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Sep 13, 2011 | 3:07 PM EDT

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Handle on things 5 Points First Victory
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The Lance.

The ultimate goal for any aspiring jouster.

Will you ever claim it? Will your descendants?

You'll never know unless you try - but the Kings champion isn't going to make that easy!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great but.....

Why did I start out on level 5


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Money. Or lack of it.

Agreeing with Bannie, players need to earn gold much faster. With as many items as there are, and with prices as high as they are, your knight's income simply can't keep up.
Example: final mount "The Steed" has a price of 10,560 gold. It can take an entire generation to make even half of that. And that's not considering the other 8 steeds (28,139 gold).
Point is, completionists like me will want to master every item. But we don't want to have to grind gold for a couple hours to do it.

I do quite enjoy the gameplay and amount of items though, so props on that.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

A nice game.

So yeah, pretty nice and addictive game, with nice graphics and sound. However, when you grasp the game-play mechanics the game ceases to be challenging, and if you go for the horse medal - the grinding becomes boring, as there is no real difficulty so it eventually becomes a test of patience/lack of better things to do with your time.

Here are some tips to ease the grinding process:

1. Polearms aren't important; neither are the mounts, so don't waste money on them - I just beaten the champ with the basic pole, so trust me on this one.

2. Invest your money in armor instead, and even then - there are only a few items you are aspiring to get if you try to get the horse medal - the Tin Flex helmet, the Medallion shield and the Cross Contempt armor. DO NOT BUY ANY HELMETS OR SHIELDS UNTIL YOU CAN AFFORD THESE! It's a waste of money. As for armor - I'll leave it to your discretion - if you want to beat the boss quickly and don't care for the medals - buy yourself a transitional armor (Gloomy Indigo would do fine). If you do - wait till you can afford the Cross, then buy it (there's no chance you'd beat the second boss with your basic armor on though).

3. Oh, yeah - it's perfectly possible to beat the boss during the second generation already, but you need to be precise and consistent - as all his armor is equally powerful, choose one and stick to it - personally I find the head easier to hit, but you need to hit this bit of armor continuously with every run. Don't miss, don't hit the shield or the horse. The AI distributes its damage over you quite widely, so you can expect that he wouldn't hit you at the same spot more than twice in a row - that fact should be enough for you to prevail.

4. Here's the most effective way to grind money that I've found - locate the weakest bit of armor, then hit it till it's one hit away from collapsing. Then switch the other part until your own armor drops to a critical low, then it's time for you to deliver the killing blow, lest you perish.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


Good Game Although You Are Always Most Likely To Win The Second Time Against The Champion


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Needs more

Thought this was a great game and different than what I have seen before. There is alot of room for improvement though I believe.
First the upgrades cost alot so you wind up finishing the game long before trying many of them, also once you figure out the trick to getting them to leave certain areas open it gets repetitive. Is there a purpose to the leveling up? It seemed like the xp gain was pointless since nothing new was available. I did notice the trick about leaving the game and coming back to repeat the same match to gain money but didnt feel like wasting time going in and out just for upgrades. It took me 6 generations and about 6 bouts to finally beat the champ, mostly due to slight movements on previous tries. I also noticed the glitch where sometimes it wouldnt let you select the weapon, I found that exiting out of the shop and going back in fixed this for me.

It was a good game though and enjoyed it maybe a #2 with some changes would be good.

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