Another 2 Xbox 360 games join the Games With Gold program this March, with Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders. Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution will be available for free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribed users between March 1-16th, whereas Dungeon Defenders will be available from March 16-31st.
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution – 1st – 16th March 2014
Sid Meier brings the Civilization universe to consoles with the Revolution! Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution is a turn-based strategy game with 16 civilizations, each with their historical leaders. The player starts with one settler unit from one of the 16 civilizations included with the game. That unit is the basis for the rest of the civilization created in the game. The player creates a village and distributes man-power between harvesting food, developing production of buildings/war units or research for new technologies, subsequently evolving their empire. New cities can be created by producing more settlements or old ones can be taken over by an act of war.
The turn-based nature of the game steadily evolves the larger your civilisation becomes. Each unit and village in a civilization gets a turn. End-game can be achieved in many ways, although campaign scenarios can restrict this to make gameplay more difficult. Single player campaign and multiplayer game modes are offered and definitely increase replay-ability. Up to 4 players can take part in multiplayer battles – but there is no local play.
The game was originally released in 2008 and is designed for consoles (yes, it’s not a port of the PC versions!).
Dungeon Defenders – 17th – 31st March 2014
This fun arcade game brings together the genres of tower defense and RPG for frantic action against waves of monsters of increasing difficulties. With 4 character classes to choose from (Huntress, Squire, Apprentice and Monk), the player must defend ‘Eternia Crystals’ from being attacked by these monsters, by building towers in strategic positions or jumping into the fray themselves, using a character’s sword or staff.
Tower placement is limited by a players level of ‘mana‘. Mana is an in-game currency, which allows players to buy towers. More mana can be collected within a level by killing monsters, who drop it upon death. Dying monsters can also drop loot, which can be applied to a character to improve abilities. A leveling system is used, with characters being able to level up, which in turn gradually increases the characters abilities. There’s even an in-game shop where left-over mana can be used to buy better equipment. There are both single player campaign and challenge modes, along with a multiplayer game mode. Games can be played with 1-4 players locally or online.
The game was originally released on mobile in 2010 to showcase Unreal Engine on mobile. It was then revamped and brought to XBLA/PSN in 2011 with huge success.
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