Legio Review
Legio box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ice Game Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Paradox Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 25, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Pending 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Players looking to hone their strategies against the computer will have three modes with which to do so: Easy, Normal, and Hard. Of course, at first, even the first few matches on Easy will seem rather quick and brutal until the player has a grasp of the pieces, at which point they can attempt to take on smarter AI. Then again, Legio also supports two types of multiplayer modes: one purely online and another that lets two people play using the same computer. From a gameplay perspective, there is absolutely nothing that separates any of these modes from one another. And, while going head to head against a living, breathing person would certainly be far less predictable and interesting, it is difficult to find anyone else online to challenge.

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Like many indie games of the casual/puzzle-solving genre, Legio's online community suffers from a shortage of active players. While much of this isn't necessarily the game's fault, it is difficult to understand why such a small game would offer its online multiplayer stand-alone instead of integrating it into an online gaming website or a platform such as Steam, which would certainly ease the process of finding opponents by exposing more people to the game and making it far easier to see who is online. Rest assured, however, that when an opponent can be found, players are treated to a deep and interesting gameplay experience that will require their best strategic thinking.

Legio is a strategy game that takes the rigid parts of chess, breaks them apart, adds a bit of strange and fun, and then keeps its complexity subtle and hidden. While it is certainly easy to pick up and enjoy, so much so that the lack of a tutorial isn't an issue, the game has layers of strategic depth that will challenge even the most logical and analytical thinkers. The absence of story-based gameplay is a small, forgivable mark on a game that really doesn't need any back-story at all. It also benefits from having exceptionally low system requirements, making it accessible on even the most slim-downed machines such as laptops or netbooks. In fact, the only thing holding Legio back from being a favorite among chess-like, turn-based strategy enthusiasts is its lack of a comprehensive multiplayer platform.

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Regardless of how you look at it, Legio isn't a game for everyone. Instead, it caters to a very specific niche audience in both its gameplay and presentation. However, for a price tag of just $10, it is difficult to say whether this is something you'd want or not. If you very much enjoy one on one games of the mind, then you'd certainly love it. Of course, if you prefer human opponents over AI, then you may want to wait and see if the online community either gets a better platform or just more players.

By Derek Hidey
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
A strange, yet interesting art style that is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland lacks polish but ensures smooth playing on slower machines.
3.5
Control
Easy-to-learn mechanics and simple, mouse-driven gameplay are great to see.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Decent music that changes to fit the situation on the board. An obvious lack of sound effects makes hearing the same ones over and over a bit annoying at times.
3.0
Play Value
A strategic and deep game lies beneath a simple and casual game despite the lack of story-driven gameplay. The lack of an active online player base makes finding online matches difficult.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master - Legio is easy to learn but difficult to master. The rules of Legio allow for many different styles of play, from very aggressive strategies to strictly defensive play.
  • Single and Multiplayer Modes - Offers both single-player (vs. the computer) and two-player games (hotseat on the same PC, LAN, or Internet).
  • Rich Backstory - The Legio universe is an immersive fantasy world with a rich back story, populated by unique creatures and characters.
  • Dynamic Music - A dynamic music engine changes the musical theme to reflect the gameplay.


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