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Underhand Dealings From The Hatti Archive

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Andrea Rosa
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Number of Scenarios: 6
Difficulty: Mod-Hard
Centered in Asia Minor, the Hatti Kingdom existed from 1900 to 1810 BC. Although the extent of this lost civilization was rediscovered only within the last hundred years, the Hittites are one of the ancient cultures we best know, nowadays. Archaeological excavations at the site of the Hatti capital, Hattusas, have yielded thousands of clay cuniform tablets: the discovery of the Hatti Archive and the decipherment of these tablets revealed that the Hittites were a world power at one time, and also cast doubt on many items of information gathered from other sources. Roaring into history from mysterious origins, the Hittites would rule a great empire that stretched from Asia Minor to Mesopotamia. From terrible wars to peaceful and prosperous trade, the Babylonians, the Assyrians and the Egyptians learned to respect them.


This campaign features 6 scenarios. Carefully read "Readme.txt" for detailed informations about game settings, suggested difficulty level, etc.


Andrea Rosa
Cittiglio, Italy
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Ingo Van Thiel
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Very, very good campaign. "Underhand Dealings from the Hatti Archive" really brings the rise and fall of the Hittites to life.
Map Design: All maps have been designed with a lot of attention to detail and are a feast for the eye: Get ready for naturally blending terrain, swamps, overlapping trees, lovely river dales, natural-feeling deserts, overgrown Gaia cities, and well-crafted towns. 5+

Balance: The balance is tough, but always manageable. I lost several times, but the game always left me with a desire to go back and try again, and try a different tactic. The battles are almost always murderously tough. Only in "The Pharaoh, the King and the Princess" do you get to choose between an easy and a tough option: Do you take the easy way and come to your king's aid with your Qadesh army, or do you try to do with the king's small force of guards? The first way gives you some time to breathe and recover for the challenges of the last, numbingly hard scenario; the second way is more challenging and risky, but fun if you like to beat superior forces with good micromanagement. 5

Playability: The gameplay kept me on my toes throughout. You will have six epic scenarios to fight yourself through, so put some time aside for this one. There are few campaigns where you just can't stop playing to see the next scenario, and this one belongs to them. 5

Creativity: There was a very creative use of history, map design techniques such as dried out river beds, the timed arrival of the caravan, and a variety of tasks and objectives; a lot of thinking, ideas and effort seem to have been put into virtually every corner of every map. 5

Story/Instructions: The instructions were well-written. In some cases, the language almost seemed to flow. Very impressive, especially when you consider that English is not the Author's native language. Only a few spelling mistakes in some instructions were there, but they were minor ("princes" instead of "princess") and not enough to take away one point. The introduction screens also provided an appealing bitmap and also provides a detailed section about the history of the Hittites. 5-

All in all, I would consider "Underhand Dealings from the Hatti Archive" a late classic of AoE. It is tough and surely not for beginners, but a must play for any fan of the game who likes a good challenge.

[Edited on 12/24/04 @ 06:58 AM]

KnightofNorway
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
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Balance: 5
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Masked_Pretender
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5

I love playing this campaign over and over! It just never gets old! I'm in love with mission 1, rock at mission 2,love even more mission 3 ,hate but enjoy mission 4,over think at mission 5 and enjoy my heart at mission 6. It's just too good to be true. This is a masterpiece!

Balance: 5

Nothin' to say here. Everything is perfectly balanced, thou I would like to say that in Danger on the River, the Mittani have a bit too many towers. Nothing more.

Creativity: 5

I feel like I'm living in the scenario; they're so real! You're very skilled with VC, ''triggers'' and such. Very good work.

Map Design: 5

I feel like I'm living in the scenario; they're
so real! I even borrowed some of your ideas in my upcoming campaign, like swamps, from The Pharaoh and the Princess I was amazed at the TerrainCrack mix, used very good on cliffs, you know.

Story/Instructions: 5

I never read the story actually, but when I read the goals and watch places that look like in the bitmap, I guess it should be worth a five or more.

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Second review. Played this on moderate. Played all day and had fun; this got me addicted to AoE once more :D
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Rating
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Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Playability: 5
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Balance: 5
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Creativity: 5
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Map Design: 5
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Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
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Downloads:8,068
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Size:1.04 MB
Added:04/26/04
Updated:12/18/08