Turn based fantasy games have seen a bit of a resurgence recently, no doubt partly because it's easier to design a touchscreen UI where the action takes place in a menu rather than in wielding a sword. To wit: King's Bounty: Legions. This title gives players a set of characters to command in combat versus an enemy squad to conquer the game board.

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The game has some pretty strong creative ties to Heroes of Might and Magic, as the man who designed the original Might and Magic, as well as the aforementioned spin-off, also worked on the first King's Bounty. This new title has some pretty great looking graphics behind it, as well as the ability to challenge players from around the world. Users can log in as a guest, though if you use your Facebook account, your progress will be saved between your Android device, an iPad (if you have one) and Facebook itself.

King's Bounty: Legions is free to play, though it seems that right now it's limited strictly to Tegra tablets. I was able to install it on my Nexus 7 just fine, but neither the Galaxy Nexus nor Nexus 10 were eligible. No explicit restriction is made in the app's description that requires a tablet, though judging from the UI, it's unlikely any phone would be big enough (touch targets were even difficult to hit on my N7).

Of course, in-app-purchases are present as well. You can use real money to buy in-game money to acquire better items, weapons, or characters. Naturally these are optional, but it's likely the game will tempt you to skip grinding by doling out a bit of cash.

via Kotaku

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  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    For the record, the game shows up as compatible with my Transformer 101, but not my G2x. Both are Tegra 2 devices. This lends credence to your "Tegra tablet only" theory.

    • http://twitter.com/andrewf Andrew

      Same here. It is available for my Nexus 7, but not for Atrix 4G (Tegra 2)

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      shouldn't you wrote "this doesn't lend credence..."?

      • defred34

        No, what he is saying is that it is true, hence "this lends credence". It is you who must take an English language class for failing to comprehend said situation accurately enough.

        • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

          Do you *have* to be snarky?

          Read again what Aaron wrote: He wrote that he has two Tegra 2 devices; one is compatible, the other is not. For me, that means the hypothesis that "the game is designed for Tegra devices only" is not right, or at least it's more than just the GPU.

          • defred34

            Read again, is what you have to do: "...though it seems that right now it's limited strictly to Tegra tablets". The reason one is compatible and another isn't is because one is a tablet and another is a phone!

            Sorry for being such a snarky jerk, though. Happy New Year! :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/partychris Chris Durden

            That would mean he needs to research the devices, not take an English course. Dick.

  • Mahmood Alawi

    Sideloaded the app on my HTC One X and it works...

    but as you said..... the controls are absurdly small.

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      Where did you get a sideload-able version from?

      • Mahmood Alawi

        Googled for it,
        its a free app @ the end of the dat... so no guilt in doing that :p

        Google "King's Bounty: Legions apk" easy enough... you'll find it eventually

  • Wayne Randall

    You had me right up to Facebook..

  • defred34

    A free strategy game? NTQ

  • Jongjungbu

    Too bad it's also for Tegra only. Despite the unfavorable reviews, I still would have liked to try it. If only because I like the King's Bounty series.

  • Valeriy Maksymiv

    No Nexus 10??? Disappointing.

    • hyperbolic

      Not even SGS2

      • Valeriy Maksymiv

        I downloaded .apk and it works on Nexus 10, texts and icons are very small though.

  • Jeremy Gilliam

    Not a bad game, just not a great game. Glad it is free-mum...

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    I'll have to take this out for a spin, even though the controls are not optimized for a 7" tablet, just because there doesn't seem to be any other HoM&M clone in the Play Store...

  • kiljoymccoy

    great game play ruined by facebook integration stamina

  • adam

    It's available for my Thrive, but it crashes to homescreen as soon as I hit 'play'. Balls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ovcharenko Sergii Ovcharenko

    The game is nice. Playing on Nexus 7 with my wife on iPad mini.

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    Looks nice, worth a try. I have a nostalgia to turn-based strategy games. What I really want is someone to port Warlords 2 to Android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.tillman Andreas Ante SepĂșlveda

    Works good on my Note II, but had to copy apk from my N7. The controls are OK, a tad too small.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.tillman Andreas Ante SepĂșlveda

    They just made it available to all of my devices, which includes SGS3 and Note2.

  • Psybuster

    Please no more freemium garbage, just port the PC versions.
    Or better yet, make a new multiplatform title for PC, iOS and Android.