus isn’t always on action. You’ll have to spend time between levels beefing up your defenses. For each level you complete, you’re awarded a certain number of gems and/ or moonstones, which you can spend to upgrade the stats of your troops or the castle itself. The difficulty of the game ramps up at a steady pace, so you’ll want to be sure to upgrade between each level.

The biggest complaint we have is the lack of troop AI, which brought us more frustration than fun in some levels. Another quibble is that the game doesn’t have Retina display support, so if you’re playing on a current-gen device, you might wonder if you forgot to put in your contacts.

Even still, Legendary Wars brings you tons of content and plenty of variety for a very small price. Overall, it’s a lot of fun too. If you want bang for your buck, you found it.

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