Chandragupta Maurya founded the Mauryan Empire of India. This campaign is based (admittedly rather loosely) on the founding, expansion, and defense of Chandragupta's empire. You begin with nothing and must forge a mighty empire in the heat of the Indian subcontinent. Defeat your rivals to begin your rise to power. Suppress rebels and manage your network of spies. Expand your territories through diplomacy and conquest, and battle for control of the Khyber Pass. Advance warning to puzzle-haters - you might not like parts of this campaign. Not many puzzles, but there are a few. The scenarios were developed and tested on Moderate, so it's best to play it that way. Many thanks to Ingo van Theil for playtesting and pestering me to finish this darn thing :^)
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When I saw this in the Granary, I download that without second thought, seeing that is was made by Rich Parker, Who had already made such great campaigns as "The Martial Emperor".
I Was not to be Disappointed. Briefly, This Campaign is about Chandragupta Maurya, A king of India at the time of Alexander the Great
Playability: Great! All Different Styles of Scenario are here, Puzzles, Fixed Forces and Build Up, all Mixed together for great enjoyment.
Balance:Perfect, The Puzzles were hard, but not impossible and while, I never won any of the Scenarios on my first attempt, It did not take me forever to learn from my mistakes and Win.
Creativity:How Many Scenario's are based on a persons nightmare? Or Did you know that your units could jump off cliffs into transport boats?Map Design: It's Art, Look out for a well-crafted India in Scenario 3, Or the Kyber Pass in Scenario 4. Just Stunning!
Story/Instructions: Poetic and interesting, the Story makes the player feel involved and you always know why you are doing what you are doing, Instructions simple to the point and No spelling mistakes plus Beatiful Bitmaps.
Put it simply, Download this and you, like me, won't be disappointed.
[Edited on 12/24/04 @ 04:06 PM]
From the moment you open this campaign and read the story you are pulled in. There are many different scenarios to keep you interested, with the main focus on puzzles. All excellent! Rich Parker does not disappoint you with this campaign about Chandragupta Maurya, A king of India at the time of Alexander the Great.
The scenarios are all captivating. Puzzles are hard, but as stated earlier they are not impossible to beat once you calm down and think. It takes the player at least two of three tries thus learning from their mistakes and getting ahead. There are some neat little paths to follow that can lead yo astray if not followed correctly.
Truly a very creative piece of work. The history and story are interesting to read, maps designs are flawless. Bitmaps were good to look although I felt the last could have been better. Maybe our designer did not want to give too much away as it was based upon a nightmare.
Map Design: 5
I really enjoyed the maps. You get a feel for each as you watch them unfold. I like to travel around and open up as much as I can and was able to do so each time. Great workmanship creating India with rolling hills, rivers, plush fields, and deserts. “Eye candy” is truly in the eye of the beholder. Again great bitmaps with the exception of the final.
Full of history the story simply unfold into a true work of art. Interesting and at times totally captivating you do get involved with the story and can’t wait to see what happens. Excellent instructions to follow leave you know without any doubt what you must accomplish for victory. I peek at hints after I have finished the scenarios and find that they are helpful.
Bravo to Rich Parker for another fantastic campaign.