Resolution Magazine is offering up an early review of King's Bounty: Armored Princess, in which they give Katauri's ambitious expansion pack an overall score of 8/10.
It's an impressively lengthy game, too. Lasting at least 20 hours (potentially a lot more if you explore all the side-quests) it feels less like an expansion of the original game and more like a whole new product in its own right, even though the core mechanics remain basically the same. And as long as you can put up with its occasional repetition and the incessantness of combat which, really, is the intentional focus of the game there's a vast, elegant network of playgrounds on which to satisfy your turn-based bloodlust.
If only the camera were a little more versatile, this charming world could be viewed in so much more depth. If only the mechanics were better explained, and the focus were shifted more neatly between combat and exploration, the pacing would have excelled. If only the story were more than flimsy filler, the game might have truly captured the imagination. But Armored Princess still stands as a strong and genuinely entertaining genre-melter, one that marries traditional role-playing with invigorating tactics to spawn huge heaps of bonkers fun.