Prince of Destruction (PoD) is a Windows-based, overhead role-playing game that takes place in the land of Nestaria. The character has been summoned by a great wizard to overthrow the evil ruler and free the kingdom from tyranny. OK, so the plot does not exactly ooze with originality. So how does PoD work? What are the pros and cons? And most importantly, is it fun to play? |
The player selects from amongst four pre-made characters (warrior, archer, etc.), and can tweak the meager attributes such as accuracy, strength, etc. as he sees fit. When the numbers have been tweaked to satisfaction, the game is begun. Character control is strictly keyboard, which may seem frustrating at first, but one quickly learns the necessary keys. Conversation with NPCs is similar to the Ultimas in that keywords are used to canvass information. Typical questions would be JOB, NAME, etc. and the responses from NPCs will have words in red, which the player can get additional information on. There is a window the player can open to recall what has been said, which is very handy.
Fighting with monsters takes practice. The player can expect to die a lot in the beginning until figuring out what is going on. (Hint: Use your ranged weapon to start off with). Monster corpses can be searched by running over them, revealing gold, healing potions and other assorted goodies. Sometimes with the fast and furious real-time (!) battles it is easy to pick up items and later forget to check the inventory to see if anything that was found can aid the character. Hit the 'I' key frequently to keep tabs on what you have on hand. Aside from talking to NPCs, you will find keys, tomes (with information and spells) and switches. Teleporters are common as well.
The graphics are nicely rendered, but small. My vision is quite good, and I found myself squinting at times to see some of the text. The music is simple, but also nicely done. Sound effects are sparse, but adequate. The game supports up to four players at the same time, however I did not have time to test this feature. The file includes the manual, so those interested in multiplayer gaming in the world of Nestaria should look there for information.
Overall, I found this game to be enjoyable, but it's not for everyone. The beginning can be frustrating, but after gaining a few levels, the player can explore and engage in battles without having to worry about instant death. The keyboard-only controls and NPC conversation system may turn off some, so the game is not for everybody, but to my tastes, adventuring in Nestaria was a good way to pass some time. Recommended!Reviewed by: Sir Markus