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Pretty fun game once you get the hang of it.
on October 23, 2013
I have played every single version of HOMM as it is my favorite game. This one is better in some ways to the very good ones and flawed in other ways. First the good - the graphics are really a step up from the other versions so watching the battles is very cool. There are also different monster classes from the others versions which help in the feeling of playing a new game (although with similar strategy as the others). The spells and skills have been redone such that there are now much more choices on how to build your character in either might or magic mode. Finally, the top tier monsters are not so strong as to overwhelm the gameplay as was the case in a few of the other versions.
Now the bad (or not as good) - the AI is much improved and it is difficult to win even on normal play (esp. in earlier versions of the software - its a little better now). The character races are also not equally strong as the death race is very strong and has the advantage of being able to "revive" lost armies within 3 days in a special building that you can build. Basically, whenever I can't win a battle scenario I play the death race and always wipe everyone else out. The new water race is the weakest but still fun to play but unless the map involves a lot of water (where as the water race you can walk on it and get resources quickly) your chances are not good.
All in all, I've enjoyed this such that I don't play the other versions anymore given how good the graphics are on this one. Although its true that the need to initially log into the conflux site - I simply turn off my internet after that and when loading the main game and I play in offline mode. You lose some options - e.g., configuring the initial heroes, dynasty bonus) but the don't have to worry about being kicked out if your server loses its connection. A few things about strategy - one reviewer mentioned that a key is to get another castle as soon as you can and that is great advice as the way to win is simply to have more people or a moderate army with a very strong hero. However, you have to be careful of attacking another castle too early as there is an advantage to being in the castle especially if you have your shooters up on the tower. Often times I find that other heroes will attack me first in the castle which is a fatal mistake for equally sized armies given the advantages. After that then you can immediately go after their castle given they will be depleted (although as one reviewer mentioned sometimes you have to be careful about the other factions coming after you soon after so try not to risk too much on early battles).
If you decide to be a magic person try not to simply build up your faction spells as you can get spells from other factions as long as you are above the required hero experience levels. The really good ones for holding off an attack are "blind", "stasis", and "frenzy". If you are playing a might person don't give them much magic as they will not be able to get the really good 3rd level stuff. Instead, focus on the might abilities which is really good especially for the Barbarian faction that have different levels of "rage." Regardless of faction and orientation, I find it beneficial to chose the "20% experience bonus" so you can level up faster, and the "increased creature growth" ability which gives you one more creature of each one you have every week. Depending on resources available, it can also be good to get the one below creature growth which decreases the resources you need to build your town by a bit. I also like the ability that enables you to place your creatures prior to combat so you can tuck your shooters away. Also, be sure to build your money earning capacity because in "tight" maps you might not be able to get crystal for a bit and so you will need to trade money for crystal to stay competitive. This is one reason why I almost always also build the market place first which gives you $500 more gold per day. In any case, I'd love to hear about other strategies that people have that work for them as this version of HOMM is the most challenging in my opinion.