Adventures of Leif the Lucky is a RPG, the story and history are fiction, the events take place in the Kingdom of Berith. You play Leif whose early life was not so lucky, his mother died giving birth, his father Erik Bloodaxe, a Sergeant in the Royal Berithian Army, died leading a patrol against the Dobai, his body never found, when Leif was ten. Eric had raised his new son the best way he knew, when other boys of his age were whiling away the lazy summer days cooling off at the river, Leif was practicing axe throwing. With 20, his future seemed set; he had married Melinda and was going to see her father, Enrique, about a job in the marble quarry. It started as a normal spring day for Leif; little did he know that fate had something else in store for him...
PLAYABILITY: The scenario is fun to play, promising and I am looking forward to download the full version. Small issues, you might get stuck with four units following David Sun, which happened at the town centre or the bandits follow you until the monastery which is not in the author's intend. Best to stay east of the town centre proceeding to the monastery and stay there until you hear Loki bark. 3+
BALANCE: You can only play act 1 with three fighting scenes and even though I did not lose, the Dobai injured Leif severely on hard so that I had to run with him. It is an introduction, a RPG and considering the author's intent, the balance is slightly above average. 4-
CREATIVITY: The flames with sounds and looping damage effects make the fires very realistic, good humour, the names of the war wagons and of the horse are cool. In addition, story, introduction screen, BMP and map design are creative. 4
MAP DESIGN: The map has a good use of elevations, terrain mix, a beautiful, realistic map, the sea rocks placed in the wood have a bit of water around, to make it look like a pond. As the Demo uses only a small part of the map, I used Marco and Polo after playing and found everything covered with great design, units included. 5
STORY/INSTRUCTIONS: Reading the opening screen, the history about an epic war and the destiny of the hero’s father dragged me already into the good story. I believe we have another great storyteller at the blacksmith, as in a theatre play he explains all characters. You got a comprehensive scout section, clear objectives, and sufficient hints. The bitmap alone is worth the download. 5
OVERALL: Adventures of Leif the Lucky aims for a high best of AoK after completion.
SUGGESTIONS: In trigger 'escape' extent the Set Area in the condition under the town centre, this avoids that the bandits follow to the monastery and being stuck. First playing I proceeded north and Loki was out of my LoS when barking, task her nearer to the monastery.
IN CLOSING: Adventures of Leif the Lucky is a promising Demo and a recommended download.
[Edited on 05/07/08 @ 09:20 PM]