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Paraworld - PC

by Aspyr
Windows 2000 / XP
Teen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews) 71 / 100


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  • 3 different LAN and Internet multiplayer modes for up to 8 players
  • Wage war for control of a prehistoric parallel world in this RTS game
  • Explore 16 dangerous prehistoric scenarios located in 5 climatic zones
  • 9 playable heroes and 3 completely different tribes; control up to 52 units
  • Over 50 different types of animals, including 40 incredibly detailed dinosaurs


Product Details

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  • ASIN: B000HWZYF2
  • Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 25, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,641 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

ParaWorld is a RTS game in which warring tribes team with vicious prehistoric beasts to wage brutal combat for control of a world that is parallel to our own. Armed with devastating weapons, commanding powerful fighting dinosaurs and controlling up to fifty units, playiers go into battle in gripping single-player and multiplayer action.

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ParaWorld is a real-time strategy game in which warring tribes team with vicious prehistoric beasts to wage brutal combat for control of a world that is parallel to our own. Armed with devastating weapons, commanding powerful fighting dinosaurs, and controlling up to 50 units, players go into battle in gripping single-player and multiplayer action. Up to eight players can battle each other via LAN or Internet on one of more than 15 multiplayer maps, with three multiplayer modes to choose from.

ParaWorld utilizes an unprecedented unit-management user interface called the Army Controller, which truly evolves the genre and goes beyond the typical RTS interface. The Army Controller interface appears unobtrusively on the screen. Players can view all of their units at a glance and have general awareness of each unit’s health, danger, activity, and level-up capabilities. Using the Army Controller, players can select several units consecutively, even if they are spread across the map, in just seconds by simply marking the unit icons in the Army Controller.

In ParaWorld’s robust single-player campaign, players get to know and play three different tribes--the Norsemen, Dustriders, and Dragon Clan. Each tribe is based on a different ancient culture and each sports its own unique play style, units, architecture, skills, and controllable beasts. Utilizing their tribe’s skills, and with the help of nine controllable hero characters, players explore 16 equally atmospheric and dangerous prehistoric scenarios located in five climatic zones. Each level contains main quests and side quests.

Features:

  • Prehistoric parallel world with more than 15 playable maps and five different climatic zones: Northland, Jungle, Savannah, Icewaste, and Ashvalley
  • Nine playable heroes and three completely different tribes--Norsemen (Viking-inspired), Dustriders (African-inspired), and Dragon clan (Asian-inspired)
  • Three different LAN and Internet multiplayer modes--Team Deathmatch, Defender (one player has to defend base against all the other players), and Domination (capture the flag)--for up to eight players
  • Revolutionary unit-management system called the Army Controller, whereby players at a glance can select and organize their units
  • Gigantic combat units--control up to 52 units, each with several different special and finishing moves
  • Three different categories of units: human, machine, and animal, along with support units (workers and transporters) and pure combat units
  • Ability of heroes to construct unique buildings, develop new abilities, and collect and use different items
  • Over 50 different types of animals, including 40 incredibly detailed dinosaurs
  • Each tribe possesses a unique "Titan" unit, a massive, powerful dinosaur that wreaks incredible havoc on the battlefield

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT PREHISTORIC RTS! (WITH ATROCIOUS DRM) January 18, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The RTS genre has yet to be saturated. Nevertheless, it had been getting repetitive and stale lately. PARAWORLD was a breath of fresh air and it is a VERY FUN game to play!

You are thrown into a world where dinosaurs roam the land and different tribes wage war on each other for the control of resources (wood, rock and food). Each of the three tribes have distinctly units and buildings - and their own tamed dinosaurs. Mounted rhinos, war-mammoths, prehistoric...steam-warships, guarding water-snakes - the list of original ideas is endless!
What has to be mentioned is that playing each different faction does not convey the feeling that you are replaying the same over and over - only with different colors. One tribe has stronger buildings yet weaker units; the other has more dinosaurs yet its fortifications are easily overrun. On top of that, they are all beautifully balanced.

Graphically the game is very well made. Units look and move in a very realistic way, the environmental elements (grass, trees and water) have been nicely rendered - all in all, an impressively looking game.

I picked this for a song - but that is the fate of any game sporting an idiotic protection scheme. The are bin fodder before the year is out. PARAWORLD uses STARFORCE (can you say "class-action suit"?) - hence the star withheld. A pity, such a great game to be shot in the foot by its own publisher.

If you are boycotting STARFORCE games be warned. Otherwise,

RECOMMENDED!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paraworld------Absolutly Oustanding October 5, 2006
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This game, can make you stand in awe as you watch a game so inventive and great, that it seems as one of the greatest games of all time. The game includes special feats that you and your team can accomplish. This game also includes over 50 different beasts, inlcluding T-rex, Allosaurus, and much, much more! Who says games can't be this good? Try Paraworld out and find out for yourself! I have, and that is why I have rated it a 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, except... December 6, 2010
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The game is actually quite fun! I adore dinosaurs and was happy to find a game that is both graphically nice-looking as well as has a good UI system. Not only that, but it's a real time strategy which only enhances its playability. It's set up well and, despite its horrible Starforce drm, is quite fun.

Now the reason I only gave it three stars: the women. If you want a game where the women are only there as sexual fodder, you have it. It's not that they're skimpily dressed, it's the 'noises' they make when you click on them. 'Mmm,' 'oh, that feels good,' 'etc. sexual voices' are what you'll hear. It's very, very grating and is really off-putting. For a game that was made in 2006, you'd think the company would at least try to make semi-realistic women. I bought the game for dinosaurs and a fun RTS, not for women that moan when you 'stroke' them with your pointer.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the most flawless and engrossing executions of the RTS genre I have seen in a long time. Superb graphics and music, outrageous dinosaur units, a tremendous variety of units, upgrades, special attacks.

This one has it all, and with 3 full single player campaigns it has the replayability that few games can match.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Refined RTS Style Game October 28, 2006
Warning right now, if you know me, I am biased ... but I will share anyway.

I have loved this style RTS since the first Warcraft. Originally Westwoods, now EAs, C&C series is another favorite. I was a rabid fan of Bungies MythI and MythII until the sellout. Starcraft was brilliantly executed. I think this game eclipes each of these mentioned in everyway except network play. The solo game storyline is gripping and fun. The voice acting is top-of-the line. The score and soundtrack is one of the best in gaming to date. Just a little cherry for the top, but you have a worldclass 60 second cinematic that opens this game you will want to watch a minmum of 10 times.

So if more people get this and get more net games up active ... there is no denying it in any category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun at a low price August 27, 2008
By Jezaib
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I saw this product selling for $5 the other day, but it's as much fun as any $30 RTS. It combines smart AI for worker units to allow you to take your attention off resource gathering with stunning graphics. It is truly beautiful to watch, and awe-inspiring to play; prehistoric units are anatomically correct and everything moves realistically. With a campign mode that runs like an adventure movie and skirmish battles for those wanting to get into the action immediately, this is one of the best RTSs for the PC that I have ever played
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ParaWorld October 2, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Good game overall. Nice RTS game with good graphics. Worst part is that you are limited in unit building so you need to be careful in building only a few workers and more military units. Would recommend b/c of its low price and good over quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but had to get a new mouse to program "pause" October 1, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Have been playing this a long time and liked it so well I bought a new Logitech G5 gaming mouse in hopes that I could indeed program one of the 2 thumb buttons as a "pause" key, it worked! Runs nice and fluid using an AMD Athlon64 3500+ processor with XP on an NVidea 256MB DVI card giving me great rez on my flat screen and I also run TV on at the same time as Picture-in-picture. The DVI is great when running to the flatscreen, but VGA would suffice I am sure. The power is what most helps, the 3 gigs of ram I have probably doesn't hurt either. With prices these days one can really pump up a system! I oil the fan that is on the video card with silicone lube once a year, and things keep rockin'.
Great visuals with this game with ability to press the alt-key with use of left and right mouse buttons to either rotate the playing field or zoom in out I think. I use the wheel on the G5 mouse though for the zoom and usually keep it in one place. At times things are hidden from view though, so I pause and rotate to choice.
One drawback is inablilty to ever reprogram key assignments, just gotta find a mouse that will adapt to the game, game won't adapt to what you want it to ....... what key assignments are at in the game is just what you are stuck with. Minor infraction I guess when you are having so much fun. The higher the skill levels you choose for your computer opponents will basically be that amount of free goodies they will receive while you work your butt off for everything that you need. I have seen them just standing around non-depleting mounds of stone for ages and they never seem to come up short on stone, but then after you stomp them it is still there for your bounty as with spoils of war ..... oh what a truely base Jurrasic world we live in, is nothing sacred?
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