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hedonist
10-06-2008, 11:51 AM
Wow, what a let down. I'm sorry I spent the $20 on this thing.

It's an interesting game, but very very buggy, and the maximum resolution is 1024x768, with no aspect ratio.. What kind of modern game hasn't got this figured out yet?!

In the game you manage a town, and fight creatures. That's about it. Managing the town is kinda fun, you find stuff from looting and you have to give it to your villagers to make them more productive.

The game interface is horrible and combat is buggy at best. In order to give a villager an item, like a hoe to a farmer you have to have them quit their job, give them the hoe and send them back on their way. There is a handy "town inventory" where you store stuff -- couldn't the developers have made an interface to drag this things onto the people or something without all the mouse clicks involved in adding the person, giving, dropping? It's pretty tedious. In longer games they are forever breaking stuff, so you spend more time ensuring everyone has tools, and in order to do that you have to make a big party and review thier equipment. This was very poorly handled.

Combat is goofy until you learn that hold down shift and drag your cursor around until you hit a monster. It took me forever to stop walking and start hitting the creeps. It might honestly be the most boring combat in the history of boring combat as well, there is no finesee, or even hack, just click and wait. /snore

Honestly the game Depths of Peril does the whole town management thing with action combat much nicer, and more fun. This game is simply a snore fest. Absolutely not worth a highquality shareware price of $20... This should be in the bargin $4.99 aisle.

##edit:
Apparently I was wrong about the resolution, there is a way to get it to 1280x1024, but still no aspect setting.

yincision
10-06-2008, 12:48 PM
Wow. That is a little harsh. Almost everything in your post is either wrong or a misunderstanding.

First, the resolution thing - I am playing at 1680x1050 and it looks great.

The combat thing - it is VERY easy to just click one monster, then the rest of your party attacks that one until you click another. You can also draw them out one at a time (similar to "pulling" in MMORPG's). Use the minimap in the left lower corner to see where they are.

The interface - you don't need to have people quit jobs or anything to hand them items. You can do it through the "Followers" screen or the individual information panel for each person. It is basically a one-step process to drag from your town inventory onto the person you want to give the item to. Very slick and easy in my opinion.

I have found the game easy and completely enjoyable. Read the instructions, play around a little and you will find that all of your complaints will be addressed.

Static247
10-07-2008, 06:47 PM
Some people just like things to be pretty and spoonfed to them. I personally think this game is great and I would recommend it to anyone with $20 and a few hours to kill.

bandyman
10-08-2008, 05:07 AM
After some problems with steam payment i eventually got playing this game and found it very enjoyable, Yes there was some bugs but what new game dosent come with them!, For instance after about an hour or two of playing all my enemies become invisable so it was confusing how my people were fighting something when there wasnt anything there? but this is fixed by a quick restart.
If your thinking of buying this game I say go for it. I have all ready been playing it many times with several different charecters and its still good fun.. gooooo oooonnn you know you want to buy it :D

disfeld
10-09-2008, 08:35 AM
... and it looks like a patch/fix has just been released for you "invisible" problem too bandyman... I like the game and the support it is getting :cool:

dKiWi
10-09-2008, 08:40 AM
WATCH TOWER BUFF IS IN ORDER

transmission
10-09-2008, 03:56 PM
I agree with the 1st guy
$4.99 bin thanks
its a disgusting game to be sold in this day and age

yincision
10-09-2008, 10:23 PM
I agree with the 1st guy
$4.99 bin thanks
its a disgusting game to be sold in this day and age

What are your specific complaints? If you agree with the first guy then you are totally wrong about the game. Maybe you should spend a little time and learn how to play it before you can it.

bandyman
10-10-2008, 02:29 AM
Ohh a patch, that will be nice, I will be downloading that asap. But i find it funny how some people say a game like this shouldnt be sold in this day and age? Not all game companys have millions to spend on games you know. Go Indies! :P

War-A-Tron
10-14-2008, 01:29 AM
Play hardcore mode.

Its the only mode that gets the adrenaline going because death = Permanent death. Your heart will beat 100 beats a minute when you are running for your life. Very few games get the adrenaline going (Eve online is a example of one) but you play the game compleatly differently in hardcore mode.

Psamathos
12-20-2008, 03:21 AM
Play hardcore mode.

Its the only mode that gets the adrenaline going because death = Permanent death. Your heart will beat 100 beats a minute when you are running for your life. Very few games get the adrenaline going (Eve online is a example of one) but you play the game compleatly differently in hardcore mode.

Oh man, are you right about EVE. When I warp into a low-sec system to find that I've stupidly let myself fall into a gate camp and I'm about to lose my ship and cargo... god, my heart rate shoots through the roof. It scared me out of low-sec for a month. I'll definitely try it on hardcore now, that sounds awesome.

highwayblues
01-28-2009, 08:15 PM
unless free updates are released to expand on the core game, id suggest someone to spend $20 on an older game (i.e. you can get age of empires 2 +expansions for under $10 or fallout 1 & 2 for under $10)that's has a fleshed out concept. i had high hopes for this game upon release. i had high hopes partially from tilted mill's support when hinterland was initially released but with time, they've proved to be a disappointment supporting their product. and i will think twice before buying a game from tilted mill again, regretfully.

bardido
02-27-2009, 11:04 PM
Thankyou mate, i was going to buy that game! :D

MGLK
07-08-2009, 06:06 PM
In the end you can just base it off of the metascore (65), this is a niche game that appeals to some - while disappoints others. It's a great laptop PC game and I personally enjoy it. The 1st post guy is obviously brain-dead if he couldn't figure out the simple interface LOL chance is you would like this game if you like Diablo/Titan Quest style games but are willing to sacrifice combat complexity and a story-line for party based combat (dragon trainers, necros with zombies) and town management...

In short, this game takes some intelligence to appreciate...

EvilDastard
08-13-2009, 08:22 PM
In the end you can just base it off of the metascore (65), this is a niche game that appeals to some - while disappoints others. It's a great laptop PC game and I personally enjoy it. The 1st post guy is obviously brain-dead if he couldn't figure out the simple interface LOL chance is you would like this game if you like Diablo/Titan Quest style games but are willing to sacrifice combat complexity and a story-line for party based combat (dragon trainers, necros with zombies) and town management...

In short, this game takes some intelligence to appreciate...

Exactly. I wouldn't trust a "review" coming from a guy who couldn't even figure out how to change resolutions. Sheesh.

This is a fun little game. It isn't the kind of game that you crack out on for weeks on end, but I've had this for over 6 months and still find myself coming back to it for a game or two every now and then. Totally worth the price.

NanostrikeX
12-29-2009, 03:12 PM
I like it a lot. Very addictive. But it needs a tutorial, a way to zoom out, and some tweaks to make text more readable and icons bigger.

kbe2k9
01-02-2010, 05:38 PM
I found it fun and that was just playing the demo; thinking about grabbing it on sale.

CannibalBob
01-02-2010, 08:27 PM
The $6.49 sale right now is pretty good. Hinterland is a very unique game and there's nothing like it in existence right now. Since it's an indie game, don't expect outstanding graphics or a flawless game here, but expect an interesting and new experience.

On the flipside, Hinterland used to get an update every month or two. This has stopped after it got picked up by a publisher and released in a boxed version. The last update added the Shaman class, which was a nice surprise but didn't add a whole lot to the game. I hope Tilted Mill releases another update in the future.

NanostrikeX
01-04-2010, 03:23 AM
The $6.49 sale right now is pretty good. Hinterland is a very unique game and there's nothing like it in existence right now. Since it's an indie game, don't expect outstanding graphics or a flawless game here, but expect an interesting and new experience.

On the flipside, Hinterland used to get an update every month or two. This has stopped after it got picked up by a publisher and released in a boxed version. The last update added the Shaman class, which was a nice surprise but didn't add a whole lot to the game. I hope Tilted Mill releases another update in the future.

I think it will. Holidays have a nasty habit of interfering with updates...

Gvaz
05-04-2010, 11:12 AM
I think i'll wait till this game is $5 as well. That's what it looks like from the images

Oip_1109
06-22-2010, 04:29 PM
This game is bad, I support the people negatively commenting.
It's made in ♥♥♥♥ing Torque. Wouldn't be surprised it they were chinese and didn't own a license. Yes I'm implying that the chinese don't buy licenses, as if I know anything.

Ardbug
06-22-2010, 10:45 PM
I definitely got my moneys worth from this game.

kungasi
07-14-2010, 06:38 PM
Since it's an indie game, don't expect outstanding graphics or a flawless game here,

That's the problem, most people expect a developer to devote an entire office/department when making a game, when in all honesty, there have been several indie games that I've played that were better than Halo 3 or Dragon Age or whatever the newest standard is :rolleyes:.

A very good example of an indie/freeware game is Dwarf Fortress, which i dont expect TC to know about, given its indie status and all, though I doubt that he would even bother with it, given that there's no tutorial, the help section is a bit confusing, and the game will confuse the **** out of you at first, but once you know what you're doing and how to do it, the game is immensely fun and entertaining. :D

Kaihekoa
02-02-2011, 08:41 AM
After playing a patched version of this game I have to agree that it isn't worth the $10 it is now or the $20 it sold for at release. It's not terrible, but I probably wouldn't have played it if I didn't have a laptop with a low-end GPU.

The interface gets the job done, but some minor refinements such as the positioning and size of the interface elements and map (which covers a third of the free space on the screen) would have greatly improved it. Loading times are also painfully slow, and no matter what resolution or graphics options I have selected running across the map seems to cause stuttering.

The progression systems of building up a town and your character/party are appealing. However, the mechanics of the entire game are all very simple. This creates a lack of depth which compounded with the lack of content (only beating a map with a different difficulty/class) leaves high score chasing as the only re-playability option.

Considering the other quality indie and older games from big publishers at the $10 price-point I can only recommend Hinterland if it's on sale for a couple dollars or you are looking for a shallow RPG suitable for a laptop with a low-end GPU.

Zingrad
04-25-2011, 05:32 AM
It's a fairly mediocre game. I wish there was some more depth to the characters, like even a small skill progression tree for Warrior / Mage. To me the foundation of the game just begs for deeper design instead of being left as something light and arcadey.

bushwhacker2k
12-20-2011, 07:26 PM
It's a fairly mediocre game.

This sums it up. It has an interesting system of building a town and managing the people in it but ultimately everything is really simplistic and not that in-depth.

I have no idea why there's any argument about this game. It doesn't SUCK, but it's not that great either.

City Builder
03-09-2012, 02:34 AM
I found it hard to believe that it was the same company that made Hinterland as made Children of the Nile.

I don't know what their current situation is, but it would be nice to see a Children of the Nile 2, or take their CotN game and use it with a different culture to get a fresh feel out of the game.