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The Horde -- Crystal Dynamics

Young Sir Chauncey saves the King from choking to death and is rewarded with vast tracks of land--but this is one gift Chauncey may have been better off without! Vulgar and ravenous "hordlings" inhabit Chauncey's new holdings; and the plot thickens as the King's jealous chancellor becomes involved. Full motion video sequences star popular actor Kirk Cameron. Players must struggle to free their villages from The Horde in this strategy/action game for the 3DO.

Ferrari Man
This game was a refreshing change from the standard. The graphics were not of the caliber of many 3DO games, but they were still excellent. As with most CD games the sound was nothing short of great. The game does come off as a little bit warped, however. I would recommend you rent this one before buying, lest you be very daring. Not a game to sell a system, but certainly one that will keep 3DO owners glad that they spent their money.

At first this game seems really corny. However, after your first few encounters with the hordlings you understand what you must do. The graphics were very good and the full motion video was excellent. The music and sound effects were great for the game. At first it is difficult to keep an eye on the hordlings and an eye on your cows, but after some practice it becomes much easier. The Horde is a must for your 3DO library. Great job!

So far this has to be one of the most entertaining games that I've played on the 3DO. I would really like to see more games in this style since it allows for a lot of flexible story telling. Plus it really gives the feel of watching a short movie, rather than an intermission. Play control was excellent, sound was the best, and the story line in this game left me laughing at the shear silliness of it all. The only draw back to the game was the incredible game slowdown as you got more and more active things on the play area, such as lots of cows, knights, and hordlings--this bogged the machine down more than half speed! I'm not sure how much replay value this game has, but while trying to solve it, the game was so addictive that I really had trouble pulling myself away from it.

This title is a definite must-have for the 3DO. While anything with cows in it is inherently good, The Horde really brought life and magic to my screen--not only with excellent full-motion video sequences, but lively, interactive gameplay and creative and entertaining characters. The storyline is a riot, and the full motion video sequences are extremely well-done. My only misgiving is that it is a little too easy outwit the strategic element of the game.

>>>>> 85.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 3.5 4.5 5.0 4.5
Sound 4.0 4.5 5.0 4.5
Gameplay/Control 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.0
Longevity/Playability 4.0 4.5 3.0 4.5
Overall 4.0 4.0 5.0 4.0
Total 19.5 21.5 22.5 21.5

Originally appeared Vol 2, Iss 5 (11-12/94)