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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms Expansion - The Iron Plague

by Atari
Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95
Rated: Teen
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Massive armies clash. Forests and cities burn. Tremendous magical forces level entire fortresses in the blink of an eye. Four completely unique races are vying for control of Darien, each representing one of the four elements--Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

In Total Annihilation: Kingdoms, you'll take the role of one of the four immortal monarchs of these nations at war. You'll rally your legions--swordsmen, archers, and knights on horseback--under your flag. Wizards, beasts, and even flame-spewing demons will heed your every command, waging war on an epic field of battle.

The game's stunning 3-D terrain of forests, magic-laden ruins, and expansive oceans provides a landscape of war fraught with danger, magic, and ambush.

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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms hit the market last year and met with extremely high expectations. After all, the game was a follow-up to the immensely successful Total Annihilation, and fans of the original game couldn't wait to get their hands on what they hoped would be an even better development of Total Annihilation's design. But many played Kingdoms and came away disappointed; the game lacked both the strategic flow and the tactical niceties of its predecessor, and the fantasy setting didn't fit as well as the first game's sci-fi setting. Kingdoms was decent, and offered many hours of good strategy gameplay for a lot of people, but it never lived up to its name.

Enter The Iron Plague, Cavedog's sub-$20 add-on for Kingdoms. The Iron Plague is merely an expansion pack for Kingdoms rather than a complete redesign, so you shouldn't expect it to change the game completely. But in a very real way it bears the burden of rescuing Kingdoms from its earlier problems, and rescuing Cavedog's good reputation with gamers. In the end, it's partly successful at both. It definitely improves the original game and also reflects Cavedog's commitment to fix what needs fixing.

You get quite a bit for the game's $20 price tag: You get the 2.0 game-engine upgrade patch for Kingdoms itself, along with all the new units and battle maps that Cavedog made available for Kingdoms on its site since the game was released. You also get a brand-new fifth civilization to play, which brings with it all the units, strategies, and challenges of having an entirely new playable faction in the game. Along with that civilization come 25 new battle maps, and a new campaign that has 25 single-player missions tied together with another good story. The new campaign is tougher than the original campaign, even from the start. Finally, the game CD includes the code necessary to play The Darien Crusades, a cooperative multiplayer game playable over Cavedog's online Boneyards site. This review covers only the enhancements to Kingdoms and the Iron Plague expansion itself, but do yourself a favor and give The Darien Crusades a try. You don't have to buy The Iron Plague to get the software - just head on to Boneyards and download it from there.

Actually, you don't have to buy the expansion pack for the 2.0 upgrade patch either, as it's also available on Cavedog's site. But it's worth describing since it's the engine that runs The Iron Plague, especially because the expansion requires pack the original game to be installed anyway. The game runs more smoothly in the 2.0 upgrade than in the original retail version of Kingdoms, which makes the gameplay acceptable even at 1600x1200 resolution if you have a good video card. The patch also addresses a major complaint with Kingdoms - the horrible frame rates during large battles - first by having the program automatically decrease graphic and animation detail as frame-rate problems occur, and also by including a feature called Kenny mode, which turns off unit animation completely in the interest of faster gameplay. You can also adjust the degree of shadowing in the game and the degree to which units will automatically switch to a lower resolution to maintain a decent frame rate. But to work with these options you must edit the Windows registry manually, which is a bad idea unless you know what you're doing.

Other improvements in Kingdoms version 2.0 include two additional battle maps and tweaks to the game's balance, such as knocking Veruna's dirigible down a peg by making it smaller and less powerful, and increasing the targeting and firing capabilities of the Zhon Wisp. Cavedog also claims the patch will let the game run on a P200 with as little as 32MB of RAM, though you'll want to play it on a faster system. -- Neil Randall
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  • ASIN: B00004KHDO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 6, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,402 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 6, 2000
The Great War has ended and the recovery of Darien has begun. Yet before the fragile peace fully returns a startling discover is made in the snowy North Country. N new land and a new civilization have been found and offer the folk of Darien a new threat. The Creonites (taking a forbidding view of magical arts) threaten to throw Darien into a state of chaos and destroy its very existence. The Iron Plague is the newest extension of the Total Annihilation: Kingdoms gaming universe and features an unprecedented fifth race with new units from the undiscovered land of Creon; 25 new units including mechanical dragons, rudimentary tanks, ships and other inventions of war; 25 new maps (all new terrain from the uncharted land of Creon); 3D environments of caves, mountains, forests, and vast oceans; and much more. The Iron Plague is a highly recommended for real-time fantasy and strategy game enthusiasts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. GOODWIN on February 14, 2001
This expansion pack probably made TA: Kingdoms better. This expansion pack has a better story and a new faction that is pretty cool. With alot of new maps, units, scenarios, and a free on-line game mission, this is a great deal. The only problem is this is still a slower paced game in the line of the Command & Conquer series. A shame this game had to follow in the foot steps of the original TA as TA was very fast paced game. If you already have TA: Kingdoms, get this expansion pack and you won't be disappointed, especially the last battle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R S H on June 10, 2001
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If you like the original Kingdoms, I highly recommend getting the Iron Plagues expansion pack. Play online at GameSpy. This game is comparable to Starcraft with a Medievil twist. Lots of dragons, Monarchs, Knights. A big, giant, real time strategy chess game! Numerous sites offer third party maps, game enhancments and even new races. Lots of possibilites with this game and the fan base is very deep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "wrd2thawise" on July 9, 2001
This was a really good sequel to the original TA Kingdoms. They took a good game and expanded on its playability to make something that was really fun even better (New units, new tribe, new maps, continued storyline, etc etc). ...basically if you liked the original you MUST like the expansion because "The Iron Plague" is nothing more than "Kingdoms" biggie sized!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "shroom_" on March 8, 2000
first they added a new race, Creon. this race rocks, it has everything to a metal dragon, to electric troopers. then they added a bunch of really cool levels. not to mention the single player ones and the cool story to go along with it. i would have to recoment this one. well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Padilla Jr. on December 12, 2010
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This made the original Total Annihilation Kingdoms game worth playing again. If you own the original, I really recommend that you buy this expansion. It adds a whole new Kingdom to the original four races and continues the story mode with 25 additional chapters. The new Creon race is interesting and makes the difficulty high enough for a good challenge.

If you own the original and have trouble installing it, I would open the file properties of the application and run the compatibility as Win 98. I have it on my Windows 7 PC and it runs great.
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By Yukio on November 16, 2010
The game has all the flaws and pluses of the original game. I'm not thrilled about the creon team. I had no problems playing or against them. The creons were not overbalanced imo. However the feel of them is, well weird, in a messed up way. Their responses were annoying and the move from fantasy to steampunk is noted and some of the units are neat but a little out of place. Though they are nothing special. I do like the new maps and soundtracks. If the creon were anti-magical then why do they use it? I don't like the new scenarios very well. I vehemently encourage you the potential buyer to not pay anything more then 10.oo u.s. Why is it so 20-90+ dollars is beyond me. The game is far worth less then that. Also the files needed for the darian crusades units and maps are available for download throughout the net for FREE. So you don't need this program to get those files. Someone needs to be slapped silly though for asking an absurd price for a game that is NOT worth that kind of money.
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