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The Curse

Author File Description
The Downward Spiral
File Details
Version: Age of Kings
Style: Fixed Force
One year ago, an uprising took place in England's royal province of Victoria. The Victoria Province has remained in its ruined state ever since. No man has ever had the courage to enter the smoking wasteland. As a year passed from the uprising, King Edward rose to power. King Edward wished to reclaim Victoria due to the fact the province is flooded with lush gold. Little did the royal army know what they were yet to encounter...
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Angel Park
Official Reviewer
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
I must say I usually don't like to review scenarios from popular scenario makers but I'm happy I did this one.

Starting with your small army made of 4 hand cannoners, 2 paladins, and of course the hero you have been made to go to a cursed province filled with gold in order to take it back for your king. Along the way are some puzzles, enemies, allies, and more. In the end you have a massive army (although not needed) to take over the main city where the rebel leader is. But you would think once the rebel leader is dead the scenario is over but there is a good twist. The Downward Spiral added something that really made this scenairo go in to the Best of Aok but I won't tell you since it ruins the fun or you might just think its nothing really.

There were some little bugs I encountered but just remember to try to speak with about everyone, read the hints, and keep your hero around when talking and you won't have to encounter the same problems I had.


THE SCORES

Playabilty-

Like maybe some scenarios at first you have the same thing with the small army going through the country side killing guys, but it changed to bigger fights and more fun. The talking with the characters made it feel more like you were actually talking to them sort of.

Balance-
At first with some micromanagement its easy to kill your enemies but as the game goes on its gets harder but not so much that you cannot win.

Creativity-
I had trouble on this deciding on how to score this, it deserved I was sure at least a 4 but really it also seemed like some others I played but overall I think it should be high and the last thing was very fun and good.

Design & Story-
Map design was good with all your little gaia things, cliffs, elevations, and etc. although it didn't have much/at all any eye candy the map really did give a feel as if it was real. If a map designer thinks one eye candy will give you a 5 you're wrong and The Downward Spiral has been able to use everything ES gave to make excellent map design.

The story though was excellent although the ending part could of been more the story went through the scenario also so it was okay.

Overall I have to say it was an excellent scenario different from many of the RPG kinds with a mix of alot of things and for a person who only plays scenarios to beta test or review this has been a great one from all the bad *no offense :) to all others*
Cypher
Rating
4.6
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity3.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Wow, there sure was a classic! However, I believe it was overrated just a tad. Sure it was fun, it was well balanced, the map design was splendid, and the story was deep... but something was missing. It just wasn't very original. It was basically one of those boring RPGs, but this time with a twist... a delightful twist at that. It is quite unexplainable, therefore, I order you to download and play this wonderful scenario immediately! Though I may sound a bit harsh on the author, the Downward Spiral, don't mistake me. "The Curse" is without a doubt an incredible scenario!
Possidon
Official Reviewer
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
The Curse is a very fun scenario with lots of fights, big and small. I loved travelling around the map killing the Savages andtrying to get to the main city. The dialog between your soilders and the people of the land were really intesting and sometime humorous

Balance: 5
You start of easy. Only a few people to kill, then the enemy armies start to get bigger. Sometimes there are watchtowers which you have to destory. When you get to the city, the difficulty rises to a whole new level, although it's not too hard that you can't win. A very challenging scenario.

Creativity: 5
I found it difficult to decide what score to give this but I eventually gave it a 5 becuase, it has a good story with The Downward Spirals brilliant and unexpected twists and a nice map design with some eye-candy. There is also a custom AI file to go with it too.

Map Design: 5
The Map design of the smokey Victoria Province wasteland is beutiful. there was a great use of GAIA objects and Terrain mixing. Cliffs and Elevation was used well too. The small villages were well spaced out and the main city was really nicely displayed with farms outside the main walls.

Story/Instructions: 5
A Wonderful scenario were Charles martel has beenn sent by king Edward to reclaim the Victoria Province from the brutal Savages that live there. I loved the story with all the twists and turns. the instructions were nice and had alot of hints.

A great Scenario and a Highly Recommended Download


Possidon

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Rating
4.9
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity4.3
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
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Added:07/16/00