"Nomadic Asia" is a realistic and delightful presentation of Asia, teeming with life and showing the author's care about making it.
All players begin their trip in a boat, in order to settle somewhere and begin a new life. They don't know what to expect from an unknown territory, but when arriving, everything becomes fascinating!
They are numerous places to visit, much wood to collect and animals to hunt, good areas where they can build their villages and develop and so on. In all this, the map offers many prospects to do whatever they want. It's the dream of every adventurous and non-getting-easily-bored player!
Each player can take advantage of the areas they prefer the most. They can be distant from each other and develop immensely or choose an area teeming with resources and establish a strong base there, and a lot more...
Each starts with 4 villagers and a scout cavalry, the same amount of stockpiles and a boat. In general, balance is great.
The whole map is very promising, showing much beauty and welfare, being interesting to be played. The correctly selected mixed terrains and the suitable kinds of forests, as well as the rivers crossing the lands, are more than just amazing. There is also much elevation here and there and some cliffs, letting the environment seem more natural.
The idea of being a nomad and wanting to explore, plus establishing a base, an unknown land, completes the map, truly unveiling the high creativity rating.
Map Design: 5
Animals can be found everywhere: Lots of fishes in the seas, boars and deers in cold, warm, and next to the rivers environments... There are many different climates, from deserts to snowy slopes and fields of grass. All of them are good-looking.
The author uses a good mixture of trees in all occasions: Jungle trees where is supposed to be a jungle, Pine and oak trees together presenting cold, but deciduous environment, some dead trees among with others for the not-so-prosperous areas... Much minerals at the center of the map, where mountains surround the area there...
A very beautiful map!
The game is not intented to have any instructions or hints, but there is not even a background story for the map. It's a Real World Map, so something could follow the theme of it, like some of Asia's history, about its climate or about nomadic expansions (like the initial intention of the game). Some hints could be useful, too. A good example would be the emphasis to the appropriate places for specific results, let's say "Gold and stone is abundant among the tallest mountains...". In any case, lack of both story and instructions/hints leads to low rating-sorry to say that.
Being an interesting and a no-bounds map, "Nomadic Asia" is a must for anyone been familiar with or craves for that kind of maps. Highly recommended to download.
[Edited on 11/14/11 @ 08:45 PM]