I was looking for a free game to act as an old-school Heroes of Might and Magic clone and came across Palm Kingdoms 2. It’s got familiar gameplay and graphics to Heroes of Might and Magic 2 and plays well. An enjoyable retro retreat – it could be improved by the addition of a campaign mode though.
Type: Turn-based strategy
Platform: Windows Mobile, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, OS X, Linux
Players: Up to 8
Developer or Designer: iosoftware LTD
Heroes of Might and Magic clone
Multiple army and building types
No campaign or story mode
Your heroes level up as you'd expect. It's very satisfying
Palm Kingdoms 2 is a great turn-based strategy game cast in the same mould as the old Heroes of Might and Magic series. You take on the role of one of 8 different types of heroes and vie for world domination by killing the other heroes and capturing their castles, building up your own heroes and castles in the process.
Each of the heroes have unique buildings and troop types, with their own strengths and weaknesses, requiring a different play style or strategy for each of them. I loved Heroes of Might and Magic 2 and I’m pleased to report that this does play in a very similar way.
The difficulty settings are progressive. There is no need to jump right in at expert as it starts off at a relatively challenging level anyway, especially if you haven’t played many turn-based strategy games before. If you have, then you won’t feel patronised – the AI does put up a decent enough fight.
It is let down by its lack of online multiplayer. You can play with up to 8 people, but they will have to pass round device. Likewise, one of the things I liked about Heroes was the campaign mode and with PK2 you only get single maps. The basic version only comes with a few maps, you’ll need to download Deluxe to get the full range. If you’re only dipping your toe in the water of turn-based strategy, then the free version ill probably suffice. If you’re an old Heroes devotee like me, then go for the Deluxe, you’ll get hundreds of hours of gameplay out of it that will make it worth the expense.