If the concept of reviving your enemies to join your side appeals to you then Undead Horde is definitely a game worth checking out.
Undead Horde has you play as a necromancer on his quest to claim the land for himself. You do so by killing every person and animal who resides in each area of the impressively large world. Although this sounds grim, you can bring them back to life after slaying them so they can join you on your path of destruction. The core gameplay involves sending our your horde to take on enemies, using spells and equipment to provide boosts and such, and you can fight as well with whichever weapon you have equipped. It all comes together to form a satisfying formula as you slay countless foes, recruit them to your side, and claim territory for yourself once you slay everyone in an area. Thankfully, it can be quite challenging to boot so optimizing your equipment and horde is the key to success.
As you play, you'll level up by earning experience points, acquire gold, and amass a wealth of loot. Soon into the adventure, you'll rescue a bunch of merchants who reside at your home base which you can warp to quite easily. In fact, you can warp to every area that you've unlocked the portal for which is a convenient way to get around. Anyway, watching your stats and abilities expand and working out a tricky loadout that gives you a substantial upper-hand is rewarding stuff indeed, especially after you acquire a ton of great equipment and think of all the possibilities that you can accomplish with it. You can even sell stuff at any time so your inventory rarely gets full.
One aspect of Undead Horde that's very well accomplished is the fact that you'll come across many different kinds of enemies and situations throughout its campaign. You'll find yourself backtracking to take on super-tough foes, sending undead soldiers out from an unlimited supply, traversing dungeons while collecting key items in order to progress, discovering secret treasures, and much more. The campaign is paced in a way in that it never becomes tedious and all of the variety definitely helps with this. That being said, there's an overall lack of difficulty due to the fact that you merely respawn at your home base whenever you perish with all of your gold, items, and such intact so you can try again endlessly and with no punishment whatsoever aside from wasting your time.
A couple of other downsides of Undead Horde are its voice acting and manual combat. First, the main character has a gravelly voice that stands out of the soundscape a lot and he never seems to shut up either. Almost every action makes him say something so you'll hear him say the same things over and over again. In fact, I stopped attempting to use magic when I didn't have enough points because his repeated lines were driving me crazy. Anyway, fighting enemies by yourself feels very disconnected because it's one of those games where your character just waves a weapon around while the enemies don't react to the attacks. It's very unsatisfying and I wish it felt more like I was actually battling someone to the death instead of just waving a sword and seeing gauges gradually decrease.
Undead Horde is a solid strategic combat dungeon crawler that you're sure to enjoy for a handful of hours. I wish it was a bit finer tuned before it released but it's still an ultimately satisfying and unique game.
- + Satisfying strategic battles with a very cool resurrection mechanic
- + Fantastic RPG elements and loot
- + Solid variety of enemies and scenarios
- - No punishment for death takes away from the overall sense of challenge
- - Manual combat feels disconnected
- - Voice acting gets annoying very fast