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Crown Wars: The Black Prince

Out today, Crown Wars: The Black Prince tasks you with assembling a squad to disassemble The Order

Out today on both PC and consoles, turn-based strategy fans looking to get stuck into something meaty might want to check out Crown Wars: The Black Prince, developed by Artefacts Studio and published by Nacon. Even more so if they like the idea of its 14th century France setting.

The Hundred Years’ War rages on, and your king has been killed. But amidst the turmoil there’s hope: having been gifted a castle and land by a mysterious benefactor, there’s a chance you can regroup and rebuild, restoring peace and stability to the land. Though it won’t be easy. There’s an evil at the root of it all called The Order, and you’re going to have to defeat it to make a lasting impact.

Being a turn-based strategy game, combat plays a large role on Crown Wars: The Black Prince. Not much appears to be unique here: you move your combatants and perform actions, then it’s your opponent’s turn to do the same. Throw in staple features such as overwatch and cover and you have a game with the depth you’ve come to expect from the genre.

Crown Wars The Black Prince
Image: Artefacts Studio

What does make Crown Wars: The Black Prince stand out, however, are the units available. Being set during the Hundred Years’ War, the inclusion of mercenaries allows for more than just typical armour-clad soldiers when it comes to the makeup of your squad. There are Alchemists, for example, donned in Witch Doctor masks, and Beastmasters that grant you command of various animals. With six classes available overall, you always have a varied range of skills to employ in battle.

Crown Wars: The Black Prince isn’t just a sequence of combat encounters, either. Between battle you’ll use the spoils of war to not only develop your squad, but also your land. Various buildings providing valuable services are available, such as the Chapel where you can heal your units, and the Forge where you can enhance their equipment. You’ll want to upgrade these facilities over time to further your war efforts, perhaps even undertaking missions just to acquire resources.

With a range of objectives to meet during combat, and the accumulation of injuries possibly taking your units out of action, Crown Wars: The Black Prince is a game that keeps you on your toes. And while its story may not be all that engrossing and the quality of the voice acting ranging from simply decent to downright bad, it still remains to be a enjoyable experience.

So, while this isn’t a game that’s going to win someone over to the genre, for fans eager to sink their teeth into something new, Crown Wars: The Black Prince is certainly worth considering.

Crown Wars: The Black Prince is available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

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