There wasn’t a lot I really did know about Hinterland, but it struck me as interesting. It promised a mix of RPG and town building, just the idea of mixing the two was enough convincing for me. I cracked open the bundle, got to it’s key and downloaded it straight away. Firing the bad boy up, I was at a minor loss. No tutorial button, I figured a game that mixes RPG and RTS should definitely have a tutorial – but if the developers have decided against it, how hard could the game be, right?
I begun my first town a Goblin Scientist, suiting my life career. I trundled along, getting a few farmers in town, a few hunters, slaying some wildebeast – when I was offered a quest from the King himself! I accidentally hit decline which sent me into negative fame, and a restart soon after. With a loss under my belt, and an understanding of the games mechanics – I went with The Knight this time. As my town slowly grew, my fame rising as I hunted and cleared the land, food, gold, and armour coming out of my ears – I finally felt worthy. It got to the point where I had finished the King’s Quests before he gave them to me! I cleared all the outlying regions, and checked my watch.
It had been two hours. Already? I yelled to myself. I had just finished a normal, uninteresting map of Hinterland – and the two hours sped by without a hitch.
Oh yeah, this game is addictive – and it’s in the bundle! What are ye waiting for?
It was hard not to make a Borderlands joke.