WaltSee wrote on Jun 14, 2021, 15:37:
I would only be interested in single-player, as well, but this particular game has never "tripped my trigger," as they say...the Orcs look about as 'scary' and 'authentic' as poo-bear ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SwWL5xCzhM ) from my dimly remembered childhood, Saturday-morning cartoon days...;) I cannot figure out if this is a "Recommended: kindergarten to 4th grade age group" game or whether there is something here that isn't obvious that makes the game more interesting in single-player mode--and more fun for us post-pubescent graybeards!...;)
For those who play and enjoy it, what are the standout features for you that make it a worthwhile addition to your library?
(I mean, if you feel like a sentence/paragraph or two...;) If not, that's fine, too...;) )
Well, this is probably not going to be the game or series that impresses or scares you with fearsome looking Orcs/Trolls/Ogres etc. but I always loved the OMD graphical style. Clean lined, cartoonish graphics usually age better also over time. That aside, the gameplay itself is very enjoyable (for me at least), Tower/Trap defense for hordes of limited AI enemies (they will go for the gate, but attack you if you get in the way or start harassing) with Rube Goldberg style traps and mechanics, in addition to some third player shooting/melee by your Warmage, with a decent selection of weapons and spells. The second game greatly expands on the first, but yes, it has a definite coop oriented design, that is beatable solo, but it's definitely more difficult than the first game.
It USUALLY hits that sweet spot between having a great trap setup and not having to do ANYTHING, and not so far in the other direction where traps are complete shit and your character has to kill everything. Depends on the map, but most maps are very well done. You can progress through the whole game without much difficulty with some well placed setups and good character control, but the greater challenge usually comes from trying to get a 'Perfect' run on each map; no enemies let through, and some other qualifiers, like not using certain traps, etc.
I have around 30 hours in OMD1, and 70 hours in OMD2. I think I 5-skulled (zero enemies let through, all added challenges complete) most of the maps in each game, but definitely got closer to 100% in OMD2, for whatever reason I enjoyed the second one more, even though I played it solo.